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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hi, all. What a difference a week makes! We are all feeling a bit of spring fever now, I am certain. The prospects of receiving COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more of a reality as well. However, even after you are fully vaccinated, please be aware that university policy states you must still wear a mask on campus and continue to get tested weekly.

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


RST Clinical Associate Professor Mike Raycraft has been selected as a recipient of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. Congratulations on the recognition of your hard work, Dr. Raycraft!


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, "Lessons Learning: Designing Ubiquitous Computing Technologies to Support Aging in Place." 


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 March 4 is Michael King, CRM director of British gaming giant William Hill.


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 on March 5 will feature University of Iowa Associate Professor Brian Kaskie with his presentation, "The Cannabis and Older Persons Study."


The Student Leadership Awards & Scholarships program recognizes students and registered student organizations for academic excellence, a commitment to leadership at the University of Illinois, and a dedication to service at the local, national, and international level. Please share this information with others (staff, faculty, students) who may be in a position to submit nominations. The deadline is March 15. You can find more information here.


KCH Professor Wendy Rogers will be a speaker in the International Women’s Day Celebration, “Thirteen Women Who Changed the World: Untold Stories,” taking place on March 8. The annual event for faculty, staff, students, and community members is co-hosted by the Humanities Research Institute and the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, and recognizes people who have made a difference in academia. To register for the event, click here.


We have two A Few Minutes With podcasts with RST alums/students this week. The first is Joe Ronovsky, Chief Business Officer, Village of Bedford Park, who was also a recent speaker in the RST Spring 2021 Sapora Symposium. 

The second is Ryan McGrath, an RST grad student who recently received the Future Scholar Award by The Academy of Leisure Sciences.

KCH Professor Ken Wilund co-authored a study that explored hemodialysis patients using a virtual reality program on mindfulness/meditation to alleviate the physical side effects and monotony of their treatments.


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!


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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