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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hello, all. The semester begins in two weeks, so it is an exciting time. Unless otherwise approved, all AHS employees are expected to return to their Campus offices by today. Please contact Jennifer Russell if you have any questions regarding return to work policies or procedures. Also, be aware that all work arrangements are temporary and might be adjusted as the semester progresses.

Please be aware that, due to the rise in COVID-19 infections, the university is once requiring all faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear a face covering inside university facilities, except when in private offices. All university students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear a face covering in university spaces indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

I want to remind everyone that today at 3 p.m. in the lobby of DRES (1207 S. Oak Street) we will send off our athletes to Tokyo for the Paralympic Games. Writer Alan Armstrong once said, “Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months, and years they spend preparing for it.” Congratulations to the Paralympians who will depart this week. They depart as true champions, well prepared for the competition that lies ahead of them, and AHS is proud of each and every one of them. Whether they are a seasoned Paralympian or a first-timer, they leave here armed with skills and knowledge honed by an adapted sports program that has been described as the gold standard of the collegiate ranks. They’ve been guided by gifted coaches in a state-of-the-art training facility. They are more than ready to take on the competition. AHS wishes them all safe travels and the very best of luck in each event. We hope that they not only apply themselves unreservedly to the pursuit of their goals, but also have fun. We’ll be following their progress here at home, and cheering them on!

I love seeing all the updates about media coverage, grants, and publications, so I encourage you to continue sharing your accomplishments to publish in The Dean’s List. 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.

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


External placements are a vital part of an SHS student's education, according to Noa Hannah, director of the audiology and speech-language pathology clinic, and Clinical Assistant Professor Sadie Braun.

People who attend more high-profile sporting events and engage in mass-participation sport may reap the rewards of greater physical activity and emotional connections with other fans, according to Recreation, Sport and Tourism Assistant Professor Mikihiro Sato.

RST Assistant Professor Mikihiro Sato also appeared on WTAX radio on Aug. 4 to discuss the psychology of fandom and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


Join alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff on Oct. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. as we celebrate the achievements of our 2021 AHS Distinguished Alumni, Harold Sharper, and Young Alumni award recipients. A reception will follow. We will have more details on the meeting place as we get closer to the event.


All AHS alumni, friends, faculty and staff are invited to stop by the AHS tent on Oct. 9 from noon to 3 p.m., for complimentary food and drinks prior to the Illini's game against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.


The dedication ceremony for the McKechnie Family LIFE Home is scheduled for Oct. 7 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 75 Bailey Drive in Champaign. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Sept. 9 to Kathy Saathoff.


If you or a family member plan to make a donation to AHS, please review and submit this form to Liz Clawson. The Employee Donor Agreement is required by the Conflict of Interest Office to address potential tax deduction implications.


You are consistently using the Internet for your research needs, but did you know AHS has an Intranet? Using the AHS Intranet, you can get answers to questions such "Who do I talk to about a CHAD grant?"


The Wellness Research Collaborative in Multiple Sclerosis (Well-MS) is seeking to recruit faculty, staff and students to join our working group. The mission of the collaborative is to support the health and well-being of individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis in Central Illinois and beyond through research and outreach activities. Our group collaborates on grant submissions, publications, and other scholarly activities. We have developed a research registry and database to facilitate data collection and recruitment of participants. We also engage in community outreach activities to support the MS community and foster collaborations with other researchers outside of UIUC. The working groups meets on a monthly basis, and all are welcome to join. If you are interested in being involved with the MS collaborative, please contact Laura Rice for additional details.

The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory is seeking research participants for a study titled “Understanding Older Adults’ Willingness to Adopt a Health Application.” The goal of this study is to learn about older adults' perception towards adopting digital health systems. Furthermore, we would like to understand motivators or barriers to adopting new technology. This study will last 2 hours and take place on zoom. Potential participants must be 60 years old or older, currently have a smart phone, be willing to use zoom, have a device or computer that is zoom compatible, and have internet access. Participants will be compensated with a $25 Amazon Gift Card. For more information, please contact Mimi Trinh.

We are looking for adults aged 21-55 years with high weight for height to participate in a study into prolonged sitting and how adults think. The study involves three visits to Freer Hall, three Zoom calls, wearing activity monitors, and screening procedures. Measures include cognitive tests, electroencephalography, a body scan, maximal exercise test, and blood draws. Compensation up to $250. For more information, email Dominika Pindus.

Investigators of the VetCareMind study are seeking a graduate hourly student certified to lead mindfulness-based training classes to help modify the curriculum from in-person to live stream. Investigators of the VetCareMind study will interview caregivers of veterans with neurocognitive disorders and/or posttraumatic stress disorder to ensure the modified training is responsive to caregivers’ technological needs. Please contact Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo if you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity.

Are you/were you a caregiver to a veteran with brain-related disorders, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and/or any other neurocognitive disorders? Are you 60 years of age or older? If the answer is yes, now is your chance to be part of the first-ever study that is trying to understand the needs and experiences of older caregivers of veterans with brain-related disorders to provide recommendations for new programs and services.  If you are interested in participating, please use any of the following options to complete the brief online screener to determine if you are eligible. The online screener can be found here.

We are seeking participants for a study focused on understanding the needs of those with a vision impairment when navigating through spaces. Specifically, we are interested in assistive technology aids. Requirements to participate in this study include: Able to Zoom call or phone call; Be 18 years or older; Have ‘severe’ vision loss (even with correction); 20/200 to 20/400 visual acuity. Participants will be asked to meet, via Zoom or phone, and work with a researcher for about one to 1 1/2 hours. During this time, the participants will answer a few questionnaires and engage in an interview. Participants will be compensated $25 for completing the study.  If you are interested in participating and would like more information, please send an email to the researcher, Megan Bayles, or call her at (217) 265-0248. 

We are recruiting mothers and their children (8 to 12 years old) for a study about benefits of familiar voices in noisy places. Requires two, one-hour lab visits. Mothers record a list of sentences. Then children are tested on their ability to recognize the sentences in noise. Participants are paid $15 an hour. Daytime/evening/weekend availability. Free parking. Email: or call 217-300-8336.


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