Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Prof. Brandeis interviewed by Alaska Dispatch News about access to medical marijuana in Alaska

Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was interviewed recently about access to medical marijuana in Alaska.  He talked about the lack of clarity in the current state law and potential conflicts with federal law.

"Alaska Cannabis Club hopes to provide access medical marijuana" by Laurel Andrews. Alaska Dispatch News, 24 Aug 2014.

Prof. Brandeis teaches courses on American government, constitutional law and civil liberties, and is a frequent speaker on constitutional law and other legal issues.

Drs. Lepage and Fortson present at 31st Annual Tribal Court Development Conference in Fairbanks

L to r: Dr. Cory Lepage, UAA Justice Center; Lisa Jaeger,
Tanana Chiefs Conference.  At podium: Dr. Ryan Fortson,
UAA Justice Center, discusses research possibilities.
Dr. Cory R. Lepage and Dr. Ryan Fortson, Justice Center faculty, presented at the 31st Annual Alaska Tribal Court Development Conference, August 5-7, in Fairbanks.  They discussed the research possibilities for exploring the effectiveness of tribal courts, particularly in the area of minor consuming alcohol (MCA) cases. Barbara Armstrong, editor of the Alaska Justice Forum, also attended the event.

Participants included state and tribal court judges, court clerks, tribal administrators, Native village representatives, as well federal and state agency representatives.  The event was hosted by the Tanana Chiefs Conference  (TCC).
Dr. Cory R. Lepage presents
possible research

L to r: Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dan Winfree and
Chief Justice Dana Fabe, speak with Wilson Justin,
Tribal Administrator, Cheesh'na Tribal Council.
The agenda included presentations on the role of appellate courts, alcohol and substance abuse, misdemeanors and juvenile cases, current topics in children's cases, domestic violence, restorative justice and the use of circles, building state-tribal relations, and a panel of state and tribal judges sharing their perspectives.

Participants at the conference.

The conference is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Indian Affairs through the National Tribal Judicial Center at the National Judicial College, Tanana Chiefs Conference, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Tribal Management Program.

Program materials from the conference are available on the Tanana Chiefs Conference website, including 3 articles related to tribal courts that will be appearing in an upcoming issue of the Justice Center's quarterly research publication, the Alaska Justice Forum.

See slideshow from the conference below.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dr. Blumenstein joins Justice Center faculty

Professor Lindsey Blumenstein, Ph.D., has joined the Justice Center faculty as an assistant professor as of the Fall 2014 semester.  Dr. Blumenstein is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and received her doctoral degree in sociology.

Her areas of expertise include intimate partner violence, sexual assault and the college population, kidnapping, and research methods. This semester Dr. Blumenstein will be teaching Justice 201 Data Analysis and Justice 490 Domestic Violence.

Dr. Myrstol presents at national forum on criminal justice

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), was a presenter at the recent National Forum on Criminal Justice in Colorado. This year's theme was "Integrating Research, Police and Technology to Improve Public Safety."
Dr. Myrstol was on the panel, "Police Responses to Crime: Community and Institutional Factors," and discussed police decision making in domestic violence and sexual assault cases in Alaska.

The forum was sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), and the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute (IJIS).

Friday, August 22, 2014

AJSAC releases "State and Local Law Enforcement Personnel in Alaska: 1982–2012"

State and Local Law Enforcement Personnel in Alaska: 1982–2012
The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet presents data for 1982–2012 on state and local law enforcement personnel in Alaska, including size of law enforcement agencies by number of employed personnel, police-citizen ratio, ratio of sworn officers to civilian employees, and employment of women as sworn officers. Data is drawn from the annual Crime in Alaska report of the Alaska Department of Public Safety and the annual Crime in the United States report of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, both of which are part of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. The fact sheet is by Khristy Parker of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC).

Monday, August 18, 2014

Justice Center participates in College of Health frosh orientation pilot project

L to r: Carey Brown, COH Academic Advising Coordinator; Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Undergraduate Program
Coordinator; and Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Legal Studies Program Coordinator, chat before the orientation sessions begin.

Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Legal Studies Program Coordinator, and Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Undergraduate Program Coordinator, participated in the Fall 2014 College of Health (COH) freshman orientation pilot project on August 11. COH is the first college to experiment with a new type of orientation schedule for students.  Over 60 students attended the sessions which included presentations by COH departments, schools, and centers.

COH Dean Bill Hogan announced at the August 15 COH All-College Meeting that this innovative format for orientation will now serve as the model for other UAA colleges.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dr. Rivera and Dr. Garcia present at international epidemiology conference on Wednesday, August 20, in Anchorage

Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, and Dr. Gabriel Garcia, UAA Department of Health Sciences, present their collaborative research,  "Is Race a Factor in Disparate Health Problems Associated with Violent Victimization in Alaska?" at a poster session for the 20th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology in Anchorage.

The poster session is Wednesday, August 20, from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the exhibit hall of the Dena'ina Center. This year's conference theme is "Global Epidemiology in a Changing Environment: The Circumpolar Perspective."

The mission of the International Epidemiological Association  (IEA) is to facilitate communication among individuals engaged in research and the teaching of epidemiology worldwide, and to foster the use of epidemiology in all fields of health including social, community, and preventative medicine.

Justice Center academic programs prioritized for enhancement

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) recently completed a program prioritization process. An independent taskforce of  faculty comprehensively reviewed how effectively each academic program was fulfilling UAA’s mission.

The Bachelor of Arts in Justice was “prioritized for enhancement,” meaning that enhancing this academic program is integral to UAA’s opportunity to excel. Only 46 of the 313 academic programs at UAA were “prioritized for enhancement.” 

The taskforce also concluded that 3 Justice programs should be “considered for enhancement”  -- the general education requirement course in Justice, the Minor in Justice, and the Justice sponsored research program; and 1 should be “maintained”  -- the general education requirement course in Legal Studies.
The new program options in Legal Studies were not yet included in this review, and the Certificate in Paralegal Studies had been previously suspended and replaced by an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Overall, the taskforce concluded that each of the ongoing Justice Center programs supports UAA’s priorities and meets community needs.  Evaluators found that Justice Center programs were:
  • actively seeking out new opportunities for research, teaching, and service,
  • pursuing ways to conduct programs and research efficiently,
  • performing robust assessments of how well students meet the educational outcomes of Justice   programs, 
  • using these assessments to improve course offerings,
  • strengthening UAA’s research productivity, 
  • making important contributions to the public square, and
  • providing significant research and mentoring opportunities for students.
The Justice Center is proud of its history and of its current role in UAA’s success. We look forward to enhancing our contributions toward making Alaska a safer, healthier, and more just society.

Click here for the prioritization website and links to the reports.

Dr. Chamard attends summer institute on academic freedom and shared governance

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, attended the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Summer Institute, held in July at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York.

She participated in a number of workshops, including “At a Crossroads: Organizing, Faculty Rights, and Academic Freedom,” “The Art of the Information Request,” “Using Communication to Motivate Action,” “Using Chapter Structure for Leadership Development” and “Embracing the 21st Century Classroom: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Dr. Chamard is a member of the United Academics (UNAC) Representative Assembly, one of the three faculty unions at the University of Alaska, and also serves as the UNAC Grievance Officer for UAA.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

KSKA broadcasts U.S. Senate Republican candidates debate moderated by Prof. Brandeis

Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Justice Center Legal Studies faculty, moderated a debate among the three U.S. Senate Republican candidates on August 11. The debate was hosted by the  Anchorage Chamber of Commerce as part of its  "Make It Monday" series.

The debate will be broadcast on KSKA's "Addressing Alaskans" on Tuesday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., and will be archived on their website.

Over 150 people attended the event at the Egan Center to hear Dan Sullivan, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, and Joe Miller present their viewpoints at one of the last debates before the primary election August 19. Topics included social security, the national debt, federal spending, immigration reform, natural resources, and economic development.
L to r: Prof. Jason Brandeis, Dan Sullivan,
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, and Joe Miller at the debate.