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July 17,  2014

All-College Meeting


The COH all-college meeting will be held Friday, August 15th in the Cuddy Commons. The program begins at 9 AM, with informational sessions for faculty & staff taking place between 10-12. A BBQ will follow from 12-1:30 PM. 


Committee Members Needed        


The Dean's office needs to know who your representatives will be on the College Peer Review, Curriculum, and Student Academic Decision Review Committees. We anticipate needing three full professors for the peer review committee. The goal is to have these committees fully staffed by August 15th

New Club Needs Faculty Advisor 

The Center for Human Development is forming an interdisciplinary club focused on health care access for people with developmental disabilities. As is true for all student clubs, a faculty advisor is needed. Please contact Karen Ward
at or 264-6229.

Faculty Advisors Needed for Howl Days

Howl Days are part of new student orientation. New students will tour the campus, particularly buildings occupied by units of the College of Health. It will be useful to have faculty advisors available during a portion of Howl days. Please contact Susan Kaplan ( or 786-6057) or Carey Brown ( or 786-4417) for more information.

Faculty Senate Committees Need Representatives

Several Faculty Senate committees do not have College of Health representatives. These include: Undergraduate Academic Board, Institutional & Unit leadership Review committee, Budget Planning and Facilities Advisory Board, Community Campus, and Nominations & Elections. When your faculty reconvenes in the fall, please announce these vacancies so the COH can be fully represented on Faculty Senate Committees. Note, the UAB position is elected, and an election will take place early in the fall. Faculty can join the remainder of the committees by simply expressing their interests to the Governance Office.
Unit Updates
Center for Human Development  - - - - - - - -

APD and First Responder Training Video Available Online         


CHD's LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) and community partners developed an 8-minute training video for police and other first responders related to communication strategies to use when interacting with an individual with a "hidden disability" (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or traumatic brain injury). LEND Fellow Anna Spilker worked with community partners, including the Anchorage Police Department, The Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education, and the Alaska Health and Disability Program, to develop the training. Over 200 officers and staff attended the training, and the evaluations were positive. This is an example of a successful effort using creativity and collaboration (with no budget). It will be used as a model for future disability training efforts with the police and other first responders.  

The training video is available online:  

CHD Staff Participate in Signing of HB361

On June 18th, three CHD staff (Anne Paley, Richard Kiefer-O'Donnell, and Annette Blanas) participated in the Signing Ceremony of HB 361, Licensing of Behavior Analysts. This new Alaska law defines the licensing process, standards, and conditions for the provision of professional Behavior Analytic services. It uses the credentialing standards and criteria set by the national Behavioral Analyst Certification Board. The new law formalizes the role of the advanced gradual-level professional, known as BCBAs, as well as the entry-level bachelor's level professional, or BCaBA. For over four years, CHDs Capacity Building for Autism Intervention has been training BCBAs for Alaska, and is now partnering with the UAA Department of Psychology in the delivery of their undergraduate program for BCaBAs. Both roles have been shown to be critical for services not only for children, youth, and adults with autism, but for many of the individuals being served through the Complex Behavior Collaborative.


Department of Health Sciences  - - - - - - - - -
Don't Miss the Summer Seminar in Health Literacy!
The Summer Seminar in Health Literacy will take place August 6, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska. Registration is available at For more information, contact Dr. Rhonda Johnson at or 907-786-6545. For a list of the presenters and the seminar agenda, download the flyers below: 
Justice Center  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
AJSAC Releases Fact Sheet "Burglary in Alaska: 1985-2012"
The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet, written by Khristy Parker of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), presents data for 1985-2012 on the property crime of burglary reported to police. Data are drawn from the annual Crime in Alaska report of the Alaska Department of Public Safety, which represents the State of Alaska's contribution to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. For more information, visit:

Prof. Fortson Publishes Article About Legal Studies Grads and the 3+3 Program 

Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD
, Legal Studies faculty, published an article in the Alaska Bar Rag, the quarterly official publication of the Alaska Bar Association. The article "UAA welcomes first legal studies graduates" describes the five new degree programs in Legal Studies that the Justice Center began offering this spring. He also describes the new "3+3" program. UAA and Willamette University College of Law recently signed a memorandum of understanding to offer this innovative program, which allows students to complete a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years, rather than the usual seven. For more information, visit:

Willamette University President and Dean of Law School Visit UAA to Talk About 3+3 Program    

Willamette University
President Stephen Thorsett and Dean Curtis Bridgeman of the Willamette University College of Law visited UAA last week to meet with UAA Provost "Bear" Baker and Justice Center faculty about the launch of the 3+3 program (see article above). Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Legal Studies Program Coordinator at the UAA Justice Center, worked with Willamette to develop the 3+3 program and will be UAA's point of contact for program advising. For more information, visit:

Prof. Knudsen Talks to Students about Impact of the Law on Health Care in Alaska    


Prof. Kristin Knudsen, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was invited to speak to high school students in the Della Keats Health Sciences Summer Program at UAA on June 25. She discussed "The Impact of Law on Medicine and the Delivery of Health Care in Alaska." This program seeks to foster, affirm, and encourage high school students' interest in the medical professions. Between 2002 and 2013, over 200 high school students attended the program, including Hmong, African American/Black, and 77 Alaska Native youth. Dr. Ian van Tets, Program Director, notes that every student who has participated in this program has gone on to attend college, and many have entered a medical profession. For more information, visit:


Drs. Chamard and Payne Present at International Conference on Crime Prevention    


Dr. Sharon Chamard and Dr. Troy Payne, Justice Center faculty, presented "A Tale of Two Cities' Attempts to Lower Calls for Service via Civil Remedies" at the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (ECCA) conference in the Netherlands in June.  The research compared the count of police incidents before and after a notice of excessive police incidents at properties in Anchorage and Green Bay, Wisconsin. ECCA is an annual, invitation-only symposium attended by an international group of researchers and practitioners engaged in situational crime prevention, crime science, intelligence-led policing, and problem-oriented policing.For more information, visit:


Dr. Myrstol Co-Authors Article in Community Mental Health Journal on Mental Health Among the Homeless

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice Center faculty and Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, co-authored the article "Does Context Matter? Examining the Mental Health Among Homeless People," published online in June in the Community Mental Health Journal. The other two authors were Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and Elizabeth Miller, Department of Sociology, University of  Oregon, Eugene. The study examined how place and social capital interact to influence depressive symptomology among the homeless. For more information, visit:


Research by Dr. Rivera Noted in Anchorage Daily News   


Research by Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, appeared in the July 2 Anchorage Daily News article "Alaska Commerce commissioner no friend to alcohol enforcement" by Shirley Cot�, former director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Ms. Cot� referred to a study by Dr. Rivera and Khristy Parker, Analysis of Strategies Designed to Reduce Sales of Alcohol and Tobacco to Underage Persons: A Preliminary Report. For more information, visit:



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • July 24 - Leadership team meeting
  • July 30 - FR/FN evaluations due to Dean
  • August 1 - UAFT/UNAC Appointment letters due to faculty
  • August 11-12 - New faculty orientation
  • August 14 - Leadership team meeting
  • August 15 - All-college meeting (9 am - 1 pm)
  • August 21 - Faculty & staff convocation
  • August 25 - Fall semester begins
  • August 28 - Leadership team meeting
  • September 1 - Labor day holiday (Faculty office hours memo due to dean for approval)
  • September 10 - Sabbatical reports due to OAA* (UNAC review, promotion, and tenure files due to Dean's office)
  • September 11 - Leadership team meeting
  • September 15 - UAFT workloads due to OAA* (UAFT/UNAC activity reports, CVs, appointment letters due to OAA*)
  • September 25 - Leadership team meeting
  • September 29 - UAFT promotion and tenure, annual retention files due to Dean UAFT/UNAC sabbatical requests due to Dean
  • October 9 - Leadership team meeting
  • October 15 - Faculty development and research/travel grants due to OAA*
  • October 23 - Leadership team meeting


    *NOTE: Dates will be established for when these items are due in the Dean's office prior to being forwarded to OAA

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