• On the Frontiers of an Inner Life: Thomas Merton's 1968 Journey to Alaska

      Tarr, Kathleen W. (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2018-02-06)
      Author Kathleen W. Tarr discusses her newly released book, We Are All Poets Here (VP&D House, 2018). Part memoir, part biography, with Thomas Merton as the spiritual guide, the quest to seek an interior life amidst a chaotic, confused, fragmented world is explored. Trappist Thomas Merton (1915-1968) lived as a sequestered monastic for 27 years. However he wrote over fifty books and hundreds of poems and articles on topics ranging from monastic spirituality to civil rights, nonviolence, and the nuclear arms race. Today, his 1948 autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, continues to influence millions of people all over the world. After his surprise sojourn to Alaska in 1968, Thomas Merton traveled to Thailand where he met his accidental and death by electrocution. Author Kathleen W. Tarr was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She came to Alaska in 1978 and lived in Yakutat, Sitka, and the Kenai Peninsula, and was Program Coordinator for UAA's MFA Creative Writing Program. She earned a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and has writings published in several anthologies and in Creative Nonfiction, the Sewanee Review, Alaska Airlines Magazine, the Anchorage Daily News, TriQuarterly, Sick Pilgrim, and Cirque. In 2016, she was named a William Shannon Fellow by the International Thomas Merton Society. Currently she sits on the board of the Alaska Humanities Forum.
    • One Health Economics to confront disease threats

      Berry, Kevin (Oxford University Press, 10/16/2017)
      Global economic impacts of epidemics suggest high return on investment in prevention and One Health capacity. However, such investments remain limited, contributing to persistent endemic diseases and vulnerability to emerging ones. An interdisciplinary workshop explored methods for country-level analysis of added value of One Health approaches to disease control. Key recommendations include: 1. systems thinking to identify risks and mitigation options for decision-making under uncertainty; 2. multisectoral economic impact assessment to identify wider relevance and possible resource-sharing, and 3. consistent integration of environmental considerations. Economic analysis offers a congruent measure of value complementing diverse impact metrics among sectors and contexts.
    • Operations and Maintenance Issues in Rural Alaska Sanitation

      Colt, Steve (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 1994)
      Today, many rural Alaskans have inadequate water and sanitation facilities. As a result, they face unacceptable health risks and an unacceptably poor quality of life. While much has been accomplished during the past 30 years, the honey bucket remains the primary form of sanitation in scores of communities. This paper is intended to stimulate discussion about several issues related to operations and maintenance of rural sanitation systems. The paper focuses on operations and maintenance issues because so many observers agree that proper O&M is crucial to success but severely lacking in many communities today. Section 2 reviews the prior recommendations of the Alaska Sanitation Task Force and issues raised during meetings of the Federal Field Work Group. Section 3 provides some discussion of these recommendations and issues, based on subsequent research. Section 4 provides a simple method for quantifying the benefits of preventive maintenance and R&D. Section 5 discusses mechanisms for providing O&M assistance. Section 6 provides three case studies of life cycle costs for three different system types.
    • Opioid prevention: Is it working for young adults?

      Barnett, Jodi; Richie, Andrew; Hanson, Bridget (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1/22/2020)
    • Opioids and Young Adults in Alaska: Access, Consumption, Consequences, and Perceptions

      Richie, Andrew; Hanson, Bridget; Davis, Kathryn E. (2020-12-21)
      Over the past 5 years, numerous state and local activities have targeted opioid prevention among Alaskans, particularly youth and young adults. While surveillance data exists for youth, no specific data exists for opioid behaviors and perceptions among Alaskan young adults. Researchers at the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services conducted surveys in 2016 and 2019 to gather information on awareness, opioid and heroin use, social and retail access, and risk perceptions. At each timepoint, Alaskans age 18-27 were randomly selected and invited to participate. Response rates for the surveys were 10.4% and 12.8%, respectively. Survey data were weighted for gender and borough in order to represent Alaska’s population of young adults. Changes from 2016 to 2019: Increase in seeing awareness messages about opioids Increase in rating prescription opioid misuse and heroin use as problems in community. Increase in perceived risk from misusing opioids or using heroin. Among those who had been prescribed opioids in the past three years: Decrease in reported conversations with doctor of pharmacist when receiving prescription The percentage who had leftover pills remained high. Of those, increase in bringing leftover pills to pharmacy or other permanent disposal site. Survey findings indicate success at disseminating opioid prevention messages in the community and promoting disposal of leftover opioids. Additionally, increasing perceived risk among young adults in Alaska may predict future reductions in opioid and heroin use behaviors. Findings indicate opportunities for broader media messaging and communication with healthcare providers.
    • Optimal Portfolio Management in Alaska: A Case Study on Risk Characteristics of Environmental Consulting Companies

      Willingham, Katura (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-12-01)
      Sharp declines in global oil prices have led to a marked contraction in Alaska’s natural resource dependent economy. This, coupled with record the State’s budgetary shortfalls and a decrease in incoming federal dollars, has created a climate where environmental consulting companies must accept riskier projects to balance portfolio growth and security. As a result, companies must adopt a risk-based portfolio management approach as both a high level strategy and a core management practice. It is important to specifically identify projects best suited for an organization’s tolerance for risk based off of the supply and demand of the industry in rapidly changing economic conditions. Therefore, the aims of this project report are to help environmental consulting companies identify risk characteristics and manage their portfolio, as well as develop a tool to guide decision-making and selecting projects best suited for a companies’ portfolio strategy. The results of this research may provide Alaska based environmental companies with a clear understanding of the types of projects that offer both development and financial security for an organization. This research paper will present the methodology, results, and an environmental consulting portfolio management tool.
    • An Optimized Approach to Resource Loading Hyperscale Technology Projects to Balance Feasibility, Suitability, and Acceptability

      Barrett, Shane (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2021-05-01)
      In the construction industry, project schedules are invariably dynamic, uncertain, and subject to significant change thru the execution cycle. Therefore, effective planning and scheduling are fundamental activities and correlate closely with the success or failure of a project. Unfortunately, schedule approach invariably focuses on timing, durations, and milestones without equitable consideration to the interconnection between resource availability, capabilities, and schedule feasibility. A project schedule that does not include resource allocations implies that the contractor has unlimited resources and has the flexibility to apply all necessary resources to a project change, without incurring added costs. Unlike traditional scheduling techniques, Resourced Loaded Scheduling captures & integrates the interdependencies between activities and resources and effective utilization. Moreover, it involves the prioritization of activities based on utilization strategies, determination of resource availabilities, and the utilization of alternate resources. By doing so, decisions about capacity are incorporated into the scheduling process. The project hypothesis, which was partially confirmed, stated that depending on project type, parameters and financial thresholds need to be established for Resource Loaded Schedules (RLS) to achieve optimum results. The research included examination of effective Resource Management and Scheduling from literature, peer reviewed article publications, interviews with Subject Matter Experts and a case study implementing Resource Loaded Scheduling on a capacity project, executed in a finite time period.
    • Options For Restructuring Alaska Salmon Fisheries

      Knapp, Gunnar (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 2003)
      The paper provides a very brief introduction to the very complicated topic of options for restructuring Alaska salmon fisheries. By "restructuring" we mean any change in the rules affecting how, where, when, and by whom, salmon are harvested in Alaska. The main goal of this paper is to show that there are many different ways to go about restructuring. the choices are not simply between broad options such as "permit stacking" or "buybacks" or "co-ops", but also - and critically - how those options are designed and implemented. Prepared for a panel discussion for the Alaska Legislature's Fish Caucus on "Restructuring the Salmon Industry: A discussion of Fishery Management Models".
    • The Origins of Ukraine and the Ukrainian-Russian Crisis

      Murphy, Curtis (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2014-04-15)
      At this timely event, historian Curtis Murphy (UAA History Dept.) shares his understanding of the critical developments in Ukraine and Russia today. His research on burghers and bureaucrats in Poland-Lithuania, 1776-1793 has been published in the Slavic Review and currently he is working on a book about the state and self-governing entities in Poland, Ukraine, and Russia from 1750 to 1850.
    • Our Perfect Wild

      Bane, Ray; Johnson-Sullivan, Kaylene (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2015-12-03)
      Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan discusses her book Our Perfect Wild: Ray and Barbara Bane's Journeys and the Fate Of the Far North, recently published by University of Alaska Press. Joining Kaylene, via Skype, will be Ray Bane who now resides in Hawaii. Our Perfect Wild examines the life of Ray and Barbara Bane, who in the 1960s worked as teachers in Barrow and Wainwright, Alaska. A decade later, Ray's dedication to the Alaska Native subsistence lifestyle led him to work for the National Park Service as a park planner for Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and many other national parks in Alaska.
    • Outpatient education and medication adherence

      Sherwood, Veronica (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2018-02-01)
    • Overpaid or Underpaid? Public Employee Compensation in the State of Alaska

      Guettabi, Mouhcine; Berman, Matthew (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-07-01)
      Are state workers better paid than their counterparts in private industry? That question is likely to come up more often, as the state deals with a huge budget shortfall. The answer is generally no, but there are exceptions. We analyzed the question in two ways, using different data sources for cash wages but the same assumptions about benefit levels.1 Using two sources helped us better answer the question, and each yielded the same broad conclusion: state workers are not on average paid more. That’s true, whether we consider just wages, or total compensation— wages plus benefits. But there are significant differences in pay and total compensation of public and private workers in individual occupations. We did this research for the Alaska Department of Administration (see back page). Below we summarize our findings, and inside report more details.
    • Overview of 'Violence against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey

      Rosay, André B. (University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center, 2016-06-16)
      This Powerpoint, presented as part of a Congressional briefing, examines findings from a study of the prevalence of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men based on a nationally representative sample from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). Findings included estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners, as well as estimates of interracial and intraracial victimizations. The briefing was coordinated through the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, the Indian Law Resource Center, and the National Congress of American Indians.
    • An Overview of Alaska's Natural Assets - Main Report and Research Summary

      Larson, Eric (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 1998)
      Alaska’s natural assets kept Native people alive for centuries, drew fortune-hunters here in the 1800s, and sustain the modern economy. But what are all these “natural assets,” how abundant are they, and what is their value? The Alaska Conservation Alliance contracted with ISER to sketch the big picture of Alaska’s natural assets—ranging from spectacular scenery to huge petroleum and coal deposits to habitat for a big share of the world’s migrating waterfowl. This report is a broad overview of the abundance, status, and value of Alaska’s primary natural assets. These assets include all aspects of nature that provide some benefits, services, income, or value. These benefits include life support services such as water storage, regulation of the chemical composition of the atmosphere, and cycling nutrients through the food chain. The natural environment provides valuable raw materials such as oil, trees, and minerals that we make into products. We also relyon nature for fish, crops, livestock, and wild animals that we consume as food. Nature is also a valuable resource for non-consumptive use. For example, we enjoy outdoor recreation such as camping, hiking, picnicking, viewing wildlife, and skiing. These non-consumptive uses of nature enrich our lives and are the basis for much of the Alaska tourism industry.In Part II of this report we identify and describe major components of our natural assets. Because this is an overview, we take a broad look at many aspects of our natural assets and pass quickly across a lot of detail. In Part III of this report, we look more closely at why these assets are valuable and present methods to estimate the monetary value of selected natural assets.
    • Overview of Sexual Assault in Alaska

      Rosay, André B. (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2010-08-20)
      This Powerpoint slide presentation provides an overview of key results from UAA Justice Center research and statistics from other sources on sexual assault in Alaska, presented before a roundtable discussion with officials from the U.S. Department of Justice sponsored by the Alaska Native Justice Center.
    • Overview of UAA Justice Center Violence against Women Research

      Rosay, André B. (Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2009-02-18)
      This Powerpoint presentation presents an overview of key results from Justice Center research on violence against women in Alaska, including studies on sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence through February 2009.
    • Overview of Violence against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey

      Rosay, André B. (University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center, 2016-06-16)
      This Powerpoint, presented as part of a Congressional briefing, examines findings from a study of the prevalence of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men based on a nationally representative sample from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). Findings included estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners, as well as estimates of interracial and intraracial victimizations.
    • Overweight and Obesity Knowledge Assessment of Alaskan Nurse Practitioners

      Cerutti, Kelly M (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2015-05-01)
      The purpose of this project was to describe Alaskan Nurse Practitioners (NPs) current practice and beliefs regarding overweight and obesity, and to identify barriers that may prevent evidence based management. A descriptive study was conducted using a convenience sample of 116 Alaskan NPs who completed The Treatment of Obesity Questionnaire. Findings revealed which factors NPs considered to determine risk status; their current management strategies; barriers to treatment; and, their beliefs regarding the etiology of obesity. An open-ended question revealed other treatment strategies, barriers, and beliefs regarding the treatment of overweight and obese patients.
    • Parole and Probation in Alaska, 2002–2016

      Reamey, Random (Alaska Justice Information Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2018-06-05)
      This fact sheet presents data on the characteristics of offenders who came under the supervision of the Alaska Department of Corrections, Division of Probation and Parole (DOC-PP) between 2002 and 2016. Probation and parole offender data are from the Alaska Department of Corrections’ annual Offender Profile publication. Overall trends saw numbers of probationers and parolees increasing from 2002 to 2012, then decreasing through 2016. The majority of probationers and parolees are between 20 and 34 years old. The trend for both males and females followed the overall trend, increasing from 2002 to 2012 then decreasing. On average, from 2002 to 2016, Alaska Natives were 26.7% of the probation and parole population, Asian & or Pacific Islander 4.1%, Black 8.7%, and White 56.1%.
    • Passport series

      Jeon, Jin Yeong; McTier, Jackson; Medvedko, Anastasia (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2015-04-13)
      The Passport series idea is to hear about students' life before coming to UAA and the challenges you face living in Anchorage and going to school at UAA. This episode features: Jin Yeong Jeon from South Korea, Jackson McTier from Australia, and Anastasia Medvedko from Russia.