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

Welcome to the new semester! As I said in our college meeting last week, I am so appreciative of not only your continued good work in this unprecedented time, but also of how professionally you carried out that work. It gives me hope that we'll weather this storm, with renewed enthusiam for the start of another school year.

You will find some new processes in place in an effort to keep everyone safe. For example, you must participate in our COVID-19 on-campus testing program as soon as you arrive on campus, and at least once a week, depending on how often you are on campus. You will need to have up-to-date test results in order to gain access to your building. You may use your I-Card, the Safer in Illinois app, or have a printout of testing results as your evidence. In order to ensure an on-campus semester, we must follow all of the rules. 

Testing is painless and quick, and effective. In fact, it was approved by the FDA, under its Emergency Use Authorization, and soon could be utilized statewide and nationally. Another reason to be proud to be associated with this great university! 

In closing, I want to wish you all a safe, healthy and productive semester. I am so proud of the work of all of you and look forward to seeing you on campus.

Remember, we are still collecting information about accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. We still have many successes to celebrate! 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.

Stay well!

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


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


Beginning Aug. 13, Zoom cloud recordings will automatically transfer to a user's “MyMedia” within Illinois Media Space (Kaltura) at the end of the recording session. The integration drastically streamlines the process of uploading Zoom recordings into Media Space. For questions about this integration and how it will impact your Fall 2020 live Zoom sessions, please contact Sara Shrader: 


The College of Applied Health Sciences is happy to welcome 11 new faculty members. They are: Sarah Braun, Daniel Fogarty, Windi Krok and Amy Strohman, in SHS; KCH has hired Jacob Allen, Xaotian Gao, Sarah Geiger, Sheena Martenies and Minakshi Raj, and RST has added Miki Sato and Joelle Soulard. Welcome, all!


KCH specialized research assistant professor Harshal Mahajan has received a grant from the NIDILRR DRRP Health and Function competition for his study entitled "Feasibility and Efficacy of a Fear of Falling Intervention for Wheelchair Users with Multiple Sclerosis." The project aims to evaluate a multi-factorial intervention to reduce fear of falling and associated adverse effects in wheelchair users with Multiple Sclerosis. The grant provides $2,463,767 over five years, and Mahajan—who is also Assistant Director of Research for the McKechnie Family LIFE Home—is the principle investigator.


KCH assistant professor Chelsea Singleton appeared on WAND-TV and on WCIA-TV to discuss her NIH grant to study the link between community violence and nutrition.

Master of Public Health student Paris Smith talked about how her Applied Practice Experienced changed because of COVID-19.

MPH student Mateo Solis Rueda planned to work for CUPHD, but because of COVID-19, he worked remotely for the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago.

RST alum Alix Ezell has joined the Illini softball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.



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.


START, a research program focused on aging intended for AHS undergraduate students, has a website designed to showcase the program. AHS faculty members played a critical role in training these students. We encourage you to take a look at some of the fantastic research being undertaken through this program.


The Motor Control Research Lab in partnership with the Illini Fall Prevention Clinic is conducting an online survey to explore how the COVID-19 lockdown has affected physical function, and fall-risk in the U.S. population. The ultimate goal of this survey will be to understand the circumstances (i.e. location, timing, precipitating factors, etc.) and risk factors of falls during the COVID-19 lockdown to ensure that we can learn valuable lessons in terms of behavioral and environment modifications to prevent fall-related injuries in times of enforced self-isolation at home. You are invited to complete this survey if 1) you are at least 18 years or older, 2) you understand written English, 3) you live in the U.S. The survey will close on Aug. 30. You can find the survey here.


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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