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April 16, 2015
Mini-Grants Available for Research on Women's Issues


Faculty, don't miss this opportunity! The College of Health is offering three $5,000 mini-grants to study issues relevant to women. This is a great opportunity for new or established researchers to obtain seed money for a small scale project that may provide the basis for a larger study. The deadline is 5 pm, May 1, 2015. Please submit proposals electronically to For more information, download an information sheet (pdf).


Register Now! Collaborative Arctic Seminar in Epidemiology  

Registration closes May 1, 2015. College of Health graduate students are invited to attend the Collaborative Arctic Seminar in Epidemiology (CASE) August 3-7 in Yellowknife, NWT. This summer school prepares young scientists for the challenges of conducting science in the High North. For more information, contact Dr. Rhonda Johnson, Or visit the web site:


The National Prevention Research Conference is Still Seeking Proposals for Presentations 

The State of Alaska, Division of Behavioral Health is a tri-state sponsor of the upcoming annual National Prevention Network's Prevention Research Conference scheduled for November 17-19 in Seattle, WA. The theme is "Prevention Research to Practice in a Changing Environment." Proposals are due Monday, May 4. For more information, and to fill out an application, visit: 
COH Curriculum Committee to Meet Wednesdays


The COH Curriculum Committee will hold its regular meeting on Wednesdays, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The deadline for submission of materials for committee review is Monday at 9am, the week prior to the meeting. Submit electronic files in Word format to Harriet Paule ( To assist you in submitting materials to the curriculum committee, download the "COH Faculty Curriculum Submission Guide AY 14/15" (doc).

Unit Updates
Center for Human Development  - - - - - - - - - - -
CHD Presented at First AKEN Conference


The first Alaska Evaluation Network (AKEN) conference took place April 1-2 at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium building. Members of the Center for Human Development research team presented the following topics:

  • Rebekah Moras - "Illinois Imagines: Improving Services to Women with Disabilities who have been Victims of Sexual Violence"
  • Susan Bales - "A Visual Feast to Communicate Results"
  • Karen Heath and Danielle Reed - "BrainWorks for Self- Employment: Assisting Individuals with Brain Injury in Business Ownership"
  • Julie Atkinson, Danielle Reed, and LynnAnn Tew - "Disability and Health Disparities in Alaska: A Needs Assessment Using Focus Group Interviews"
  • Karen Ward and Julie Atkinson - "Prevention of Interpersonal Violence for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in Alaska"
  • Curtis Smith, Karen Heath, and Danielle Reed - "An Evaluation of Attitudes Toward Encouraging Employment for People with Disabilities"
  • Karen Ward and Karen Heath - "A Multimedia Portrait (AMP): Welcome to My World"
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Dr. Blumenstein Invited to Coalition for Change
The recently formed Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition for Change at UAA includes faculty and staff who are working on developing prevention programs and policy recommendations for the campus. The group will be asking students to become involved in these efforts. Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice Center faculty, is a member of the coalition. Her areas of expertise include intimate partner violence, sexual assault and the college population, kidnapping, and research methods. For more information, visit:

Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) Releases Fact Sheet

Khristy Parker's AJSAC fact sheet "Violent Crimes Compensation Board: Claims, FY 2004-FY 2014" presents data on new claims filed, types of crime, types of expenses for which compensation was claimed, and compensation totals. On average, the five most common violent crimes resulting in applications for compensation over the eleven-year period were sexual abuse of a minor, domestic violence, assault, sexual assault of adults, and homicide. For more information, visit:

Dr. Blumenstein Talks to Gruening Middle School Class About Sexual Assault

In February, Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice faculty, spoke to Gruening Middle School students about the issue of sexual assault in Alaska. The students in Victoria Otte's 8th grade social studies class are participating in Project Citizen and are in the process of choosing a public policy topic to focus on for their project. For more information, visit: .


Criminal Justice Honor Society to Welcome New Members


Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society will welcome new members on Thursday, April 23, noon, at the Justice Center. Moose's Tooth pizza will be served. If you are a new inductee, come by and pick up your certificate and pin. Existing member are invited to stop by to say hello. If you are eligible for membership but haven't signed up yet, stop by and we can explain the process. Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, is the faculty advisor. For more information, visit:


Justice Major to Present at UAA Community Engagement Forum


On April 24, Daniel Reinhard, Justice major, will present at the 6th Annual UAA Community Engagement Forum sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Learning. Daniel will discuss his research project "Crime and Disorder at Town Square Park," which is related to his research with Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, in collaboration with the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership. For more information, visit:



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • May 3 - Commencement 

  • May 4 - UNAC workloads due from dean to faculty

  • May 8 - UNAC workloads due to OAA* 

  • May 9 - UNAC notification to dean from faculty planning to stand for P&T w/list of external reviewers

  • May 25 - Memorial Day holiday


    *Note: dates to be established for when these items are due to the dean's office.