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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences
Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hi, everyone. We have two weeks remaining in the in-person instruction portion of the semester and, if you've seen the chancellor's email, you know they will be challenging. We have been asked to resume twice-a-week COVID-19 testing as cases have spiked. This is not unexpected, but please be patient as we try to navigate the process. Bear in mind that COVID-19 testing facilities and hours will change as of fall break.

As Chancellor Jones said, for the next three weeks, please work with your supervisor to plan to work from home unless your work requires you to be on campus.

We still want to hear about your projects, publications, and plans! We are collecting information about accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. Be sure to submit your information. To ensure inclusion in Monday's email, we ask that you send information by 5 p.m. the previous Friday to Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar.

Stay well!

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


AHS has created a way to invest some non-recurring cash into supporting faculty/staff in creating plans for new revenue generating activities. You can download a call for proposals here. This call asks you to propose ideas for activities/programs that will generate new revenue. The proposal format requires a brief explanation of your idea along with the support you’ll need to develop a full proposal for your targeted idea. 


Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is among the speakers who will appear at 1 p.m. today at the third annual Chez Veterans Center Veterans Day Celebration. This data reveal event will present a snapshot of Veterans in the labor market, an overview of Veteran job satisfaction, best practices for Veteran career fairs, and insight into the top factors influencing Veterans employment. You can register for the event until noon Central. Other speakers include Illinois Director of Veterans Affairs, Linda Chapa LaVia, U.S. Dept. of Labor Assistant Secretary, John Lowry, and Veteran keynote, former Army Officer and renowned speaker, Jas Boothe


AHS has formed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to advise the Dean and College leadership on the creation and implementation of policies, practices, and initiatives that will integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the College culture. RST professor Kim Shinew is the chair, and committee members are Community Health undergraduate student Jeremy Brown; RST PhD candidate Leslie Camarillo; I-LEAP Senior Program Coordinator April Carter; KCH Assistant Professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo; SHS Professor Fatima Husain; RST Adjunct Instructor Robyn Deterding; Facilities Manager Bryan Jones; Assistant Director of Human Resources Jennifer Russell; Chez Veterans Center Assistant Director of Behavioral Health Services Ingrid Wheeler, and Women's Basketball Head Coach Stephanie Wheeler.   


KCH Professor Jeff Woods and KCH Assistant Professor Jacob Allen have been awarded an NIH R56 grant entitled “Age-related dysbiosis and physical resilience” as a subaward from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The grant is for $459,000, with the Illinois piece at $258,321. The objective of this pre-clinical animal work is to provide the first evidence that an aging microbiome is a major contributor to reduced physical resilience (loss of ability to recover quickly from challenge). The aims are to 1) determine the extent to which the gut microbiome is connected to age-related declines in physical resilience, 2) isolate the effects of the aged gut microbiota on resilience responses, and 3) determine the specific role of microbial-derived short chain fatty acids (SCFA), most notably butyrate, on physical resilience.


KCH Assistant Professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo has been invited to become an affiliate of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) at Illinois. The WGGP encourages and facilitates research, instruction, and service focused on human development and gender equity across campus. Congratulations, Sandraluz!


KCH Professor Ken Wilund has a new publication entitled, "Pilot study to reduce interdialytic weight gain by provision of low‐sodium, home‐delivered meals in hemodialysis patients," in the journal Hemodialysis International. The study found that the low‐sodium meal intervention significantly reduced interdialytic weight gain when compared to the control period. Wilund's collaborators include Hsin‐Yu Fang, Sadia-Anjum Ashrafi, Brett T. Burrows and Alexis C. King, all of KCH, as well as Ryan Larsen and Brad Sutton of the Beckman Institute and Luis M. Perez of the Division of Nutritional Sciences.

PhD candidate Iulia Fratila and her advisor and RST Associate Professor Liza Berdychevsky have a new publication entitled, "Understanding drugs as leisure through the (de)differentiation lens and the dialectic of Logos and Eros-modernity” in the journal of Leisure Studies. The findings present students’ descriptions of drugs’ (predominantly, marijuana/cannabis) roles in their daily lives, leisure pursuits, obligations, productivity patterns, and risk and protective factors. Drugs were portrayed as a leisure activity in itself or as leisure enhancers and even enablers.


We spoke with John Lowry, Dept. of Labor Assistant Secretary for the Veterans’ Employment & Training Service, to discuss today's Chez Veterans Center’s Veterans Day event, presenting a snapshot of  Veterans in the labor market. 

Chez Veterans Center Assistant Director for Research Engagement and Educational Programming Jeni Hunniecutt and CVC Assistant Director of Behavioral Health Services Ingrid Wheeler appeared on WILL's The 21st Show to promote today's event. The News-Gazette also wrote about today's event, which begins at 1 p.m. 

RST's Sapora Symposium continues, and the News-Gazette spoke with Tatyana McFadden about her recent Zoom appearance.

Speaking of Sapora, Mark Coomes, the longtime assistant to coach Lou Henson and Henson's nephew, contributed an article to the News-Gazette about his effort to get Henson inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and recognized AHS and RST for organizing the recent Henson panel session.

We have a new Beyond The Gym Floor podcast as KCH teaching assistant professor Jamie O'Connor speaks with Jenn Traynor of Monticello Middle School.


Speaking of news, you can find more of our great content on faculty, staff, students and alumni on the News & Feature tab on our website. Find our podcasts, AHS E-News, Moving Forward magazine and more!



The University of Illinois Tinnitus and Brain Imaging Conference 2020 will be held Nov. 20-22. The conference will be hosted via Zoom and feature world-renowned and up-and-coming international speakers who specialize in tinnitus or brain imaging, with an emphasis on innovative research. The conference is intended for researchers, clinicians, and students who are interested in tinnitus or clinical brain imaging. Registration is free.


A new study seeks individuals 18 and older to assess nutrition status. The study aims to examine relationships between various nutrition assessment techniques. There is one in-person session lasting approximately one hour, and one remote/virtual visit.  In-person we measure your anthropometrics, cognitive tasks, and simple eye tests and a skin test to understand your habitual diet. You complete surveys about your diet and physical activity habits remotely. Compensation is $40 via Amazon gift card. Contact Monica Kashi in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health.


The Exercise Psychology Lab is committed to promoting exercise as an easy, fun and safe way to improve health and well-being. During this time when COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives, we are offering free, Zoom-based group exercise sessions led by our research staff. Exercises are tailored toward middle-aged and older adults with moderate levels of fitness. Sign Up Here! Exercise classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.


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