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Ask a UAA Expert: Ashley O'Connor on Pet Ownership

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If you have pets, Ashley O'Connor, School of Social Work assistant professor, has some tips for how to care for them during difficult times such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only is it important to practice social distancing between other people and your pets, but it's also recommended to interact with them to alleviate stress. She also advises anyone considering getting a new pet to help animal shelters by fostering them.

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Ask a UAA Expert: Amana Mbise on Supporting Families

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Amana Mbise, postdoctoral fellow in the UAA College of Health School of Social Work, talks about how to support families during a crisis, including providing accurate information about how to stay safe and helping people experience normal conversations.

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Ask a UAA Expert: Vanessa Meade on Mindfulness and Meditation

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What is mindfulness, and how can it help us when we're caught up in our thoughts or emotions? Vanessa Meade, assistant professor in the College of Health School of Social Work, explains the importance of being in the present and recognizing habits we've created out of what we have done in the past.

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Ask a UAA Expert: Mary Dallas Allen & Alexa Filanowicz on Taking Care of Kids

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University of Alaska Anchorage School of Social Work Professor Mary Dallas Allen and Term Assistant Professor Alexa Filanowicz discuss helping your family cope with school closures and provide resources for responding to children's emotional needs.

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A new branch of the social work tree

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Visitors to the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage are immediately greeted by a quote adorning the lobby wall from Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling: "When in doubt, go to the library." It's sound advice that Rebecca Barker hopes everyone takes to heart."People come to the library with all kinds of questions. Some of those questions are, 'How do I build a log cabin?' or, 'How do I find out what my grandfather did for a living?' And some of them are more like, 'Where am I going to live next week?' or, 'How do I start treatment?' Those are way beyond the scope of your average library staff," explains Barker.