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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hello, all. The academic year has ended, but we know our work is not done. We are actively engaging in preparation for a return to in-person instruction in the fall, and continuing to conduct research this summer. Once again I want to thank you for your hard work and dedication over this trying time. I hope that our fall sees a return to our new normal, and bringing back the good parts of the old normal. If nothing else, I look forward to see people in person. It’s still a bit of TBD on social gatherings and meetings. But I remain hopeful that restrictions on those activities will be lifted in the near future. I know that this has been a difficult time for most, if not all of you. Even as restrictions are eased, we will all carry the trauma of this time with us. I encourage you to practice self-care and seek help if you need it. 

As the Chancellor stated in his recent email, the university no longer will require fully vaccinated people to wear face coverings or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors. However, students, staff and faculty attending in-person classes for the Summer 2021 semester will be required to continue to wear face coverings and practice social distancing in instructional spaces. We encourage you to get vaccinated, while acknowledging some individuals have health conditions or other reasons why they cannot be vaccinated. Also, some fully vaccinated people may choose to continue practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings. Be respectful of their choices.

We still want to hear all about your 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.

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


Two AHS students, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences rising junior Kennedy Campbell, and Recreation, Sport & Tourism rising senior Sydney Brown, are among 11 students featured in the Amazon Prime series, The College Tour. Join us for the premiere party and special aftershow on Sunday, May 23, at 7 p.m.

The latest A Few Minutes With podcast features KCH assistant professor Sheena Martenies, who talks about why she chose Illinois, teaching during a pandemic and her research inspirations.

We continued our series of COVID and the Class of 2021 with Casey Cushing, who graduated this month with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

Residents of Black communities with a lot of violent crime exercise less and are more obese, according to new research from KCH Assistant Professor Chelsea Singleton. Chelsea was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune.


If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the campus encourages you to upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the MyMcKinley Portal by taking a few simple steps, which are outlined on our Vaccination Record Card upload page.


START, a research program focused on aging intended for AHS undergraduate students, has a website designed to showcase the program. AHS faculty members played a critical role in training these students. We encourage you to take a look at some of the fantastic research being undertaken through this program. Most START students recently presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Noteworthy, Chloe Maghinang from SHS who worked this year in the Aging and Neurocognition Lab, in collaboration with Human Factors and Aging Lab, received an award for Outstanding Presentation for her poster presentation titled Relationship Between Strategic Attention and Inhibition in Older Adults with Varying Hearing Ability.

AHS Faculty members: The program is now accepting applications for 2021-2022.  Train the next generation of aging researchers through the START Program. If you are interested in mentoring a START student, please complete this short surveyEncourage your undergraduate students to get involved and they can earn 2 credit hours per semester.  Students may apply to be a part of the START program here.


A new publication from SHS Assistant Professors Mary Flaherty and Brian Monson, as well as SHS undergrad, Kelsey Libert, finds that adults and children can understand speech in noisy settings better when they can hear the various components of a talker's voice, including extended high frequencies. The publication, entitled, "Extended high-frequency hearing and head orientation cues benefit children during speech-in-speech recognition," was published in the journal Hearing Research. Dr. Flaherty was also interviewed by The Academic Times about the study. 

KCH Assistant Professor Mina Raj has a new publication in Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine titled "What does 'patient-centered' mean? Qualitative perspectives from older adults and family caregivers", a qualitative study that examines what "patient-centeredness" means to older adults and family caregivers and assesses the conditions under which they prefer care from a geriatrician.


The prevalence of physical inactivity and obesity in adults were linked to violent crime rates in Chicago's urban Black and Hispanic communities, according to research from KCH Assistant Professor Chelsea Singleton that was presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic Health Conference 2021 last week.


KCH Professor John Kosciulek has received a grant from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation for his proposal, " “Disability Aware Cities,” for the Arts CO+RE: The Community Research + Partnership program. AHS, Krannert Art Museum PACE, a center for independent living that supports individuals with disabilities located in Urbana, and the Urbana Arts and Culture Program propose a community based arts-program and public artwork that supports engagement with local members of the arts and disability communities, innovative learning experiences for students, and forges new discoveries in the area of arts and disability culture.


The Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Clinic is offering group and individual therapy this summer. Illinois residents can receive telepractice services over Zoom from June 14 to Aug. 6. For more information, visit, email, or call 217-333-2205.


The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory is conducting a research study to understand older adults’ opinions about using Smart Technology products. Participants, individuals 65 and older, will be asked to complete an online survey that will take approximately 1 hour. Participants who complete the survey will be eligible to win a $25 Amazon gift card through a raffle for their participation. Click here to complete this survey.  For more information, please contact Maurita Harris at

The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory is seeking research participants for a study titled "A Holistic Understanding of Domestic Robot Acceptance Among Older Adults." This study aims to learn more about how older adults think about robots to assist them in their homes. Participants will be compensated $25. Potential participants must be 65 years old or older, have internet service and a computer, and able to use Zoom and read size 14 font on a computer screen. For more information contact Megan Bayles or KCH Professor Wendy Rogers.

The Voice Lab in SHS is studying the voices of cisgender people who are misgendered. You will be asked to do simple vocal exercises, read a short passage over Zoom, and answer questions about being misgendered. Participation requirements: 18 years of age or older, fluent in English, gender identity same as sex assigned at birth, and gender misidentified because of your voice. Contact Colleen Wilkes in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science for more information.


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