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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

We are nearing the end of the semester and while it has not been without its trials, you have shown tremendous resiliency in overcoming personal and professional challenges. The Chancellor's Office did announce some good news last week in that, if you are fully vaccinated, you will no longer need to submit to regular COVID-19 testing. That could happen as soon as Aug. 23, and perhaps sooner.

With that in mind, please get vaccinated. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has announced that there are COVID-19 vaccination appointments available in our community, and all faculty, staff, and students are eligible.

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


KCH Assistant Professor Neha Gothe is exploring the benefits of non-traditional forms of movement, specifically yoga, for cancer survivors.

Team USA figure skaters made a special delivery to wheelchair athlete Tatyana McFadden. You can call them "FigEx."

RST freshman Todd Marshall talks about how he has coped with being on the campus of a major university in the time of COVID-19.


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.


KCH Assistant Professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo has a new commentary entitled "Recommendations for Clinical Practice, Research, and Policy to Address the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Anxiety Symptoms in Immigrant and U.S.-Born Latina Mothers" in the journal Women's Health Issues. Lara-Cinisomo and her colleagues recommend ways for clinical practice, research, and policy to better support the mental health of pregnant and postpartum Latinas.


AHS is excited to highlight the impressive research work by our undergraduate students. These students are expanding their academic experience by participating in faculty research in the College. Some of these students have chosen to present their research at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on campus. You can view all of the students' research by clicking on this link.


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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