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February 9, 2017
Join the 1 Billion Steps Challenge! 

The American Public Health Association has created a 1 Billion Steps Challenge that will take place from now through National Public Health Week on April 3-9, 2017. Please join our team, called the Alaska 'No Matter The Weather' Walkers. All Alaskans can participate and enjoy this activity, whether as individuals or groups. There is even a hashtag for you to add your fun photos while you are physically active! #NMTWwalkers
To sign up, go to the following link: Then scroll down and choose "Register & sync your device" or "Register to enter steps manually ." Follow the APHA instructions and sign up and create an account. To join our team, go to:
Alaska 'No Matter The Weather' Walkers
Scroll midway down and search for our name and the image to the right:
Even if you don't plan on counting steps, please join and support our team effort! For questions about the APHA 1 Billion Steps Challenge site links or challenge information, please contact APHA at: Or download a flyer (pdf).

Dress for Success Seminar
The Dress for Success seminar is tentatively scheduled to take place either April 22 or 29. Although initially conceived as a clothing drive and "shopping event" to help members of the community, the idea has morphed to one more appropriate to the university setting, focusing both on clothing and educating participants. Vulnerable members of the community will be invited (we are working on the logistics of this) to the Health Science Building for a day of encouragement and support from the COH students and faculty. Please see the Dress for Success flyer (pdf) for information, and to learn about ways you can support this event. To volunteer or request additional information, please contact: Lisa Jackson, or 907-786-4590.
COH Curriculum Committee Meets Wednesdays  

For the Fall 2016 semester, the COH Curriculum Committee will meet Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm. Submissions need to be in the CIM system ready for committee review by 9 am Monday the week prior. Contact Harriet Paule,, with questions and to co-ordinate pre-review of submissions prior to starting CIM workflow processing.
Unit Updates
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Recruitment is Underway for the 2017-18 LEND Program
Do you have students interested in becoming leaders in the field of developmental disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder, or want to gain skills and make connections in Alaska in her/his field? Please share this information with students who have a focus in developmental disabilities or childhood development.
Alaska LEND Without Walls provides graduate-level interdisciplinary leadership training for individuals who have a commitment to providing family-centered coordinated systems of health care and related services. The program aims to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have (or are at risk for) autism and other developmental disabilities. Completion of the training program results in a workforce credential and includes a stipend.
Graduate students and practicing professionals in the fields of nursing, public health, social work, psychology, special education, education, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, or medicine are invited to apply. We are also recruiting parents and family members of children with a developmental disability.
We will be accepting applications through April 1 for the 2017-18 Alaska LEND Without Walls Program. Go to and click on "Apply to LEND" to find out more.
Alaska LEND Fellows. 
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Don't Miss the PLAAY Summit, Feb. 24-25!

There is still space available for the PLAAY (Positive Leadership for Active Alaskan Youth) Summit February 24-25 in Anchorage. This conference is a tremendous opportunity for teachers, coaches, nurses, administrators, and other leaders of youth. Professional Development Credits and Continuing Nursing Education certification are available. Also, rural communities can participate remotely through videoconferencing. This conference, which is an initiative of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, features an all-star slate of speakers from across the state addressing the multi-factoral health issues facing adolescents involved in sports and recreation. For registration and additional information, download the PLAAY flyer (pdf) or visit: You can also follow the Facebook event page for updates at: 
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Professor Cary Moore Publishes Two Articles in Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Invention
Congratulations to Professor Cary Moore who teaches in our UAA/Creighton University ~ Alaska Pathway for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. Professor Moore recently published two articles in the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Invention. Her first study examined occupational therapist's perspectives on the challenges of early intervention practice, and her second examined the utilization of OT services within Head Start programs. Congratulations to Professor Moore for her hard work!
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AJSAC Fact Sheet Shows Decrease in Property Crime

The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet, 
"Property Crime Reported in Alaska, 1986-2015,"   presents data on property crime in Alaska, as reported in the Alaska Department of Public Safety publication Crime in Alaska. "Property crime" is an aggregate category that includes burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft crimes. From 1986 to 2015, the property crime rate in Alaska decreased as the overall crime rate decreased. The fact sheet is by Khristy Parker. For more information, visit:
Dr. Rivera Elected to ALPHA Board of Directors
Dr. Marny Rivera , Justice Center faculty, was elected to the Alaska Public Health Association Board of Directors. The Board will oversee the management and affairs of the  Alaska Public Health Association, a hub connecting all health groups in Alaska with the mission of promoting the quality of life for all Alaskans. For more information, visit:
Professor Jason Brandeis Interviewed by KTVA on nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court
Professor Jason Brandeis, Justice Center faculty, was interviewed by KTVA CBS 11 News on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Professor Brandeis compared the similar judicial philosophy and judicial styling of Judge Gorsuch to that of the late Justice Scalia. He also discussed the confirmation process for Judge Gorsuch and the important function of the US Supreme Court. Watch the video footage "Law Expert Explores Challenges Facing Trump's SCOTUS Nominee" : (Jan. 31, 2017). For more information, visit: . 
Dr. Rosay Appointed to 2017 Program Committee for American Society of Criminology
Dr. Andr√© Rosay , Justice Center Director, was appointed to serve as Chair of the Sexual Violence sub-area for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology (ASC). The ASC is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. For more information, visit:
April Stone is Admitted to Willamette University School of Law
April Stone with daughter, Shailynn, and Curtis Bridgeman, Dean, Willamette U. School of Law
April Stone, Justice major, is the first UAA student to be admitted to Willamette University School of Law 3+3 accelerated law school program under a 3+3 admissions agreement with UAA. Ms. Stone started at UAA in the Fall 2016 semester. Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Justice Center Legal Studies faculty, worked with Willamette to develop the 3+3 program and is UAA's point of contact for program advising. For more information, visit:
UAA Justice Club Holds Valentine's Day Fundraiser for AWAIC and STAR
UAA Justice Club members are partnering with AWAIC (Abused Women's Aid in Crisis, Inc.) and STAR (Standing Together Against Rape) to raise awareness about what "love is" and what "love is not." The week before Valentine's Day, they are traveling to different locations on UAA's Anchorage campus. In addition to providing information, Justice Club members are selling Valentine's Day cards and gifts that will be personally delivered on February 14, with proceeds going to AWAIC and STAR.
Resources for students at Rasmuson Hall (Feb. 8, 2017).

Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • February 23 - Leadership team meeting
  • March 3 - UNAC workloads due to directors/chairs
  • March 9 - Leadership team meeting
  • March 15 - UAFT & UNAC sabbatical reports / faculty development and research travel grant applications due to OAA
  • March 23 - Leadership team meeting
  • April 3 - UNAC workloads due to Dean
  • April 13 - Leadership team meeting
  • April 27 - Leadership team meeting
  • May 3 - UNAC workload due to faculty
  • May 7 - Spring Commencement