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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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September 8, 2016
COH Curriculum Committee Meets Wednesdays  

For the Fall 2016 semester, the COH Curriculum Committee will meet Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm. Submissions need to be in the CIM system ready for committee review by 9 am Monday the week prior. Contact Harriet Paule,, with questions and to co-ordinate pre-review of submissions prior to starting CIM workflow processing
Unit Updates
Center for Community Engagement and
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First Think Tank This Year!
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz will bring the question "What is a Welcoming Community?" to Lib 307 on Thursday, September 15, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, as a kickoff to Welcoming Anchorage Week and a national Welcoming Week (taking place through September 27th). Think Tanks are sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement & Learning, with each month co-sponsored by a different academic department. This month, the English Department hosts the Municipality of Anchorage with their Welcoming Anchorage initiative. Professor Jackie Cason's ENGL 311 class is working as a community-engaged course with this mayoral initiative, which engages many partners in the community, including UAA. Moose's Tooth is providing pizza for the event, and community members, staff, faculty, and students are invited to brainstorm the question.
Faculty Mini-Grants and CESAs Awarded for Fall 2016
The following faculty from the College of Health had successful applications for a Community-Engaged Student Assistant (CESA) to work with them on health-related projects this fall: Kathi Trawver, Social Work, and Travis Hedwig, Health Sciences, for "Experiences of Homelessness Among UAA Students"; Caroline Wilson, WWAMI, for "Brain Bee & Biology 413"; Nancy Nix, Health Sciences, for "Alaska Public Health Association Awareness Projects"; Gloria Burnett, AHEC, for "Youth Healthcare Career Outreach & Promotion"; Corrie Whitmore, Health Sciences, for "HS420: Intro to Program Evaluation-RurAL CAP Partnership"; and Gabe Garcia, Health Sciences, for "Selling Health: Documentary & Community."
Faculty Mini-grants were awarded in an "Early Bird" RFP to Caroline Wilson, WWAMI, for Alaska Brain Bee, and to seven other faculty who are not in the College of Health. However, Rebecca Robinson's project in Psychology is health-related: "Toward Trauma-Informed Services: Trauma & Resilience in an Emergency Homeless Shelter." An RFP is out currently for faculty mini-grants and due back November 4th.
Save the Date! Urban & Rural in Alaska Community-Campus Conference, October 21
Registration opens soon for the Urban & Rural in Alaska Community-Campus Conference. The conference, to take place October 21st, 9 am - 2 pm, begins with a keynote speaker, followed by two morning breakout sessions and a "Rapid Fire" Community Engagement session where faculty give two-minute presentations of their community engaged projects. This year's breakout sessions will include: Sally Carraher, Anthropology; Terry Nelson, Management & Marketing; Judy Owens-Manley, Civic Engagement; Dorn Van Dommelen, ENVI/GEOG/INTL; Wei-Ying Hsiao & Joseph Kenney, Early Childhood Education; Brian Cook, Theatre & Rebecca Robinson, Psychology; and Marsha Olson, Communications. We will reach out to faculty for the two-minute rapid fire spots, but anyone interested can contact Judy Owens-Manley at or 786-4087.
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Health Sciences Proudly Presents Newest Graduates, MEDEX Anchorage Class 6!
Three years ago, individuals from various health care fields applied to our program with the goal of becoming Physician Assistants. On August 18th at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium they received their certificates. Congratulations Class 6!

MPH Student and Alumnus Putting Public Health into Practice
MPH student, Emily Ricci, began a new position as the Chief Health Policy Advisor for the state health plans, and is leading the Alaska Health Care Authority Study. This is public health practice in action! MPH alumnus, Natasha Pineda will be working with Emily as Project Coordinator beginning the end of August.

From Fungus to Insulation: Biomaterials Research Receives More Press
Dr Amstislavski is working with Dr. Joey Yang, UAA civil engineering professor, on a biomaterials research. Seed money from a UAA Innovate grant in 2015 helped fund Amstislavski's research. Together, they developed a prototype for carbon-neutral and high-value insulation from forestry byproducts and mycelium, a prototype that has piqued the interest of investors and venture capitalists. Read the following Alaska Public Media story about this innovative project: "Anchorage professor bets on bio-insulation made from mushrooms" (Eric Keto, Alaska's Energy Desk, 9/6/16): 
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Update on Proposed Dietetics & Nutrition Master's Degree
Dietetics and Nutrition faculty are working on curriculum development for a proposed MS in Dietetics and Nutrition. The pre-prospectus is currently being reviewed by the Provost's office. The plan for next week is to finalize the curriculum to be ready for the COH Curriculum Committee meeting on 9/21.
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Justice Center Legal Studies Faculty Attend "Conversation With US Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor"
The Legal Studies faculty of the Justice Center attended the August 17 event, "A Conversation with US Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor," sponsored by the Alaska Bar Association at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage. For more information, visit:

Professors Fortson, Knudsen, Brandeis, and Periman at the event.

Legal Studies Grad is a Scholar and an Athlete
Jessica Pahkala, BA, Legal Studies, '16, a cum laude graduate and a competitive runner, is featured in the Green & Gold News and on the UAA homepage. Read the full story:

Alaska Justice Information Center Presents Report on Alaska Results First Initiative
Dr. Brad Myrstol, Director, and Dr. Araceli Valle, Research Professional, of the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) recently presented the Center's first progress report and initial findings describing work on the Alaska Results First Initiative to the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) and the Criminal Justice Working Group (CJWG). For more information, visit:

Justice and Legal Studies Faculty Welcome Class of 2016 at Campus Kickoff
The  2016 Campus Kickoff on Saturday, August 27 was a great success -- loads of sunshine and tons of booths, food, and activities! Justice Center faculty were on hand to talk to current and prospective Justice and Legal Studies students and their parents about courses and career options. For more information, visit:

(l-r) Professors Periman, Rivera, Fortson, and Knudsen at Justice Center booth.

Dr. Rivera Presents at Town Hall on Underage Drinking
Dr. Marny Rivera , Justice faculty, was a panelist on September 6 at the "Shatter the Myth": Town Hall Underage Drinking Presentation at the Fairview Community Recreation Center. This event was sponsored by Healthy Voices Healthy Choices/Volunteers of America Alaska. For more information, visit: .
Dr. Payne Interviewed By Alaska Dispatch News on Anchorage's Increase in Homicides
Dr. Troy Payne , Justice faculty, was interviewed by the Alaska Dispatch News for a recent article on homicides in Anchorage. The story looks at the spike in homicides this year in Anchorage. For more information, visit:
Alaska Victimization Survey Results Show Decline in Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence in Anchorage
The results of the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey for the Municipality of Anchorage were released on August 26 at a press conference at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ms. Lauree Morton , CDVSA Executive Director, and Dr. Andr√© Rosay , Justice Center Director, presented the findings. For more information, visit: .


KTUU Channel 2 News References Fact Sheet on Crime In Anchorage
Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) Fact Sheets on violent crimes and drug arrests in Alaska were referenced in a recent KTUU Channel 2 news story about crime in Anchorage. Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice Center faculty, is the director of the AJSAC. Khristy Parker, MA, Research Professional, is the author of the Fact Sheets. For more information, visit:
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • September 16 - Deadline to submit proposals for UAA Annual Fund for Excellence
  • September 30 - Copy & Print Center Focus Group,
    12 - 1:30 pm
  • November 4 - Deadline for faculty community-engaged mini-grant proposals, 4:59 pm
  • November 24-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 18 - Fall commencement
  • December 26-27 - Winter holiday
  • December 24 - January 1 - Campus closed
  • January 2-3 - New Year's holiday