JRSA Forum, December 2012, Volume 30, Number 4



SAC Directors Elect JRSA's Executive Committee for 2012-2013

Statistical Analysis Centers Win Awards for Outstanding Publications

Missouri SAC Wins 2012 SAC Web Site Award


Leveraging National Standards to Accelerate Recidivism Studies: Nlets, BJS, and the States

New Chief of FBI Crime Statistics Unit Named

SBE and NIJ Formalize Research Collaboration

NRC Report Advocates Using Research to Shape Juvenile Justice Reform


JRSA's IBRRC Posts Reports from Idaho, New Mexico, and Vermont SACs

JRSA Concludes Evaluation of Utah Mentoring Program

ASC Panel Highlights Illinois State Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships

New Online Resources Available from NJJEC


New SAC Director Named in Alaska

News from Illinois, Iowa, Maine, New York, Oregon

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Nancy Michel, Managing Editor


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New SAC Director Named in Alaska

Dr. Brad Myrstol

Dr. Brad Myrstol was appointed Director of the Statistical Analysis Center, University of Alaska, Anchorage (AJ-SAC) on September 7. Dr. Myrstol is an Assistant Professor of Justice, serving as a member of the Justice Center faculty since 2009. Immediately prior to joining the Justice Center, Dr. Myrstol was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas, where he also served as a Research Assistant Professor in the Community and Family Institute. Dr. Myrstol's current research spans three substantive areas: (1) public perceptions of police, (2) homelessness and criminal justice, and (3) the criminal justice response to violence against women. His most recent studies include an examination of the intersection of place and social capital on depressive symptomology of homeless persons, and a study of Alaska Native perceptions of police in Anchorage. Dr. Myrstol just completed a study of the discriminate validity of marijuana odor detection in police searches, and he currently serves as Co-Investigator of the Alaska Victimization Survey, a statewide data collection effort unique to Alaska designed to provide reliable and valid estimates of intimate partner violence and sexual violence that can be used to guide planning and policy development. Dr. Myrstol holds a doctorate in criminal justice from Indiana University.