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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hello, all. Good news abounds! The temperature is rising, COVID-19 cases are falling, vaccine options are increasing, and a hybrid of in-person/virtual commencement is planned. Please be sure to continue reading the Chancellor's emails on vaccine availability and testing.  Don’t be afraid to get the vaccine when you can.  You may have some side effects but those are time-limited and manageable.

I am sure you are relieved to know as of fall semester, we will be returning to working on campus.  While there may be some exceptions, I expect that all of us will be back in our offices.  I look forward to actually seeing people in person and not on a screen!  Thank you for all the hard work you have been putting into making our remote work successful and ensuring we are positioned to come out of the pandemic stronger than when we started.  Your efforts are noticed and appreciated.  Take some time to give yourself a pat on the back. 

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


The Chez Veterans Center will host a national, virtual career fair for military-connected individuals on April 8. Twenty-five employers are expected to have virtual booths, including Amazon, Google, Union Pacific, Northrop Grumman Corp., the University of Illinois, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Fermilab, American Systems, United States Geological Survey, and Sandia National Laboratories. Find out more about the event here.

Speaking of the Chez Center, Jeni Hunniecutt, Assistant Director for Research Engagement and Educational Programming at the Chez Veterans Center and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, was featured in a podcast highlighting her military service.

KCH Professor David Strauser assessed the employment discrimination claims made by younger and older American adults with cancer and found substantial differences in the nature—and outcomes—of their claims.

Our latest Alumni Spotlight shines on Megan McKenna, who got her B.S. in Speech & Hearing Science in 2011 and her clinical M.A. in Speech & Hearing Science in 2013. Currently, McKenna is a pediatric speech-language pathologist and certified autism specialist at two suburban hospitals within Northwestern Medicine. 


KCH Emeritus Professor Eddie McAuley ranks among the most-cited researchers in the world in a new analysis designed to provide a clearer view of scientific and scholarly impact. According to datasets published in PLOS Biology, McAuley ranks No. 5,455 among the top 100,000 most-cited researchers since the mid-1990s. The dataset includes about 8 million researchers worldwide—active, retired, or deceased—who published at least five papers in their career. You can see more on the dataset here.

Kinesiology major and I-LEAP Scholar Naomi Lindquist has been selected as a winner of the UIUC Rhetoric Program Student Essay Contest for Fall 2020 for her essay titled, "Stop Silencing Survivors: Ballerinas and Rape." Congratulations, Naomi!

The College of Applied Health Sciences Board of Visitors has welcomed seven new members to its board: Jayne DeLuce (B.S., ’87; M.S., ’88), President & CEO, Visit Champaign County; Ryan Gower (B.S., ’97; M.S., ’99; Ph.D, ’08), Chancellor, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges; Sue Grey (B.S., ’84), President & CEO, United Way of Champaign County; Laura Kann (B.S., ’82; M.S., ’83), Consultant, World Health Organization; Peter Korst (B.S., ’76; M.S., ’78), Director, IBM Corporation; Megan Malone (B.S., ’11), Corporate Partnerships Manager, Chicago Bears; Michael Vitoux (B.A., ’68; M.A. ’72), Founder, The Fencing Point Club. The Board of Visitors supports AHS' strategic plan, assists in securing financial resources to achieve its long-range goals, and actively advocates for the College of Applied Health Sciences among alumni, friends, and other key constituent groups to advance its teaching, research, and service missions.


KCH Assistant Professor Mina Raj has received a Campus Research Board grant of $28,056 for her project, "Family caregivers of older Asian immigrant relatives as 'sociocultural navigators' within the health care system." The project uses a mixed-methods approach to better understand the role of family caregivers who support their older Asian/Asian American immigrant relative(s) in navigating the sociocultural context within which health care is delivered in the United States.


Dr. Travis Gayles, a 2010 Community Health PhD graduate and current chief public health officer for Montgomery, MD, will present the 2021 AHS Distinguished Lecturer talk at noon on April 7. His virtual presentation is titled “Disparities in Covid-19 Rates and Vaccinations: A View from the Frontline of the Battle Against the Pandemic." In separate meetings during the day, Dr. Gayles will talk with students who are members of the James Scholar Program and AHS Student Council and with KCH faculty and members of the AHS Executive Committee.  You can register for the presentation here.


All students and faculty are welcome to attend the Spring 2021 Health Technology Speaker Series. All talks are held on Zoom—please pre-register for the events. The next speaker is Elizabeth Mynatt of Georgia Tech on March 26 with her talk titled, "Designing Ubiquitous Computing Technologies for Care Networks to Support Aging in Place." 


The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health is hosting a seminar series this spring.  You can the find the schedule and all the Zoom links to the seminars here. The next seminar is April 16, with Dr. Cheryl Cooky, Associate Professor, American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Purdue University.


The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism is hosting a one-credit hour professional development symposium this Spring. The theme is “Profiles in Leadership” and features high-profile alumni and executives from across RST industries. The majority of live Zoom seminars will be scheduled on Thursdays at 6 p.m. The full schedule is on this web page. Next up on April 1 is Andy Szabo, Director, Partnership Development for MLB's Oakland Athletics.


The Chez Veterans Center is excited to announce the following research and educational development opportunity for students: the Chez Veterans Center & Illini Veterans Student Research Award. The purposes of the Student Research Award are to both encourage student-Veterans to participate in research and to highlight research activities centered on Veterans and military-affiliated communities being conducted by UIUC students. Two awards of $1,000 each will be awarded this spring. Deadline for applications is April 11. Read the call and instructions for applications here.


The Chez Veterans Center is looking for assistance in developing a new Veteran Community Health Education Program. This position is a part-time, hourly graduate student position designed to help CVC staff develop and pilot this new program. The position is for one year, with a start date of May, 2021. Read the job announcement and application instructions here.


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!


In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis and this ongoing, uncertain, and stressful time, the Center for Social and Behavioral Science is launching the Spring 2021 Mental Health and COVID-19 Research Study. Our goal is to monitor the well-being of Illinois students, faculty, and staff. We plan to use this information to better address the impact of COVID-19 on mental health for individuals on campus and in the broader C-U community. If you are interested in participating, please click “Sign Up”  to read more details and start the consent process.

We are looking for full-time working adults (age 18-64), who are low active and experiencing stress, for a remote 10-week yoga study. Participants will complete surveys and computerized tests remotely and get eight weeks of moderate-intensity, flow-based yoga intervention, delivered remotely. 
Participants will get $60. To participate, fill out the interest survey or email us.

We are investigating the link among foods, eye health, and thinking ability. Participation involves 1-2 in-person visits to our lab (2.5 hours a day) and 1-2 online sessions (One hour each). Children will be asked to complete eye tests & perform computer-based cognitive tasks. Participants may also qualify to receive daily snacks for four weeks. Families will earn $100 to $300 for their participation. Contact Ginger Reeser in KCH for more information.

Are you looking to get physically active in 2021? Researchers are conducting a free, six-month physical activity program consisting of stretching-toning, aerobic exercise and yoga. Participants will engage in free supervised exercise classes from April to October (Zoom and some in-person). Compensation up to $240! Contact KCH Assistant Professor Neha Gothe for more information.

RST Associate Professor Liza Berdychevsky is seeking participants for a study investigating the impacts of COVID-19 and related prevention measures on sex life across the life span, including potential changes in quality, quantity, diversity, and meanings associated with sex. Adults of all ages (18+) are welcome to participate in this 10-minutes survey. To participate, please visit here.

KCH Assistant Professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo is seeking participants to learn about the needs and experiences of caregivers of veterans with TBI. Participants will be compensated for completing a virtual small group interview. Click here if you are interested in participating. You can also contact (217) 244-9363 or for more information.


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