Dr. David Jones, Harvard University, delivers the first UAA Social Study of Medicine Lecture

2011-12-06 by

Dr. David Jones delivered the inaugural lecture in the Social Study of Medicine Lecture Series. Dr. Thomas Hennessy, director of the CDC Arctic Investigators program, joined him to discuss how his findings apply to Alaska. The lecture topic was “The Persistence of Health Inequalities and the Challenge of Genetic Determinism.”

This new lecture series aims to bring together the perspectives of medical sociology, epidemiology, Native studies, psychology, medical humanities and cultural anthropology to address historical and contemporary themes in the study of health, healing and medicine.

This event was hosted by the Department of Anthropology and WWAMI, School of Medical Education.

Dr. Jones is the A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University. He completed his Ph.D. in History of Science at Harvard University and an M.D. at Harvard Medical School, receiving both in 2001.

His early research focused on epidemics among American indigenous peoples, resulting in a book, “Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality since 1600,” and many articles.

His current research explores the history of decision making in cardiac therapeutics. For more information, please contact the Department of Anthropology at (907) 786-6840.

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Dr. David Jones
Bio page, Harvard University, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
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Evan Cotten discusses the fall of the Berlin Wall, 22 years later

2011-12-05 by

The 22nd Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall is a talk presented by Evan Cotten. The event was sponsored with the federal Embassy of Germany, Washington, D.C. and the German program in the Department of Languages.

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Berlin Wall
German Embassy, Washington DC
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'Braided Streams:' Alaska poets read from their work

2011-12-05 by

This collection of poems, recently published by “Cirque,” features the work of Miriam Beck, Mike Burwell, Gretchen Diemer, Sherry Eckrich, Deb Liggett, Marie Lundstom, John McKay, Paul Winkel and Tonja Woebler. At this event, several poets read from their work. “Cirque” is a literary journal for the North Pacific Rim.

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Braided Streams
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Author David Vann reads from his nonfiction book 'Last Day on Earth'

2011-12-05 by

‘Alaska Quarterly Review’ presents David Vann, best-selling and award-winning author of ‘Legend of a Suicide,’ for a reading and craft talk about his latest nonfiction book, ‘Last Day on Earth,’ an investigation into the Northern Illinois University school shooting. Kirkus Reviews calls the book: “A carefully crafted account of a descent into fatal madness.” Vann is introduced by Alaska author and UAA assistant professor Don Rearden.

Vann’s visit to Alaska is courtesy of the Alaska Library Association, the Alaska State Library, the Rasmuson Foundation and the Copper Whale Inn.

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Mary Reeve moderates panel on rural health providers

2011-12-02 by

Mary Reeve, Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Native Nurses (RRANN) moderated a panel of rural health practitioners and experts to celebrate the connection between Alaska’s Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) and RRANNN. Ossie Kairaiuak, a guest Yup’ik singer and storyteller opened the event with music.

The list of presenters included:
Victoria Heart, RN, MS Director, CHAP/Rural Services, ANTHC

Beverly Davis, PA-C, Coordinator, ANTHC CHAP Training Center

Dr. Walter Johnson, former Medical Director of ANMC and CHAP Trainer

Linda Curda, CNM, MPH, UAF CHAP Academic Liaison

Tina DeLapp, EdD, RN, Rpofessor Emeritus, UAA School of Nursing

Jessica Schneider, RRANN Prenursing Student from Akiachak

Theresa Olanna, RRANN Prenursing Student from Shishmaref

Tracy Frost, RRANN Prenursing Student from Togiak

This event was a part of UAA’s Alaska Native/Native American Heritage Month celebration in November 2011. This event was podcast Nov. 4, 2011.

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