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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hi, everyone. Fall instruction begins next week, but for most of us, a new academic year begins today! As of last week, all AHS employees were expected to return to their Campus offices. Please contact Jennifer Russell if you have any questions regarding return to work policies or procedures. Also, be aware that all work arrangements are temporary and might be adjusted as the semester progresses.

Due to the rise in COVID-19 infections, the university is once requiring all faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear a face covering inside university facilities, except when in private offices. All university students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear a face covering in university spaces indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

I hope you got to wish our proud Paralympians well as they headed to Tokyo! Be sure to watch them on NBC, starting Aug. 24. 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


SHS Assistant Professor Brian Monson has been intrigued by and trying to answer the question, “If hearing above 8 kHz is not important, why is the human auditory system capable of hearing up to 20 kHz?” He recently received a five-year, $2 million grant to continue his work in this area.

A new study from KCH Associate Professor Nick Burd and KCH graduate student Kevin Paulussen identifies a molecule that stimulates muscle-building in humans. 

Our Paralympians were featured in Sunday’s News-Gazette, and the AHS communications staff talked to some of them before they headed to Tokyo.

The Paralympians were also featured on FOX Illinois TV.


KCH Teaching Assistant Professor Caitlin Clarke has been appointed to the university's Athletic Board for a four-year term expiring in 2025. The board serves as a link between the university's sports programs and academic programs, and serves in an advisory role to the Office of the Chancellor and the Division of Athletics (DIA).


SHS graduate student Daniela Fanta Alarcon has received a Goldstick Family Doctoral Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Goldstick Initiative for the Study of Communication Disorders, which supports the  Goldstick Family Doctoral Fellowship, was established in 2005 to recruit and train future faculty in the area of communication. The Goldstick Initiative assists in providing states, schools, and families with recommended practices thereby improving learning and living outcomes for individuals with communication disabilities. Daniela is a member of the Development in Neurogenetic Disorders Lab and she is mentored by Dr. Laura Mattie. Congratulations, Daniela.

Join alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff on Oct. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. as we celebrate the achievements of our 2021 AHS Distinguished Alumni, Harold Sharper, and Young Alumni award recipients. A reception will follow. We will have more details on the meeting place as we get closer to the event.


All AHS alumni, friends, faculty and staff are invited to stop by the AHS tent on Oct. 9 from noon to 3 p.m., for complimentary food and drinks prior to the Illini's game against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.


The dedication ceremony for the McKechnie Family LIFE Home is scheduled for Oct. 7 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 75 Bailey Drive in Champaign. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Sept. 9 to Kathy Saathoff.


If you or a family member plan to make a donation to AHS, please review and submit this form to Liz Clawson. The Employee Donor Agreement is required by the Conflict of Interest Office to address potential tax deduction implications.


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 talk to about a CHAD grant?"


The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory is seeking research participants for an IRB-Approved research study titled “Online Robot Survey.” Participants will watch a series of videos of robots performing activities in home settings. This study will last 30 minutes and take place online. Potential participants must age 65-85 and reside in the state of Illinois. Participants will have the chance to win a $25 Amazon e-code gift card raffle for their involvement. If you are interested, please click the link.

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. Our group collaborates on grant submissions, publications, and other scholarly activities. We have developed a research registry and database to facilitate data collection and recruitment of participants. We also engage in community outreach activities to support the MS community and foster collaborations with other researchers outside of UIUC. The working groups meets on a monthly basis, and all are welcome to join. If you are interested in being involved with the MS collaborative, please contact Laura Rice for additional details.

We are looking for adults aged 21-55 years with high weight for height to participate in a study into prolonged sitting and how adults think. The study involves three visits to Freer Hall, three Zoom calls, wearing activity monitors, and screening procedures. Measures include cognitive tests, electroencephalography, a body scan, maximal exercise test, and blood draws. Compensation up to $250. For more information, email Dominika Pindus.

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 seeking participants for a study focused on understanding the needs of those with a vision impairment when navigating through spaces. Specifically, we are interested in assistive technology aids. Requirements to participate in this study include: Able to Zoom call or phone call; Be 18 years or older; Have ‘severe’ vision loss (even with correction); 20/200 to 20/400 visual acuity. Participants will be asked to meet, via Zoom or phone, and work with a researcher for about one to 1 1/2 hours. During this time, the participants will answer a few questionnaires and engage in an interview. Participants will be compensated $25 for completing the study.  If you are interested in participating and would like more information, please send an email to the researcher, Megan Bayles, or call her at (217) 265-0248. 

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: or call 217-300-8336.


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