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January 9, 2014
Applications Now Accepted for NIDDK Diversity Program

The NIDDK/Office of Minority Health Research Coordination is now accepting applications for the NIDDK Diversity Summer Research Training Program (DSRTP). This 10-week residential program is for undergraduate students from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research and disadvantaged backgrounds. The purpose is to expose student participants to research in the NIDDK mission areas, including diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, and digestive, liver, urologic, kidney and hematologic disease. Students will be matched with a research mentor at the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland or Phoenix, Arizona. The program description and application can be found at  

The NIDDK/OMHRC is also accepting applications for the Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP). This National program is an 8-10 week program for high school or undergraduate students from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The purpose is to expose student participants to research in the NIDDK mission areas, including diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, and digestive, liver, urologic, kidney, and hematologic disease. Students will be matched with a research mentor at their choice of research institution when possible. The program description and application can be found at For questions about the STEP-UP, contact Delia Houseal at or 301-443-8415
Trauma Stewardship Workshop, January 16

The State of Alaska Office of Children's Service and the School of Social Work's Child Welfare Academy will be facilitating a Trauma Stewardship workshop on January 16th. The presenter is Dr. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others. There is no cost to attend. To register, visit or call 907-786-6720
Curriculum Committee

The College Curriculum Committee meets Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 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.

Unit Updates
Department of Health Sciences


Posters Accepted for Arctic Frontiers 2014 Conference in Norway   


Jenny Miller's abstract Academic-Community Partnerships in Rural and Frontier Communities: Best Practices to Improve Services for Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities in Alaska was accepted as a poster presentation for the Arctic Frontiers 2014 conference being held in Tromso, Norway. The abstract highlights the Alaska LEND Program, underscoring the interdisciplinary work toward systems change led by the Center for Human Development with COH faculty from nursing, social work, occupational therapy, and public health. Other LEND faculty represent psychology, special education, and speech language pathology.


Arctic Frontiers is an international arena addressing development in the Arctic, and the conference discusses how upcoming opportunities and challenges may be handled to ensure viable economic growth and societal and environmental sustainability.This is the first time this circumpolar meeting has focused on human health.


Abstracts were also accepted for MPH student Chris Nelson and MPH faculty Rhonda Johnson. Dr. Johnson, president of the American Society of Circumpolar Health, will be participating in several related arctic health meetings in Tromso that week.  

Justice Center


Justice Center Participates in UA Scholars Night at UAA 


UA Scholars Night at UAA was held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Student Union for high school students who are eligible to receive the UA Scholars award. UA Scholars Night is a special reception hosted by Recruitment, Honors College, UA Scholars @ UAA, and the Statewide Office. Dr. Andr� Rosay, Justice Center Director, and Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Undergraduate Program Coordinator, were among the UAA faculty and staff in attendance to talk to students and their parents about opportunities, programs, and services at the UAA campus. For more information, visit: 


Justice Center and Anchorage Police Department Release Report on Officer-Involved Shootings 


The UAA Justice Center and the Anchorage Police Department (APD) released the report Officer-Involved Shootings in Anchorage 1993-2013 at a joint press conference held on the UAA campus. This report was authored by Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, and is part of a cooperative project with the UAA Justice Center and the Anchorage Municipal Attorney's Office. The project began in July and involved cataloging officer-involved shootings for the past 20 years in Anchorage. Since there is no comprehensive source of aggregate officer-involved shooting data in Anchorage, this is a step toward better understanding officer use of force in Anchorage. For more information, visit: 


Prof. Periman Joins Colleagues in Presenting on Mindfulness in Higher Education


Dr. Elizabeth Predeger (School of Nursing), Dr. Mary Dallas Allen (School of Social Work), and Prof. Deb Periman, JD (Justice Center) presented a session titled "Mindfulness in Higher Education?" on November 15, 2013 for the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE). With faculty on a treadmill of constant activity, is there time for contemplation as well? This presentation addressed how to integrate mindfulness into higher education and provide evidence-based resources on mindfulness and cognition. For more information, visit: 


Dr. Myrstol Talks to First Graders about Justice Careers and College


Dr. Brad Myrstol, Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center Director, visited Julie Thatch's first grade class at Inlet View Elementary School to talk about UAA, careers in justice, and the importance of school. Students received UAA green and gold beads and gavel pencils and listened attentively as Dr. Myrstol stressed the importance of school and going to college, and explained the difference between a PhD, MD, and JD. This community outreach helps underscore the importance of a college education and career choices, and acquaints students with the opportunities at UAA. For more information, visit:   


Dr. Rosay Discusses Data Collection at Violence Prevention Summit in Juneau


Dr. Andr� Rosay, Justice Center Director, and Michelle DeWitt, Executive Director of the Bethel Community Services Foundation, presented "Introduction to Data Collection" at the 2013 Violence Prevention Summit: Putting Prevention to Work-Alaskan Communities in Action in Juneau on December 3. The conference focused on the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. The goal of the 2013 Prevention Summit was to support the growth of local community primary prevention work. For more information, and to view the PowerPoint presentation "Introduction to Data Collection," visit:      


Prof. Fortson's JUST 487 Students Present Mock Oral Arguments to Alaska Court of Appeals Judge Allar


Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, Justice faculty, held mock oral arguments in his Justice 487 Trial and Advanced Litigation Processes course on December 11.Students prepared arguments for two hypothetical cases and presented these arguments before Alaska Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie Allard, who rendered a decision after each case was presented. Prof. Deb Periman, JD acted as monitor.


Dr. Payne Publishes Article in Policing Journal


Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, published his article "Problem framing in problem solving: a case study" in Policing: An International Journal. His co-authors included Kathleen Gallagher, John E. Eck, and James Frank of the University of Cincinnati. This paper examined how initial frameworks for understanding police problems influence how police analyze and address those problems in the context of problem-oriented policing. For more information, visit:


Dr. Rosay Discusses Intimate Partner Violence with Master of Public Health Students


Dr. Andr� Rosay, Justice Center director, spoke on the justice perspective of intimate partner violence (IPV) at the UAA Master of Public Health Student Symposium on December 9, 2013.  The Master of  Public Health degree is a distance-delivered program, and this student symposium is a mandatory event for degree candidates. Over 80 candidates attended from around Alaska, the lower 48, and even Japan, Saipan, and Denmark. The program was coordinated by Dr. Nancy Nix, UAA Department of Health Sciences. For more information, and to view Dr. Rosay's presentation, visit: 



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • January 8-10 - COH Faculty sessions on strategic planning priorities with Eric Britten
  • January 9 - Leadership team meeting  
  • January 13 - Spring semester begins
  • January 20 - Alaska Civil Rights Day/Martin Luther King Day
  • January 23 - Leadership team meeting  
  • February 7 - Non-renewal notices, term faculty with 7+ years of service
  • February 13 - Leadership team meeting
  • February 13 (1-5 PM) - Strategic planning with Eric Britten 
  • February 14 (9 AM - 5 PM) - Strategic planning with Eric Britten  
  • February 14 - Emeritus application deadline
  • February 14 - UNAC non-retention notices to 1st year tenure-track faculty
  • February 27 - Leadership team meeting
  • 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

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