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This Leadership Team Newsletter is published every two weeks by the Dean's Office in the College of Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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May 25, 2017
Bike to Work Day Promotes Healthy Message
Thank you to those who ventured out on Wednesday, May 17 to support Bike to Work Day in Anchorage. COH staff and faculty joined over 4,000 riders to promote a healthy lifestyle and environment.
(l-r) Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Attorney Chris Rogers, Charlotte Titus (Justice), Attorney Blake Call, and an APD bicycle police officer.

Position Open: COH Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs
The position for the College of Health Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs is now open as an internal posting (#506089). If you are interested or know of anyone at UAA who may be interested in applying for this position, please visit the posting at:  
Unit Updates
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Dr. Rhonda Johnson Returns to the Department
The Department of Health Sciences is excited to welcome back Dr. Rhonda Johnson as she returns from sabbatical as a Visiting Scholar at the Northern Arizona University Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) in Flagstaff. Among other activities during her time in her home state of Arizona, Dr. Johnson developed a new distance-delivered graduate course in Health Equity: Principles and Methods and developed collaborative projects with CHER colleagues and community partners. Dr. Johnson will be teaching Public Health Ethics during the second summer session, after returning from an upcoming month of arctic project travel through Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. She is also continuing her role as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Circumpolar Health.
Dr. Hodges Snyder Approved for Sabbatical

Dr. Liz Hodges Snyder will be departing on her first approved sabbatical. After wrapping up her time as the MPH Program Coordinator and teaching an online undergraduate course, Dr. Hodges Snyder will set to work in completing coursework in food systems/security, developing a prospectus for creating a food research and education support system at UAA, and assessing the impact of food mapping activities across the US. Dr. Gabriel Garcia will step into the MPH Program Coordinator role in Fall 2017.
Congratulations to Spring 2017 MPH Graduates
Congratulations to the Master of Public Health students who graduated this Spring semester. We wish them many successes in their future endeavors in public health practice!

(l-r) Brittany Smith, Christina Poupard, and Kami Moore. Not pictured: Megan Donelley
New Members Inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society
Congratulations to the MPH Program's newest inductees into the Delta Omega Honor Society. We are proud of the work and accomplishments of MPH student Jimael Johnson and DHS faculty member Travis Hedwig.
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Cravez Speaks at Alaska Bar Convention and Genealogy Society about Territorial Lawyers
On May 11, Pamela Cravez, Justice research associate and editor of the Alaska Justice Forum, gave a lunch-time talk at the 2017 Alaska Bar Association Annual Convention in on her recently published book,  The Biggest Damned Hat, Tales from Alaska's Territorial Lawyers and Judges . Lawyers and judges at the convention knew many of the territorial lawyers interviewed for the book. Cravez also spoke at the May meeting of the Anchorage Genealogy Society.
Rosay and TePas Talk about Importance of Researcher-Practitioner Partnership
Dr. Andre Rosay, Justice Center director, and Katie TePas spoke recently about their long-term researcher-practitioner partnership addressing violence against women. Ms. TePas, who was appointed by Governor Sean Parnell as Alaska's first domestic violence and sexual assault response coordinator, was a partner on Dr. Rosay's work with the Alaska State Troopers, as well as with the Governor's Office on the Choose Respect campaign. They discussed the researcher-practitioner partnership as part of a faculty intensive and "Community-Campus Network for Civic Action Symposium."

(l-r) Dr. Judith Owens-Manley, director of the Center for Community Engagement & Learning, Katie TePas, and Dr. Andre Rosay
Dr. Fortson Comments on Two Bills Introduced in the Alaska House of Representatives
Dr. Ryan Forston   told the Alaska Dispatch News  (ADN) recently that an Alaska House bill to criminalize abortion would be unconstitutional under both the Alaska and US constitutions.  House Bill 250 , introduced by Rep. David Eastman (R-Wasilla), would revoke the right of women to obtain abortions under Alaska's constitutional right to privacy. House Bill 251 , also introduced by Rep. Eastman, would authorize the Alaska Legislature to impeach judges for "exercising legislative power" without judicial review. The Legislature has the power under the Alaska Constitution to impeach judges, according to Dr. Fortson. According to the ADN article, neither measure is likely to pass. Read the story "Wasilla Lawmaker's Bill Would Criminalize Abortion" (Nathaniel Herz, 5/16/17): .
New Society of Law and Justice Provides Students More Opportunities

The Justice Club won a Club Council award for campus involvement and cooperation among clubs this year. To provide students even greater opportunities in coming years, the Justice Club merged with the Pre-Law Society to form the new Society of Law and Justice. President of the new club Alex Cole said students in Justice and Legal Studies often look at law enforcement or law school opportunities, but Justice is much more broad. Joseph Mizl is the club's Vice President of Legal Studies, and Sevy Sheppard is Vice President of Justice--two positions established by the Society of Law and Justice's constitution. Over the summer, a few businesses will meet to talk about campus kick-off and to establish a web presence.

(l-r) Alex Cole and Joseph Mizl. Not pictured: Sevy Sheppard.  
Academic Journal Accepts "Innovative Legal Scholarship" from Fortson and Payne
Dr. Ryan Fortson   and Dr. Troy Payne's article, "Lawyering Up: The Effects of Legal Counsel on Outcomes of Custody Determinations," has been accepted for publication in the Fall Issue of the  UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy (JJLP). The article looks at the impact of legal representation on the type of custody awarded in a two-year sample of cases from the Palmer Superior Court. JJLP editors referred to the Justice faculty authors' work as "innovative legal scholarship," adding that they were equally impressed with the authors' experience and credentials.
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • May 25 - Leadership team meeting
  • May 29 - Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 15 - Leadership team meeting; Fall 2017 admissions applications due
  • June 29 - Leadership team meeting ; Summer 2017, Second 5-week session, first day of classes
  • July 3-4 - Independence Day holiday
  • August 17 - All-College meeting, 11 am - 2 pm (tentative)
  • August 28 - First day of classes, Fall Semester
  • September 4 - Labor Day Holiday