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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

The campus expectation is that we will return largely to in-person instruction in the fall, so we should hail the good news we got this week about vaccines being widely available. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has announced that all individuals 16 years of age or older who live or work in Champaign County are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, for those looking for pharmacy appointments, you can go to, and you can filter to your local area, as well as the vaccine you prefer.  

I hope all of you are greeting the news of return to campus with some happiness.  I can hardly wait to see all of you, see our students, and have our events and receptions.  I know it is crazy, but I am longing (just a little bit) for crowded halls. 

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


When Tanner Kingery became the county public health director in tiny Ouray County, Colo., in November 2019, he considered himself ready to tackle just about any issue. We talk to the 2015 MPH alum about COVID.

In an interview with Team USA, Paralympian medalist Steve Serio talked about Illinois' powerhouse wheelchair basketball program.

Our latest podcast is with Candice Fabry, an RST alum who was recently named associate head coach of the United Women's Soccer League's KC Courage.


KCH Associate Professor Sean Mullen and KCH Assistant Professors Neha Gothe and Shannon Mejia were awarded affiliate status in the Center for Social and Behavior Science. Congrats to all!


Callie Brennan, a second-year graduate student in the Doctorate of Audiology Program, has been selected for a T-35 Summer Research Traineeship through the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) for Summer 2021. This appointment is funded by the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Under the mentorship of Dr. Sarah Theodoroff, she will spend her summer virtually assisting critical research into tinnitus, decreased sound tolerance disorders (hyperacusis, misophonia), and psychoacoustics. Congratulations to Callie, and her SHS mentor, Professor Fatima Husain.


Tired of looking at the same four walls? Tune into Breaking New Ground on April 16 (9 a.m. to noon) for a first look at new campus instructional spaces nearing completion this Spring. Brought to you by the Reimagining the Classroom Symposium committee, this webinar will feature campus luminaries and others showcasing the new Siebel Center for Design and the new Campus Instructional Facility. Video tours, keynotes, campus trivia, prizes, and breakout conversation spaces will round out this fun and engaging webinar celebrating the great new things happening on this campus. Let’s reimagine a post-pandemic classroom and prepare for good things ahead. Please register today.


The Health Technology Education Program has launched a speaker series for Spring 2021.  See below for speaker dates and topics. All talks are held on Zoom at noon. The next talk, titled “Hello World: Making Health Tech Innovation Real,” will be presented on April 30 by Janneke Ritchie, CEO of Orange Gate. You can register here.


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. Her talk is titled, "One and Done: Media coverage of women’s sports on televised news and highlight shows, 1989-2019."


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!


RST Assistant Professor Sharon Zou is seeking participants interested in a study of attitudes towards national parks. Participants will watch a VR video about a national park visit (five minutes) and take a survey about that experience (10 minutes) in a lab. All research procedures will follow COVID safety guidelines. Upon completion, you will receive an Espresso Royale coffee coupon. Click here for scheduling if you are interested in participating. You can also contact for more information.

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 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.

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. Their goal is to monitor the well-being of Illinois students, faculty, and staff. If you are interested in participating, please sign up to start the consent process.

KCH is recruiting for a study to evaluate older adults’ motivations and preferences in medication reminder apps. To be eligible to participate you must be: 60 years or older, take medication for a chronic condition/disease, use a medication reminder app for at least one month, and be willing to use Zoom. The study will last two hours, and participants will receive a $25 Amazon gift card for their time and effort. If interested, please contact Olivia Kupiec or call 773-615-1259.

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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