SU Student Startup MedUX Selected for Medical Device Innovation Challenge Accelerator Program

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Quinn King and Alec Gillinder

SU student startup MedUX was one of six teams selected for the prestigious CNY Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC) 2019 Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC), an intensive 6-month mentorship accelerator program that starts August 1, 2019.  MedUX was founded by Alec Gillinder ’20 (College of Visual and Performing Arts) and Quinn King ’20 (College of Visual and Performing Arts), both industrial and interaction design majors who conceived of the idea at last summer’s Invent@SU program. They participated in the CNYBAC bootcamp program last fall and are working closely with the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at SU Libraries to commercialize the device.

Upstate Medical University’s CNYBAC is a 52,300 square foot facility located in an Opportunity Zone in Syracuse, providing startups with state-of-the-art laboratory space, access to their facilities and research expertise, and a vibrant and robust innovation ecosystem. Teams selected for the program can utilize the CNYBAC’s Creation Garage, which includes use of 3D printer and other supplies and equipment, and will have access to a mentor network that includes industry experts and funders. MDIC teams also have access to the Innovation Law Center at Syracuse University College of Law for intellectual property and commercialization guidance. Additionally, teams are invited to apply to student engineering capstone programs at Syracuse University and Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.  They are supported by Upstate Medical University clinical experts, and a pitch event is held at the conclusion of the 6-month program.

The six 2019 Medical Device Innovation Challenge teams are:

  • MedUX
  • ZephyRx
  • Halamine, Inc.
  • Megan Thomas
  • CathBuddy, Inc.
  • Revitalx

MedUX is a medical product design and research firm creating innovative solutions for inpatient, at home, and mobile care.  Its first product is L-IV (Liberating Intravenous), a shoulder mounted portable IV system that allows people in hospital, infusion center, or home settings, or in military or disaster situations, to receive IV treatment comfortably and efficiently without being tethered to an IV pole.

Alec and Quinn won second place nationally in the prestigious ACC InVenture Prize competition earlier this spring at North Carolina State University.  They also won prizes at several other SU competitions, including top prize at this year’s Panasci Business Plan Competition and prizes at ‘Cuse Tank, Impact Prize, and the RvD iPrize competitions.

The team has built a prototype, raised seed funding, won $57,000 in campus competitions, assembled an advisory team of industry, medical and product development experts, filed two provisional patents, and developed strategic relationships with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consultants and commercialization partners who are ready to help take the product to market. Gillinder and King are now seeking mission-driven investors to help them through the FDA Class I approval process, usability testing, and production.

The CNYBAC has a strong connection to Syracuse University.  This is the second year an SU student startup was selected for the competitive MDIC accelerator program.  In-Spire (2018 cohort) and MedUX (2019 cohort) are both active members of the Syracuse University Blackstone LaunchPad, won numerous campus competitions as students, and advanced to the ACC InVenture Prize finals.  Last year, In-Spire, founded by Kayla Simon ’19 (College of Engineering and Computer Science) and Elizabeth Tarangelo ’19 (College of Engineering and Computer Science), won the top prize at the MDIC demo day for their invention.

For more information about the CNYBAC, visit

About the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries:

The Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library is Syracuse University’s innovation hub, connecting the entire University’s resource-rich ecosystem with a global network that provides support for aspiring entrepreneurs, inventors and creators. The program serves faculty, staff, students, and alumni across disciplines who are interested in venture creation and taking ideas for products, services or technologies from concept to commercialization. The program prepares participants to be trailblazers in an entrepreneurial world.

SU Libraries Announces 2019 Faculty Fellows

Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) announces two 2019 Faculty Fellows grant recipients: James Watts from College of Arts & Sciences, Professor, Religion, and Kate Hanzalik from College of Arts & Sciences, Assistant Teaching Professor, Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition. Each recipient has committed to a four-week summer residency at SCRC that includes a number of workshops and training sessions on handling special collections materials, teaching students how to search for materials, and the logistics of designing successful assignments with rare and fragile materials. The fellows are teaching their new courses in the upcoming academic year and will each receive a $5,000 stipend.

Syracuse University Libraries’ SCRC Faculty Fellows program aims to support innovative curriculum development and foster new ideas about how to transform the role of special collections in University instruction. Each fellow receives instruction on how to provide students with a unique opportunity to handle, analyze and interpret SCRC’s primary sources materials in their class, as well as ongoing course support. The original funding for the SCRC Faculty Fellows Program was made possible through the generosity of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, which promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions that transmit our cultural heritage.

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James Watts

In his upcoming REL 301 Ancient Near Eastern Religions and Cultures course, James Watts will be working directly with SCRC’s cuneiform tablet collection to fuel his student’s thinking about the intersection of religion and culture in ways that have implications for more recent societies. “By giving my students hands-on experience analyzing cuneiform tablets, I hope to impress them by how much the form and material of a written text influences its use, preservation, and value—both in antiquity and today,” said Watts.

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Kate Hanzalik

Kate Hanzalik will be introducing her students in WRT 205 Critical Research and Writing to a selection of SCRC’s robust radicalism in the arts collections, which contain literature, visual art, and music relating to 20th-century social movements. Social movement resources include civil rights, pacifism, environmentalism and ecology, prison reform, the labor movement, and issues of sexuality and gender. “Some of my goals [as a Faculty Fellow] include closely researching the primary sources that I would like to feature. This experience will help me to become more acclimated to the visitor policies while also gaining a working knowledge of the best practices for SCRC searches. By sharing what I learn with my students, I can help them to discover, request, and properly handle special collections materials,” said Hanzalik.

Petrina D. Jackson, Director of SCRC, states, “The Special Collections Research Center Faculty Fellowship creates one of the most ideal situations by partnering faculty with special collections librarians and archivists to create a semester-long learning experience for students rarely seen in colleges and universities. With the fellowship, students are able to take a deep dive into primary source research, learn how to critically analyze a document or artifact, and be exposed to spectacular rare and unique materials that most of their peers have never seen. Simply put, their participation in these courses elevates their work and engages them in impactful ways that they will not soon forget.”

Orange Central 2019: What’s Happening at the Libraries?

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Registration is now open for Orange Central 2019, Syracuse University’s annual homecoming and reunion weekend, September 12-15. Throughout the weekend, Syracuse University Libraries will be hosting a multitude of unique events for the Orange community to enjoy:

Friday, September 13

  • 9:30-10:00am or 4:30-5:00pm – 150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University Exhibition Tour*
    • Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor
    • Featuring a wide selection of photographs, printed materials, textiles and other memorabilia from the University archives, this exhibition showcases the traditions that unite the University, including the number 44 and the color orange. Join University archivist and exhibition curator Meg Mason for a guided tour. (*Note that as of 6/7/19, the 9:30am time slot is full. Please see other tour time slot options on Friday and Saturday.)
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 10:00am-noon – Innovation Breakfast of Champions
    • Bird Library, Blackstone LaunchPad, 1st Floor, Suite 120
    • Did you ever pitch a product or an idea in an entrepreneurship competition while an SU student? Work on an innovation or student venture? Have you launched something since graduating? Join us in SU’s Innovation Hub in Bird Library to catch up and to get a sneak preview of the next crop of SU innovators.
    • Program cost: No charge; includes buffet breakfast
  • 2:30-3:15 or 3:30-4:15pm  – Preserving Your Orange Memories: A Preservation Fair
    • Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor
    • Wondering how to preserve your freshman beanie, old photos, videotapes or yearbooks for years to come? Learn how to care for and preserve personal collections, especially your Syracuse University-related memorabilia. Please note: Libraries staff cannot provide preservation treatment or appraisals for items brought to the fair.
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 2:30-3:15 or 3:30-4:15pm  – Funding the Future
    • Bird Library, Blackstone LaunchPad, 1st Floor, Suite 120
    • Josh Aviv ’15, G’17, founder of SparkCharge, hosts an interactive fireside chat focused on emerging sustainable startup trends and creative funding opportunities for entrepreneurs. Co-hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad, the School of Information Studies and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 4:00-5:30pm  – Forever Orange: The Story of Syracuse University
    • Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 1st Floor, Room 114
    • Join Rick Burton ’80 and Scott Pitoniak ’77, authors of Forever Orange, a book commemorating Syracuse University’s 150th anniversary, for a fascinating look at the diverse people, places and events that have helped Syracuse become an internationally renowned research university. Hear from the authors and take the opportunity to purchase the book (with a special 25% discount) and have them sign it. Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) will be provided.
    • Program cost: No charge

Saturday, September 14

  • 9:00-10:30am – 150th Campus Past and Present Walking Tour
    • Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor
    • Learn about our past at the Special Collections Research Center exhibition, 150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University; meet the University archivist; and then explore campus during a walking tour led by student guides from the Office of Admissions’ U100 group. The weather in Syracuse can be fickle, so check the forecast, dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes—the tour will go on, rain or shine! Please follow the directions in the registration form if you require golf cart transportation.
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 10:00-10:30, 10:45-11:15, or 11:30-12:00 – 150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University Exhibition Tour
    • Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor
    • Featuring a wide selection of photographs, printed materials, textiles and other memorabilia from the University archives, this exhibition showcases the traditions that unite the University, including the number 44 and the color orange. Join University archivist and exhibition curator Meg Mason for a guided tour. (*Note that as of 6/7/19, the 9:30am time slot is full. Please see other tour time slot options on Friday and Saturday.)
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 10:30-11:30am – Bringing Don Waful’s POW Journal to Life
    • Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 1st Floor, Room 114
    • A look behind the scenes of a unique audio project from Sound Beat, the popular public radio program from the Syracuse University Libraries. Host Brett Barry ’98, G’13 narrates selections from the World War II POW journal of Don Waful ’37, G’39 interspersed with present-day commentary from Mr. Waful himself, nearly 80 years later! Q&A to follow.
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 12:30-2:00pm – Libraries Former Employees Lunch*
    • Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 1st Floor, Room 114
    • Have you ever worked in the SU Libraries system, either professionally or while an SU student? We welcome you back to the Libraries for a celebratory lunch for an afternoon of networking and conversation!
    • Program cost: No charge; includes refreshments

Please note that registration is required for all Orange Central events. For a full list of campus-wide events or to register, please visit:

New Biblio Gallery Exhibit at Bird Library: “Everyone Wears Clothes”

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Details Book The Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection
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Students in the Genet Costume Collection For Threads Magazine

Syracuse University Libraries’ new Biblio Gallery Exhibit on the 4th Floor of Bird Library is running from May 30, 2019 through the end of August 2019. The exhibit titled “Everyone wears clothes” was curated by Fashion faculty Professor Jeffrey Mayer and Professor Kirsten Schoonmaker from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts School of Design.

About the Exhibit:

Everyone wears clothes. We choose them casually from our closet, browse the latest trends online, and gossip about what influencers post on Instagram. In a moment when images of the most recent runway shows are instantly available, why should we look at dresses from the 1930s or jackets from the 1970s? Drawn from the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection, housed in the university’s Fashion Design Program in the Nancy Cantor Warehouse, this selection of photographs highlights details from these historic clothes, inviting us to look closer.  In his 2015 publication Vintage Details; A Fashion Sourcebook, Professor Jeffrey Mayer worked with university photographer Stephen Sartori to document design details found within these historic garments.

The Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection is a significant resource for faculty, students, and community. Comprised of some 3,500 women’s garments and accessories, from 1820 to the present, this collection can serve as a primary source for research into our material heritage, a treasure trove of inspiration for new design, and a library for students curious about how to create a certain type of pocket or for five different techniques for creating a pleated detail.

Hanging in the window are selections from a course project that asked students to replicate designs from the collection. Rather than working from flat two-dimensional images, students were able to measure yardage, observe placement of technical construction details, and investigate the proportion of design in a meaningful way.  Historic garments can offer information about their period of manufacture, but by continuing to look closely at this collection of women’s high fashion, we realize that these clothes are still contributing to ongoing stories.

For more information about the Biblio Gallery Exhibit, contact S. Ann Skiold, MFA, MLIS, Subject Librarian for Decorative & Applied Arts, Design, Art History, Film, Photography, and Spanish & Italian at Syracuse University Libraries or apply via Biblio Gallery website. 

Forever Orange: The Story of Syracuse University

To coincide with the celebration of Syracuse University’s sesquicentennial in 2020, Syracuse University Press is publishing Forever Orange: The Story of Syracuse University. This monumental, 10” x 12” book, lavishly illustrated with 300 photographs, provides a unique look at the diverse

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Syracuse University Press is publishing “Forever Orange” to coincide with the University’s 150th Anniversary.

people, places, and events that have helped SU become an internationally renowned research university and will be available in the fall of 2019. The foreword is written by astronaut, U.S. Air Force colonel, and SU alumna Eileen Collins and the afterword by Pro Football Hall of Famer and SU alumnus Floyd Little.

Forever Orange illuminates Syracuse University’s chronological history, with special focus on how Syracuse led the way in numerous important matters—gender, race, military veterans, and science, going far beyond the parameters of a traditional institutional history. Through narrative and hundreds of photos, Forever Orange presents SU’s glorious 150-year history in a lively, distinctive, informative manner, appealing to alumni and university friends, young and old.

Authors Scott Pitoniak, a nationally honored columnist and best-selling author, and Rick Burton, a coauthor of numerous books, and David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University, have utilized exhaustive research, scores of interviews, and their own SU experiences to craft a book that explores what it has meant to be Orange since the school’s founding as a small liberal arts college in 1870.

For more information, visit


Mid-Century in Stereo 5.0 Exhibit

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Mid-Century in Stereo 5.0 Exhibit

Check out the Learning Common’s newest exhibit on the 1st Floor of Bird Library: Mid-Century in Stereo 5.0, a selection of unusual vinyl records from a private collection culled from thrift stores and forgotten places. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the exhibit and consists of a handpicked selection of some of the best (of the worst) from previous years. Stop by the Learning Commons Information Desk to receive your free event-exclusive button. The exhibit begins May 16 and will run through June 30.

New Director of Special Collections Research Center Joins Libraries

Petrina Jackson is Syracuse University Libraries’ new Director of the Special Collections Research Center, effective June 3, 2019.  She comes to the SU Libraries from Iowa State University, where she was Head of Special Collections and University Archives since 2016, and before that was Head of Instruction and Outreach at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, and Senior Assistant Archivist for the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell.

“I am so excited to join SU Libraries and work with the fantastic staff of the Special Collections Research Center,” says Ms. Jackson, “and to building the SCRC’s distinguished collections and support for scholarship and teaching. I look forward to our work ahead.” David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, adds “we are delighted to have Petrina bring her expertise, energy, and engagement to the SU Libraries, and I’ll look forward to seeing the SCRC continue to develop into a major university resource for faculty and students alike.”

Petrina Jackson holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in English from Iowa State University and a BA in English from the University of Toledo, and is well known nationally, being active in both the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section.

Display your work in the Biblio Gallery

Paiting by Ann SkioldThe Biblio Gallery on the fourth floor of Bird Library offers students a unique venue for exhibiting their creative work to a wider audience.

All two-dimensional, ready-to-hang works of art ranging from architectural drawings, paintings, music scores, photography, poetry, engineering formulas, and more are welcome.

Individual and group/class proposals are reviewed and accepted on a continuous basis and must be submitted through the Biblio Gallery Submission Form.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at or see the Biblio Gallery website.


Check out the Libraries’ Welcome Fest on August 30!

Welcome Fest 2017The Syracuse University Libraries invite all students, faculty, and staff to a Welcome Fest on Thursday, August 30 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on the first floor of Bird Library. The event will feature resources and services the Libraries provide to support teaching, learning, and research across campus, as well as games, prizes, snacks, a photo booth, therapy dogs, and visits from Otto.

Meet librarians and library staff who will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Improvements to study spaces and room reservations;
  • Research and reference help – connecting to library experts day or night;
  • Library to Go delivery services;
  • Technology and gear for loan from our Check Out desk;
  • Course-related instruction to improve research skills and class outcomes;
  • Data, citation, and reputation management;
  • Scholarly publishing – SU Press and the SURFACE repository;
  • Reserving material and booking video for classes;
  • Interlibrary Loan – obtaining items from other libraries;
  • Sound Beat, the Libraries radio show;
  • Treasures held by Special Collections and University Archives.

A number of partner organizations are also participating this year: the Center for Learning and Student Success, Digital Scholarship Space, Petit Branch of the Onondaga County Public Library, Orange SUccess, Parking and Transit Services, Public Safety, SU Makerspace, Blackstone LaunchPad, and more.

See the pictures from last year’s event at:

For more information, contact us at

Small Press Reading Series, Fear No Lit Writing Workshop

Fear No LitSyracuse University Libraries and Colgate University Libraries have teamed up to present this fall’s installment of the Small Press Reading Series featuring Poet Erin Dorney, author of I Am Not Famous Anymore (Mason Jar Press, 2018), fiction writer Tyler Barton, author of Get Empty (Split Lip Press, forthcoming), and novelist Patrick Parks, author of Tucumcari (Kernpunkt Press, 2018). The event will take place on Monday, September 24 from 5:15–6:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library.

Prior to the reading, from 10 a.m.–Noon, Dorney and Barton, co-founders of Fear No Lit, a Minnesota-based community literary organization, will lead a public writing workshop in room 046 in Bird Library Workshop space is limited; RSVP by September 17 to Patrick Williams at

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available. For more information, or if you need an accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Patrick Williams at

This event was made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Syracuse University Libraries, Colgate University Libraries, and the Syracuse University Humanities Center.