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This Leadership Team Newsletter is published every two weeks by the Dean's Office in the College of Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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March 16, 2017
Change in Bylaws Requiring Approval of COH Faculty
Last year, the curriculum committee began work on revising the College of Health curriculum committee bylaws (last updated 2011) to align them with UAA's new electronic system for curriculum, address the addition of the COH's inter-professional course prefix, and update language on current committee processes and procedures.
Highlights of the changes include:
  • Addition of an at-large committee member to allow for representation by faculty from any unit brought into the college.
  • Clarification on voting privileges for committee members proposing curriculum.
  • Strengthened language for representation from a curriculum sponsor to be present at the meeting when their curriculum is on the agenda.
  • Addition of the requirements for courses eligible to be proposed under the COHI prefix.
  • Alignment of the process for curriculum submission with the new CIM curriculum submission procedures.
Your feedback is appreciated. Please email your concerns, questions, or recommendations to Harriet Paule at Responses received by March 20 will be considered at the March 22 Curriculum Committee meeting. The final draft bylaws will then be distributed to all COH faculty for approval. Download the draft revised bylaws (pdf). 
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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Alaska AHEC Program Selected as Alaska Career Preparedness Award Recipient
The Alaska AHEC Program is proud to announce that it has been selected as the Alaska Career Preparedness Award recipient for the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign. As the ACT College and Career Transition Award exemplar for Alaska, the Alaska AHEC has the opportunity to be considered for National Semifinalist status by an ACT Selection Committee. This committee will narrow the extremely deserving field of state exemplars into four National Semifinalists. Finally, a National Selection Committee composed of national education and workforce leaders will choose from the Semifinalists the four National Exemplars, one per category. These National Exemplars, along with all state exemplars and semifinalists, will be honored at an ACT event in late fall 2017. The Alaska AHEC would like to send a special thank you to all of their partners and supporters.
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Don't Miss the 21st Century Traumatic Brain Injury Treatments Training!

The 21st Century Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Treatments training will take place March 25 & 26, 2017. This training brings together a variety of experts to present current and effective treatments for patients living with brain injury. CMEs will be offered.
For more information and to register, visit: For questions contact, Danielle Reed, or 264-6230. 
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Don't Miss UAA's Mamava Lactation Pod Ribbon-Cutting, This Friday, March 24!

Please join Dr. Corrie Whitmore (Health Sciences) and the UAA Lactation Workgroup for the ribbon-cutting of our new lactation pod in the Student Union on March 24 at 2:30 pm. This is the first lactation pod in Alaska and was brought to campus through the competitive Alaska Workplace Breastfeeding Support Program. We are thrilled to have this accommodation for our employees, students, and community guests who need a designated place to express breast milk on campus.

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Dr. Seta Kabranian-Melkonian Presents on Ethical Concerns in Refugee Research
On March 8, Dr. Seta Kabranian-Melkonian PhD, Human Services Practicum Specialist, presented at the UAA Bookstore on the role of human services administrators conducting refugee research. According to Dr. Kabranian-Melkonian, "the number of refugees and internally displaced people is rising every minute worldwide. Furthermore, new categories of refugees, such as climate refugees or nuclear refugees, are adding to the traditional groups of natural disaster and war refugees. Implementing research with this complicated group poses numerous ethical issues for researchers." She discussed the challenges during interaction with refuges from different cultures. The presentation was accompanied with recent photographs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Download a flyer (pdf).

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Prof. Jason Brandeis Article Examines Status of Marijuana Laws after Election

In the article "Status of marijuana law confused by election," Prof. Jason Brandeis, Justice faculty, examines different scenarios that may unfold regarding federal enforcement of marijuana laws under President Donald Trump and newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The article appears in the January-March 2017 edition of Alaska Bar Rag, a publication of the Alaska Bar Association. It can be found at: Prof. Brandeis provides a look at how the "fragile truce" that has been established between the federal government and states that have legalized marijuana may or may not hold in the coming years.
Professor Ryan Fortson Spearheads Alaska High School Mock Trial Competition
Prof. Ryan Fortson, Justice Center faculty, took a leading role in organizing the Alaska High School Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of the Anchorage Bar Association. This year, Prof. Fortson provided students with a case involving the death of a participant in a fictional remote Alaska reality show. Students played the roles of attorneys and witnesses and were evaluated by a panel of judges, attorneys, and law clerks. The final round took place in the courtroom of the Alaska Supreme Court on March 4. For more information, visit:

Dr. Myrstol and Dr. Valle Provide Alaska Results First Benefit Cost on Alaska Department of Corrections Programs
Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice Center faculty and director of the  Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) and the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), and Dr. Araceli Valle, AJiC research professional, presented findings from the Alaska  Results First Initiative to Dean Williams, commissioner of the  Alaska Department of Corrections (ADOC). The Alaska  Results First analysis of evidence-based ADOC programs provides policymakers with a tool to better understand the relationship between the state's investment in programs and the return on that investment in terms of the reduced future costs of recidivism. For more information, visit:
Justice Center Takes Third Place at Anchorage Youth Court 2017 Gavel Games
On March 3, thirty teams of legal eagles and youth court supporters engaged in a battle of intelligence and arcane knowledge. The Justice Center, fielding its first team, battled for first place with the Anchorage Bar Association through four rounds, but slipped to third place behind Team Morrison and the Anchorage Bar after a round of questions on Olympic history. The Justice Center co-sponsored the annual Gavel Games, the largest fundraiser for Anchorage Youth Court (AYC). AYC provides an opportunity for students to serve as attorneys, judges, bailiffs, clerks and jurors in cases involving their peers. Youth in grades 7 through 12 accused of minor offenses are referred by the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice to AYC to have their cases heard. Youth found guilty are spared a formal juvenile record if they complete their sentence and do not break the law again. For more information, visit:
Legal Studies Joins College of Health's Grand Rounds
On March 3, the College of Health (COH) and Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) held Grand Rounds in the Student Union. The event drew students from across COH disciplines for a program designed to promote interprofessional education and present innovations in diabetes care. For the first time, Justice Center Legal Studies students and faculty joined the program, bringing their perspective to questions of health policy and insurance coverage. Prof. Kristin Knudsen, Justice Center faculty who teaches Health Law, is a member of COH's Interprofessional Education Working Group that helped organize Grand Rounds. For more information, visit:

Prof. Knudsen and Dr. Tom Wadsworth, Pharm.D.

Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • 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
  • May 11 - Leadership team meeting
  • May 13-18 - Spring Break
  • May 17 - Holiday
  • May 25 - Leadership team meeting