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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

I hope this finds you well and enjoying more spring-like weather. The news about vaccine availability and community eligibility continues to be hopeful as we look toward a fall semester that includes more in-person instruction. I encourage you to reach out to CUPHD for an appointment to get vaccinated, as well as your local pharmacies, which also have been equipped to vaccinate.

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


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Reggie Alston is featured this week in the News-Gazette's Beyond the Boardroom column.

In a year that saw historically high unemployment rates because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the sixth annual Illini Success report shows that the power of a degree from the College of Applied Health Sciences was undiminished.

Our Alumni Spotlight shines this week on Brian Smith, who got his bachelor's degree in 2005 in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism Management, and got his master's in Sports Management in 2007. Currently, Smith is a digital strategist and social media manager at an advertising agency.

More protein doesn't mean more strength in resistance-trained middle-aged adults, according to a study by KCH Associate Professor Nick Burd and Colleen McKenna, a graduate student in the division of nutritional sciences.

Monitoring the progression of multiple sclerosis-related gait issues can be challenging in adults over 50 years old, requiring a clinician to differentiate between problems related to MS and other age-related issues, according to a study led by KCH Assistant Professor Manuel Hernandez.

MPHonline, an independent online resource for public health students, ranked the MPH/MBA degree program at UIUC among the best dual MPH and MBA programs in the country.


KCH Associate Professor Marni Boppart leads the Beckman Institute Extracellular Vesicle Imaging and Therapy (EVIT) Working Group. She will be hosting the 2021 UIUC EVIT Workshop, "New Discoveries in Extracellular Vesicle Biology and Technology," on April 23. This workshop will showcase several national and international investigators in the field of extracellular vesicle biology, highlighting new discoveries in the areas of cancer, reproduction, therapy, imaging, and manufacturing. The agenda and link for registration can be found here.


Tired of looking at the same four walls? Tune into Breaking New Ground on April 16 (9am – 12pm) 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.


Are you an Illinois mental health provider offering treatment for Military Sexual Trauma (MST)? Veteran advocates/researchers at UIUC's Chez Veterans Center (CVC) invite you to apply to join a project of women Veteran MST survivors and practitioners advancing mental health research on MST. This is a paid, two-year long project with continuing education units for practitioners. Apply here.


Dr. Travis Gayles, a 2010 Community Health PhD graduate and current chief public health officer for Montgomery, MD, will present the 2021 AHS Distinguished Lecturer talk at noon on April 7. His virtual presentation is titled “Disparities in Covid-19 Rates and Vaccinations: A View from the Frontline of the Battle Against the Pandemic." In separate meetings during the day, Dr. Gayles will talk with students who are members of the James Scholar Program and AHS Student Council and with KCH faculty and members of the AHS Executive Committee. Register for the event here, or watch it here.


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.


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 April 1 is Andy Szabo, Director, Partnership Development for MLB's Oakland Athletics.


The Chez Veterans Center is excited to announce the following research and educational development opportunity for students: the Chez Veterans Center & Illini Veterans Student Research Award. The purposes of the Student Research Award are to both encourage student-veterans to participate in research and to highlight research activities centered on veterans and military-affiliated communities being conducted by UIUC students. Two awards of $1,000 each will be awarded this spring. Deadline for applications is April 11. Read the call and instructions for applications here.


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!


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 or older, be able to read off a computer screen and size-14 font, have a computer and Internet service, and be able to use Zoom. 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 or older, fluent in English, gender identity is the same as the sex assigned at birth, and have been identified as an incorrect gender 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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