• Dancing in the air, standing out at sea: An analysis of Nalukataq, the blanket toss

      Robinson, Elizabeth (2018)
      This paper is a movement analysis of the blanket toss (nalukataq), an event currently manifested at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics (WEIO). First, I examine the tradition’s history and development over time as portrayed in scholarly literature on the Iñupiat whale festival. Then, I examine the blanket toss as one of many Iñupiat and Alaska Native games sharing common characteristics. Finally, I investigate the blanket toss as a WEIO competitive event, now shifted from its original site specificity and traditional context. In particular, I look at the essential components of a successful toss as defined by WEIO criteria, employing a phenomenological approach in my analysis in order to focus on the primacy of realization and reveal the ways in which aspects of the modern competitive performance may embody traditional Alaska Native cultures and values.
    • Decentralized, Asynchronous Sensor Networks for Arctic Regions

      Cenek, Martin; Devins, Matthew; Leber, Lance; Mobley, Michael (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2015-06-29)
    • Decision Management Process Improvement Project

      Dahl, Alina (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-12-01)
      It has become all too common that questions are raised during the execution of a project pertaining to the decisions that were made early on. Without having maintained a concise, accessible record of project decisions, the project manager and team members would find it difficult to provide hard evidence as to how they got to this point and what impacts specific decisions had on the project’s trajectory. This paper introduces the Decision Management Process Improvement Project (DMPIP), which focuses on improving decision management process throughout the lifecycle of a project with the aim of adding value to project performance and helping obtain project success. This new tool was inspired due to a lack of appropriate methods involving complex projects at a local consulting firm. The process along with the tool is being added to the toolset of a local Consulting Firm. This Firm plans to introduce the tools and techniques to clients that will benefit from an increased Project Management maturity level with improvements to its decision-tracking processes and demonstration of downstream effects of important decisions. The final product is a contribution to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) in the form of creating a Project Decision Management knowledge area in the PMBOK format. A decision log that follows a decision throughout the whole process from problem identification and analysis to the eventual outcome is at the core of the created knowledge area.
    • Decisions Under Uncertainty

      Schwörer, Tobias (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2012-10-31)
    • Denali Expedition 2016, The West Buttress

      Ramsey, Justin P. (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-05-01)
      During the summer of 2016 the project team will conduct an expedition to climb the West Buttress of Denali. Denali is the highest peak in North America, with an elevation of 20,320 feet above sea level. The West Buttress is the most commonly climbed route starting at the Kahiltna Glacier and ascending to the summit. The three-week expedition requires robust planning prior to step-off since there will be no external support once started. Current expedition planning typically consists of ad hoc methods of planning, consisting of subject matter expert opinion and best guesses. The average summit rate for the past ten years on Denali hovers around 52% and the fatality rate hovers at three climbers a year. Unsuccessful attempts are often attributed to bad weather, injury, lack of fitness and lack of mountaineering knowledge. Can following systematic planning guidelines and establishing preexpedition go/no-go criteria for expeditions on Denali significantly increase safety and increase summit success? This project encompassed all pre-expedition planning and support. The project produced an itinerary for the threeweek expedition, researched and procured equipment for the team, researched high altitude nutrition and procured food items, developed a comprehensive physical fitness training plan for expedition members, and developed an expedition risk management plan. Will these deliverables ensure a more successful and safer expedition? Additionally, the detailed approach to expedition planning will allow the expedition team to establish a balance between unacceptably sparse and excessively burdensome equipment and supplies.
    • Density of Police Calls-for-Service, 2003: Alcohol-Related Incidents

      Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2004-11)
      This issue of Anchorage Community Indicators maps the density of Anchorage Police Department calls for service in 2003 for alcohol-related incidents in Anchorage.
    • Density of Police Calls-for-Service, 2003: Domestic Violence

      Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2004-11)
      This issue of Anchorage Community Indicators maps the density of Anchorage Police Department calls for service in 2003 for domestic violence in Anchorage.
    • Density of Police Calls-for-Service, 2003: Drug-Related Incidents

      Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2004-11)
      This issue of Anchorage Community Indicators maps the density of Anchorage Police Department calls for service in 2003 for drug-related incidents in Anchorage.
    • Density of Police Calls-for-Service, 2003: Serious Property Crime

      Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2004-11)
      This issue of Anchorage Community Indicators maps the density of Anchorage Police Department calls for service in 2003 for serious property crime in Anchorage.
    • Density of Police Calls-for-Service, 2003: Serious Violent Crime

      Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2004-11)
      This issue of Anchorage Community Indicators maps the density of Anchorage Police Department calls for service in 2003 for serious violent crime in Anchorage.
    • Density of Police Calls-for-Service, 2003: Weapons Offenses

      Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2004-11)
      This issue of Anchorage Community Indicators maps the density of Anchorage Police Department calls for service in 2003 for serious weapons offense in Anchorage.
    • Department of Corrections Personnel Survey: Final Report

      Schafer, N. E. (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1985-05)
      Education, experience, and training of personnel are frequently used as measures of quality in correctional agencies. This survey of Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) personnel, conducted in 1984, revealed that employees in all classifications tended to have more than the minimum education or experience required for their positions. Approximately 66 percent of all DOC personnel (N=636) participated in the survey. Of this number, 47.8 percent reported having at least a two-year college degree and 35.1 percent had a four-year degree. Of the corrections-specific respondents to the survey (N=475), more than 40 percent had prior experience in other justice agencies. A comparison of survey responses with position descriptions showed that a substantial proportion of DOC employees had more than the minimum qualifications required. Overall, survey results indicated that Alaska DOC ranked high nationally in measures of personnel quality.
    • Describing Barriers to Healthcare Access in the Homer Area, Alaska

      Zatz, Lisa M. (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-05-01)
      Data on healthcare access barriers are lacking for any location in the state of Alaska. The current project set out to describe the barriers to healthcare access experienced by people living in the rural Homer Area of southcentral Alaska. Of the 124 surveys returned 50 (46%) of the respondents identified cost, lack of specialists, transportation, time, and mistrust/dislike of providers as barriers that had kept them from accessing local heathcare in the previous 12 months. Improving healthcare access for this rural population will require a paradigm shift in how we think about healthcare. Novel approaches to when, where, and how healthcare is delivered will need to be considered if healthcare access is to be improved in the region.
    • Describing the Patient Care Experience: Quality Improvment in Federally Qualified Health Centers in Alaska

      Cooke, Shawna (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2017-05-01)
      The purpose of this quality improvement project was to evaluate whether the quality assurance/performance improvement (QAPI) plan at a federally qualified health center (FQHC) provided a valid mechanism for assessing the overall patient experience or if implementing a multimodal approach to evaluating the patient experience provided a more accurate depiction on which to base operational decisions. The project used the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) framework to examine the efficacy of a multimodal approach to assessment of the patient care experience. The aims were to describe the patient care experience in a FQHC located in a small community in Alaska using a qualitative descriptive approach; and to examine the qualitative findings in relation to those derived from the aggregate FQHC survey data in order to make recommendations for a sustainable approach to evaluating the patient care experience in this FQHC environment. Provider relationships greatly influenced satisfaction and the perception of care. Participants long for a community clinic connection, to feel valued and connected to the FQHC and the community. Participants were satisfied with interagency coordination and communication, but struggled with understanding the inner workings of the health care system within the community. Participants were eager for community-based opportunities for learning and engagement. The results derived from the focus groups added important information in describing the patient care experience, supported the premise that a qualitative descriptive approach would add additional information not previously derived from the quantitative data, provided an opportunity to engage the community, and elicited a more accurate depiction of the care experience.
    • Descriptive Analysis of Assaults in Domestic Violence Incidents Reported to Alaska State Troopers: 2004

      Rivera, Marny; Rosay, André B.; Wood, Darryl S.; Postle, Greg; TePas, Katherine; The Alaska Department of Law; The Alaska State Troopers (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2008)
      This project examined the characteristics of assaults in domestic violence incidents reported to the Alaska State Troopers. Assaults are only one type of criminal offense defined in Alaska statutes as a crime involving domestic violence. This report is not inclusive of all crimes involving domestic violence reported to AST, because it only includes assaults. In addition, this report is not inclusive of assaults in domestic violence incidents that were reported to municipal police departments across Alaska. Only assaults in domestic violence incidents reported to AST are described in this report. The term assault will be used throughout this report to define assault cases that are crimes involving domestic violence incidents; this includes felony and misdemeanor assaults. The sample utilized for this analysis included all assaults in domestic violence incidents reported to AST in 2004. It included information from 1,281 reports on 1,803 assault charges, 1,356 suspects, 1,523 victims, and 1,283 witnesses. This descriptive analysis documents the characteristics of these reports, charges, suspects, victims, witnesses, and legal resolutions.
    • Descriptive Analysis of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Incidents Closed by the Alaska State Troopers: 2008–2011 — Final Report

      Myrstol, Brad A.; Parker, Khristy L. (Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2015-07)
      This report presents a descriptive analysis of sexual assault and domestic violence incidents closed by the Alaska State Troopers for the period January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2011, as part of an effort to systematically document the formal processing of sexual assault (SA), sexual abuse of a minor (SAM), and domestic violence incidents reported to law enforcement agencies in Alaska.
    • A Descriptive Analysis of Gastric Cancer in Alaska

      Evengue, Fabrice (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2015-04-01)
      Gastric cancer or stomach cancer represents a major public health problem in the contiguous United States and in Alaska. Stomach cancer is the fourth most common malignancy and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths throughout the world. A retrospective study of gastric cancer cases from 1996 to 2011 was undertaken and data were extracted from the Alaska Cancer Registry where cases are consistently recorded and centralized. Data were analyzed using the National Cancer Institute’s SEER* Stat statistical software (version 8.1.5). The goal of the project was to provide a detailed epidemiologic descriptive analysis of gastric cancer to better inform health professionals, the public and to provide additional resources for future research. Results showed that gastric cancer incidence rates in Alaska are significantly higher than the rest of the nation. Alaska Natives and American Indians in Alaska have the highest rate of gastric cancer than all races/ethnicities combined. Males have a risk prevalence of gastric cancer that is twice that for females. The Alaska Native male and Asian/Pacific Islander male gastric cancer incidence rates are much higher than males from other races. In addition, Southeast Alaska Natives’ incidence rates are lower than rates for non-Southeast Alaska Natives. Based on the findings, study recommendations include the following: 1) Health education campaigns for at risk-groups; 2) Making health care services available; 3) Education of local health community workers and health care professionals; 4) Promoting new ways of preserving food in rural communities and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables; 5) Encouraging patients to discuss their family history with healthcare providers to determine potential risks for inherited cancer syndromes.
    • Descriptive Analysis of Sexual Assault Incidents Reported to Alaska State Troopers: 2003-2004

      Postle, Greg; Rosay, André B.; Wood, Darryl S.; TePas, Katherine (University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center, 2007)
      This study examines the characteristics of sexual assault and sexual abuse of minor incidents reported to the Alaska State Troopers (AST), providing the first statewide overview of such cases. The sample utilized for the analysis included all sexual assault and sexual abuse of minor incidents reported from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2004 and includes information from 989 reports, 1,903 charges, 1,050 suspects, 1,082 victims, and 771 witnesses. The descriptive analysis documents the characteristics of these reports, suspects, victims, incidents, and witnesses, and examines three legal resolutions: whether cases were referred for prosecution, whether cases were accepted for prosecution, and whether cases resulted in a conviction.
    • Descriptive Analysis of Sexual Assault Incidents Reported to Alaska State Troopers: 2003–2004

      Rosay, André B. (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2008-01-29)
      This Powerpoint presentation provides an overview of findings of a statewide study of all sexual assault and sexual abuse of minor incidents reported to the Alaska State Troopers (AST) from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2004.
    • Descriptive Analysis of Sexual Assault Nurse Examinations in Alaska

      Rosay, André B.; Henry, Tara; The Department of Health and Human Services (Municipality of Anchorage); Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center; Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation; Central Peninsula General Hospital; Norton Sound Health Corporation; Fairbanks Memorial Hospital; South Peninsula Hospital; Maniilaq Association; et al. (University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center, 2007-01-01)
      This project examined the characteristics of 1,699 sexual assault victimizations recorded by sexual assault nurse examiners — all those conducted in Anchorage, Alaska from 1996 to 2004, in Bethel and Fairbanks in 2005 and 2006, and in Homer, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome, and Soldotna in 2005. The report documents the demographic characteristics of patients, pre-assault characteristics, assault characteristics, post-assault characteristics, exam characteristics and findings, suspect characteristics, and legal resolutions.