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January 8,  2015
Three CDC-Funded Internships Available This Summer


Internship #1: The MCHC/RISE-UP Program is a 10-week summer program for undergraduates in their junior and senior year, as well as for recent baccalaureate degree students (within 12 months of MCHC/RISE-UP program orientation) who are interested in learning more about preventing health disparities.All students will receive a $3,500 stipend. Housing and round-trip travel expenses are available to out-of-state students. For more information, visit: Or email: Application deadline is January 31, 2015.


Internship #2: The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship is a nine-week summer program for students currently enrolled full-time in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program who are interested in learning more about the area of infectious diseases and health disparities. For more information, visit: Or email: Application deadline is January 31, 2015.


Internship #3: The Public health Leadership and Learning Undergraduate Student Success (PLLUSS) Program is an eight-week summer and part-time academic year public health leadership and research program. The PLLUSS program is for undergraduate sophomore and junior students minoring or majoring in public health. Students will participate in public health research, education on health disparities and urban health issues, professional development, and community health promotion activities. All students will receive a $5,140 stipend per year. Housing and round-trip travel expenses are available to out-of-state students. For more information, visit: Or email: Application deadline is January 31, 2015.


Call for Nominations - Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Award Committee is reaching out to the community for suggested nominees. A Meritorious Service Award is bestowed to an individual who has demonstrated significant work in the area of public, academic, volunteer, or philanthropic service to UAA or one of the community campuses, or to an Alaska community. Criteria are outlined in the Board of Regents' Policy (Part X - Academic Policy - Chapter 10.03.030). For more information, or to submit a nomination, visit: Deadline for submission is Friday, January 30, 2015.


Seeking Applications for Program Assistant Position


The Alaska Center for Rural Health, Alaska's AHEC is seeking a Program Assistant to assist in a variety of projects in coordination with program staff. Projects include: data entry into the AHEC database and Survey Monkey, website maintenance, maintaining records and files for continuing education events, and other office and clerical tasks. For more information, contact Janice Troyer at 907-786-6592 or Download the recruitment flyer (pdf). To apply, visit








Unit Updates
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Faculty Workshop Available: Integrating Community Engagement and Service Learning Into Course Syllabi


Since 2006, UAA has had the Carnegie designation as an engaged university; we've now adopted a course designation process, effective fall 2015. This workshop will address the designation of community engaged and service learning courses and demonstrate how to integrate this high impact practice into an academic course. Facilitators will share their experiences with community engagement and/or service learning, and serve as an additional resource for those interested in course implementation. The workshop will take place Friday, January 23, 2015, 1:30-4:00 PM in LIB 307. For more information, or to register for the workshop, visit: Please direct additional questions to CCEL at or 786-4062.   


Mini-grants Awarded for COH Community Engagement Projects


The following faculty COH Community Engagement Projects received CCEL mini-grants for Spring 2015:

  • Role of Traditional Foods in Food Security Urban AK Native Women - Amanda Walch, Dietetics & Nutrition
  • Consulting Alaska - Head Start Mental Health - Mary Dallas Allen, Social Work
  • SWK 331: Social Justice & Service Learning - Donna Aguiniga & Pam Bowers, Social Work

It is also worth noting that Providence Hospital Community Foundation has for the second year supplemented our mini-grant funds for health-related projects!


Community Engaged Student Assistants Funded with Tuition Awards


Community Engaged Student Assistants received tuition awards for the following faculty/projects:

  • Nancy Nix, Public Health - No Matter the Weather Walk for Public Health Week
  • Jean Marcey, HPER - PEP 453 Health Promotion
  • Troy Payne, Justice Center - Town Square Park Research
  • Kathi Trawver, Social Work - Point in Time Count
  • Gabe Garcia, Health Sciences - Wristband Project
  • Randy Magen, Social Work - Inter-professional Grand Rounds Events
  • Amanda Walch, Dietetics & Nutrition - Alaska Native Women Food Security
  • Mary Dallas Allen, Social Work - Consulting Alaska: Head Start
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Webinar Held on Romantic Relationships Among Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Karen Ward, Director, and Julie Atkinson, Research Professional, conducted a webinar on October 16, 2014 addressing the nature of romantic relationships in the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It also looked at the extent of interpersonal violence. This webinar was the last in a five-part series on sexuality and individuals with developmental disabilities. It was sponsored by TASH, an international organization dedicated to disability advocacy.  

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Dr. Myrstol and Dr. Rosay Presented at the 14th National Indian Nations Conference 


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(l- r) Dr. Myrstol, Katie TePas,  
and Panu Lucier
Dr. Brad Myrstol co-presented with Panu Lucier and Katie TePas at the recent pre-conference institute for the 14th National Indian Nations Conference on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indian, California. He discussed "The Importance of the Question and Context in Developing Your Research Methodology." Dr. Andr� Rosay, Executive Visiting Research Fellow with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and Director of the Justice Center, also spoke at the conference. His topic was titled "The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Findings on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men." He also presented on the topic of "Crime and Violence in Indian Country: The Myths, the Facts, and the Importance of Research." For more information, visit:


Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Issue of Alaska Justice Forum Focuses On Tribal Courts 


The Fall 2014/Winter 2015 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum is devoted primarily to issues related to tribal courts in Alaska, including how they function, measures of their effectiveness, and past and future issues regarding tribal court jurisdiction. For more information, visit:


Prof. Fortson Elected President of the Anchorage Bar Association 


Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, PhD was elected president of the Anchorage Bar Association this week. Prof. Fortson has served on the association's Board of Directors for over 10 years. For more information, visit:


Prof. Brandeis Appears in The Atlantic's Illustrated History of Marijuana in Alaska 


Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was interviewed by Josh Kramer of The Atlantic magazine about Irwin Ravin and the history of marijuana in Alaska. Kramer's article is done in cartoon panel style and features several panels of Prof. Brandeis. The article quotes extensively from Prof. Brandeis' Alaska Law Review article "The Continuing Vitality of Ravin v. State: Alaskans Still Have a Constitutional Right to Possess Marijuana in the Privacy of Their Homes," published in December 2012. For more information, visit:


Justice Alum Melanie Osborne Featured In UAA "Alumni Advice for December Grads" 


Melanie Baca Osborne, Justice/Psychology BA '96, was one of the grads featured in the recent article "Alumni advice for December grads" on the UAA homepage. Her advice is "Set high goals, but don't be disappointed to change course." For more information, visit:


Justice Center Staff and Alum Mentioned in UAA Alumni Spirit Magazine 


Two members of the Justice Center staff are mentioned in the premier issue of the UAA Alumni Spirit magazine, launched in 2014. Khristy Parker, Research Professional, is listed in the "Class Notes" page of alumni updates in the article Alaska Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC). Khristy earned a BA in Justice in 2008, and an MPA with an emphasis in criminal justice in 2013. She joined the AJSAC in 2013. Melissa Green, Justice Center Publication Specialist, is featured in the article "LGBT Students, Staff, Allies Reminisce about Their Lives at UAA." Melissa earned an MFA in creative writing at UAA in 1997. Melissa joined the Justice Center in 1990. For more information, visit:


Dr. Blumenstein Interviewed by KTVA Channel 11 News about Crime Rates in Alaska 

Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein,
Justice faculty, was interviewed by KTVA Channel 11 News about crime rates in Alaska. Her research areas include intimate partner violence, campus sexual assault, substance abuse, and criminological theory. Watch the interview: "Is Alaska the most violent state?" For more information, visit:



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • January 19 - Alaska Civil Rights Day/MLK Day holiday
  • February 13 - Emeritus applications due to OAA
  • 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.

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