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April 5, 2018
The College of Health "Amazing Race" on Academic Insight Day a Huge Success!
On March 30, the College of Health kicked off the "Amazing Race" event for Academic Insight Day. Based loosely on the Amazing Race television show, about 90 interested health students raced around campus on Friday learning about the many programs the College of Health has to offer in the medical and health occupations. Many thanks to the department "champions" who got their respective departments on board, and to the students, staff, faculty, volunteers, and alumni who helped run challenges, talk to st udents, and otherwise create an open fun atmosphere. Students found 28 challenge stations in GHH, PSB , ESH, AHS, and HSB, each with a unique task or challenge. Throughout the race,  student clubs hosted "feeding stations" with food and refreshments to develop interest in clubs. The young minds, the atmosphere of fun competition, and the great activities made it a night to remember!
Prizes included a 3-credit tuition waiver, semester parking pass, Amazon Echo, Instapot, and many $25 gift cards. Some students were highly competitive, completing 24 of the 28 stations, and others partook in the informative booths, asking questions and learning all they could. Some changes will be made to next year's Amazing Race Academic Insight Day, so keep thinking about how you can participate. We even received accolades from Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Lora Volden and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Dr. Schultz for a hugely successful event. We hope you can join us next year!

Unit Updates
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Don't Miss WWAMI's Annual Alaska PreMed Summit, April 7
Join us this Saturday, April 7 for the 13th Annual Alaska PreMed Summit at the Rasmuson Hall! Each year we offer a wide range of speakers, informational tables, and hands-on learning activities covering the ins and outs of Medical School. Learn about the application process, go through a mock medical school interview, and learn about the various directions Medical School can take you. The event is free! Pre-registration is available through Friday, April 6 at In-person registration is available the morning of the event.
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Come Celebrate New ICHS Publications, April 13
Please join us in celebrating the Institute for Circumpolar Health's most recent publications "A Formative Evaluation of Two FASD Prevention Communication Strategies" in Alcohol and Alcoholism and "Changes in the health status of newly housed chronically homeless: the Alaska Housing First program evaluation" in The Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless. The celebration will take place Friday, April 13, 4-5 pm in the ICHS conference room (BOC3, Room 201). We will have light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

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Amazing Stories: Rachel Dunbar
Nursing student Rachel Dunbar talks about exploring her diverse interests and finding her niche at UAA in a special video. Rachel is a nursing major who is also studying anthropology. She currently has a biological sciences internship researching birds as bio-indicators for plastic pollution in the Aleutian Islands. To watch this video, visit one of the following links: 


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Mental Health First Aid Training, June 26
Save the date! The CHD Alaska Training Cooperative will be providing a Mental Health First Aid training on June 26, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Trainees will be taught to practice and respond appropriately to mental health problems in a variety of situations. For more information, download a flyer (pdf). Registration is required at:

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DHS Inducts 2018 Delta Omega Honor Society Members at Open House
Gail Schiemann and Tammy Choromanski
On Monday, kicking off National Public Health Week, the Department of Health Sciences held an Open House and inducted MPH Delta Omega Honor Society members for 2018. Student inductees include Tammy Choromanski and Sarah Stevens, alumni inductees are Gail Schiemann, Desire' Shepler, and Marc Deede, and the honorary inductee is Dr. Jay Butler. Each year, the Gamma Iota Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health at UAA elects new students, faculty, alumni, and honorary members based on high academic standards and outstanding performance in scholarship, teaching, research, and community service
MPH Candidate Sara Conyers Defends Practicum
On Tuesday, Sara Conyers, MPH candidate, successfully defended her project titled "Inventory and Assessment of Food Policy Actions with Potential for Adaptation to Alaska Food Production, Processing, and Distribution Systems." Congratulations Sara!
Faculty, Staff, and Students Participate in No Matter the Weather Walk
On Wednesday, Faculty, staff, and students from the College of Health, the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, and the Department of Health Sciences participated in the No Matter the Weather Walk in support of National Public Health Week. A total of 12 participants walked more than 4,000 steps at 27 degree weather from ISB to Goose Lake.

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The 2018 spring edition of the Alaska Justice Forum print and expanded web editions are now available This edition includes articles dealing with Alaska's high incidence of sexual violence. Specifically, it includes:   
  • High referral rate for VPSO-assisted sex assault cases
  • Alaska Victimization Survey results: Aleutian/Pribilof Island
  • Sexual Assault Kit Initiative: Alaska making progress
  • Workload-based staffing model shows Troopers in B-Detachment chronically understaffed (web only)
  • Sequential Intercept Model: Framework for a 'wicked' problem
  • Myrstol is new Justice Center director 
For more information, and to download the Spring 2018 Forum, visit:
On April 2, retired Superior Court Judge Sen Tan listened to oral arguments in Prof. Ryan Fortson's Legal Studies Senior Seminar. Students drafted appellate briefs in the case of State of Alaska vs. Alaska Democratic Party (an actual case argued the week prior) and Alaska Republican Party vs. State of Alaska (a fictional corollary case). Each student was assigned a single point on appeal to brief and argue this point in front of Judge Tan.

Ret. Judge Sen Tan (center, black jacket) with students. 
Jason Brandeis Article Discusses Recent Changes to Federal Marij uana Policy
Professor Jason Brandeis' latest article about marijuana law was published in the January-March 2018 edition of The Alaska Bar Rag , the Alaska Bar Association's quarterly journal. The article, "Marijuana legalization: Can you bank on it?" discusses recent changes to the federal policy on marijuana legalization and how those changes may impact marijuana businesses and government regu lators in the state of Alaska.

Troy Payne Authors Workload-Based Staffing Model for AST B Detachment

The UAA Justice Center produced a workload-based staffing model for police patrol in the Alaska State Troopers (AST) B Detachment, studying a period between 2009-2015. ASTs provide service in unincorporated areas of the state. B Detachment's service area is a large part of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and portions of the Valdez-Cordova Census Area along the Richardson Highway. According to the study, Troopers in B Detachment are chronically over-utilized, which causes operational problems. For more information on this study, visit:

Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • May 1 - UNAC workloads due to faculty
  • May 6 - Spring Commencement
  • May 12 - UAFT & UNAC notification from faculty planning to stand for P&T, list of external reviewers due to dean by 5 pm
  • May 21 - Summer 2018: First 5-wk session, first day of classes
  • May 28 - Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 27 - Summer 2018: Second 5-wk session, first day of classes
  • June 28 - Grades due for first 5-week session