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Dear AHS faculty and staff:


Hello, all. The past few weeks have been marked by sad news with the passing of Ken Watkin, SHS emeritus professor and founding Director of the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, as well as longtime KCH Associate Professor Karin Rosenblatt. We send our condolences to their families, and long may their memories be a blessing.

During Saturday's football game against Rutgers, the university celebrated Military Appreciation Day by playing a video of the Purple Heart university designation ceremony. The pregame coin toss was performed with a Chez Veterans Center coin. Thanks to Chez Outreach Coordinator and Veteran Recruiter Garrett Anderson for his efforts.

The Dean's List is now a bi-weekly publication, with the next delivery on Nov. 15. Continue to send your announcements and calendar items to communications@ahs.illinois.edu. Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar.

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences



It was at Georgia Tech where Wendy Rogers connected with Professor Charlie Kemp, director of the Healthcare Robotics Lab at Georgia Tech. Now the two are collaborating on a robot that can help people age in place, a vital part of Rogers’ research agenda.

Jon Gunderson and members of the DRES Accessible IT Group talked about their mission to help the university understand the accessibility of the online resources that the university creates and uses.

In her latest podcast, Teaching Associate Professor Jamie O'Connor speaks with Annie Picklesimer of Yankee Ridge Elementary School in Urbana.

KCH junior and soccer player Kendra Pasquale was named the Scholar Athlete of the Week for Oct. 11-15.

RST student Omar Amezquita Espinoza is interning with the Chicago Steel, a hockey team in the USHL.


Did you know the College of Applied Health Sciences has an Intranet? The webpage is meant to be a central hub for resources you need to conduct your business. Scan the menu to find the resource you need, and if you don't see it, let us know


Join us via Zoom as we present the AHS Fall Lecture Series. These lectures feature distinguished faculty and staff in AHS presenting on topics we think will be of interest to you, our alumni and friends. Please mark your calendars and join us via Zoom. If you have any questions, please email advancement@ahs.illinois.edu. The first lecture is Nov. 8 with RST Professor Bill Stewart presenting, "Re-purposing Vacant Lots and Well-being in Chicago." Register here for this lecture.


The Chez Veterans Center is working in collaboration with ROTC to host a Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 11. During this event, and throughout the month of November, we want to feature the military service of current students, staff, faculty, and alumni! Send us your images in uniform to be featured throughout November on social media and during out Veterans Day Celebration.  Submit images and info here.

And join fellow military-connected students, staff, and community members at the Chez Veterans Center for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to honor our nation's heroes. In collaboration with ROTC, we will host a guest speaker commemorating Military Service and paying tribute to Veterans Day. RSVP here.


A new tool developed by the DRES Accessible IT Group has been released to support people with disabilities in navigating web pages using the keyboard. The SkipTo Landmarks & Headings browser extension implements a long-standing requirement for web browsers to provide structural navigation by headings and content sections. We encourage you to install it by visiting the extension's Chrome Web Store or Firefox Add-ons page, and to let us know what you think.


The AHS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will be meeting again this year. The function of this Committee is to advise the Dean and College leadership on creating and implementing policies, practices, and initiatives that integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the College culture and environment. Topics may include the recruitment of underrepresented students, equitable and inclusive hiring practices and policies, faculty and staff mentoring and development, long-term hiring and enrollment goals, and fostering an inclusive climate within the College for students, staff, and faculty. The Committee can be reached at dei@ahs.illinois.edu. The Committee is comprised of the following members: April Carter, Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Robyn Deterding, Fatima Husain, Stephanie Wheeler, Bryan Jones, Ingrid Wheeler, Jennifer Russell, Haki Materre (Graduate Student), Lianna Yang (Undergraduate Student), Kim Shinew, Chair.


The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, in partnership with the Center for Social and Behavioral Science and with support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, has announced that the 2022 Community Academic Scholars Project Application opens today, Nov. 1.  In a video, Prof. Kevin Tan shared his experience with Community-Academic Scholars and offered to connect with potential CAS mentors. You can also find a Frequently Asked Questions section to the CAS Academic Mentor webpage. For more information, contact Kelsey Hassevoort.


KCH Assistant Professor Mina Raj has a new editorial entitled, "Caregiving Across Cultures: Priority Areas for Research, Policy, and Practice to Support Family Caregivers of Older Asian Immigrants," in the American Journal of Public Health. In it, Dr. Raj and her collaborators identified four priority areas to advance research, practice and policy to better support family caregivers of older Asian immigrants. These areas include recognizing caregivers as sociocultural navigators in the healthcare system, their role in detecting and protecting against discrimination, addressing mental health needs of caregivers and relatives, and recognizing the heterogeneity of experiences by cultural backgrounds.

KCH Professor Weimo Zhu and his doctoral student Xiong Qin, as well as visiting scholars/students Yadong Song, Guanqun Zhang and Fan Guo, have a new publication entitled, “Quantifying swimming activities using accelerometer signal processing and machine learning: A pilot study” in the journal Biomedical Signal Processing and Control. In it, Dr. Zhu and his collaborators found that, with a combination of an objective measure and machine-learning algorithm, tracking swimming activities, including swimming style classification, counting swimming time and strokes, by a accelerometer becomes possible.


KCH Professor Weimo Zhu has been chosen to give the SHAPE America C. H. McCloy Lecture at the 2022 SHAPE America national conference in New Orleans.The C. H. McCloy Memorial Lecture provides an in-depth coverage of a research topic and an opportunity to give formal peer recognition to persons who have made outstanding contributions to HPERD through their research efforts. The lecture also provides a form of continuing recognition for Charles H. McCloy, one of the great pioneer scientists and leaders of the profession. The C. H. McCloy Research Lecture was inaugurated at the 1980 National Convention and Exposition.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) gives out graduate student scholarships, of $5,000 each, to support graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders who demonstrate academic achievement and promise each year. This year, Lizzy Lydon and Shraddha Shende, both Speech and Hearing Science PhD students in Dr. Raksha Mudar’s Aging and Neurocognition laboratory, received the 2021 Graduate Student Scholarship.


The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking research participants for an IRB-Approved research study. The research study is titled, "Understanding Attitudes and Opinions Towards a Health Technology." For this study, we are focusing on the use of a health technology to support the self-monitoring of African American adults’ health to manage their chronic conditions.  This study will last  2.5 hours and take place via Zoom. Potential participants must  be 50-80 years old, diagnosed with a chronic health condition, speak English, identify as African American, and have the capability to use Zoom. Participants will be compensated with a $50 Amazon e-Code. If interested in participation, please contact Maurita Harris.

Adults (18-35 years) needed to study the molecular mechanism through which exercise affects brain function in adults. Participation involves several visits to the lab to complete questionnaires, exercise tests, computer tasks, and blood draws. Compensation up to $100 (gift card) provided upon completion. Schedule a phone screening at or email bcnnlab@gmail.com.

We are seeking participants for a research study exploring the social engagement benefits of a video chat platform called OneClick. The aim of this study is to test how usable and enjoyable OneClick is for connecting with others. Participants will engage in fun, social events with other people to test and help develop a video chat technology. This study will last 4 weeks and take place on OneClick.  Potential participants must be aged 50-64, speak English, and have a computer with access to internet. Participants will be compensated for participation in the study. If interested in participation, please contact us at KCH-HFA-OneClick@illinois.edu or (217) 265-0089.  

The Wellness Research Collaborative in Multiple Sclerosis (Well-MS) is seeking to recruit faculty, staff, and students to join our working group. The mission of the collaborative is to support the health and well-being of individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis in Central Illinois and beyond through research and outreach activities. If you are interested in being involved with the MS collaborative, please contact Laura Rice for additional details.

We are recruiting mothers and their children (8 to 12 years old) for a study about benefits of familiar voices in noisy places. Requires two, one-hour lab visits. Mothers record a list of sentences. Then children are tested on their ability to recognize the sentences in noise. Participants are paid $15 an hour. Daytime/evening/weekend availability. Free parking. Email: child-SRL@illinois.edu or call 217-300-8336.