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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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The UAA College of Health advances the health and well being of people and communities
September 21, 2017
COH Team Continue Health Care Outreach and Expansion Plans
Ryan Shercliffe, COH Simulation Center, Marianne Murray, COH SON Director, and Jeff Jessee, COH Dean/Vice-Provost
Jeff Jessee, Marianne Murray, Ryan Shercliffe, and Kathy Craft toured the Mat-Su Campus with Talis Colberg, College Director. They also met with Dane Wallace, Emergency Services, Sandra Gravley, Director of Student Services, and Dorothy Kinley, nursing faculty at the Mat Su Campus. In addition, Jeff, Ryan and Marianne met with Emily Stevens and her nursing leadership team at Mat Su regional Hospital to discuss the future expansion of the hospital and the need for more healthcare professionals. They talked about their program successes, challenges, and needs, and discussed the new outreach community simulation coordinator and the plan to locate this individual at the Mat-Su Campus. Additionally, they discussed nursing expansion and other health related occupations needed in the Valley. Lastly, they touched on the possibility of Mat-Su becoming a health-focused campus.
Nutrition Workshops Offered to All UAA Employees
UAA Employee Wellness has partnered with students in the Dietetics and Nutrition program to bring employees three nutrition workshops throughout the semester. They are free and open to all UAA employees.
  • Start Your Journey to Eating Right Here: Basic Nutrition
    September 28, Noon-12:30pm
  • Eat Like a Champion: Sports Nutrition
    October 26, Noon-12:30pm
  • Clean and Lean Eating Machine: Protein Intake
    December 7, Noon-12:30pm
Grant Hub to Host Webinar on DTUAs
The Grant Hub will be hosting the following National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Webinar:  
Data Transfer and Use Agreements (DTUAs) 
October 10, 10-11:30 am
PSB 213
Participants will learn:
  • Considerations in determining whether an agreement is needed in order to share data and, if so, how to determine what additional terms may be needed based on the type of data being shared.
  • About the core elements of a data sharing agreement.
  • About regulatory developments that impact the current state of data sharing agreements.
Please RSVP to Seating is limited and RSVP is required.
Don't Miss the Upcoming Grant Hub Brown Bag Listening Sessions
Through the monthly Brown Bag Listening Sessions Let's Talk About Grants!, the Grant Hub is offering exciting opportunities to meet collaborators and discuss grants and grant administration. Bring your ideas and questions and let's chat!
  • Sept 27, PSB 213, Noon-1pm
  • Oct 25, PSB 213, Noon-1pm
  • Nov 22, Sullivan's Steak House, 3pm-4pm. Space is limited. RSVP by 10/25/17 to
  • Dec 20, Wells Fargo Skating Rink, 3pm-4pm. "Hot Grants in the New Year!" Space is limited. RSVP by 11/22/17 to
  • Jan 24, PSB 213, Noon-1pm
  • Feb 28, PSB 213, Noon-1pm
  • March 28, PSB 213, Noon-1pm
  • April 25, PSB 213, Noon-1pm
  • May 23, PSB 213, Noon-1pm
  • June 27, TBA, 3pm-4pm 
Unit Updates
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Nancy Nix Meets with US Ambassador to Mongolia
Dr. Nancy Nix met with US Ambassador to Mongolia, Jennifer Galt, while the Ambassador was on the UAA campus September 19. The Mongolian Students Society of the University of Alaska hosted Ambassador Galt to meet with UAA students. Dr. Nix served as the Associate Peace Corps Director for the Health and Environment Programs with Peace Corps Mongolia between 2003-2005 and has returned to Mongolia often to continue collaborative efforts.
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Students Meet with Alaska Justice Bolger, Judge Hanley, and Law Librarian Falk 
Alaska Supreme Court Justice Joel Bolger
Students in Prof. Deborah Periman's Legal Ethics class met with Alaska Supreme Court Justice Joel Bolger, Alaska District Court Judge Patrick Hanley, and Alaska State Law Librarian Susan Falk this week. Justice Bolger and Judge Hanley spoke to students about their roles and the jurisdiction of Alaska's trial and appellate courts, as well as fielded questions from students. Students received an overview of what happens in court after the time of an arrest or a civil complaint, the roles of judges and other court employees, and jobs available in the Alaska justice system. Susan Falk described law library resources for students.
Brad Myrstol Cautions Linking Crime Trends with SB91
Dr. Brad Myrstol, interim Justice Center director and director of the Alaska Justice Information Center and the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, is quoted in the Alaska Dispatch News cautioning linking passage of SB91 with Alaska crime trends. The bill, passed last year with bipartisan support, is projected to save $380 million over 10 years by reducing sentences for nonviolent offenders. According to Myrstol, although certain types of violent and nonviolent crimes have been rising in recent years, that trend in some categories dates back decades. "[SB91] legislation hasn't really had time to cool yet. It's hot off the presses...we should always be careful extrapolating recent events." Read more at:  
Jason Brandeis Looks at Growing Marijuana Business in Alaska
In an article published in the July-September 2017 Alaska Bar Rag, Prof. Jason Brandeis, Justice Center faculty, writes about the regulatory structure being put in place to guide Alaska's marijuana business and the continuing tension between state and federal law. In the article "Federal rules complicate growing Alaska marijuana business," Brandeis also points out the unique challenges Alaska faces due to a limited road system and the need to ship via air or water, which are subject to federal regulations. Read more at:  
Medical Laboratory Science Program - - - - - - -
WWAMI and MLS Students Practice and Learn at Interprofessional Event
In September, the WWAMI students and Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) students met for an interprofessional event. Following a brief discussion of phlebotomy, the Medica l Laboratory Science students demonstrated phlebotomy procedures and assisted the WWAMI students in performing the procedure on artificial arms and each other. Following the blood draw, students were able to observe the test process for evaluating anemias and other blood disorders. The MLS students then worked with WWAMI students on microscopy while they viewed normal and abnormal peripheral blood smears, in addition to their own. The students had a great time talking to and working with other future members of the healthcare team.
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Alaska Governor Declares "Surgical Technologists Week"
Governor Walker proclaims September 17-23, 2017 Surgical Technologists Week. Nationally, over 90,000 surgical technologists provided services during critical surgical procedures. The surgical technologist ensures maximum safety measures are utilized when the patient is most vulnerable to infections and life-altering complications. This week is especially important at UAA as the College of Health, along with the School of Allied Health, begins the first UA Surgery Technology program in the state.  
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KMXT Radio in Kodiak Highlights Nursing Program Changes at Kodiak College
KMXT radio in Kodiak discussed the upcoming changes taking place with the nursing program at Kodiak College, which is part of UAA. Beginning with the Fall 2018 semester, the nursing program will only offer bachelor's degrees in nursing. This is in response to Providence Health and Services' new policy requiring a bachelor's degree in nursing for all new hires. Read more in the article "Kodiak College Nursing Program Adapts to Hospital Policy Change" (9/12/17):
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Campus Compact Recognizes Professor Tracey Burke for Civic Engagement
Campus Compact named Professor Tracey Burke, Social Work faculty, as a 2017 semifinalist for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award, which honors outstanding achievement among faculty members in combining academic work and instruction with civic engagement in community settings. The Ehrlich award is national in scope and highly competitive, making civic engagement in colleges and universities an important aspect of higher education. Professor Burke is among four semi-finalists.
Standing out among Professor Burke's many areas of interest in social work and social welfare is food security. She works closely with the Food Bank of Alaska, involving her students in research and service in this critical area. Students come to understand the issue of food insecurity, which is too often hidden in Alaskan communities, and too frequently taken for granted as a principal social issue negatively affecting the health and well-being of Alaskan households and families. The School of Social Work's courses routinely incorporate civic engagement as well as service learning to increase the awareness of undergraduate and graduate social work students about the importance of community based collaboration, research, and service.
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • September 25 - Sabbatical requests due to dean/director
  • September 28 - Leadership team meeting
  • October 16 - Faculty development and research/travel grants due to OAA*
  • October 30 - Sabbatical requests due to OAA with Dean's/Director's signature
  • November 23-24 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 17 - Fall Commencement
  • December 25-26 - Christmas Holiday
  • December 27-31 - Winter Holiday, campus closed