Two LSI scientists win 2015 and 2016 Higuchi Research Achievement Awards

Two LSI scientists win 2015 and 2016 Higuchi Research Achievement Awards

Judith (Judy) Carta, professor of special education and LSI senior scientist at the Life Span Institute’s Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, is the 2016 recipient of the Irvin E. Youngberg Award in the Applied Sciences. The award is one of the four Research Achievement Awards given each year that recognize research accomplishments of researchers at Kansas Board of Regents institutions. The prestigious awards were established in 1981 through the KU Endowment Association by the late Takeru Higuchi, Regents Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacy, and his wife, Aya. Each $10,000 award supports the recipient’s research program.

Carta’s nominators noted her seminal contributions to the elds of early intervention and early childhood special education that have in uenced changes in social policy and improved the quality of services that children and family receive across the state and nation.

Since 2014, she has been the director of the Bridging the Word Gap National Research Network, made up of more than 100 nationally recognized researchers, practitioners, policymakers and funders working together to develop and push forward a coordinated national research agenda to reduce the number of children who enter school with delays in language and literacy.

The Irvin Youngberg Research Award is given in recognition of research achievement in the applied sciences “to an individual who may be described as having had a major and substantial impact and whose work has been of signi cant relevance to the State of Kansas. This individual’s research should be characterized either as profoundly seminal in nature or as representing a productive record of signi cant research.”

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor of Special Education, director and senior scientist at the Life Span Institute’s Beach Center on Disability and co-director at the LSI’s Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, received the 2015 Balfour Jeffrey Research Award in the eld of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Wehmeyer was described by his nominators as “the foremost researcher in the world in an area of study in education and psychology known as self-determination. He has focused primarily on its application to adolescents and adults, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

The Balfour Jeffrey Research Award recognizes research achievement in the humanities and social sciences that has had “major and substantial impact.” Further, the “individual’s research should be characterized either as profoundly seminal in nature or as representing a productive record of signi cant research and expanding intellectual or societal insights.”