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

Hello, all. I see many more cars in the Huff Hall parking lot, signifying that our new semester is underway. I'm grateful to all of you for making this time as seamless as possible. To that end, please continue to follow your required weekly COVID testing schedule, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you notice students who are having issues such as missing multiple assignments or not responding to emails. The Student Assistance Center is a reliable, centralized place to report these and similar issues. The Student Assistance Center will follow up with the student and/or make sure a professional from their college follows up.

We 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


AHS is excited to partner with Claro Healthcare and the Gies College of Business to present the sixth annual case competition on Friday, Feb. 26. The competition will be open to all majors who are interested in careers in healthcare management consulting. Please encourage your students to compete for up to $5,000 in prize money split among teams of sophomores and juniors with four to five members. This is an opportunity to network with the Claro Healthcare recruitment team and collaborate with your peers to find innovative solutions to an actual hospital scenario. This competition offers a unique opportunity for students to sharpen their analytical skills, gain real world experience, and stand out under pressure. This is a major recruiting pipeline opportunity for future fall and internship recruiting cycles. Interested students can learn more about the event and register by visiting the Handshake Event Page. Registration deadline is Feb. 15, at 1 p.m.

For students who are in search of a team or for questions about the event, contact Charles Stephens,


The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health is again hosting a seminar series this spring. Below is the schedule. You can find all the Zoom links to the seminars here.

Feb. 5 
KCH Graduate Student Award Recipients
Yang Hu: “Cortical Activation and Postural Control in Aging—Can Tai Ji Quan Help?"
Samuel Lapp: “Optimization of a Pericyte Therapy to Improve Muscle Recovery Following Hindlimb Immobilization”

Feb. 12
Dr. Becky Smith, “COVID Control in Theory and Practice”
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, UIUC

Feb. 19
KCH Graduate Student Award Recipients
Madhura Abhay: “Cognitive and psychosocial effects of an acute sun salutation intervention among adults with stress” 
Libak Abou: “Fall Detection among Wheelchair Users: the Apple Watch Study”

March 5
Dr. Brian Kaskie, “The Cannabis and Older Persons Study” 
Associate Professor, College of Public Health, University of Iowa

March 12
Dr. Marquell Johnson, “Adapted Physical Activity & Physical Activity Monitoring: Personal Interests & Professional Engagement Collide”
Professor of Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

April 16
Dr. Cheryl Cooky, Title TBD
Associate Professor, American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Purdue University.


SHS Assistant Professor Justin Aronoff has been awarded a $1.57 million R01 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders for his project “The contributions of interaurally correlated signals and interaurally symmetric place of stimulation for the binaural auditory system.” The proposed studies will provide fundamental insight into how the binaural auditory system combines signals from the two ears and lay the groundwork for a paradigm shift in how and when clinicians program bilateral cochlear implant users’ devices to maximize binaural benefits. The five-year award begins Feb. 1. Congratulations, Justin!


RST Assistant Professor Sharon Zou has a new publication entitled, “Would you be more satisfied with your life if you travel more frequently?” in the journal Tourism Analysis. The paper intended to examine whether frequent travelers are more satisfied with their life as well as why these individuals travel more frequently than others. The study results show that respondents attaching personal importance to tourism are more likely to gather travel-relevant information, resulting in more frequent travels. It is also found that frequent travelers are more satisfied with their life. These findings suggest that travel and tourism can be an important life domain affecting how people evaluate their overall quality of life. Zou’s collaborators were Dr. Chun-Chu Chen from Washington State University and Dr. Jim Petrick from Texas A&M University.

SHS AuD student Allison Trine and SHS Assistant Professor Brian Monson have a new publication entitled, "Extended High Frequencies Provide Both Spectral and Temporal Information to Improve Speech-in-Speech Recognition" in the journal Trends in Hearing. This study demonstrated that extended high frequencies (EHFs; >8 kHz) in speech are not only audible but also have some utility for listeners trying to understand speech in realistic listening environments, including for speech-in-speech recognition when interfering talkers are facing away from the listener. An exploratory analysis indicated that pure-tone audiometric thresholds at EHFs are better predictors of speech recognition performance than low-frequency pure-tone thresholds.


The Fall 2020 Dean’s List is now available to view. Congrats to all of our great AHS students!


KCH Assistant Professor Manuel Hernandez discusses his Jump ARCHES grant that allowed him to study how wearable technology can assess the stress and anxiety of physicians assistants.

RST grad school alum and Kansas City Chiefs guard Nick Allegretti is headed to his second straight Super Bowl, but that hasn't stopped him from giving back to the local community.

The Beckman Institute published an article on KCH Professor Ken Wilund's research on hemodialysis therapy patients. Wilund is also the subject of this Q&A on his research.


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!


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 at for more information.


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