Pat Kwachaa (1942-2015)

Pat Kwachka, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, passed away on May 20, 2015. Dr. Kwachka received her PhD in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Florida in 1982 and served as a professor at UAF from 1979 to 2005. Dr. Kwachka gained a reputation around the world for her particular expertise in linguistic anthropology, especially in Choctaw as well as in several Alaska Native languages; and built a distinguished record of scholarship in more than two dozen books, chapters, articles, monographs and other publications; and shared her work in lectures and presentations at more than fifty conferences, meetings and training sessions throughout Alaska, the United States and the world.
 

Her obituary can be found here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer/obituary.aspx?n=patricia-kwachka&pid=174946623

UAF Anthropology Department welcomes new Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Elaine Drew

 

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Elaine Drew as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. As a sociocultural anthropologist, Dr. Drew's academic career has emphasized teaching and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds in anthropology, medicine, and the social sciences, as well as conducting culturally-based health promotion and intervention research with American Indian, Alaska Native, Latino, and African American communities.

Dr. Drew is a medical anthropologist and applied anthropologist. Her research emphasizes a collaborative process involving community and academic partners who work together to share knowledge, resources, decision-making and accountability. She has collaborated on a wide range of projects, including a study of diabetes risk appraisal among Yup’ik communities in remote Alaskan villages; a culturally-based media intervention to reduce diabetes disparities among Latinos in Milwaukee; a culturally-tailored cancer prevention program among the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa emphasizing cultural knowledge and the celebration of the spirit; and a critical examination of biomedical perspectives on fatalistic health behaviors among rural women diagnosed with cervical cancer.

In addition to research, Dr. Drew has considerable experience in cultural brokering and scientific diplomacy and often serves as a resource for other investigators on issues related to the cross-cultural translation, adaptation, and validation of study protocols and instruments. She is currently working on a study funded by the Greenwall Foundation that aims to revise the Belmont Report and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) research ethics regulations so that they effectively include and operationalize the ethical principles of community-engaged research.

The UAF Anthropology Department is happy to welcome Dr. Drew. Her contact information will be on our website shortly. She is interested in working with new PhD and MA students on medical and applied anthropological topics.
http://www.uaf.edu/anthro/people/faculty/

Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at UAF is the only anthropology program in the United States that maintains a holistic approach to circumpolar studies, providing instruction and research in all aspects of anthropology. UAF Anthropology offers programs leading to a BA, BS, MA, and PhD. We publish an internationally recognized, refereed journal, the Anthropological Papers of the University of Alaska. UAF was recently home to the secretariat of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association.

The Department of Anthropology is a center for teaching and research in anthropology with general focus on circumpolar regions as well as research projects and instruction covering a variety of world areas (see Research). Departmental research and teaching covers all sub-fields of the discipline: archaeological, biological, social/cultural and linguistic anthropology. The undergraduate program aims at giving students a solid introduction to the discipline with the possibility to concentrate in sub-fields. The graduate program maintains an emphasis on empirical and applied studies in various parts of the world.

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