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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Welcome to Finals Week! Congratulations for reaching this point, and doing so in a way that has made all of us proud. We hope you will finish the semester strong as we look forward to a return to in-person instruction in the fall.

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


Our latest A Few Minutes With podcast features Abbie Holland-Schmit, who is working as a project ambassador on a veteran military sexual trauma community engagement project.

The Class of 2021 is in the unique position of being on the UIUC campus before and during a global pandemic. This week, we spoke to graduating RST student and Bronze Tablet Scholar Sam Tinaglia about his coursework, COVID-19, and what he'll do next.

RST alum Charles Burton will become the next CEO of the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, the News-Gazette reported. Burton was the subject of an Alumni Spotlight in 2020.

KCH Associate Professor Chung-Yi Chiu is a collaborator on a cross-campus project that aims to develop an accessible, generalizable, and efficient digital health solution for promoting vaccination among vulnerable populations.


If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the campus encourages you to upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the MyMcKinley Portal by taking a few simple steps, which are outlined on our Vaccination Record Card upload page.


Jean Driscoll, assistant dean for advancement in AHS, will be receiving an honorary doctorate from Gettysburg College in a virtual ceremony on May 17. The award was scheduled for 2020, but due to the pandemic, was postponed to 2021.  Congratulations, Jean!


Sponsored in part by the Illini Veterans at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (Student Veterans of America chapter) and facilitated through the Chez Veterans Center’s Military Service Knowledge Collaborative, the Illini Veterans & Chez Veterans Center Student Research Award is intended to encourage student-veterans to participate in research and to highlight research activities centered on Veterans and military-affiliated communities being conducted by UIUC students. Our 2021 winners are Liz Spurlock, a senior double majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology, and Amy Wahlmeier, an Air Force Veteran and a current Ph.D. student in Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 


KCH Assistant Professor Sarah Geiger and her colleagues have a new publication entitled, "Associations of perfluorooctane sulfonate alternatives and serum lipids in Chinese adults," in the journal Environmental International. Geiger's findings make the novel suggestion that exposure to Cl-PFESAs are adversely associated with serum lipid levels, and that such associations are also observed in legacy PFASs. Increased investigation into the effects of Cl-PFESAs exposure on human health is warranted.

Sarah also has two poster presentations and an oral platform presentation.

The first poster, by Geiger and Cassandra Johnson, an evalutor in AHS, is entitled, Evaluation planning for the Illinois Asthma Program” and was presented virtually at the Illinois Public Health Association Annual Meeting. 

The second, by Geiger, Johnson and Maddie Lamphear—a SPARK-funded AHS undergraduate student—is entitled, "Illinois Home Visiting Collaborative: A network of four asthma home visiting programs” and was presented virtually at the Illinois Public Health Association Annual Meeting. 

The third, an oral presentation, is from Geiger, College of Veterinary Medicine emeritus faculty Susan Schantz and VetMed doctoral student Megan Woodbury, and is entitled, "Examining the association between maternal prenatal stress and infant non-nutritive suck.” It was presented virtually at the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society Annual Meeting.


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.


The College of Applied Health Sciences is excited to highlight the impressive research work by our undergraduates. These students are expanding their academic experience by participating in faculty research in the College. Some of these students choose to present their research at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on campus. Please check out their great work!


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!


RST Assistant Professor Sharon Zou is seeking participants interested in a study of attitudes towards national parks. Participants will watch a VR video about a national park visit (five minutes) and take a survey about that experience (10 minutes) in a lab. All research procedures will follow COVID safety guidelines. Upon completion, you will receive an Espresso Royale coffee coupon. Click here for scheduling if you are interested in participating. You can also contact for more information.

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 old or older, have internet service and a computer, and able to use Zoom and read size 14 font on a computer screen. For more information contact Megan Bayles or KCH Professor Wendy Rogers.

The Voice Lab in SHS 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 of age or older, fluent in English, gender identity same as sex assigned at birth, and gender misidentified 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.



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