Category Archives: history

Why I served my country: Veterans tell how military experience opened doors, broadened outlooks, taught valuable skills

BY JIM HOWE For some it was a way to afford college or gain entry into the working world. For others, it was duty. Military service changes the lives of many Americans, including several who now work in a variety … Continue reading

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A sculptor shares her life history

BY JOEL POTASH, MD On the back wall of Upstate University Hospital’s lobby is a bronze plaque memorializing the Syracuse Dispensary. It was created in 1964 by the artist Dorothy Riester. As she neared her 99th birthday last fall, Riester … Continue reading

Posted in bioethics & humanities, community, education, entertainment, history

Calcium in baby formula? Thank an Upstate pediatrician

Before the 1950s, some babies who were not breast-fed developed intermittent muscular spasms known as tetany. The cow’s milk formulas they were fed contained too much naturally occurring phosphorus, relative to human milk. The high phosphorus caused a drop in … Continue reading

Posted in diabetes/endocrine/metabolism, diet/nutrition, health care, history, illness, public health, research, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

How Maxine Thompson’s life lessons mirror Upstate’s diversity advances

Upstate’s Maxine Thompson was asked to give a talk titled “My Story” as part of Crouse Hospital’s Black History Month celebration. This is an excerpt. My presentation has two parts. Part one is my personal story, as requested. Part two … Continue reading

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Keeping memories alive: Grateful family members donate annually in fathers’ names

BY JIM HOWE A desire to preserve their fathers’ memories and to help find a cure for the lung cancer that afflicted both men inspired two Upstate employees to make a memorial donation to the Upstate Cancer Center. That’s why … Continue reading

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New Upstate displays honor students, faculty, patients and providers

Three areas at Upstate Medical University have new displays, all created to celebrate its students and faculty, patients and providers. Students at Weiskotten  A new series of wall panels can be found in Weiskotten Hall, a historic Greek-style academic building that … Continue reading

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A big-screen cameo and real-life remembrances for an Upstate surgeon

In an indie movie appearing at film festivals, actor Evan Jonigkeit plays the role of David Halleran, MD, a young medical resident at midtown Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hospital on the night of Dec. 8, 1980, when police brought in a victim … Continue reading

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Students, fall sunshine greet incoming president in courtyard

Incoming President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, had a chance to meet informally with Upstate students in the courtyard of Weiskotten Hall today during her visit to campus. The students, all from New York state, include Meredith Petit, physical therapy ’17; Kousai … Continue reading

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Upstate military veterans speak about coming home

For many veterans, it’s the little things that are important, both while in the service and after returning to civilian life. Lou DeMarco, who is studying respiratory therapy in the Upstate College of Health Professions class of 2017, said when he … Continue reading

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TOPS receives excellence in philanthropic service award

Upstate Medical University presented 16 awards at its fall convocation Sept. 16. The President’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropic Service, Corporate, was given to TOPS Friendly Markets. Below is the company’s profile, as it appears in the convocation program. By … Continue reading

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