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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hi, all. I hope you enjoyed the July 4 holiday and had a chance to safely watch the fireworks, revel in a backyard cookout, and soak in the much-needed sun.

For the faculty, I know July 4 acts as a sort-of midway point of your summer, so this is a point to both rest and recharge, as well as look ahead to a Fall semester that will look much different than Spring. In fact, the Office of the Chancellor said on Thursday that COVID-19 classroom capacity limits will be removed for the Fall. Vaccinated individuals will not be required to wear face coverings or social distance in classrooms. Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be required to wear face coverings in classrooms.

I love seeing all the updates about media coverage, grants and publications, so I encourage you to continue sharing your accomplishments to publish in The Dean’s List. 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


The university, and its "world-class" Chez Veterans Center, got front-page treatment this week from the News-Gazette

Ghanian wheelchair racing standout Raphael Botsyo Nkegbe feels in his comfort zone in central Illinois, thanks in part to Jean Driscoll, wheelchair racing legend in her own right and AHS' assistant dean for advancement.

An article in the American Psychological Association’s Digital Monitor entitled "Optimizing tech for older adults," quotes KCH Professor Wendy Rogers and mentions CHART, the McKechnie Family LIFE Home, and some of Wendy's research projects as well.

Alex Diab, who graduated in 2020 with bachelor of science in Kinesiology, has been named an alternate for Team USA's men's gymnastics squad for the Tokyo Olympics.


KCH Assistant Professor Sarah Geiger was a presenter, along with her collaborators, at the virtual Illinois Public Health Association for Health Policy Workshop: How to Write a Policy Proposal in 15 Minutes or Less. 

Geiger was a panel presenter, along with representatives from two other states, at the virtual National Environmental Education Foundation Children's Environmental Health Series. Geiger presented as part of a panel on State and City Asthma Programs.


KCH Assistant Professor Sarah Geiger has transitioned from co-principal investigator to the principal investigator for a study entitled, "Drinking Water Lead Remediation Strategies for Illinois Homes with Domestic Wells." The study received a grant of $999,999 from the HUD 2019 Healthy Homes Technical Study Grant Program.


You are consistently using the Internet for your research needs, but did you know AHS has an Intranet? Using the AHS Intranet, you can get answers to questions such "Who do I ask if I have a Human Resources issue?"


The Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Clinic is offering group and individual therapy this summer. Illinois residents can receive telepractice services over Zoom from June 14 to Aug. 6. For more information, visit, email, or call 217-333-2205.


Investigators of the VetCareMind study are seeking a graduate hourly student certified to lead mindfulness-based training classes to help modify the curriculum from in-person to live stream. Investigators of the VetCareMind study will interview caregivers of veterans with neurocognitive disorders and/or posttraumatic stress disorder to ensure the modified training is responsive to caregivers’ technological needs. Please contact Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo if you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity.

Are you/were you a caregiver to a veteran with brain-related disorders, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and/or any other neurocognitive disorders? Are you 60 years of age or older? If the answer is yes, now is your chance to be part of the first-ever study that is trying to understand the needs and experiences of older caregivers of veterans with brain-related disorders to provide recommendations for new programs and services.  If you are interested in participating, please use any of the following options to complete the brief online screener to determine if you are eligible. The online screener can be found here.

We are looking for 55- to 79-year-old adults who are looking to become more physically active. Join a free, six-month activity program consisting of stretching-toning, aerobic exercise and yoga. Participants will engage in free, supervised exercise classes and receive free exercise equipment. Researchers will gather data as part of the program, which begins Aug. 30, and you can earn up to $240. For more information, go to the Say Exercise website.

We are recruiting children for a paid research study about how facemasks impact speech understanding in noisy environments. We’re looking for children 8-12 years old who speak English as their first language. The study lasts one hour. Participants are paid $15. Free parking. Daytime, evenings, and weekends available. Email

Twenty-one-to-seventy-year-old adults with hearing loss  or normal hearing are sought for a two-hour behavioral study and one-hour brain imaging (MRI) study. If you are not sure about your hearing, you may still be able to participate. We will do a free hearing screening. Free parking and compensation provided. Email or call 333-7561.


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