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


Happy May.  I hope you all got to go outside on Saturday.  More beautiful days like those are to come!  When you go out beyond your apt./condo/house/yard, make sure you wear a mask.  Before long, it’ll feel normal to wear it!

The semester ends this week.  Thanks for all your hard work, under extremely difficult conditions. We also have a college meeting this week.  I hope you plan to attend to hear about our award winners and   we have a bylaw change that needs approval, so we’ll conclude the meeting with a faculty vote.  

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 ( 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. 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


The 2020 Spring College Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 2 p.m. via Zoom.  We will have items ready for voting by the faculty so please be sure to mark your calendars. Join the meeting here.


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


Min-Suk Ahn, who got his master's degree in Kinesiology at Illinois in 1990 and went on to get his PhD at Northern Colorado, won re-election to the member of the South Korean National Assembly (equivalent to the U.S. Senate) for a fifth term. Ahn's mentor at Illinois was Dr. Synthia Sydnor.


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. Please share this information with people you know who might need speech-language pathology or audiology clinic services. Contact us to set up an appointment. You can find more information here.


Speaking of telepractice, we spoke with five SHS students about the adjustment to telepractice, the challenges and potential benefits. Have a read!

Also, SHS clinical assistant professor Clarion Mendes and first-year master's student Nina Iraci are part of a News-Gazette feature entitled Coronavirus and the Community. as are RST professor emeritus Bob Espeseth and his wife Mary Ann.

KCH associate professor Marni Boppart collaborated with Hyunjoon Kong, a professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, on research that shows nanostimulators bind to the surface of stem cells, delivering agents that spur the cells to release factors that promote blood vessel growth and modulate inflammation in damaged muscle. 

RST professor Kim Shinew was featured on WCIA-TV to discuss her research on trails and COVID-19.

Shinew was also featured in our Expert Q&A series, discussing her multi-state trail research.

Our Alumni Spotlight series continued with Ron Barger, a 1977 graduate of what was then known as Applied Life Studies.

Master of Public Health alum Dr. Garth Walker was the subject of the News-Gazette's Illinois 150 Years & Beyond feature series.

MPH and MSHA interim director Justine Kaplan was quoted in The Denver Post for a story about how COVID-19 has had different impacts in Colorado, opposed to Illinois and Michigan.

The website interviewed KCH assistant professor Neha Gothe on how yoga might be as beneficial to the brain as aerobic exercise.

The News-Gazette reported on the New York Giants' signing of Illini football star and RST master's student Oluwole Betiku to a free agent contract.


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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