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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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December 1, 2016
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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Five Faculty Awarded Mini-Grants
CCEL received 13 proposals for faculty mini-grants; five have been awarded and three are yet to be decided. The following faculty received grants: 1) Rebecca Robinson, Psychology, Toward Trauma Informed Services: Trauma & Resilience in an Emergency Homeless Shelter with Brother Francis Shelter, Catholic Social Services, $2,000; 2) Grace Leu-Burke, Allied Health, Community Acquired MRSA: UAA Carriage Surveillance Pilot Project with Alaska Regional Hospital, $2,000; 3) Tracey Burke, Social Work, Managing Economic Insecurity: The Role of St. Francis House in Making Ends Meet with Catholic Social Services, $2,000; 4) Michael Mueller, Teaching & Learning, STEM Bird and Science Learning Habitat with Lake & Peninsula School District, $2,000; and 5) Kimberly Pace, Political Science, Model United Nations with Anchorage School District & Others, $500.

November Think Tank Discusses Supporting Alaska Native Students for Success 
The CCEL November Think Tank, co-hosted with the College of Education, had nearly 50 participants and a dynamic discussion on ways to support the success of its Alaska Native students. Actions from this Think Tank are a Bringing Theory to Practice grant proposal going into AAC&U to continue these discussions across the campus in 2017. Spring Think Tanks will be co-sponsored by the following Departments/Schools: Nursing, February 3; ENVI & Health Sciences, March 3; Social Work, April 6. All events are in LIB 307 and offer free pizza courtesy of Moose's Tooth.
Learning by Giving Course Awards Grants to Organizations
The CEL A392 Civic Engagement: Learning by Giving course, taught by Judy Owens-Manley, hosted a celebration on November 30 with four $2500 grant awards given by students to the following organizations: STAR, Alaska Legal Services, Alaska Injury Prevention Network, and Anchorage Community Land Trust. Grant proposals were written in the CEL partnering course ENGL A212 in Summer 2016, taught by Angela Andersen. Guest speakers from CEL A392 were invited to attend, including representatives from the Atwood Foundation, The Community Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the UA Foundation. The Learning by Giving set up a blog site for Learning by Giving "student ambassadors" to encourage their stories this year, and UAA students are winning Starbucks and Amazon gift cards by outdoing others. They are in the running now for an extra $1,000 that they can win to give away to additional organizations! Visit the Learning by Giving blog site: .

Credit: Green & Gold, photo by Joshua Borough
Faculty Training and Development Days to Take Place January 10-11
Faculty training and development days will take place January 10 and 11 with workshops from the following trio of Faculty Development Offices: CAFE, Academic Innovations & eLearning, and CCEL. Stay tuned for the listings!
Save the Date! Anchorage Museum Mixer to Take Place February 2
On Thursday, February 2, from 4-6 pm, the Anchorage Museum will host a mixer for community organizations and faculty to meet and greet. Expect more information in early January to connect with ideas and opportunities for engaging with the community!

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Interdisciplinary Ethics Training on Challenging Behavior to Take Place December 2
On Friday, December 2, the Alaska LEND without Walls program will offer Challenging Behavior-Ethical Issues & Decision Making in Anchorage with video conferencing at six sites around Alaska. The training will offer three NASW Ethics contact hours. Stephanie Bauer, PhD, will present an overview of common ethical approaches with a focus on ethical issues in responding to challenging behavior. She will present a tool for ethical decision-making to apply to two case studies (school based setting and health care setting). The LEND program offers 2-3 trainings a year to a broader audience that needs professional development and continuing education hours to maintain licensure. If you are interested in attending the interdisciplinary training, visit: .
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Biofoam Study Awarded 2016 ConocoPhillips Arctic Science and Engineering Grant
Dr. Amstislavski (Department of Health Sciences) and his co-investigator Dr. Joey Yang (UAA College of Engineering) were awarded the 2016 ConocoPhillips Arctic Science and Engineering grant to advance their research on biomaterials as a healthy and sustainable alternative for thermal
Dr. Amstislavski and Sen. Murkowski at the University Startup Demo Day in Washington,
DC in September.
insulation in Arctic housing and infrastructure. Their work reve aled that novel thermal insulation can be bio - engineered from a n Al askan white - rot fungus and biomass feedstock coming from our local forestry by-products. Their initial biomateria l possessed very promising stiffness, strength, and thermal insu lation properti es for applicati ons as green insulation in Alaska and beyond. Because the new material is rapidly renewable and compostable, the duo hopes that their material will become a sustainable alternative to the polluting styrofoam-like plastic foamboard used for thermal insulation in Alaska.
Last year, during the testing of the first samples of the "biofoam" (the nickname they gave to the new material), Drs. Amstislavski and Yang noted that while their material's insulating R-value was on par with the Insulfoam plastic foamboard used widely in AK, their material was heavier than their plastic competition. Their goals for the next year of research are to make biofoam lighter without compromising its insulation, stiffness, and strength. They also plan to build a small production system to make biofoam boards, bringing their vision one step closer to field application and manufacturing. This is a win-win proposition!
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Alaska Justice Information Center Welcomes Tristian Monterastelli
Tristian Monterastelli, MPP , recently joined the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) staff as a Research Professional. Ms. Monterastelli received a master's degree in Public Policy with specializations in Economics and State & Local Policy from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. For more information, visit: .
Prof. Brandeis Speaks on Marijuana Law at MBA Business & Health Ethics Intensive
Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD , Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, spoke at APU on November 12 about the impact and implications of the legalization of marijuana for the business community in Alaska. He presented at the Three-Day Intensive for Business Ethics and Health Ethics, which is part of the APU MBA program. For more information, visit: .
Dr. Payne Publishes Article on Examining Street Segments Over Time for Crime Patterns
Dr. Troy Payne , Justice faculty, published the article titled "The Importance of Small Units of Aggregation: Trajectories of Crime at Addresses in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1998-2012" in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society. For more information, visit: .
Dr. Chamard Presents at Urban & Rural in Alaska Community Engagement Conference

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, presented on October 21 at the Urban & Rural in Alaska: Community Engagement at UAA Conference sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL). Dr. Chamard discussed the question "Did closing a liquor store change the neighborhood?" For more information, visit: .

Justice Center Welcomes Jo Walker
Jo Walker joined the Justice Center staff as Academic Program Specialist. Most recently, she worked for an Anchorage law firm, and prior to that with the UAA College of Education and with Facilities Maintenance. For more information, visit: .
Save the Date! Criminal Justice Reform to Discuss Senate Bill 91 on December 8
Senate Bill 91 aims to reduce the prison population while enhancing public safety.

Day: Thursday, December 8, 2016 
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm 
Place: Wendy Williamson Auditorium, UAA Campus 
Parking: Free parking in lots next to auditorium

This event is free and open to the public, UAA students, faculty, and staff. For more information, visit: .
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • December 15th - Leadership team meeting
  • December 18 - Fall commencement          
  • December 26-27 - Winter holiday
  • December 24-January 1 - Campus closed
  • January 2-3 - New Year's holiday
  • January 12 - Leadership team meeting
  • January 26 - Leadership team meeting
  • February 1 - Emeritus applications due to OAA
  • February 9 - Leadership team meeting
  • February 23 - Leadership team meeting