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February 27,  2014
UAA Partner in NIH Center Proposal

Randy Magen is coordinating UAA's contribution to an NIH funding opportunity request (U54 mechanism) that aims to "enhance diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, and social science research workforce." Portland State University is the lead institution and will house the center. Other partner institutions are Oregon Health Sciences University, University of Hawaii, several community colleges in Oregon, and possibly other universities in the South Pacific. If funded, the center would provide research-training opportunities for students, mentorship for students and faculty, faculty development, and other resources. The target underrepresented student groups are Alaska Native and Pacific Islanders. Two additional student groups targeted are youth who have entered college from foster care and students with disabilities.

COHI Prefix on a Path to Approval

The College of Health Interprofesional (COHI) course prefix is proceeding through the curriculum approval process. No resistance to the proposal has emerged and the prefix will be approved by the April Faculty Senate meeting. The COHI prefix will allow courses that are cross-listed beyond two units, as well as for specific interprofessional courses. The Interprofessional Simulation Committee has been considering developing a simulation lab course (variable credit) which could be housed in the COHI prefix.
Interprofessional Simulation Workshop

The Interprofessional Simulation Committee is planning a workshop for September 13, 2014. The workshop is an introduction for faculty (and others) on designing and implementing simulation. Specific topics include an overview of simulation, types of simulation, scenario development, selecting and training standardized patients, manikin function and utilization, conducting simulations, and debriefing. Look for flyers in the near future publicizing this useful training.
Curriculum Committee

The College Curriculum Committee will meet Wednesdays, 1-3 PM in PSB 213. Submission deadlines for committee review are 9:00 AM Mondays, the week prior to
the committee's review.

Reviews of curricular documents follow guidelines in the
UAA Curriclum Handbook (the latest revision is June 2013). The committee identified the issue of duplication of courses across academic units. The Interprofessional Education Committee has a preliminary listing of courses which may be duplicated across academic units. This listing is not complete but is an initial attempt to identify courses where the opportunity for interprofessional education exists. Identifying existing and new courses for interprofessional education will continue during this academic year.

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Join Us for the Next Public Health Seminar Series!

Dr. Ubydul Haque, MPH Faculty Candidate, will present "Epidemiological and Economic Evaluation of Malaria Burden and Control in Bangladesh: Prospects of Elimination"

Monday, March 3, 2014 
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
UAA Diplomacy Bldg, Suite 305 


For more information, download the event flyer

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Time to Legalize? A Public Discussion on Marijuana Law and Policy


Don't miss the panel discussion on marijuana law and policy sponsored by the UAA Justice Center and the UAA Justice Club for National Criminal Justice Month!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium (parking is free in auditorium west side lot) 
Free to all UAA students, faculty, staff, and the public

For more information, visit:

Winter 2013/2014 Mat-Su Community Survey is Underway

The Winter 2013/2014 Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Survey, directed by Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, is being mailed to a random sample of Mat-Su residents. The survey is a cooperative research effort between the Justice Center and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to collect information about the use of and satisfaction with Borough services, opinions about Borough policies and taxation, and household composition. For more information, visit:

Prof. Fortson Volunteers at MLK Free Legal Clinic


Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, Justice faculty, was one of over 80 volunteer lawyers who assisted 253 clients in Anchorage on January 2 for the Anchorage MLK Day 5th Annual Free Legal Clinic. The clinic is a public service project of the Alaska Bar Association, Alaska Court System, and Alaska Legal Services Corporation. It was held at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club and was in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. These clinics are for low income Alaskans with civil legal needs that include family, landlord-tenant, and public benefits matters. For more information, visit:


AJSAC Fact Sheet: Juvenile Justice Referrals Decline in Alaska, 2003-2013


The October 2013 issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet summarizes referrals made by Alaska law enforcement agencies to the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for state fiscal years 2003-2013. The data showed a 52% decline in the number of youth referred to DJJ from FY 2003 to FY 2013. For more information on the Fact Sheet, created by Khristy Parker and Dr. Brad A. Myrstol of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), visit:


Dr. Payne on Panel About Recommendations for Anchorage Police Use of Force Policy


Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, was a panelist at the February 13 Anchorage Community Police Relations Task Force (ACPRTF) community forum at Clark Middle School on "Police Use of Force." A sub-committee of the ACPRTF reviewed the APD use of force policy and recently released a report Anchorage Police Department Use of Force Policy Review Brief and Recommendations (pdf). Also available for download is the APD Use of Force Policy (pdf). For more information, visit:

Justice Center Welcomes Students at Preview Days


Dr. Marny Rivera; Prof. Kristen Knudsen, JD; and Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, PhD met with high school juniors and seniors and their parents on January 31 at the UAA Student Union. "Preview Days" offered students and their guests the opportunity to experience firsthand all that UAA has to offer. Students attended a mock class, workshops on admissions and financial aid, spoke with current students about campus life, and spoke with UAA faculty about academic programs. For more information, visit:

Justice Faculty and Justice Major Present at Western Society of Criminology Conference


Dr. Sharon Chamard; Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD; and Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, presented at the Western Society of Criminology Conference (WSC) in Honolulu on February 6 - 8. For more information on their topics, visit:

Additionally, Kimberly Del Frate, Justice major and a member of the University Honors College, presented her honors thesis "The Arizona Issue: Racial Profiling and Civil Rights in Immigration Law Enforcement." For more information, visit:

Alaska Justice Forum Now Available!


The Fall 2013/Winter 2014 issueof the Alaska Justice Forum
includes articles on offender reentry and the collateral consequences of criminal conviction, the relationship between unemployment and domestic violence, prison visitation policies, faculty and staff news, and a memorial to retired Justice Center faculty member Dr. Nancy E. Schafer

Dr. Barnes presents at Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences


Dr. Allan Barnes, Justice faculty, presented at the recent Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting in Philadelphia. He discussed "Justice Student Perceptions of POGIL Techniques." Dr. Barnes presented student feedback on Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) techniques as applied in upper division justice courses. POGIL techniques are part of the increasing movement towards a team-based interactive classroom experience for students. For more information, visit:

Justice Alumni Chapter Approved by UAA Alumni Association Board


Dr. Allan Barnes, Justice Alumni Chapter faculty advisor, attended the recent opening of the Alumni Center at UAA. The Justice Alumni Chapter was one of seven chapters that were approved by the UAA Alumni Association Board on Monday, February 11. The chapters are now officially part of the UAA Alumni Association. Bridgette Ellis, Justice '04, is the Justice Alumni Chapter Chair. For more information, visit:

Willamette Law School Dean Speaks to Prof. Periman's Legal Ethics Class


Dean Curtis Bridgeman, Willamette University College of Law, spoke at UAA on February 5 in Prof. Deb Periman's legal ethics class. He presented a classic ethical dilemma for students to consider and asked about the moral and legal obligations the dilemma posed. There was a lively discussion and questions about law school preparation and admissions. For more information, visit:



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • March 3 - UNAC workloads due to directors/chairs
  • March 10-17 - Spring Break (March 14 is employee holiday)
  • March 13 - Leadership team meeting 
  • March 17 - UAFT & UNAC sabbatical reports / faculty development and research travel grant applications due to OAA
  • March 26 - UAFT & UNAC non-renewal notices to faculty with 3-6 years of service
  • March 27 - Leadership team meeting 
  • April 3 - UNAC workloads due to Dean
  • May 2 - UNAC workload due to faculty
  • May 4 - Commencement
  • May 10 - UNAC workloads due to OAA; UNAC promotion and tenure notices to Dean; UAFT non-renewal notices for term 1-2 year term faculty

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