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November 13,  2014

NRC Receives Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging


The National Resource Center (NRC) for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Elders at UAA, along with the NRC for
Native American Aging at the University of North Dakota and the Ha Kupuna NRC for Native Hawaiian Elders at the University of Hawaii Manoa, received the Award for Excellence in Multi-cultural Aging from the American Society on Aging. These centers will be honored at the annual program meeting in March 2015.

Sign Up for the Online NIH Course in Clinical Research!


UAA is now a remote site for the course "Introduction to Principles and Practice of Clinical Research." Although the course began on October 14, participants can still register and view the courses on their own timeline. The final multiple choice exam will be posted on the course website in March and remain available for 3 weeks.


Visit the main course website to login and view the course materials and lectures. You can also go online to register. (Note: please register under the name of your organization in the drop down menu under the heading "Organization"). For the 2014-2015 IPPCR course schedule, and other general information, please refer to the updated NIH Clinical Center IPPCR website.   


If you enroll, please let Associate Dean David Driscoll know. He can assist with the purchase of the textbook. Julie Benson, UA liaison for this course, can work with your departmental fiscal point of contact to purchase the textbook.


Unit Updates
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LEND Program Represented in Poster Presentations at AUCD Conference


Rain Van Den Berg, MPH, Training Coordinator for the Alaska LEND without Walls at the Center for Human Development, presented a poster at the AUCD Conference in Washington DC on Maximizing Technology to Engage LEND Trainees and the Community. The poster was related to a technology use survey conducted by the Utah LEND of the PacWest LEND programs (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington). Five of the programs that excel at use of distance technology developed the poster to share strategies used to engage LEND trainees, offer continuing education, conduct research, and offer clinical experiences beyond the immediate community where the program is situated.


Emerging Leader Scholarship Awarded to CHD Researcher


Danielle Reed, a researcher at the Center for Human Development, was awarded an Emerging Leader Scholarship Award from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). This scholarship fund was established by the AUCD Board of Directors in 2013 with the goal of providing financial assistance to emerging network leaders (e.g., self-advocates, family members, trainees, and young professionals) to attend the AUCD conference. Current network leaders have found the AUCD conference to be a momentous opportunity in their career as they get introduced to the leaders in the field and energize their career and leadership. This one event provides a national and international forum for exploring the latest developments in the field and for connecting with peers and mentors.


Dr. Kiefer-O'Donnell Presented at Annual AUCD Convention

Dr. Richard Kiefer-O'Donnell presented at the annual meeting and convention of the Association for University Centers (AUCD) in Washington DC in November. AUCD is the lead organization for the 67 national UCEDDs and 43 LEND programs, and it sponsors this conference annually. Dr. Kiefer-O'Donnell's presentation "Community Response to Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities Who Are Experiencing Behavioral Crisis" was part on an invited panel that targeted several critical service and support needs for youth and adults with disabilities who were at-risk of losing their community placement. His talk focused on the services, data, and outcomes from the 2 � years of implementation of the Complex Behavior Collaboration (CBC), a program operated by staff of CHD, in cooperation with the state's department of Health and Social Service.

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MPH Student's Work in Sudan Featured in Green and Gold

Jason Hahn, current MPH student, was recently featured in the Green and Gold. The article "Finding fulfillment in helping a forgotten people" (November 12, 2014) talks about Hahn's extensive work with the Alaska Sudan Medical Project, a "grass-roots, volunteer project that works in one of the most remote, impoverished regions of the world in South Sudan." Read the full Green and Gold article.
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Alaska Victimization Survey website Redesign and Now Online!


The Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS) website has been redesigned and is now online. The survey is conducted annually by the State of Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center. It provides estimates of intimate partner violence and sexual violence experienced by adult women in Alaska. The areas include:


2010:     Statewide estimates

2011:     Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Bristol Bay 

2012:     Kodiak, Sitka, and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

2013:     Matanuska-Susitna, Kenai Peninsula, and Ketchikan

2014      Estimates will be released in late 2014


(l - r) Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice Center, and Tahnee Conte-Seccareccia, Justice Club president.

6th Annual Women in Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair


The 6th annual Women in Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair, sponsored by the Women Police
of Alaska (WPA), was held on October 22 at the UAA Student Union, attracting numerous UAA students interested in law enforcement career opportunities. Attendees had the opportunity to talk t o federal, state, and local law enforcement agency representatives.  


Prof. Brandeis Published Article in Alaska Bar Rag on History of Alaska's Marijuana Laws


Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, published an article on the history of Alaska marijuana law in the July-September 2014 issue of the Alaska Bar Rag, the official publication of the Alaska Bar Association ("Ravin revisited: A brief recap of Alaska's unique marijuana law"). Prof. Brandeis teaches courses on American government, constitutional law, and civil liberties, and is a frequent speaker on constitutional law and other legal issues. Prof. Brandeis also maintains a private law practice through which he provided legal representation in administrative agency proceedings for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska.


UAA Says NO MORE Video PSA -- Part of the Campaign to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault


(l - r) Simona Gerdts and Kristen Speyerer wearing t-shirts with the NO MORE logo.   (photo by Philip Hall, University of Alaska)

This "UAA says NO MORE" video PSA was created as part of the "UAA Says No More" campaign launched during the Fall 2013 semester. This effort originated in the degree capstone project for Simona Gerdts and Kristen Speyerer, Justice majors/ Legal Studies minors, who received their BAs in Justice in May 2014. The UAA video PSA features students, faculty, and staff. The video production and editing were donated by Eric Baldwin, Media Technician, UAA Academic Innovations and ELearning. The video is available on the Justice Center blog.  


AJSAC Fact Sheets Added to National Criminal Justice Reference Service Online Index


The Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) Fact Sheets "Firearm Use in Violent Crime in the US and Alaska, 1980-2011" and "Violent Crime Arrests in Alaska" by Dr. Brad Myrstol, AJSAC Director, have been added to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) online index. NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. 


Dr. Payne Moderated Panel on "Stopped by Police?" - Learn About Your Rights, What to Expect and Say


Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, moderated a panel - "Stopped by Police?" -  on Wednesday, November 5, co-sponsored by the Anchorage Community Police Relations Task Force, the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, the Anchorage Police Department, and the UAA Justice Center. Experts from the Anchorage Police Department and the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska discussed the topics below and answered questions from the audience:

  • What to expect?
  • What to say?
  • What are my rights?
  • Can an officer search my car?
  • Do passengers have to provide ID?
  • When can officers pull me over?
  • Why do officers always shine their flashlight in my eyes?
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Inter-Professional Simulation Committee Has a New Stroke Simulation

The Inter-Professional Simulation Committee has started a large multi-disciplinary simulation this fall. The committee has eight health science disciplines working together in a multi-level stroke simulation. The student commitment over the eight different health science disciplines will have encompassed 80 to 95 graduate and undergraduate students with the support of seven faculty members from within the College of Health. The new stroke simulation has seven different scenarios that focus the student participants on a particular situation. These scenarios are derived from a timeline of real-life events that happen to a patient (and family members) who experience a stroke event in their lives. The events have been scheduled over the past two months, with extensive coordination with the Inter-Professional Simulation Center at the Health Science Building on campus at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The concluding simulation will bring together all of the students and faculty who participated in the simulations over the past two months. The final stroke simulation event will be held November 19 at 5pm in LIB 206. For more information, contact Ryan M. Shercliffe at:



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • November 27-28 - Thanksgiving holiday
  • December 14 - Fall commencement
  • December 25-26 - Christmas holiday
  • December 27-31 - Winter holiday, campus closed

NOTE: Dates will be established for when these items are due in the Dean's office prior to being forwarded to OAA

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