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November 12, 2015
COH Curriculum Committee to Meet Wednesdays

The COH Curriculum Committee will hold its regular meeting on Wednesdays, 2:50 pm - 4:20 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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Training Held for Friendships & Dating Program

In October, CHD held another train-the-trainer event for the Friendships & Dating Program. This program teaches teens and adults 16 years and older with intellectual and related developmental disabilities how to develop and maintain healthy relationships, and prevent interpersonal violence. Thirteen people from community service agencies participated in the training. Participants represented Alaskan agencies in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and the Mat-Su Valley. The Friendships & Dating Program is gaining recognition outside of Alaska, and even included several participants from Wyoming. For more information about the program, visit: . Or contact Julie Atkinson,
4th Annual Alaska Brain Institute Highlights Issues on Traumatic Brain Injury
The UAA Center for Human Development/ Alaska Training Cooperative, in partnership with the Alaska Brain Injury Network, hosted the 4th annual Alaska Brain Institute on November 4-6 in Girdwood, Alaska. The three-day Institute, led by Dr. Michael Yochelson, Chief Medical Officer for MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington DC, highlighted three international expert speakers on traumatic brain injury. It was attended by 100 medical and behavioral workplace professionals from around Alaska. Dr. Yochelson was joined by Carolyn Lemsky, PhD, Community Head Injury Resource Services in Toronto, CA, and Huw Williams, PhD, Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research at Exeter University, UK, to highlight this year's theme "Putting Together the Pieces Understanding Complex Issues After Brain Injury." Attendees came away with a better understanding of complex issues after a brain injury and what can be done in the community for treatment.

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The Interprofessional Simulation Committee Invites Faculty to an Experiential Grand Rounds

Health professions and social services faculty are invited to bring students who can participate in an interprofessional simulation experience. The simulation will have an SBIRT foundational component, with co-morbidities that will need to be addressed throughout the simulation. In this event, students--as part of an interprofessional team--provide healthcare to a patient/client with substance abuse and related sequela. Substance abuse is a major health problem impacting society on multiple levels. All healthcare professionals encounter the physical, mental, family, and/or community effects of substance abuse.
Full event timeline:
  • November 17, 2015. Kickoff Introduction: meet, greet, evidence based practice overview, and students' appraisal of the clinical challenges. Library 307, 5:30 - 8 pm. Food will be provided.
  • January 2016: SBIRT workshops and distributed education.
  • January - March 2016: Simulated Clinical Encounters. Simulation Center HSB 209-211, dates/times TBD.
  • April 6, 2016: Capstone Interprofessional Care Conference. Library 307, 5:30 - 8:00 pm.
For more information, contact:
Ryan Shercliffe, 907-786-6106, 
Kendra Sticka, 
Ammie L Tremblay,

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Available Now! Summer-Fall 2015 Issue of the Alaska Justice Forum 

The Summer/Fall 2015 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum presents the following articles: 1) a survey of studies on judicial selection methods used by US states (by Prof. Ryan Fortson and Prof. Kristin S. Knudsen); 2) selected milestones from the UAA Justice Center's 40-year history; 3) an intervention to reduce public disorder in Anchorage's Town Square Park (by Dr. Troy C. Payne and his undergraduate student Daniel Reinhard); 4) 2014 institutional populations under authority of the Alaska Department of Corrections; and 5) smart justice initiatives in Alaska (by Barbara Armstrong). For more information, visit: .
Students Practice Mock Opening Statements and Deposition Skills

Prof. Kristin Knudsen
and Prof. Ryan Fortson coordinated a joint project with their students in LEGL 487 Trial and Advanced Litigation Practice and LEGL 380 Torts, Workers' Compensation & Insurance to develop pre-trial and trial skills using a common set of case materials that Prof. Knudsen and Prof. Fortson created. In Prof. Fortson's class, students presented mock opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments. Alaska Superior Court Judge Sen Tan (ret.) presided over the hearings. In Prof. Knudsen's class, students were videotaped as they interviewed witnesses during a mock deposition. Eric Baldwin, videographer with Academic Innovations and eLearning, assisted students in understanding the technical side of what is needed to videotape a deposition that will be used as evidence. Prof. Knudsen evaluated the performance of each team. For more information, visit: .


AJSAC Fact Sheet Summarizes Post-Conviction Incarcerated Population
The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet, written by AJSAC Researcher Khristy Parker, presents data on post-conviction incarcerated populations supervised by the Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC). The fact sheet focuses on post-conviction incarcerated populations by crime classifications and crime categories overall and within gender, 2005-2014. Results were summarized in an article in the Alaska Dispatch News (Jerzy Shedlock, 11/02/2015). For more information, and to read this article, visit: .
Update: 8th Polar Law Symposium at UAA
The Anchorage portion of the 8th Polar Law Symposium was held September 25-26 at UAA.Over 100 attendees and presenters participated. This international symposium was co-hosted by UAA--through the Justice Center and ISER--and Alaska Pacific University. It was presented in partnership with the University of Washington School of Law and the Vermont Law School, and in cooperation with the Arctic Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association. The theme was "The Science, Scholarship and Practice of Polar Law: Strengthening Arctic Peoples and Places." For more information, visit:
Alumni Spotlight: Steven Amundson, BA, Justice '08
Steven Amundson is a Juvenile Justice Officer II at McLaughlin Youth Center (MYC). Steven's profile is the fourth in our series about Justice alums working for the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) at the McLaughlin Youth Center in Anchorage. Read more about Steven: .

Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 24-25 - Christmas Holiday
  • Dec 31-Jan 1 - New Year Holiday
  • December 26-30 - Winter Holiday (campus closed)
  • January 18 - Civil Rights Day