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March 19,  2015
COH Participates in Alaska INBRE Program


The College of Health is pleased to participate in the Alaska INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) program at UA. INBRE is funded by the National Institutes Health (NIH), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to promote the development, coordination, and sharing of research resources and expertise that will expand the research opportunities and increase the number of competitive investigators in the IDeA-eligible states. The UA Statewide Network consists of three major campuses: UAF, UAA, and UAS. UAF is the lead campus, UAA is the health-focus campus since it hosts health education programs and is located near hospitals and health care delivery sites, and UAS is a primarily undergraduate campus. These major campuses oversee many extended campuses and learning centers that facilitate distance education throughout Alaska. For more information about the Alaska INBRE program, including funding opportunities, visit:


LEND Fellowship Application Deadline, March 31


Are you interested in becoming a leader in the field of developmental disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder? Do you want to gain leadership skills and develop interdisciplinary networks to grow your influence in your field? We are recruiting fellows for the 2015-2016 Alaska LEND Without Walls Program. Application deadline is March 31, 2015. For more information, visit:

"Grand Rounds" Event to Take Place April 3


The Interprofessional Education Committee is sponsoring the Grand Rounds event "Rounding Out the Measles." It will take place April 3rd, 9:00-10:30 am in HSB 203. A case study will be presented for discussion across the disciplines and professions in the College. Questions will focus on teamwork, communication, professional roles, and ethics. For more information, contact Randy Magen, 786-6901 or


Graduate Students Invited to Attend CASE, August 2015


   College of Health graduate students are invited to attend the Collaborative Arctic Seminar in Epidemiology (CASE) August 3-7 in Yellowknife, NWT. This summer school will focus on environmental stressors in the High North and the challenges of studying the human health effects caused by these factors. The main goal is to prepare young scientists for particular challenges related to conducting science in the High North. Slots are limited and registration closes May 1, 2015. For more information, contact Dr. Rhonda Johnson, Or visit: 


COH Curriculum Committee to Meet Wednesdays


The COH Curriculum Committee will hold its regular meeting on Wednesdays, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The deadline for submission of materials for committee review is Monday at 9am, the week prior to the meeting. Submit electronic files in Word format to Harriet Paule ( To assist you in submitting materials to the curriculum committee, download the "COH Faculty Curriculum Submission Guide AY 14/15" (doc).

Unit Updates
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Prof. Brandeis Interviewed about New Marijuana Law and the "Ravin Doctrine"


Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was interviewed for an article in the Alaska Dispatch News about the new marijuana law in Alaska. The article quotes extensively from Prof. Brandeis' Alaska Law Review article "The Continuing Vitality of Ravin versus State: Alaskans Still Have a Constitutional Right to Possess Marijuana in the Privacy of Their Homes" (December 2012). For more information, visit:


Dr. Payne Interviewed about Police Identification Procedures


Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, was recently interviewed for an article in the online magazine Boing Boing about police identification procedures and whether or not police are required to produce identification when asked. For more information, visit:


Podcast Now Available - Dr. Allen Ault Speaks on "40 Years in Corrections"

About 75 UAA students, faculty, and members of the public gathered on March 2 to hear Dr. Allen Ault, Dean of the College of Justice & Safety at Eastern Kentucky University, share his 40 years of experience in corrections. Dr. Ault discussed the "war on drugs" and the rapid rise in incarceration rates in the US, the disproportionate number of minority individuals who are incarcerated, the shift in corrections as rehabilitative to punitive, the rising number of inmates with mental health concerns, and the issue of capital punishment. To view a podcast or download Dr. Ault's Powerpoint presentation, visit: .


Dr. Blumenstein Presents Paper at Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference


Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein and Dr. Mary Rivera, Justice Center faculty, recently co-authored the paper "IPV and Negative Health Outcomes Using the Alaska Victimization Survey." Dr. Blumenstein presented this paper at the March 2015 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual conference. For more information, visit:


Justice Major Daniel Reinhard Presents Paper


Daniel Reinhard, Justice major and senior, presented a paper at the recent Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual conference. His presentation "Observations of Crime and Disorder at an Urban Park" is related to the research he has been doing with Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, in collaboration with the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership. For more information, visit:


Drs. Chamard and Rivera Participate in Northern Voices on Homelessness Forum

Dr. Sharon Chamard
and Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, participated in the Northern Voices on Homelessness forum at the Loussac Library on March 7. This event brought together the public, ind ividuals who had been and were currently homeless, and experts in homelessn ess research, policy, advocacy, and services, to discuss possible solutions. For more information, visit:


Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • 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.