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Flu shots available to Upstate community
Upstate’s flu shot clinics are open to anyone with an Upstate ID. Visit Flu Clinics for up–to-date information on flu and for the clinic schedule.
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Teen Volunteer Program applications accepted through March
The Teen Volunteer Program application is available online through March 30 at 4 p.m. To volunteer, individuals must be 14 by June 1. More information is available at http://www.upstate.edu/volunteers/. Teens who volunteered last summer will receive a packet in the mail with more information. Questions, please email volunteer@upstate.edu or call 315-464-5180.
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Dearing Writing Award Competition submissions due March 9
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities 32nd annual Dearing Writing Award Competition is open to all Upstate matriculated students, residents, employees, and faculty. Submissions in any subject matter are due March 9. Entries are welcome in fiction, essay, poetry, and memoir. Two copies are required. Included in the first copy should be: writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category. Students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy should include only the title and category with the work. One entry is allowed per writer. Essays should be no more than 2,500 words double-spaced. Email submissions to Jessica DeJohn Barbuto at barbutoj@upstate.edu. Awards will be presented April 25. Student winners will receive a monetary award; faculty/employee winners will receive gift certificates. All submissions receive consideration for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities annual journal, The Healing Muse. For more on the publication, visit The Healing Muse.
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On-site registration for Heart Walk/Run with Team Upstate is March 14 and 15
On-site registration to join Team Upstate’s Heart Walk/Run will be held March 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community Campus or March 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Downtown Campus. The event will be held Saturday, April 21, at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. To guarantee your shirt size (XS-4XL) and choice, you must register and pay by March 20. To qualify for a Team Upstate shirt, register and donate $35 ($25 for students) online at www.upstate.edu/heartwalk. For a paper registration. see the list of Team Captains at http://www.upstate.edu/specialevents/pdf/HW18TCV6.pdf.
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Celebration of the Faculty is March 20
Celebration of the Faculty will be held Tuesday, March 20 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the atrium of the Institute for Human Performance. Gold Standard Award winners will be recognized, along with emeritus faculty, faculty members who were promoted and/or tenured, and new faculty members who joined Upstate Medical University during the past year.
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Special double presentation featuring Nobel Laureate Thomas Sudhof, Krishna Vadodaria is March 27
Thomas Sudhof, MD, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine/Physiology, will present “Towards Understanding the Molecular Logic of Synapse Formation and Specification: Neurexins” Tuesday. March 27, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Ninth Floor Auditorium (9295 Weiskotten Hall). Prior to Sudhof’s presentation Krishna C. Vadodaria, PhD, research associate with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, will speak on “Studying Major Depression Using Patient-Derived Neurons” from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Ninth Floor Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. Both lectures are sponsored by the College of Medicine Office of the Dean.
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New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training Spring 2018 Skills for Success courses announced
The New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training has announced Spring 2018 Skills for Success courses aimed at providing CSEA-represented employees with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to meet personal and professional development goals. Details are available online at https://www.nyscseapartnership.org/NYS-CSEA-Employees/Courses.cfm. Over 100 classes in 53 topic areas are scheduled statewide from January through May 2018. To increase participation in courses while limiting time away from the office and eliminating travel expenses, the partnership is offering 13 classes via webinar. Employees may enroll through the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS) or by completing the course application form located on page 31 of the catalog. Information on how Upstate employees can register through the SLMS system are available online at www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/online_training.php. Select the link to GOER Online Learning (SLMS). For more information, call the New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training at 518-486-7814 or email learning@nyscseapartnership.org. For areas outside the Capital Region call (800) 253-4332.
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Student Counseling Service seeks feedback
Upstate’s Student Counseling Service seeks feedback to improve its individual clinical services, outreach and prevention programs. All students are encouraged to complete a brief survey, even those who have never used the services. Responses are confidential and individually-identifying information will not be collected. The survey is available at: https://goo.gl/forms/cQR4f9PUOi7ptI1s2. Questions? Call Holly Vanderhoff at 315-464-3112.
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Upstate joins the American Public Health One Billion Step Challenge
The Upstate community-and your friends and family members-are welcome to join the Central New York Wanderers Team as part of the American Public Health One Billion Step Challenge. Steps can be entered manually or automatically with a synced device. To create a profile and join the team, visit https://stridekick.com/tc/apha18. The challenge runs through April 8 and is part of Upstate’s National Public Health Week. Questions? Email Cindy Paikin at paikinc@upstate.edu.
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Nominations sought for the President’s Employee Recognition Awards
President’s Employee Recognition Award nominations are sought through April 6. Information and a downloadable PDF nomination form is available at the following Upstate intranet link: http://www.upstate.edu/president/awards/. Paper copies of the form will be sent to all departments. Awards will be presented at a ceremony on June 26. The six award categories are: Outstanding Diversity Contribution of the Year (Team), Community Service of the Year (Team and Individual), Team of the Year, Leader of the Year, Employee of the Year, Provider of the Year, Provider of the Year will be presented to a physician (MD, DO MBBS), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant who goes above and beyond their responsibilities in delivering healthcare. Please note that while faculty members are not eligible for individual awards, they may be included in team nominations.
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Volunteers needed for genetic child behavior research study
Biological parents of a child between the ages of six to 12 years, may be eligible to participate in an Upstate research study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Drs. Stephen Faraone and Stephen Glatt are studying new ways of classifying mental health disorders in children and looking to change the way that psychiatric disorders are understood and diagnosed in the future. To do this, genetic variation and basic cognitive abilities within families will be analyzed. The goal is to provide a better basis for a new diagnostic system that is less subjective than what is currently used. Plan is to recruit about 700 families (2,800 individuals), looking at a broad spectrum of childhood behaviors, from those children who are developing typically with no mental health concerns, and also those who may have any mental health concerns or behavioral problems. Parents and their children will complete a series of questionnaires and computer-based tasks, and provide a blood sample for genetic analysis. The study procedure takes up to three hours for the family. Each participant will be financially compensated. For more information and to enroll in the study, call Pat Forken at 315-464-5619.
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2018 President’s Convocation Award nominees due April 1
Nominations are being sought for the 2018 President’s Convocation Awards through April 1 for the following categories:  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, and Outstanding Voluntary Faculty.  These awards will be given out at the Fall Faculty Convocation.  Nominations for all award categories, except Voluntary Faculty and the Binghamton Teaching Awards, will be done electronically.  Hard copies will not be accepted. Nominations will be accepted after April 1. To nominate, go to: www.upstate.edu/convawards. Submission for nominations for the Voluntary Faculty will be in paper form.  Nomination forms for Voluntary Faculty are available from Margaret Bourke, 464-4520, or bourkem@upstate.edu.  Nominations for Voluntary Faculty only are to be submitted to the respective college dean by April 1.
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