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

The onset of warm weather and consistent sunshine have us feeling a sense of hope for the months ahead. Hope for a return to normalcy, and for our AHS students to return to campus and our classrooms.

Of course, there is a new sense of what normalcy means. It means observing health guidelines and respecting the health of your colleagues. Wear a mask, wash your hands, maintain safe distances, respect each other.

I saw more cars today than last week as more of you begin returning to our buildings. Those of you returning will receive personal protective equipment. I want everyone to know how proud I am of how much you have continued to accomplish during this unprecedented health crisis, and how professional you have been during a time that has tested us all.

Continue to check the college and campus websites for relevant COVID-19 information and resources. Access these from the links in the SPECIAL NOTE section on the College’s home page ( and the campus’ COVID-19 website ( Once again, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Finally, remember, we are still collecting information about accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. We still have lots of 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


The MSKC Seed Grant Program provides support for research projects solving Military/Veteran issues through establishing and developing partnerships with stakeholders from Military/Veteran community organizations. Three projects involving AHS faculty have been funded this year. 

  • "Identifying Changing Responsibilities and Support Needs of Aging Caregivers of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury." KCH assistant professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo is collaborating with KCH professor Wendy Rogers and SHS associate professor Raksha Mudar on this project which aims to understand changes in responsibilities and capabilities of older caregivers of veterans with traumatic brain injury, and identify support and services older caregivers of veterans with traumatic brain injury need over time for sustained wellbeing while aging.
  • "Examining the Intersection between Cannabis, Opioids and Benzodiazepine Use by Older Veterans in Illinois," is a collaboration between Julie Bobitt, director of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program, Hyojung Kang, assistant professor in KCH, and Kelly Clary, a PhD candidate in the School of Social Work, with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of cannabis use in older veterans who are using it as a substitute or complement for opioids and/or benzodiazepines.
  • "Investigating the neurochemical nature of tinnitus and hearing loss using magnetic resonance spectroscopy," a collaboration between Fatima Husain, an Associate Professor/Director of Undergraduate Studies in SHS, and Fan Lam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, with the aim of using an innovative magnetic resonance spectroscopy based imaging strategy to map out the neurochemical signature of tinnitus in auditory processing and higher-level cognitive functioning brain regions, and dissociate it from that of hearing loss.


Congratulations to Sarah Geiger in KCH, who has received a $200,000 grant from the NIH ECHO Opportunities and Infrastructure Fund for her study entitled, “Oxidative stress and inflammation biomarkers in relation to birth outcomes in four ECHO cohorts.”


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.


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.


Our Expert Q&A series continued this week with Chelsea Singleton, assistant professor in Kinesiology and Community Health, discussing nutrition and food insecurity in the midst of a pandemic.

Brian Monson, an assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, received a grant to determine the difference in language exposures for preterm infants relative to what they would be hearing if they were still in the womb. 

AHS was well-represented when the Big Ten Conference unveiled its Academic All-Big Ten team. Student-athletes must be in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Congrats to the AHS student-athletes!


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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