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

The work to reopen our campus continues apace as Facilities and Services places signage and sanitizes workspaces, online teaching seminars are given, and guidelines have been issued on resuming face-to-face research with human subjects.

I am pleased to see how you all have adjusted during this trying time and are still working hard to ensure your success and the success of your students. To that end, 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 Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar

Stay well!

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


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


Chicago’s vacant lot-repurposing program is an empowering way for communities to work for positive change, and lends support to policies that incentivize resident-based private ownership of vacant land to revitalize urban neighborhoods, according to a new publication entitled, "The condition-care scale: A practical approach to monitoring progress in vacant lot stewardship programs," in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning. RST professor Bill Stewart collaborated on the project with the USDA Forest Service, and researchers at Kansas State University and the University of Utah, including former RST assistant professor Alessandro Rigolon


Our Expert Q&A series continued this week with KCH professor Jeff Woods, director of the Center for  Health, Aging & Disability (CHAD), who answered questions about COVID-19 and virus spread, complications and vaccine development. 

Sarah Geiger, an incoming assistant professor in KCH, received a $200,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s ECHO Opportunities and Infrastructure Fund to study how social vulnerability contributes to pre-term births.

Justine Kaplan, interm director of the MPH & MSHA programs, appeared on WILL's the 21st Show to talk about whether local restaurants re-opened too early during the pandemic.

KCH assistant professor Chelsea Singleton also appeared on the 21st Show to talk about COVID-19, nutrition and food insecurity.



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.


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.


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.


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

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 Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar.

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