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February 19,  2015

Application Deadline Extended! -- Health Equity Leadership Institute


Are you interested in health equity research? The application deadline for the University of Wisconsin's 6th Annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) has been extended to February 28th. HELI is an intensive week-long "research boot camp" focused on increasing the number of researchers, especiallyminority investigators, engaged in health disparities/health equity research and competing successfully for tenure track and leadership positions. HELI takes place June 14-19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information, download a flyer (pdf).


Call for Abstracts - 14th Annual Arctic Health Science Seminar


Don't miss the opportunity to share your work and network with circumpolar colleagues in a supportive and friendly setting. Thedeadline for abstracts for the Arctic Health Science Seminar in Anchorage is February 27th at 5 pm. Select student presenters will receive awards and prizes. For more information, visit


Don't Miss the Arctic Health Science Seminar


The 14th Annual Arctic Health Science Seminar will take place Friday, March 27th at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The seminar will include the Robert Fortuine Memorial Lecture presented by Dr. Denise Dillard. For more information and a tentative agenda, visit 

COH Curriculum Committee Meets Wednesdays


The COH Curriculum Committee will hold its regular meeting on Wednesdays, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The deadline for submission of materials for committee review is Monday at 9am, the week prior to the meeting. Submit electronic files in Word format to Harriet Paule ( To assist you in submitting materials to the curriculum committee, download the "COH Faculty Curriculum Submission Guide AY 14/15" (doc).

Unit Updates
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Traveling Exhibit on Display at UAA: Native Voices

The US National Library of Medicine (NLM), in consultation with American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, created the exhibition Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness. It is currently on display at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland but was developed into a traveling exhibition that includes an interactive iPad component making it accessible to communities outside NLM in Indian Country and elsewhere. The exhibition looks at how wellness and illness are interconnected with cultural life. Stories examine past and present, and show how the  determinants of health for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are tied to community, the land, and spirit. Native Voices is located on the third floor of UAA's Health Sciences Building and will be displayed through March 6th, 8 am - 5 pm. For more information, visit the Native Voices website.


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Dr. Nix Involved in Global and Refugee Health

In the fall 2014, Dr. Nancy A. Nix, Assistant Professor of Public Health and MPH faculty, became a Board Director for the Alaska Sudan Medical Project. In January 2015, she also participated in a 2-week Winter Institute short course "Management of Health Emergencies for Large Populations" at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. This course was a collaborative effort between JHU and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Dr. Nix continues to serve on the Alaska Disaster Ethics Committee.


Dr. Amstislavski to Present on Climate Change and Access to Health Care 


Dr. Philippe Amstislavski, Associate Professor of Public Health and MPH faculty, will present at the UAA Campus Bookstore on "Climate Change Impacts on Access to Health Care." Please join us Tuesday, February 24th, 1-3 pm.  


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Don't Miss Criminal Justice Speaker Dr. Allen Ault on March 2nd!
Come hear Dr. Allen Ault, Dean of the College of Justice & Safety at Eastern Kentucky University, share his experiences as a commissioner of corrections, a warden of a maximum security prison, and a chief of special projects (National Institute of Corrections). The talk "40 Years in Corrections: Are We Going Forward or Backward?" will take place Monday, March 2nd from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307. For more information, visit:

North to the Future - Video and Materials Now Online!


The Joint Alaska Law Review/Justice Center symposium "North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska's Emerging Frontiers" addressed the rapidly evolving changes in Alaska and the Arctic, and the challenges presented to Alaska's leaders and institutions in addressing the legal issues associated with economic development, climate change, and social and cultural impacts. View videos of the presentations and course materials, and read the transcript of the keynotes and the articles submitted for the symposium in the Alaska Law Review (December 2014). Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, PhD, Justice faculty, was the faculty advisor for this event. For more information, visit:


Alaska Victimization Survey Shows Troubling Numbers

The results of the 2014 Alaska Victimization Survey for the Nome Census Area were released on February 11. The troubling numbers showed:

  • 51% of adult women in the Nome Census Area had experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both in their lifetime;
  • 11% had experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both in the past year;
  • More than three out of every 10 adult women in the Nome Census Area had experienced sexual violence in their lifetime; and
  • More than four out of every 10 had experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime.
For more information, including survey details, visit:

Podcast Available -- Dr. Barnes Discusses Student Team-Based Learning


Dr. Allan Barnes, Justice faculty, spoke February 11th at a UAA Campus Bookstore event about using  POGIL (process oriented guided inquiry learning) to create an interactive community of learning in the classroom. In his presentation "Is the Lecture Dead?" Dr. Barnes described his experiences using POGIL in his classes, how the technique works, and the positive outcomes for students and the teacher. Listen to the podcast (scroll to number 42). For more information, visit:


Dr. Payne Interviewed by Alaska Dispatch News on Marijuana Law


Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, was interviewed by Alaska Dispatch News about the upcoming changes in marijuana law and enforcement in Alaska. Dr. Payne was asked about arrests for marijuana possession in Anchorage and searches for marijuana in "For Anchorage police, legal pot means changes big and small" (Michelle Theriault Boots, 2/3/15). For more information, visit:


Dr. Chamard Publishes Chapter on Homeless Encampments


Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, recently published the chapter "Factors Associated with Homeless Encampment Locations in Anchorage, Alaska" in the book The Criminal Act: The Role and Influence of Routine Activity Theory. This book is in honor of Dr. Marcus Felson--Dr. Chamard's dissertation advisor at the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers-Newark who originated the routine activity approach to crime rate analysis. Dr. Chamard's chapter looks at homeless encampments in Anchorage. For more information, visit:


Prof. Knudsen Judges Drama, Debate and Forensics Tournament


Prof. Kristin Knudsen, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was a volunteer judge for the recent Dimond High Drama, Debate, and Forensics Tournament sponsored by the Anchorage School District. Over 180 students competed from 13 schools in communities around the state. Prof. Knudsen was one of several attorneys who volunteered as part of the Attorney Connect  program, a project of the Alaska Bar's Law Related Education (LRE) Committee. The goal was to create a liaison between the schools and attorneys who are interested in legal education for their students. For more information, visit:



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • March 3 - UNAC workloads due to unit director/chair

  • March 9-13 - Spring break 

  • March 13 - Spring break holiday

  • March 16 - Fall 2014 sabbatical reports due to OAA 

  • March 16 - Faculty development & research travel grants applications due to OAA*

  • April 3 - UNAC workloads due to dean 

  • April 16 - UNAC term faculty's AAR w/self-evaluation & CV due to director/chair w/cc to dean

  • May 3 - Commencement 

  • May 4 - UNAC workloads due from dean to faculty

  • May 8 - UNAC workloads due to OAA* 

  • May 9 - UNAC notification to dean from faculty planning to stand for P&T w/list of external reviewers

  • May 25 - Memorial Day holiday


    *Note: dates to be established for when these items are due to the dean's office.