Register for Heart Walk March 31
Register to join Team Upstate for the Heart Walk, Thursday, March 31 from noon to 1 p.m. at the second floor lobby at the Downtown Campus or in the cafeteria at Community Campus. Those who have already registered, but would like to exchange their t-shirt size, can do so at this time. The Heart Walk will be held Saturday, April 2 beginning at 8 a.m. at Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse.
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Deadline extended for President’s Convocation awards nominations
The deadline for online submitting of the President’s Convocation awards has been extended to Friday, April 15. Nominations are being accepted for:  Advancement of Affirmative Action, Excellence in Library Science, Excellence in Professional Service, Excellence in Faculty Service, Excellence and Leadership in Research, Excellence in Basic Research by a Young Investigator, Excellence in Clinical Research by a Young Investigator, Excellence in Teaching, To nominate, visit Awards.
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April events promote autism awareness
Upstate will promote autism awareness and inclusion through events that mark April as National Autism Awareness Month.
• Autism Awareness Month kicks off with a blue lighting ceremony Saturday, April 2 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Onondaga Tower, 125 E. Jefferson St., Syracuse. The Tower is one of several Downtown Syracuse buildings that will light up blue to recognize the month. Refreshments and entertainment by Open Hand Theater will be provided.
• Register for Walk for Autism: One Piece at a Time to be held Saturday, April 16 at Long Branch Park in Liverpool. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk to follow at 10 a.m. The walk is co-sponsored by the Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Central New York Chapter of the Autism Society of America, and other community organizations. Visit Autism Syracuse to register or for more information.
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Challenge Cup hockey tournament is April 2, 3
The 2016 Challenge Cup hockey tournament to benefit CNY Fit For Kids and the Upstate Cancer Center’s Head and Neck Cancer Support Group of CNY will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3 at the Lysander Ice Arena, 2725 W. Entry Rd., Baldwinsville. Hockey players will represent members of the public service sector from across New York and surrounding states and include the host team, CNY Fit for Kids. Visit Challenge Cup, click 2016 Challenge Cup, for a tournament schedule. For more information, call 315-480-8329.
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April 4 is deadline to register to attend inauguration of Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD
The inauguration of Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, as Upstate Medical University’s seventh president is set for Friday, April 15. Members of the Upstate community who would like attend the event and reception should R.S.V.P to by April 4. Seating is limited. The installation ceremony will take place at the Oncenter at 2 p.m., followed by a reception, also at the Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. Parking is available for $5 at the Oncenter Garage. Supervisor’s approval is required to attend.
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New hours for Patient Blood Draw, Downtown Campus, effective April 4
Beginning Monday, April 4, the University Hospital Patient Blood Draw site located in 2617 Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus is changing its office hours to Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) will remain the same. For a complete list of the Patient Blood Draw locations including addresses, office hours, and contact information, visit Pathology.
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Nursing Grand Rounds is April 6
Lisa, Brackett, RN, BSN, MSHA, associate director of Nursing Support Services, will present “Setting the foundation: staffing for value, not just numbers,” Wednesday, April 6 from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. in 12405 A and B in Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The presentation will be videotaped and streamed live to Classrooms A and B at Community Campus. This is a repeat presentation targeted to all nursing staff, including charge nurses, nurse managers, nurse leaders, nurse executives, and staff, with the purpose to enhance nursing knowledge about nurse staffing methodologies utilized at Upstate. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Ellen Albanese,, 464-9443.
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Charles Ross Student Research Day is April 8
Research projects by students in Upstate’s four colleges will be spotlighted at the annual Charles R. Ross Memorial Student Research Day Friday, April 8, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Weiskotten Hall.  The event features student presentations, a keynote address by Michael Caligiuri, MD, CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Ohio, and a student poster session and reception that will be held in the Institute for Human Performance. For information contact Jennifer Brennan in the College of Graduate Studies at or 464-4543.
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Mystery, Malt & Merlot is April 8
The Advocates’ 18th Mystery Malt & Merlot fundraising event will be held Friday, April 8 at The Oncenter in Syracuse. The event includes silent and live auctions, a mystery, and sampling of New York State wines and local microbrewery beers. Proceeds will support multiple initiatives at the Upstate Community Campus Family Birth Center Postpartum Unit to enhance both the patient and family experience. Reservations are $75 and can be made by contacting Susan York, 464-5610.
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Neuro Research Day is April 8
SUNY Upstate Neurosurgery Department will sponsor a symposium presented by Upstate faculty and residents on basic and clinical Neuroscience Research at Neuro Research Day 2016, Friday, April 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall.  Invited speakers:
• Lee E. Goldstein, MD, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine, College of Engineering, Photonics Center, NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Center, who will deliver a talk at 10:40 a.m. titled “Mechanisms of Traumatic Brain Injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: Insights from Human Neuropathology, Animal Models, and Computational Analysis of Blast and Impact Neurotrauma.”
• The 2016 Jacobsen Lecturer in Neuroscience Randy H. Kardon, MD, PhD, Iowa City VA Center for Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, will deliver a talk at 11:50 a.m. entitled “Ocular Biomarkers in Traumatic Brain Injury.”
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Reception to recognize recently funded faculty is April 11
The Vice President for Research and Research Administration will host a reception to recognize recently funded faculty Monday, April 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the ninth floor cafeteria, Weiskotten Hall. More than 50 members of Upstate’s faculty who have secured over $24 million in funding will be honored. The Upstate community is invited. For questions or to R.S.V.P., contact Ellen Furnari in the Vice President for Research Office at, 464-4515. Honored members of faculty include: Jeffrey Amack, Sandra Banas, Ann Botash, Sharon Brangman, Michael Cosgrove, Sandra Denney, Neinke Dosa, Timothy Endy, Stephen Faraone, Wenyi Feng, Christopher Fortner, Steven Hanes, Heidi Hehnly, Wendy Kates, William Kerr, Christine King, Bruce Knutson, Leszek Kotula, Mira Krendel, Andrzej Krol, Brooke Levandowski, Stewart Loh, Hong Lu, Juntao Luo, Kenneth Mann, Jennifer Moffat, M. Golam Mohi, Mehdi Mollapour, Christopher Morley, Sriram Narsipur, Gary Nieman, Megan Oest, Eric Olson, Andras Perl, Arkadii Perzov, Francesca Pignoni, Mark Polhemus, Elizabeth Reddy, Henry Roane, Usha Satish, Eduardo Solessio, Anna Stewart, Christine Stork-Medicis, Margaret Turk, Leonard Weiner, Ruth Weinstock, Stephan Wilkens, Gary Winslow, Martha Wojtowycz, Wei-Dong Yao, Li-Ru Zhao.
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Blood drive, April 14, 15
Upstate will hold blood drives Thursday, April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, April 15 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Café 750 at Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. Donors will be entered in drawings each day to receive a $25 Trader Joe’s gift card or a $25 Wegmans gift card, compliments of Advocates for Upstate Medical University. Appointment to donate may also be made by contacting Linda Underwood, 464-6755,
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Retirement reception for Colleen O’Leary, MD, is April 18
A retirement reception for Colleen O’Leary, MD, will be held Monday, April 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the small cafeteria at Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. O’Leary, who served in the Department of Anesthesiology for 25 years, is professor of anesthesiology, medical director of Perioperative Services and president of Upstate’s Medical Staff. The Upstate community is welcome.
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Sarah Loguen Fraser scholarship nominations sought; due May 6
Nominations are sought for the Medical Alumni Association Sarah Loguen Fraser, MD, Class of 1876 Scholarship in the amount of $3,500. This award recognizes a first- or second-year College of Medicine medical student (Class of 2018 or 2019) who holds similar ideals to Dr. Sarah Loguen Fraser. Nominated students should demonstrate leadership qualities and a willingness to give of themselves through volunteer work or other efforts that make a positive impact on the lives of others. To nominate a student, visit  Medical Alumni. Nominations are due May 6.  For more information, contact the Medical Alumni Office at  464-4361.
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