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March 8, 2018
Faculty Session on Submitting Files for Promotion and Tenure, April 6
Members of the COH Peer Review Committee will offer a file preparation session on Friday, April 6, from 8:30-10 am in AHS 147. This session is not intended to replace the trainings OAA regularly offers. Instead, we will draw on several years of experience reviewing files to offer insights and tips about how to tell a compelling story of professional (academic) accomplishment.
University of Alaska Biomedical Research Conference to Take Place May 17-18 
The University of Alaska Anchorage, in collaboration with BLaST and INBRE, announce the 11th Annual University of Alaska Biomedical Research Conference (UA-BRC) to be held May 17 and 18, 2018 at the UAA ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building. This two-day conference will showcase biomedical and One Health-related research from graduate students, undergraduate students, researchers, and faculty throughout Alaska in the form of oral presentations and poster sessions. Roundtable discussions and break-out sessions will address diverse topics relevant to undergraduate students, graduate students, and/or faculty. For more information, visit: Download the UA-BRC event flyer (pdf) and the Call for Abstracts & Registration information flyer (pdf).
Unit Updates
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Change Approved for Dental Hygiene Program
Sandra Pence (l) and Carri Shamburger (r) 
The Commission on Dental Accreditation recently approved the UAA Dental Hygiene program's request to change its entry-level program from the Associate of Applied Science to a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree. The hard work put forth by Dental Hygiene Program Director Sandra Pence and Dental Hygiene Clinical Director Carri Shamburger is indicative of their dedication to students. Dental Hygiene students previously earned an average of 92 credits for the associate degree. The change to a bachelor's degree recognizes student investment, both time and money, into this program. Students selected for the Dental Hygiene program in Fall 2018 will enter the bachelor program. These future graduates will have advanced skills and knowledge to provide dental care to the Alaska populace.

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ICHS Staff Publish Manuscripts in Peer-Reviewed Journals
ICHS is excited to announce the publication of two manuscripts. The first manuscript "A Formative Evaluation of Two FASD Prevention Communication Strategies" was published in the January 2018 edition of Alcohol and Alcoholism. "In this FASD prevention feasibility study, we found that FASD prevention messages, particularly paired with pregnancy test dispensers, placed in the women's restrooms of establishments that serve alcohol can effectively promote informed alcohol consumption decisions among women who are, or may become, pregnant."
Driscoll, D., Barnes, V., Johnston, J., Windsor, R., & Ray, R. (2018) A formative evaluation of two FASD prevention communication strategies.
Alcohol and Alcoholism.
The second article, "Changes in the Health Status of Newly Housed Chronically Homeless" was published in the February 2018 edition of The Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless. "This three-year longitudinal study investigated the effects of Alaska's inaugural Housing First projects in Anchorage and Fairbanks on local service usage, costs and tenant quality of life. Emergency services use by tenants decreased from the year before moving into Housing First to the year after."
Driscoll, D., Johnston, J., Chapman, C. Hedwig, T., Shimer, S., Barker, R., Burke, N., Baldwin, M., & Brown, R. (2018) Changes in the health status of newly housed chronically homeless: The Alaskan Housing First program evaluation.
Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless.

Alaska Center For Rural Health and
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UAA COH IPE Grand Rounds Event on Opioid Use Disorders, April 20 
The UAA COH Interprofessional Education Working Group and the Alaska AHEC Program would like to invite everyone to the Spring 2018 IPE Grand Rounds Event on Friday, April 20 from 12-1:30 pm in AHSB 206/207. Please share this opportunity with students, and even consider offering extra credit to students who attend the event. The main goal of the IPE Grand Rounds is to provide students with the opportunity to explore and appreciate the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals outside of their major to improve quality of care for patients. Students can pre-register here:

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Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded to DHS/ICHS
The Department of Health Sciences and the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies submitted a joint proposal for the Multi-cultural Postdoctoral Fellowship program. The Provost announced on March 5 that six proposals were selected for funding and the DHS/ICHS joint proposal was among them. The position will be posted soon. If anyone is aware of good candidates, please contact Jenny Miller, 786-6588 / or Janet Johnston, 786-6567 /
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MLS Alumni Update: Mya Win, MSCLS, MLS (ASCP)CM
Mya Win graduated with a BS in Medical Technology from UAA in 2008. After working for seven years at Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Alaska Medical Center, she relocated to Texas in 2012 and worked as a medical technologist at Kingwood Medical Center. Mya was promoted to laboratory supervisor in January 2014 and, while working full time, enrolled in the MS in Medical Laboratory Science program at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She completed the program in December 2016 and entered their Medical Laboratory Science Doctorate program in January 2017. Mya is currently living in Houston enjoying a challenging program while preparing to become a member of a diagnostic management team after graduation in 2020.
During Hurricane Harvey, Mya and her team remained at the hospital for six days providing physical and emotional support for the patients, staff, and family members. The hospital exceeded its 370-bed capacity, taking transfer patients from flooded hospitals. Mya is proud that her team stayed strong and provided excellent laboratory services during such a difficult time.
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Barnes Interviewed on KRUA - Listen to Rebroadcast March 9, 1 pm
Tune into KRUA 88.1 The Edge, on Friday, March 9, to hear Prof. Allan Barnes, Justice Center faculty, talk about how he got into the field of criminology and describe the history of the Justice Center. Dr. Barnes spoke with Deb Moll on Informania, a KRUA show broadcast live on Monday, March 5. Informania repeats on Friday, March 9 at 1 pm.
Justice Bolger Hears Student Motions in Advanced Litigation Class

On March 1, Alaska Supreme Court Justice Joel Bolger listened to oral arguments by students, provided feedback, and made rulings on the motions during Prof. Ryan Fortson's Trial and Advanced Litigation Processes Class (LEGL 487). Students drafted legal memoranda on motions from four fictional scenarios and defended their positions before Justice Bolger. Justice Bolger's participation in the class helped students better understand how judges might react to their work.
(l-r) Mark Turberville, David Forthoffer, Jennifer Menjivar, Mackenzie Gilpin, Justice Joel Bolger, JoAnna Delasse, Joseph Morris, Kaleb Gibertoni, Prof. Ryan Fortson, Laura Eagle, and Kisung Kang 
Chamard Co-Leads THINK TANK on Making Public Spaces Safe

On March 8, Prof. Sharon Chamard
, Justice Center faculty, along with Prof. Shannon Donovan, Department Chair of the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, and a representatives from the Municipality of Anchorage, led a discussion on, "Can we make public spaces in Anchorage safe and welcoming for everyone." This event was hosted by the UAA Environmental Studies, UAA Justice Center, UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning, and the Municipality of Anchorage.
Lead Organizer of ACLU Speaks at Society of Law & Justice Meeting
On March 1, the  Society of Law and Justice welcomed Rashika Rakibullah, lead organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska, as guest speaker at their general meeting. Rakibullah talked about her job and how she came to this field of work.

Other events being planned include:
  • Panel discussion with Anchorage Police Department officers and administrators on policing procedures in recognition of National Criminal Justice Month. The discussion is scheduled for March 29, at 7 pm in SSB 118 and is open to the public.
  • End of year club meeting, April 26, offering students an opportunity to relax before finals by playing Mario Kart and enjoying free food.
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • March 12-17 - Spring Break
  • March 15 - Sabbatical reports due to OAA / UAFT workloads due to administrator
  • March 16 - Spring Break Holiday
  • April 2 - UNAC workloads due to dean
  • May 1 - UNAC workloads due to faculty
  • May 6 - Spring Commencement