Frank von Hippel, Biological Sciences & Jamie Trammell,
Community-Based Water Quality monitoring, Assessment &
mapping in the Chester Creek Watershed
Community Partner: Russian Jack Community Council
The Chester Creek project continues a long-term partnership with the Russian Jack Community Council to meet the need for water quality information. Students provide a community service while learning hands-on applications for monitoring, watershed health, and human health impacts. This year focuses on the re-assessment of water and habitat quality in light of the restoration of the lagoon and uses GIS to analyze and map data.
Kathi Trawver, Donna Aguiniga, Mary Dallas Allen, Social Work
Anchorage Point-in-Time Homeless Youth Count
Community Partner: Alaska Youth Advocates
Social Work faculty and students worked with Alaska Youth Advocates and their partner agencies (Covenant House and Parachutes Teen Club and Resources) to conduct a more comprehensive community-based count of youth during the January 2014 Point-in-Time Count. This grant enables faculty to do data entry and analysis and produce a publication for the partner agencies.
Sharon Chamard, Justice Center
Late Night Public Safety in Downtown Anchorage
Community Partner: Anchorage Downtown Partnership
The partnership between faculty and Anchorage Downtown Partnership provides research activities with students in JUST 490 Business & Crime that address problems with violence in downtown Anchorage during the time that bars close, especially on weekend nights. The study documents best practices in bar management and surveys bar owners and managers, as well as those who live close by.
Joy Mapaye, Journalism and Public Communication
Counter Marketing Big Tobacco: A Social marketing Campaign for a Smoke-Free UAA
Community Partner: UAA Smoke-Free Task Force
Students in JPC 466, Strategic Communications, developed counter-marketing messages to promote a smoke-free campus and encourage behavioral change for social good. The students helped to conduct focus groups, do survey & data analysis, and distribute campaign materials for a campus vote in April 2014. (The student vote was in favor of a smoke-free campus).
Jocelyn McGee, Psychology
Living with Dementia: The Alaskan Experience
Community Partner: Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska
Faculty and students are participating in two phases of a project with the Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska to understand the personal experience of people with dementia and their families who reside in Alaska with the aim of developing culturally and community sensitive approaches to enhancing their health and well-being. The two phases include interviews and the creation of a documentary.
Caroline Wilson, Biological Sciences
3rd Annual Brain Bree and Neuroscience Outreach
Community Partners: Anchorage School District and the Anchorage Museum
The Alaska Brain Bee will take place February 1st, 2014 at the Anchorage Museum, engaging local high school students in a neuroscience education and "spelling bee" type competition. UAA students in BIO 490 organize and proctor the event in addition to implementing other community outreach activities that increase science awareness and encourage learning about the brain and nervous system.
Soren Orley, Accounting
Justice for Fraud Victims Project
Community Partners: Anchorage Police Department, Anchorage Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners, and Local Businesses.
Launched at UAA in the Fall of 2011,the JFVP's goal is to help victims of suspected financial fraud in cases where forensic investigation services are limited or too costly. With the assistance and oversight of Certified Fraud Examiners and state and federal law enforcement, university accounting students establish the method by which a fraud was perpetrated and quantify the damages so a case can be prosecuted. At the same time, students are able to obtain real world experience in the field of forensic accounting.
Dan Anteau, Theatre and Dance
Theatre Partnership with Anchorage School District (ASD)
Community Partner: Anchorage School District
This expanding project involves a collaboration between UAA students and ASD drama teachers to assist with drama classes and productions. The UAA students prepare theoretical activities and lessons for weekly school visits.
Naomi Torrance, School of Nursing
Project PAK: Partnership for Alaska's Kids
Community Partners: RurAL CAP, Head Start, State of Alaska
The purpose of Project PAK (Partnership for Alaska's Kids)is to increase the number of comprehensive health screenings provided tochildren enrolled in Head Start in rural Alaskan communities.Students in the family nurse practitioner(FNP) program at UAA will travel alongside faculty to these villages to providefree screening exams.In addition, the students,faculty and community leaders will work to understand potential barriers tocontinuing to meet Head Start program requirements and ideally villages will beable to meet the compliance standards and continue to offer enriching programsto their children.