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January 2003

News for the investigators, staff and associates of the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies

Karen Henry, editor

The Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas

1052 Dole Human Development Center

1000 Sunnyside Avenue

Lawrence, KS 66045-7555 (785) 864-4295 TDD (785) 864-5051

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Work Group’s Bremby named secretary of health and environment by Governor Sebelius

Life Span investigators significant presence at invitational National Goals Conference

Life Span in the News

Administration News & Announcements

Communications New combined Seminar calendar on LSI website

Project Development December/January update

Information Technology Services EndNote Training; KU Digital Library; ACS Deskside Coaching

Work Group’s Bremby named secretary of health and environment by Governor Sebelius

Rod Bremby, associate director of the Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development and LSI assistant research professor was named the new Secretary of Health and Environment for Kansas by Governor Kathleen Sebelius on January 7.

“If Rod’s appointment is any indication, we should all be grateful that the state is assembling a talented team for the leadership challenges ahead,” said Steve Fawcett, Work Group director.

Sebelius said Bremby’s research and promotion of community health initiatives during his tenure at the Work Group and his ten years as Lawrence assistant city manager gave him an understanding of the “critical connection between the health and well-being of Kansans and the protection and regulation of the environment.” (See full story at

At the Work Group Rod was particularly interested in juvenile justice issues, serving on the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

He is also a nationally recognized expert in the implementation and management of technology in the public sector.

Life Span investigators significant presence at invitational National Goals Conference

Several University of Kansas disability researchers led efforts that produced a national research agenda for intellectual and developmental disabilities at a recent national conference.

Life Span Institute director Steve Warren and Beach Center co-directors Ann and Rud Turnbull led groups focusing on bio-medical research and family support at the National Goals, State-of-Knowledge and National Research Agenda conference held in Washington, D.C. January 6–8.

Recognized national leaders from academic research centers, government, and advocacy and professional associations were invited to the unusual working conference with three days to hammer out the goals of a national research agenda on intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“The conference was built on model that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live long, healthy, high-quality lives with the right supports—and they deserve that opportunity,” said Warren.

According to Warren, the disabilities community wanted to come to a consensus on where the nation should target limited research dollars.

The conferees broke into 12 topical groups and developed several national goals and specific recommendations to meet them.

“Whether we are concerned with biomedical, educational or family and community issues – we all want to be on the same page,” he said.

Ann Turnbull said that there was a renewed and serious commitment to bridging the gap between research and practice by disseminating findings on the Internet and other new media.

Other KU Life Span affiliated researchers at the groundbreaking event were Beach Center associate director Michael Wehmeyer, associate professor of special education, and co-associate director Wayne Sailor, professor of special education and Institute of Child Development Director Travis Thompson.

The goals and the entire proceedings will be published on the web and in print this in the next few months.

The Arc-U.S. initiated the conference that was co-sponsored with DOE: NIDRR, OSERS; HHS: ADD/ACF, NICHD, CDC, ASPE, CMS, SSA, PCMR; the Kennedy Foundation., AAMR, ANCOR, NASDDS, AUCD, CARF, HSFI, The Council, NDSS and research centers at the Universities of Minnesota, Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois-Chicago, Massachusetts- Boston, Syracuse and Brandeis and others.

The topical groups were:

1. Early Identification, Interventions and Developmental Support
2. Effective Schooling in the Least Restrictive Setting
3. Transitions from Home and School to the Roles and supports of Adulthood
4. Positive Support for Behavioral, Mental Health, Communication and Crisis Needs
5. Comprehensive and Effective Health Services and Health Promotion
6. Bio–medical Research for Primary and Secondary Prevention
7. Employment, Productive Life Roles and Income Maintenance
8. Access and Support for Community Lives, Homes and Social Roles
9. Support of Families and Family Life Across the Lifespan
10. Self–Advocacy, Self-Determination and Social Freedom and Opportunity
11. Development, Access to and Use of Emerging Technologies
12. Supports and Services in the Experience of Aging

Life Span Institute in the News

Donnelly weight control research featured on front page of first 2003 Kansas City Star and KCUR 89.3 FM Up to Date

With the New Year comes resolutions to lose weight and Joe Donnelly, director of the Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management/Energy Balance Lab was in demand by the Kansas City media. Donnelly, whose twenty years of weight control research has helped the likes of Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Spencer Librarian Bill Crowe trim down to fighting weight, was featured on the very first Kansas City Star of the new year at and on the Kansas City National Public Radio affiliate, KCUR 89.3 FM Up to Date program at (click on link for Obesity in the Midwest January 8 ñ will not work unless you have Windows Media Player on your system).

Mathews interviewed by Dallas Morning News on study of tracking devices for Alzheimer patients

R. Mark Mathews, Gerontology Center professor and graduate director, was acknowledged by the Dallas Morning News as one of the few researchers who has studied the use of tracking devices for dementia patients. His 2001 study of the effectiveness of a mobile locator system was published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease March/April 2000; pages 121-125.

Administration News


Karen Henry, Communications Coordinator

New combined seminar LSI website

A new web page on the current Life Span Institute web site,, brings together LSI affiliated Center and other KU and KUMC seminar series of interest to LSI investigators. So far, the site lists presentations from the following groups: Neuroscience, Child Language, Gerontology, Developmental Disabilities and HDFL. If your group is not listed, and would like to be, please send your schedule to Jessica Black at

We would also like to add the seminar PowerPoint presentations to this site. Again, you can send those to Jessica who is going to keep the site very well maintained in her usual meticulous manner.

Project Development

Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

Past Submissions not previously reported

1. Michael Wehmeyer submitted his fourth-year grant performance report “Making it More than a Job: Promoting Career Development and Advancement Through Self-determination” to DE/OSERS/OSEP on December 13, 2002.

2. Steve Mills submitted five new, one-year proposals (one via Holton USD 336 and four via Southeast Kansas Education Service Center) for “Technology Rich Classrooms” to the Kansas Department of Education on December 30, 2003.

3. John Colombo submitted a new, two-year proposal “Perception of Timing in Infancy” to NSF for his NSF 02-008: Developmental and Learning Sciences - DLS; A Multidisciplinary Program of the Children's Research Initiative on January 15, 2003.

4. Judy Carta and Kathleen Baggett submitted a new, three-year proposal “Screening for Multiple Behavioral Risk Factors during the Preconception through Postpartum Period” to HHS/HRSA/MCH on January 22, 2003.

Upcoming Submissions

1. Stephen Fowler, Troy Zarcone and Susan Lunte will submit their fifteenth-year progress report “Biophysical Study of Antipsychotics Behavioral Effects” to NIMH on February 1, 2003.

2. Mabel Rice will submit her second year progress report “Training Researchers in Language Impairments” to NIDCD on February 1, 2003.

3. Stephen Fowler, in collaboration with prime contractor – Barry Festoff @ KUMC, will submit a new five–year RO1 “Synuclein Aggregation, Crosslinking and Centrosomes” to NIH on February 1, 2003.

4. Michael Vitevitch will submit a new, five–year RO1 “Processing Neighbors in Speech Perception and Production” to NIDCD on February 1, 2003.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Richard Washburn, Dennis Jacobsen, Joseph Donnelly and Jerry Greene, in collaboration with Debra Sullivan, Cheryl Gibson and Matthew Mayo at the KU Medical Center, received a new, three–year award for “Prevention of Obesity in YMCA Daycare Centers” from NIDDK that began October 1, 2002.

2. Michael Wehmeyer received a new, one–year supplement “Peer Mentoring to Promote More Positive Transition Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities” from the WNY Independent Living Project, Inc. that began October 1, 2002.

3. Tracy Hirata-Edds, mentored by Mabel Rice and Akira Yamamoto, received a new, two–year award “Minority Predoctoral Fellowship Program” from NICHD that began November 1, 2002.

Information Technology Services

Janet Marquis, Director

EndNote Training

For those of you who missed the EndNote training for LSI investigators and staff, the ACS will be offering additional training the week of Feb.3–7. An overview session (1-hour) will be offered on February 3 from 2–3 in the Budig Media Lab, and a full 3–hour introduction will be given February 6. You may enroll online at

If you cannot attend an ACS training session, and would like for us to arrange another session for LSI investigators, please contact Kandace Fleming or Edith Bond. If there is sufficient interest, we will try to set up another LSI training.

KU Digital Library

A pilot version of the search tool in the KU digital library is now available. The search tool allows you to search on-line for full-text and bibliographic material available in many of the KU Libraries electronic resources. With this tool, you can search several library databases at the same time (instead of one at a time), and you can view the results in a combined list or for just one source. Although the system is somewhat incomplete, and there are some glitches, it will still probably save you time in your literature searches. You may access the Digital Library at

Deskside Coaching

Academic Computing Services has started free one–on–one computer training in basic office computing called Deskside Coaching including:

Using the basics in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access
Learning more about your Exchange account, Outlook, and OWA
Online ID system, account and password management
Web browsers (navigating, searching, managing bookmarks)
Basic Windows and Macintosh navigation and file management
File backups
Updating and publishing Web pages
Anti-virus software protection
Using SmartForce (online training system)
For all the details go to:

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