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International Clinical Trials Day celebration is May 17 and 18
Upstate will celebrate International Clinical Trials Day May 17 and 18. Stop by the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus to learn how today’s clinical trials pave the way for tomorrow’s treatments. Experts from Upstate Cancer Center, Orthopedics, Radiology, Neurology, the Clinical Research Unit, and Global Health will be available to answer questions on current clinical trials, professional opportunities, and volunteer information.
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Race for the Cure is May 19
Join the Upstate Pink Champions Team at Race for the Cure Saturday, May 19. For Upstate participation questions, contact Matthew Capogreco at capogrem@upstate.edu or 464-3605.
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Level-one Reiki class is May 19
A level-one Reiki class will be held Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the conference room at Upstate Cancer Center. Dress comfortably and bring your lunch. The cost to attend is $50, which includes a book. Payment is due the day of class; cash or check to Spiritual Care Reiki Fund Account #44240. For more information or to sign up for the class, call Spiritual Care at 464-4687 or email Bob Crandall at crandalr@upstate.edu.
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Commencement is May 20
SUNY honorary degree recipients will receive awards at Upstate’s Commencement ceremonies May 20. Jean William Pape, MD, will receive an Honorary Degree Doctor of Science at the College of Medicine Commencement at 3 p.m. Pape will provide remarks at the ceremony and at the College of Graduate Studies Commencement at 1:30 p.m. Carolyn Jones will receive an Honorary Degree Doctor of Fine Arts at the College of Nursing Commencement at 11:30 a.m., and will provide remarks. Tracy Shenandoah will receive an Honorary Degree Doctor of Humane Letters at the College of Medicine Commencement at 3 p.m. Shenandoah will provide remarks at the ceremony and at the College of Health Professions Commencement at 9 a.m.
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Trauma Awareness Day event is May 23
The Upstate Trauma Center will host a Trauma Awareness Celebration Day Wednesday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Elizabeth Blackwell Street, next to the entrance to Parking Garage East. The event will feature the new distracted driving simulator, a giant inflatable brain, a visit from Syracuse Fire Department and EMS providers, snacks and giveaways. For more information, email Kim Nasby at nasbyk@upstate.edu.
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Ramadan Iftar dinner is May 24
Join Upstate in commemorating the month of Ramadan with a free Iftar dinner May 24 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11thfloor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The event is free and open to the Upstate community regardless of religious affiliation. R.S.V.P. here. Ramadan is the Muslim holy month of fasting in which partakers abstain from food and drink during the daylight hours.
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Hot Topics in Adolescent and Young Adult Health and Behavior is May 30
Hot Topics in Adolescent and Young Adult Health and Behavior will be held May 30 at 9:30 a.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Topics include human trafficking and exploitation in Onondaga County, updates in sexual history and sexually transmitted infection screening in adolescents, PrEP, PEP and HIV prevention in youth. The workshop is free. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hot-topics-in-adolescent-health-and-behavior-tickets-45814277738or contact Nuala Wheat at wheatn@upstate.edu 464-7551.
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Volunteers needed for yard work, gardening at Chadwick Residence June 1
Upstate employees are invited to help Chadwick Residence, Upstate’s 2018 Your Cause partner, with gardening and yard work June 1 at 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m., or 3 to 5 p.m. at Chadwick Residence, 335 Valley Drive, Syracuse, NY 13207. To volunteer or find out more information, email Kay Magnarelli at magnarek@upstate.edu. Upstate employees should wear a Team Upstate shirt, if possible. Chadwick Residence is a local 501C3 charity whose mission is to provide supportive housing and a variety of professional services for homeless women and their children in a supportive environment that empowers them to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to increase their self-sufficiency. For more information, visit: http://www.chadwickresidence.org.
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Erie Canal Ride is June 2
Explore the historic Erie Canal on the Erie Canal Ride, a 34-mile round trip bicycle ride along the Old Erie Canal Trail starting at the Butternut Creek Aqueduct, DeWitt, to Beebee Bridge Road, Canastota, and back again. Proceeds support Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Upstate University Hospital Recreation Therapy Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation. For information contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at the Upstate Foundation at shenfels@upstate.edu or 464-4284.
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Pre-retirement planning session for state and local Employee Retirement System members is June 6
A pre-retirement planning session for state and local Employee Retirement System (ERS) members will be held Wednesday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Ninth Floor Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. The sessions are designed to assist ERS members with information on pensions, health insurance, and social security benefits. Attendees should be within five years of retirement. Experts will be on hand to answer questions during this interactive discussion on how benefits are calculated, how to maximize your benefits, who to contact when you are ready to retire, and information on NYSHIP retiree health insurance. To verify you are an ERS member, refer to your pay stub in the After-Tax Deductions section in Self-Serve—My Information—My Payroll—Paycheck History. Participants attend one session only and should secure supervisory approval to attend the full session. Online registration is required by June 1 at: http://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.phpusing keyword MEMBERS ONLY.
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CSEA customer service certificate program applications sought by June 4
CSEA-represented employees are eligible to take the Navigating Customer Service Challenges Certificate online blended learning program, offered by the New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training. Applications are sought now through June 4. This offer is for employees interested in enhancing their customer service skills. To earn a certificate, participants must successfully complete the program requirements between June 4 and 29, 2018. For more information, visit www.nyscseapartnership.org. Space in this statewide program is limited; eligible employees should apply as soon as possible. For further information, please contact the Partnership at (518) 486-7814 or email learning@nyscseapartnership.org.
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Your Input Requested: U-Turn Conversation Feedback
The committee that implemented the U-Turn process to address workplace interactions would like your feedback. This link: http://www.upstate.edu/uturn/intra/ will take you to the main U-Turn page and on the right side, click “Please give us your feedback” and it will take you directly to the survey. Please share your experience with U-Turn conversations and if you’ve not used the U-turn, we’d like to have that feedback as well. The survey feedback button will remain on the U-Turn Webpage so we can collect information on how to continue to best support healthy interactions in the workplace.
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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. The 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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Blood donations needed  to test new diagnostic screening for hepatitis A virus
The Center for Global Health and Translational Science is looking for healthy participants ages 22 and older to give a blood donation to help test a new diagnostic test for hepatitis A virus. Compensation of $25 is offered. Appointments take place in the Clinical Research Unit, Institute for Human Performance. Scheduling is flexible and parking is provided. To schedule an appointment or inquire about trials, call 315-464-9869 or email trials@upstate.edu.
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Change slated for Community Campus Laboratory testing service
Upstate Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will begin providing Clinical Laboratory testing services to providers and patients at University Hospital—Community Campus July 23. Laboratory space previously used by Laboratory Alliance of CNY is being converted to a new Upstate Clinical Pathology laboratory and will be staffed by Upstate employees. Laboratory staff is working closely with the EPIC staff to ensure that physicians’ preference lists will be converted automatically from LACNY order codes to Upstate’s order codes to minimize changes in the ordering of lab tests.  Blackboard training is being developed and will be provided to physicians and nursing staff at Community prior to the transition. An Upstate patient blood draw site will also open in July.  It will be located near Patient Registration in Room 1257. Updates will be provided as this transition progresses. Questions or concerns should be directed to Carol Barnett at 315-464-3281.
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HealthLink on Air is available online and on WRVO
Recent guests on HealthLink on Air include: microbiologist Megan Gribble Lloyd, PhD, professor emeritus of pediatrics Howard Weinberger, MD, and certified industrial hygienist Gregory Siwinski. HealthLink on Air is a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications and is available on iTunes and WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Complete shows and individual interviews are available at www.healthlinkonair.org
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