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

We have made it to finals week. I know there is still work to be done, exams to administer, grades to turn in, but let’s take a moment and take a breath, and congratulate ourselves on a job well done. We successfully completed what has to have been, at least in my memory, the most difficult and challenging year we have experienced to date. And while next year is likely to start off with restrictions still in place, we know we can do this now. We know how to keep ourselves and our students safe, and we have many examples of success in the virtual environment in which we have all been working.

So, please, just hang in there. Celebrate the holidays as best you can, if you do celebrate. Know that next year, we can return to having big gatherings with friends and family, and I think we will appreciate them all the more after this year. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, enjoy the quiet of the winter break. It’s a great time to catch up on books you’ve been meaning to read, movies you’ve been wanting to see, and letters you’ve been putting off writing. Take care of yourselves and take care of each other.

I wish you a very happy holiday season and a bright and prosperous New Year!

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


AHS is using non-recurring cash to support faculty and staff in creating plans for new, revenue-generating activities. You can download a call for proposals here. This call asks you to propose ideas for activities/programs that will generate new revenue. The proposal format requires a brief explanation of your idea along with the support you’ll need to develop a full proposal for your targeted idea. 


The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has joined the Age-Friendly University Global Network, a consortium of universities dedicated to promoting “an inclusive approach to healthy and active aging.” The university News Bureau wrote a news release about the designation.


RST Assistant Professor Jules Woolf has a new publication entitled, "An examination of anti-doping education initiatives from an educational perspective: Insights and recommendations for improved educational design" in the journal Performance Enhancement & Health.


RST Assistant Professor Jules Woolf has received funding from the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) Social Science Research Grant for his project, "Knowledge of performance enhancement and interpersonal communication among Caribbean adolescent athletes: Implications for social norm information and program intervention design." This research examines Caribbean adolescent athletes’ knowledge of doping, while also examining how young athletes’ attitudes toward doping are influenced by others. 


SHS Assistant Professor Pasquale Bottalico was featured in a News-Gazette Research Report for a study exploring the influence of different types of face masks on classroom communication. His team, including SHS PhD student Silvia Murgia and Professor Karen Kirk, found that the use of surgical and N95 masks minimize the negative effects of masks on speech Intelligibility and students’ listening effort compared to fabric masks while protecting instructors and students alike. This study, along with another from the lab, were also featured this week as part of a virtual press conference held during The 179th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Congratulations to you all!

Bottalico also appeared on WAND-TV to talk about the study.

Students in the Master of Public Health program are working this semester as contact tracers. We talked with Maggie Hamielec about her experience. 


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!


The AHS Fall Lecture Series, featuring distinguished faculty in AHS presenting their research, has concluded. You can find any lectures you missed right here.


The AHS Teaching Academy established a peer support system to provide instructors across the College the opportunity to regularly interact and brainstorm ideas for teaching online. Aptly named “DIG” (courtesy of Matt Rispoli), the Digital Instruction Group meets weekly for an informal coffee hour on Thursdays at 11 a.m. So far they have discussed best practices in using Zoom, taken deep dives into assessment strategies, shared some hits and misses in teaching, and much more. If you’re interested in joining them next semester, contact Sara Shrader or Amy Woods, or email


A reminder that AHS has an embedded clinical counselor, Kim Peters, who is located in Huff Hall, Room 245. Students, faculty, and staff can schedule appointments directly with Kim at or 217-333-3704. You can learn more about Kim here.



We are examining the effects of two dietary supplements on intramuscular creatine content. The study requires 24 days of participation including a 14‐day supplementation period, two trials with muscle and blood collection, and supervised resistance exercise 3 days per week. You get $500 upon completion and information about your body composition. Email for more information!


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.


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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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