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October 2,  2014
Don't Miss the Annual Child Maltreatment Conference  
The Child Maltreatment Conference, with the theme "Transcending Adversity," will take place November 17-19 at the Anchorage Hilton. The three keynote speakers are Cathy Baldwin Johnson, MD, Casey Gwinn, JD, and Sean Topkok. Workshops are offered for medical professionals, prosecutors, investigators, mental health providers, child welfare workers, and advocates. Post conference workshops will focus on interviewing the offender in child sexual abuse investigations and advances in forensic interviewing. Download the conference flyer (pdf). For more information, visit the Alaska Children's Alliance website or contact Pam Karalunas.

Free On-line Class: Medical Education in the New Millennium


Stanford University offers free courses on a variety of topics. "Medical Education in the New Millennium" is an interdisciplinary course featuring talks from leaders and innovators in medical education, instructional design, cognitive science, online learning, and emerging technology. Over eleven weeks, the course considers how to build educational experiences that address the unique learning preferences of today's millennial medical students and residents. Experts will join the conversation from all health care and education stakeholder domains, including patients, students from nursing, and medicine and engineering sciences. For more information, visit:


Student Posters Needed for Alaska Health Summit 


The Alaska Public Health Association (ALPHA) is soliciting Student Posters for its January 2015 Health Summit in Anchorage on January 27-29, 2015. These posters will be featured in a special session dedicated to student posters related to work completed by the student(s) during the 2012-2013 or 2013-2014 academic years. Only students who were enrolled in an academic program through the fall 2014 session may exhibit their posters and discuss their work at the session. A conference committee at the Health Summit will judge the posters, and awards will be given to the top three posters. ALPHA will accept poster proposals September 24 - November 18 through the on-line survey monkey. Notification of acceptance will be sent by December 12, 2014.  


Unit Updates
Department of Health Sciences  - - - - - - - - - -
Welcome to Associate Professor Philippe Amstislavski!

Dr. Philippe Amstislavski joined the Master of Public Health program as an associate professor of public health. He will be teaching a range of courses focused on public health and the environment, geographic information systems in public health, circumpolar health, and biostatistics. Dr. Amstislavski is featured in the Fall 2014 issue of the MPH Alumni Newsletter.  



On October 1, the statewide collaborative initiative Healthy Alaskans 2020 released the "Alaska's Community Capacity Review: A Statewide Public Health System Assessment" in a report that highlights the strengths, gaps, and opportunities for Alaska's public health infrastructure. The report provides opportunities to implement Healthy Alaskans 2020, identifies the gaps in Alaska's health care system that can be advanced through quality improvement, and provides guidance to stakeholders and policymakers. Students from Dr. Gabriel Garcia's Spring 2014 course HS A629: Public Health Research Tools & Methods helped collect data for this report. Other MPH faculty were involved as content experts during the review. For more information, download the full press release (pdf). 


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Spring/Summer 2014 Issue of the Alaska Justice Forum Now Available!

The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum includes articles on marijuana laws and policies by Prof. Jason Brandeis, homelessness statistics for Alaska and the US by Barbara Armstrong and Dr. Sharon Chamard, the newly-created Alaska Criminal Justice Commission by Mary Geddes, and the Alaska Court System's Early Resolution Program (ERP) for family law cases by Stacey Marz. For more information, visit: 


Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center Releases Fact Sheet on Arrests for Drug Offenses in Alaska


The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet presents data for 2000-2011 on arrests for drug offenses made by Alaska police agencies. The report includes drug offense arrest information for both adults and juveniles for the 12-year period. Data is drawn from the annual Crime in Alaska report of the Alaska Department of Public Safety, which represents the State of Alaska's contribution to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) program.
The fact sheet is by Khristy Parker, research professional at the
Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC). Media coverage included an interview by Suzanna Caldwell of the

Alaska Dispatch News ("UAA report suggests drug arrests on decline in Alaska"), an interview by Mallory Peebles of KTUU Channel 2 News ("Juvenile Arrests Down, Possession of Marijuana Up in Alaska"), and an interview with Josh Edge of the Alaska Public Radio Network (APRN). For more information, visit:


Prof. Fortson Named Alaska Legal Services Volunteer of the Month for September    

Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was named the Alaska Legal Services (ALSC) Volunteer of the Month for September. He served as an ALSC staff attorney for four years and regularly volunteers for the ALSC Attorney of the Day program by completing screening consultations with potential ALSC clients. Prof. Fortson said, "By volunteering for ALSC, I am helping it to continue with its mission." Read the full story in the ALSC September Newsletter. For more information, visit: 


Prof. Knudsen Presents to Alaska Bar Association Administrative Law Section


Prof. Kristin Knudsen, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, presented to the members of the Alaska Bar Association Administrative Law Section at their September quarterly meeting. She discussed the use of empirical research to examine legal decision-making and findings from her own and other scholar's research regarding administrative tribunals. For more information, visit:  


Drs. Payne and Chamard Display Police Research at UAA 2014 Faculty Showcase     

Dr. Troy Payne and Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, participated in the 2014 Faculty Research Showcase held as part of the opening events for the new Alaska Airlines Center on September 5-8. Their poster "Do Fees for Excessive Police Services Work" compared the count of police incidents before and after a notice of excessive police incidents at properties in Anchorage and Green Bay, Wisconsin. For more information, visit:


Justice Center Holds Reception to Celebrate UAA-Willamette Law 3+3 Program    


The UAA Justice Center hosted a reception on September 11 to celebrate the new UAA-Willamette Law 3+3 Program. UAA and Willamette University College of Law have signed a memorandum of understanding to offer a 3+3 program allowing students to complete a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years, rather than the usual seven. Chancellor Tom Case welcomed Chief Justice Dana Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court who has actively championed expanding options for legal education and UA Regent Mary Hughes, a Willamette alum and strong supporter of increasing student opportunities. Willamette's Dean Curtis Bridgeman provided a mock law school class for students and described Willamette's historic connection with Alaska and commitment to Alaska students. Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Legal Studies Program Coordinator at the UAA Justice Center, worked with Willamette to develop the 3+3 program and is UAA's point of contact for program advising. For more information, visit:


Justice Center Will Host Symposium About Opportunities and Change in Alaska's Emerging Frontiers - October 16 at UAA    

Fran Ulmer

Fran Ulmer, former UAA Chancellor and Special Advisor to the US State Department on Arctic Science and Policy, is the opening keynote for the upcoming Alaska Law Review symposium - "North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska's Emerging Frontiers." Dr. William Iggiagruk Hensley, Visiting Distinguished Professor, UAA College of Business and Public Policy, will give the luncheon keynote. Panel topics will include "Alaska Native Participation in the Territorial Governance of the North," "Managing the Multinational Development of the Arctic North," and "Regulatory Oversight of Alaska's Arctic Shores." Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, PhD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, is the faculty advisor for this event. For more information, visit:


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Dr. Trawver Awarded 3-Year Grant to Expand Internships Serving Youth
Associate Professor of Social Work Kathi Trawver was awarded a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) G02 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training award (BHWET) to increase the number of trained social work professionals to meet the behavioral health needs of Alaska's youth. The grant awards UAA $300,000 over 3 years to expand MSW practicum internships in settings providing integrated health and behavioral healthcare to youth and transitional age youth who are risk of developing, or have developed, a serious behavioral health disorder and their families. Grant funds will provide $10,000 stipends to MSW students completing internships in youth-serving integrated care settings. Additionally, grant funds will support recruitment of new and expansion of existing practicum sites, as well as provide funds for curriculum development in the provision of comprehensive integrated care. For more information, contact Dr. Trawver at or 907-786-6915.


Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • October 9 - Leadership team meeting
  • October 15 - Faculty development and research/travel grants due to OAA*
  • October 23 - Leadership team meeting
  • October 27 - Sabbatical requests due to OAA (must first go to the Dean's Office)
  • 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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