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September 25,  2013
State of Reform Health Policy Conference
Students can use the discount code UAA, and attend this conference on October 4th for free.  The conference will be held at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center.

It takes the Alaska community coming together to share ideas and brainstorm. By getting a broad mix of players- from the commercial marketplace to the native health system, from state agencies to the most vocal physicians - the State of Reform event attempts to create an open, honest and transparent exchange of views.  This is an Alaskan conversation about Alaskan health care.

For more information about the conference, visit the State of Reform Conference web page.
Ethics Bowl
The Philosophy Department is recruiting for student teams (1-5 people on a team) to participate in the annual ethics bowl.  The event takes place on Saturday October 5th.  On-line registration ends October 2nd.  Visit the Ethics Bowl web site for more information.

The winning team will have their way paid to compete in the regional competition in Seattle.

The Philosophy Department is also recruiting faculty to serve as judges.  There is a short on-line training and judges can commit to as few as one round (1 hour) of judging.
RFA --Mountain West Research Consortium Clinical Translational Research - Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN)
Support of up to $50,000 with the earliest start date approximately 12/11/13 and funding through 6/30/14.  The Center expects to have resources to support between 12 and 20 new awards predicated on scientific merit. Proposals meeting the NIH definition of clinical or translational research are welcome from faculty. In addition to financial support, Pilot Grant recipients will benefit from substantial Core services including mentoring, education, and biostatistics help. Please see the three documents (RFA, FAQs, Application) from CTR-IN for further details.
Institute of Health Improvement (IHI) Open School
IHI is planning an interdisciplinary event for the evening of October 15th. A
case study will be presented in the simulation lab to test how
students from different health disciplines communicate and collaborate
with each other. At this point nursing and WWAMI
students, as well as faculty from WWAMI and Medex PA
will be involved.

If your student  or faculty would like to take part in this simulation please contact the student chapter leader Jacqueline Hoffman or the IHI faculty advisor Heidi Mannion.
Unit Updates

Center for Human Development (CHD)


TAPESTRY welcomed 7 new incoming students for the fall semester, making the program grow to capacity with a total of 20 students on campus for Fall of 2013.

The program also welcomes AmeriCorp member Jeremy Black, a recent graduate of Cal Poly to the team as the mentor coordinator. He is actively recruiting UAA students to mentor TAPESTRY students both academically and socially.

The program also welcomes Maryia, a current UAA student as the homework Lab coordinator, providing supports to students as they complete work in all of their UAA courses.  


Tapestry is currently recruiting additional students to begin in the Spring of 2014 with support from all of their community partners. Recently, recruitment information about the Tapestry program has been shared by an aide in Lisa Murkowski's office with school districts across the state. 

Justice Center
  • The National Institute of Justice has funded Professor Brad Myrstol's Villiage Public Safety Officer evaluation.  Katie TePas from the Governor's office is a co-Principal Investigator.  This research is in partnership with the Office of the Governor, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Law and other groups. The research will be the largest evaluation ever undertaken of public safety in rural Alaska.
  • The August 2013 issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet presents data on driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrests made by Alaska police agencies for the period 2000 through 2011. The report describes overall rates of arrest for DUI/DWI during the 12-year period, as well as DUI/DWI arrest rates by major law enforcement agency, by sex, and by race. Data is 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 Reports (UCR) program. . The Fact Sheet is by Dr. Brad A. Myrstol.
  • Dr. Allan Barnes,Justice faculty, was interviewed by the Associated Press for an Anchorage Daily News article, "Troopers, renter fight over Soldotna standoff damages," published online September 8. He was asked to comment on what happens when police destroy property in the process of making an arrest and who is liable for the damages.
  • Justice faculty attended the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Monday, September 2, to talk about the Justice and Legal Studies programs available at UAA.  They set up the Justice Center exhibit in the log cabin and welcomed people in from the rain! Dr. Allan Barnes; Prof. Deb Periman, J.D.; Dr. Sharon Chamard; Prof. Ryan Forston, J.D.; and Prof. Kristin Knudsen, J.D. represented the Justice Center at the event.
  • Justice Center assists with 5th annual women in law enforcement recruitment fair - October 2 on campus.  9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the UAA Student Union.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Although Alaska's population is 48% female, only about 10% of sworn law enforcement officers are women. Law enforcement agencies are actively recruiting for female officers. Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies statewide will be participating. Sponsored by the Women Police of Alaska, with the support of the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police, and the UAA Justice Center. 
School of Social Work

Cory Gordon, a student in the MSW program combined her expertise in film making to make a moving 11-minute documentary about the Anchorage Community Mental Health Services' housing program for people who are homeless.  The film, which can be viewed on Youtube was also featured on the national Social Work Speak website. 


Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • September 26 -- Leadership team; Katie Branch presenting the results of vacancy study and Tracey Burke, Marne Rivera & Sharon Chamard training on prioritization templates 
  • September 27 -- UAFT P & T files due to Dean
  • September 27 -- Sabbatical request due to Dean
  • September 27  -- Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies Director candidate presentation 
  • September 28 -- Green & Gold Gala   
  • October 5 -- Making strides against breast cancer walk
  • October 10 -- Leadership team  

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