Tuesday, March 24, 2015

5th annual UAF international cyberconference on dispute resolution set for April 15

UAF will host their 5th annual International Cyberconference on Dispute Resolution in April 2015. UAA is an annual participating member.

A call for papers for the Alaska Journal of Dispute Resolution is issued in conjunction with the invitation to the cyberconference. Dr. Cory R. Lepage, Justice faculty, and Barbara Armstrong, editor, Alaska Justice Forum, a research publication of the Justice Center, serve on the editorial board of the journal.

Videoconference date: Wednesday,  April 15, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (ADT)
Videoconference connection: Contract Jerry Farnam at UAF 2 weeks in advance to confirm a video connection.   Email ua-video@alaska.edu
UAA videoconference site:  We will have a site here at the UAA campus.  Watch for details closer to the date.
Parking at UAA: Look for kiosks in parking lots to pay for visitor parking.

Contact Prof. Brian Jarrett, Director, UAF Program on Dispute Resolution, Peace-building, & Restorative Practices for further information and to submit papers in APA format at  bnjarrett@alaska.edu

New look for Justice Center landing page with info for current, former, and future students

The Justice Center website landing page with information for current, former, and future students has a brand new look!  The new design includes an Events & Deadlines Calendar for easy reference, and links to DegreeWorks and Blackboard.




Monday, March 23, 2015

Grant awarded to Dr. Lepage and Dr. Blumenstein to conduct survey about attitudes in Alaska toward sexual assault and domestic violence

Dr. Cory R. Lepage and Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice faculty, were recently awarded a grant by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) to conduct a statewide survey to obtain valid and reliable estimates of knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about sexual assault and domestic violence.

This Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs (KAB) Survey will be sent to adult men and women in Alaska. Surveys are in the process of being mailed out, and respondents will also have the option of filling out the survey online. A final report on the data collected from the survey will be submitted to CDVSA later this spring. 

Prof. Periman and Dr. Payne meet with residence hall students at Dining with the Deans event in Gorsuch Commons

Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Legal Studies Program Coordinator in the Justice Center; and Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty and Director of the Crime Mapping Center,  joined other deans, directors, and administrators at a special "Dining with the Deans" event for residence hall students on March 18 in the Gorsuch Commons.

"Dining with the Deans" was sponsored by the UAA Department of Residence Life, and was designed to be casual and to encourage building a positive connection between students and administrators. Ryan Hill, North Hall & First-Year Experience Residence Coordinator for the Department of Residence Life, noted that many research articles discuss the power of connecting students to faculty and administrators.  He reported that feedback from students about the March 18 event was overwhelmingly positive and seems to underscore those research findings. 

Students in Dr. Barnes' Justice Intro classes hear from Alaska State Trooper recruiter Sgt. Luis Nieves

Dr. Barnes (on far right) stands next to Sgt.Nieves as he talks to students
following the formal class presentation.
Dr. Allan Barnes, Justice Center faculty, invited Alaska State Trooper recruiter, Sgt. Luis Nieves, to speak to his JUST 110 Intro to Justice classes on March 18 and 19 about careers in law enforcement.  Sgt. Nieves is the recruiter for all of the law enforcement entities under the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Sgt. Nieves discussed his background and experience with the Troopers, and  encouraged students to think about entering a career that would allow them to be part of the solution to community problems.  He outlined the benefits and challenges of law enforcement and noted, "We aren't looking for saints - we are looking for honest people." He also highlighted the need to keep a balance in one's life, especially when working in law enforcement. At the end of class, students had an additional opportunity to ask questions of Sgt. Nieves.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Prof. Brandeis hosts law careers panel for Intro to Law class

Prof. Brandeis, far right, introduces the panel: (l to r) Emily Fehrenbacher,
Heather MacAlpine, Leslie Need, and Carly Ashby.
Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, organized a law careers panel - Working in the Legal Profession -  for his LEGL 101 Introduction to Law classes on March 18.  Local attorneys, paralegals, and other professionals who work in politics and government were invited to present information on entering the legal profession, required academic credentials, tips for applying for jobs, what their particular positions entail, and critical skills needed for a successful legal career.  Students then participated in a lively q & a session with the panelists.

Students listen to descriptions of the variety of  jobs available in the legal profession.

Panelists included Carly Ashby, Paralegal, Nyquist Law Group; Leslie Need, Associate Attorney, Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP; Heather MacAlpine, Assistant Ombudsman, Municipality of Anchorage; and Emily Fehrenbacher, Political Consultant/Community Organizer.

Heather MacAlpine is a Justice Center alum.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Justice major Daniel Reinhard presents paper at 2015 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Daniel Reinhard, a senior and Justice major, presented a paper at the recent Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual conference in March.  His presentation, "Observations of Crime and Disorder at an Urban Park," is related to the research he has been doing with Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, in collaboration with the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership.

Daniel Reinhard observed activities in the park over a number
of days and during different time periods.
The paper reports on criminal and delinquent behavior as observed in Town Square Park - a downtown urban park in Anchorage, Alaska. Town Square Park is source of local controversy and has attracted the attention of the local police department and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, an organization charged with providing services to the downtown district of Anchorage. In response to these agencies having a lack of recorded data on what occurs in the park Daniel conducted observations in the park. This research notes observed park activities, hypothesizes the park's role as a crime attractor and lists physical characteristics of the park that may facilitate criminality.

Dr. Blumenstein presents paper co-authored with Dr. Rivera at Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference

Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein and Dr. Mary Rivera, Justice Center faculty,  recently co-authored the paper, "IPV and Negative Health Outcomes Using the Alaska Victimization Survey." Dr. Blumenstein presented this paper at the March 2015 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual conference

In this paper, the authors note that the literature on intimate partner violence and health outcomes has found significant associations between negative health outcomes and IPV victimization. However, there is a lack of research on how specific types of abuse may affect physical and mental health. In particular the effects of psychological aggression and coercive controlling violence remain understudied. This study attempts to assess the impact of several different types of abuse, including psychological aggression, coercive control and entrapment, and physical and sexual violence on physical and mental health outcomes. The data for the study relies on the Alaska Victimization Survey.

The paper was part of the track on Emerging Research in Domestic Violence.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Justice Center closed Friday, March 13, for spring break holiday

The Justice Center will be closed Friday, March 13, 2015 for spring break holiday. We will re-open on Monday, March 16 at 8:00 a.m.

Recent Alaska Victimization Survey data featured in article in The Nome Nugget

Alaska Victimization Survey: Research on Violence Against Women in AlaskaAlaska Victimization Survey (AVS) data from the recently released estimates for the Nome Census Area are featured in an article in The Nome Nugget. The survey was conducted by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) and the UAA Justice Center.

Read the article here:
"Survey sheds light on sexual violence against women" by Diana Haecker. The Nome Nugget, 5 March 2015.

Alaska Victimization Survey estimates for the Nome Census Area were also featured in the following media reports:

Details of the survey are available at: http://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/avs/nome.html.
More Information:
For more background on this project, visit http://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/avs
For more information about CDVSA, visit http://www.dps.state.ak.us/CDVSA/