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December 11,  2014
Congratulations to Innovate Award Recipients, Dr. Kullberg & Dr. Amstislavski


COH Dean Bill Hogan congratulates the following two COH faculty who received the 2015 Innovate Award:  


Dr. Max Kullberg, WWAMI School of Medical Education, College of Health: "Reprogramming Immunosuppressive Cells in Tumors by Targeted Delivery of All-Trans Retinoic Acid"



Dr. Philippe Amstislavski, Health Sciences, College of Health, and Dr. Joey Yang, Civil Engineering, College of Engineering: "A Biometric Alternative to High-End Fabricated Polymeric Foams: Feasibility Study of Native White-Rot Fungi-Based Insulation Material for Geoengineering."


MSHF Requests RFPs


The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is releasing a new Request for Proposals for the Mat-Su Behavioral Health Environmental Scan - Report 3. This RFP for the third report will inform the MSHF Healthy Foundations for Families Focus Area which was developed to address the number one goal of the 2013 Mat-Su Community Health Needs Assessment: "Mat-Su is a community where all children are safe and well cared for." A key area in meeting this goal is to reduce the occurrence of adverse childhood experiences and encourage healing by those who have experienced this type of trauma, both children and parents, as well as foster resiliency for all families to deal with life's crises. Qualified, interested parties must submit a completed proposal, along with signed cover letter, electronically by 4 PM on January 5, 2015. For more information, please download the full RFP (pdf).


Encourage Youth to Join the Alaska Youth Policy Summit!


The Alaska Youth Policy Summit (AYPS) takes place in Juneau, February 15-18, 2015. The deadline for applying is Friday, December 12, 2014, 5 PM. The AYPS will provide travel, hotel, and food paid for by a grant through the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. The Alaska Youth Policy Summit invites youth ages 18-24 years who live in Alaska and have had direct experience with Alaska's social services system to offer their perspectives to legislators and other policy-makers about issues related to Alaska's social services system. Read more about the Alaska Youth Policy Summit and download an application (pdf).


Project LIFT Offers 7-Month Leadership Development Program


Project LIFT (Leadership Initiatives for Tomorrow) is a federal SAMHSA program to expand, enhance, and grow the national behavioral health leadership workforce. The LIFT initiative is for people ages 20-30 who are pursuing or beginning their careers in the behavioral health field. In order to participate in the inaugural 2015 Behavioral Health Leadership Development Program, interested individuals must complete and submit an application and be nominated by a professor, instructor, supervisor, mentor, or other professional. The nominator must fill out and submit a nominator form to complete the application. Both the application form and the nominator form must be submitted by Monday, January 12, 2015. For more information about the program, and to download the applications, visit the Project LIFT web site.


Don't Miss"The Good Lie" Movie Event at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub!


The Alaska Sudan Medical Project (ASMP) is partnering up with the Bear Tooth for three showings of the film "The Good Lie." View the movie trailer at: There will be an introduction by ASMP about how their work in South Sudan pertains to the movie. The showings will be on Friday, Dec. 12, Saturday Dec. 13, and Sunday Dec. 14 at 5:30 pm. For more information, download the event flyer (pdf).

Unit Updates
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Alaska LEND Training Reaches Around the State


The Alaska LEND without Walls program held a training in November 2014 titled "Ethics in MCH Practice: Interdisciplinary Decision Making." Dr. Rhonda Johnson, Chair of the Department of Health Sciences, presented an overview of ethical approaches, and Stephanie Bauer, Associate Professor of Philosophy, facilitated a progressive case study. Using video conferencing, the training connected 35 Anchorage participants with 53 other Alaskans in Bethel, Homer, Seward, Juneau, and Fairbanks.  

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UAA and UW School of Law Partner for Accelerated Law School Admissions Program


UAA and the University of Washington School of Law partnered to provide qualified UAA students the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree and law degree on an accelerated schedule (typically in 6 years instead of 7 years). UW School of Law Dean Kellye Testy and UAA Chancellor Tom Case signed the agreement on November 13 at a ceremony at UAA. Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Legal Studies Program Coordinator in the Justice Center, is the contact for this program. KTUU Channel 2 News and KTVA Channel 11 News aired news stories about the signing. For more information, visit:

Prof. Brandeis Interviewed by Multiple Media Outlets on Marijuana Legalization  


Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, was interviewed about the recent passage of a marijuana legalization ballot initiative. See the  following list (for more information on these articles, visit: 

  • "Going to Pot?" by Mary Lochner. Anchorage Press, November 20, 2014.
  • "Pot will be legal in Alaska. What you need to know about what happens next," KTUU Channel 2 News, November 6, 2014.
  • "Alaska Cannabis Club hopes to provide access to medical marijuana" by Laurel Andrews. Alaska Dispatch News, August 24, 2014.
  • "Will Alaska's Libertarian Legacy Resonate on 2014 Marijuana Vote?" Cannabis Radio News, October 19, 2014.
In addition, Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, wrote the following op-ed piece in the Alaska Dispatch on marijuana law enforcement:
Justice Center Faculty Make Presentations at ASC Conference


Nine Justice Center faculty (Dr. Andr� Rosay; Dr. Brad Myrstol; Dr. Allan Barnes; Dr. Sharon Chamard; Dr. Mary Rivera; Dr. Troy Payne; Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D.; Dr. Cory R. Lepage; and Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein) made presentations at the November 2014 Annual American Society of Criminology (ASC) conference in San Francisco. Topics included:

  • Violence against Indian women,
  • Team-Based POGIL Techniques,
  • Late night safety in downtown Anchorage,
  • Impact of early exposure to violence on youth development and offending,
  • Marijuana legalization in Alaska,
  • Perceptions of justices in rural courts, and
  • Arrest decision-making of intimate partner violence.

For more information, visit:


Video on "Traffic Stops: What to Expect from Police" Community Forum Now Online!  


The Anchorage Community Police Relations Task Force (ACPRTF), the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission (AERC), the Anchorage Police Department (APD), and the Justice Center co-sponsored a community forum on November 5 - "Traffic Stops - What to Expect from Police." Presenters included Captain Dave Koch and Officer Jon Butler, Anchorage Police Department; Joshua Decker, ACLU of Alaska Executive Director; and Dr. Troy Payne, Justice Center faculty, as moderator. The video of the program is now available on the APD YouTube Channel. For more information, visit:


Mass Advising Takes Place at November Pizza Party for Students


Justice and Legal Studies students and faculty enjoyed Mooses Tooth pizza and other goodies at the Fall 2014 Pizza and Advising Party on November 5 at the Justice Center. Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Undergraduate Program Coordinator, and Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Legal Studies Program Coordinator, used the event as an opportunity for "mass advising" and planning for Spring 2015 course schedules. For more information, visit:


Prof. Periman Presents to Alaska Association of Paralegals


Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Justice Center Legal Studies Program Coordinator, spoke to the Alaska Association of Paralegals at their October monthly continuing legal education luncheon on "Paralegal Practice Update: The Regulatory Climate for Nonlawyer Professionals in 2014." For more information, visit:



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • December 14 - Fall commencement
  • December 25-26 - Christmas holiday
  • December 27-31 - Winter holiday, campus closed

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