Gathering to celebrate Pat Kwachka's life

Time: 1-2 p.m. or 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Brooks Building, Fairbanks campus

Friends will celebrate the life of Pat Kwachka, professor emeritus of anthropology, on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 3 p.m. in the Gathering Room of the Brooks Building.

Pat died on May 20 at her home in Cullowhee, North Carolina, where she and her husband, Jim Deitz, moved following her retirement.

After the events on campus, there will be a a potluck for friends and family at 1973 Kittiwake Drive. For more information, please call 479-5744. The obituary is available online at

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.

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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