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May 26, 2016
COH Curriculum Committee Meets Wednesdays

The COH Curriculum Committee holds its regular meetings on Wednesdays, 10 am - 11:30 am
in PSB 122C. The deadline for submission of materials for committee review is Monday at 9 am, the week prior to the meeting. For more information on the
procedures for accepting and processing curriculum submissions, as well as contact information, download the following document (pdf):


Unit Updates
Center for Human Development - - - - - - - - - - -
Center for Human Development at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity 
Center for Human Development staff presented on multiple disability topics at the 32nd Annual Pac Rim conference in Honolulu. Dr. Karen Ward and Julie Atkinson presented the Friendships & Dating Program, an evidence based curriculum about healthy relationships and sexuality for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Dr. Richard Kiefer-O'Donnell and Chris Sturm highlighted serving Alaska Natives through the Complex Behavioral Collaborative, a partnership with the state of Alaska to more successfully return children and adults with autism and/or I/DD to their home communities. Finally, Dr. Rebekah Moras led a discussion about defining the field of "Disability Studies," with a focus on exploring the tensions between applied disciplines and cultural studies perspectives.
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MPH Alumna Selected as Coordinator in Infectious Disease Program
Congratulations to MPH alumna Megan Tompkins for being selected as the new Info System Coordinator in the Infectious Disease Program of the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Among other duties, Ms. Tompkins will be coordinating the AK-STARS (Alaska Surveillance Tracking and Reporting System) and serving as the liaison between information system users in the Section of Epidemiology and information technology specialists who perform the technical aspects of the program. This is another fine example of UAA MPH graduates strengthening the Alaska public health workforce!
Dr. Hodges Snyder Collaborates on Anchorage Pollen Count Project

UAA has partnered with the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Center of Alaska to provide pollen count data and keep the Anchorage pollen count website up and running. Liz Hodges Snyder, UAA Department of Health Sciences, donates her time to collect pollen counts from the roof of a UAA Bragaw building. Read more in the Green and Gold article "UAA collaborates to keep Anchorage pollen counts online" (May 11, 2016):
Drs. Philippe Amstislavski and Joey Yang Teach STEM-Focused Biomaterials Lab at ANSEP High School Summer Academy
The Department of Health Sciences collaborates with COE to offer a STEM-focused Biomaterials Lab during the annual ANSEP (Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program) High School Summer Academy. Drs. Amstislavski and Yang (UAA COE), assisted by UAA undergraduate biochemistry student Maria D. White, co-teach the Biomaterials Lab. The Lab has been very popular among ANSEP students. It explores public health and environmental health fields through the lens of biotechnology and bioengineering by replacing plastics with green, biodegradable biomaterials.
Dr. Philippe Amstislavski originally developed Biomaterials Lab to expose the high school ANSEP students to the exciting careers at the nexus of environmental health science, biotech, sustainability, and the traditional ecological knowledge. Biomaterials Lab involves two sessions with approximately 40 high school students from around Alaska. During last year's Biomaterials Lab, the students got very creative. Using biomaterial, they "grew" biodegradable Frisbees, hot-drink coasters, winter boot inserts, and even a thermos shaped like the 1-Up Mushroom from the Super Mario video game! Their work in the Biomaterials Lab was even featured by the Anchorage Museum.
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Join Us to Celebrate Melodee Monson's Retirement
Melodee Monson, Business Manager for the Department of Human Services, is retiring after 28 years in the UAA system. The Department is having an open house for Melodee to give those who have known her through the years a chance to wish her well on her "next" adventure! Please join us in PSB-212 on Friday, June 10th, any time between 12-3 pm!

Justice Center  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Prof. Brandeis Presents on Legal Challenges Surrounding Alaska Marijuana Industry
Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was a presenter and panelist at the April 20 Alaska Bar Association continuing legal education program, "Navigating the Legal Challenges Surrounding the Alaska Marijuana Industry." For more information, visit: .
Dr. Rosay Delivered Presentations at Harvard about Violence Against American Indians and Alaska Natives
On April 26, Dr. André Rosay ( Justice Center Director) joined  Christine Crossland  (National Institute of Justice) and  Ada Pecos Melton  (American Indian Development Associates) at two events about policy and research addressing violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men. The first event was at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the second was at Harvard Law School. The topic at each event was titled "A discussion of research priorities, implementation, and findings on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men." For more information, visit: .

(far right to left) Presenters Christine Crossland, NIJ; Ada Pecos Melton, AIDA; and Dr. André Rosay, UAA Justice Center; with several of the hosts from Harvard.

Webinar Features Dr. Rosay Discussing Violence Against American Indians and Alaska Natives
Dr. André Rosay,  Justice Center Director, was the featured presenter for the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC) webinar on May 18. The title of the webinar was "Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner And Sexual Violence Survey." Dr. Rosay will be discussing his research as a Visiting Executive Research Fellow at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). For more information, visit:

Alaska Legislature Passes SB 165 on Alcohol Law Reforms

Dr. Marny Rivera , Justice Center faculty, was a member of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (now the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office) work groups that reviewed Title IV statutes on alcohol, and proposed some of the changes in SB 165 passed by the Alaska Legislature in April. For more information, visit:
Justice Center Faculty and Staff Support Stand Against Racism Facebook Campaign
Justice Center faculty and staff participated in this year's YMCA Alaska's Stand Against Racism Facebook campaign which ran April 22 to May 1. For more information, visit:

School of Allied Health - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Alumnus Ian Cliff Awarded "40 Under Forty" Award

Ian Clift, Medical Laboratory Science Programs alumnus, was selected as one of 40 laboratory professionals under the age of 40 whose achievements and leadership qualities are making a significant impact on the fields of pathology and laboratory medicine ( After graduating from UAA with a BS in Medical Technology, Ian worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and received a PhD from Mayo's Graduate School. He is currently Program Director for Health Sciences at Indiana University, South Bend and is developing the university's first Clinical (Medical) Laboratory Science Program. Congratulations Ian!  
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • May 30 - Memorial Day holiday
  • June 22 - Summer 2016, Second 5-week session, first day of classes
  • July 4 - Independence Day holiday
  • August 25 - Fall COH All-College Meeting, 11:30-3, Lucy Cuddy Hall
  • August 29 - First day of classes, Fall Semester
  • September 5 - Labor Day holiday
  • November 24-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday