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


Hello, all. It’s hard to believe it’s already August and there is still so much uncertainty about COVID-19. I’m finding it hard to make too many plans because I feel like they could be suddenly upended if we see a surge.  If you feel that way too, hang in there!  

We are still working on return to work plans, balancing the need to get the university open while also ensuring everyone’s safety.  Make sure you have taken advantage of all the resources the college and university have provided to put yourselves in the best position to return to on-site work.  

I urge you all to sign the Illinois Pledge and follow its guidelines for a safe return to campus. Also, be aware that when you return to campus, you will be required to test for COVID-19. There are several on-campus testing sites. Also, take advantage of the video briefings university leaders have given, including ones on University Life and Facilities, Cleaning and Safety. We must all commit to ensuring that AHS faculty, staff, and students are entering a safe and healthy environment. 

I know many of you are feeling anxious about how you will balance health needs/concerns and/or childcare and school arrangements with return to on-site work.  Please be patient.  We should be hearing more about on-site and remote work alternatives in the next week.  

Remember, we are still collecting information about accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. We still have many successes to celebrate! 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 communications@ahs.illinois.edu. Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar.

Stay well!


Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


ONLINE TEACHING RESOURCES

The College of AHS has created an informational page that includes a collection of campus resources to help with migrating instruction online.  If you have suggestions for other resources to add to this page, please send a note to communications@ahs.illinois.edu

  • If you are teaching in a physical general assignment classroom this fall, you might want to attend the Physical Classroom Instruction in the Fall—Technology Services Briefing and Q&A from Technology Services on Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting here. Meeting ID: 984 8696 5247; Password: 557667
  • Additionally, the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) will be hosting one-hour Zoom sessions to help faculty, staff, and teaching assistants navigate learning in traditional, hybrid, and online courses. These sessions will focus on answering questions from faculty, teaching assistants, and staff. If you are interested in attending, please sign up here.
  • Courtney Malcolm in the AHS Communications office recently conducted a Zoom session with faculty and students in SHS regarding social media best practices to advance your career.  The session was recorded, captioned, and made available to others in the college who may find it useful.  You can view the video on the College's YouTube channel here.    

PUBLICATIONS

Incoming KCH assistant professor Sarah Geiger has a new publication (in press) in the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice entitled, "Predictors of Water Lead Levels in Drinking Water of Homes with Domestic Wells in Three Illinois Counties." The objective of the study was to characterize distribution of water lead levels and corrosivity in tap water of homes with private residential wells, and to develop and evaluate a screening strategy for predicting lead (Pb) detection within a home.  

IN THE NEWS

The Illinois Exercise is Medicine—On Campus initiative has been recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine as a gold-level campus. Led by Kinesiology and Community Health associate professor Nick Burd, both WCIA and WAND put the spotlight on the program this week.

RST student Javier Maldonado talks about how his internship was altered by COVID-19, and how he adapted, thanks to the Illini RST Undergraduate Consulting program.

Illini football player Jake Hansen, who recently graduated from KCH and is now a grad student in RST, is on the Butkus Watch List, and discussed his education, football future, and COVID-19 on the AHS podcast.

ONGOING STUDIES

EXERCISE WITH US

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.

TELEPRACTICE NEWS

Clinical faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science are working hard to offer telepractice services to meet the needs of graduate students and the community. SHS students need to gain as many telepractice hours as possible this summer in order to be able to graduate on time. The goal is to recruit as many clients as possible, with services offered through Aug. 16. Please share this information with people you know who might need speech-language pathology or audiology clinic services. You can find more information here.

A GOOD START

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.

MOTOR CONTROL LAB STUDY

The Motor Control Research Lab in partnership with the Illini Fall Prevention Clinic is conducting an online survey to explore how the COVID-19 lockdown has affected physical function, and fall-risk in the U.S. population. The ultimate goal of this survey will be to understand the circumstances (i.e. location, timing, precipitating factors, etc.) and risk factors of falls during the COVID-19 lockdown to ensure that we can learn valuable lessons in terms of behavioral and environment modifications to prevent fall-related injuries in times of enforced self-isolation at home. You are invited to complete this survey if 1) you are at least 18 years or older, 2) you understand written English, 3) you live in the U.S. The survey will close on Aug. 30. You can find the survey here.

FACULTY CONDUCTING COVID-19 RESEARCH

If you are conducting research related to COVID-19, or are otherwise helping to solve the coronavirus pandemic, we'd like to know about it.  Please send a brief description of your involvement to communications@ahs.illinois.edu

We are also asking our alumni to share information related to how they may be helping to mitigate the pandemic.  We will continue to share these stories as we learn of them.

The Dean's List is delivered on Monday. To ensure inclusion of your announcement, submit information by 5 pm the previous Friday. Please submit your announcements or calendar items to communications@ahs.illinois.edu. Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar.

COLLEGE OF APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
110 Huff Hall  |  1206 South Fourth St., Champaign, IL 61820 MC-586
Phone: (217) 333-2131 FAX: (217) 333-0404

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