Trends in Allegations and Investigations of Child Abuse and Neglect in Alaska

Anyone who believes a child in Alaska is being neglected or abused can call the state Office of Children's Services, which records the allegation and determines whether to investigate it. A new paper by Diwakar Vadapalli and Virgene Hanna of ISER looks at trends from 2006 through 2012 in allegations of child abuse and neglect and in the share OCS decided to investigate. The authors found a sharp increase in the number of allegations, especially of neglect. The number of investigations also increased, but not by nearly as much—and the increase was entirely in investigations of neglect, while the number of investigations of abuse was virtually the same in 2012 as in 2006. Read more Download the paper (PDF, 1.0MB)
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Gunnar Knapp Named ISER Director

Gunnar KnappGunnar Knapp has been appointed director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), after acting as interim director since January. He is a long-time professor of economics at ISER, widely respected for his studies of Alaska’s commercial fisheries and other aspects of the state’s economy. ISER is part of UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy, and Rashmi Prasad, dean of the college, praised the appointment: “Dr. Knapp is uniquely qualified to lead ISER at this point in its history. In addition to his outstanding academic credentials, he has proven himself to be a leader among the CBPP faculty and in his role as interim director of ISER.” Gunnar Knapp says he is honored to be named director, and sees his job as “an opportunity to work with wonderful colleagues on complex and fascinating social and economic issues—and to make a real difference in helping Alaskans understand and address those issues.” Read more
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