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July / August 2003

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

Karen Henry, editor kahenry@ku.edu

The Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas

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Submit your presentations: A calendar and archive of seminars, presentations and training by and of interest to Life Span investigators begin at http://www.lsi.ku.edu/lsi/internal/seminars/index.htm. Send your submissions to jessica@ku.edu.

Attn: All investigators, staff and students are cordially invited to the LSI Fall All-Hands Meeting set for Sept. 10 from 3-5 p.m. in 2092 Dole. Steve Warren will talk about current successes and challenges followed by a KUCR overview by KUCR"s Interim Vice Provost, Jim Roberts. The web wonkers (Darwin Eakins, Karen Henry, Jessica Black and Janet Marquis) will give a brief update on the new LSI website"s internal project management system. A reception in 1052 Dole will follow.

Contents

Features

Language to Literacy lecture series kicks off with David J. Francis
LSI researchers sweep AAMR Region V Awards
Schiefelbusch 85th birthday celebration reflects on the man and his legacy
Life Span in the news

Honors

Publications

Presentations

Products
Central Office News & Announcements

General Announcements Center for the Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communications Disorders hires Participant Recruitment and Management Core coordinator; Gatlinburg Conference

Communications International activities; LSI Guide to Investigators Services online

Information Technology Personnel changes; new equipment

Project Development July update

Language to Literacy lecture series kicks off with David J. Francis

The University of Kansas Colloquia on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities kicks off its 2003-04 series, Language to Literacy, on Thurs. September 25, 2003, 4 p.m., Kansas Room, Kansas Union with Dr. David Francis from the University of Houston. Francis is an outstanding speaker with a strong interest in the language-reading interface for at-risk children for whom English is their second language. He has a major role in a large-scale NIH project of reading instruction for Spanish-speaking children. Francis will speak on oracy/literacy development of Spanish-speaking children.

The Kansas Colloquia on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities is sponsored by the Life Span Institute, the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, the Center for Reproductive Sciences, the Beach Center on Disability, the Juniper Gardens Children"s Project and the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities.

Mark your calendars for the rest of the series:

Dr. Kevin Cole, Washington Research Institute, Seattle, has a distinguished history of both research and curriculum development related to emerging literacy skills. He is a strong critic of many school-based practices and has particular strengths in multi-cultural and bi-lingual issues. His lecture is scheduled for Thursday, October 9, 2003, 4 p.m., Malott Room, Kansas Union.

Dr. Susan Landry, Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, is a much sought after speaker for her work in the role of parenting in language and cognitive development. Notably, she has developed a powerful intervention approach for parents in high-risk communities and a widely implemented curriculum for Head Start. Her lecture is scheduled for Thursday, January 22, 2004, 4 p.m., Malott Room, Kansas Union.

Dr. Robin Morris, Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, is known for his work in neuroimaging and evaluation of reading disabilities and interventions for a wide variety of learners including non-speaking children and children with a range of other disabilities. He was recently appointed to the President"s Council on Literacy. His lecture is scheduled for Thursday, February 26, 2004, 4 p.m., Kansas Room, Kansas Union.

Students are particularly welcome to the colloquia and we have allowed time for informal discussion following the approximately one-hour presentations. This colloquia series is a great opportunity for students to have direct contact with leading researchers in the field of language and literacy.

Note to LSI investigators: There may be opportunities for individuals and small groups to meet with the speakers as well as for the speaker to talk to your class. Please contact Karen Henry at 864-0756 kahenry@ku.edu.

LSI/Beach Center Researchers Sweep AAMR-Region V Century Awards

By Susan Palmer, Associate Research Professor, President of the Board, Kansas AAMR

Michael Wehmeyer, Ann Turnbull, Rud Turnbull, and Wayne Sailor of the Beach Center on Disabilities; Judy LeBlanc, Dick Schiefelbusch, Steve Schroeder and Steve Warren from the Life Span Institute were honored for their individual contributions to the field of Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities by the AAMR-Region Vat the annual convention on August 6th in New Orleans. The Century Project Awards were presented by Region V AAMR to recognize the work of individuals making significant contributions to the field in the last century, and to preserve AAMR-Region V history.

Mike Wehmeyer was recognized as a leader in the field of intellectual disabilities, especially related to self-determination and understanding individual difference of children in schools and adults living in a variety of settings. Mike"s earlier work as a teacher of young adults with significant disabilities, and subsequent research at The Arc of the United States, as well as his research at the University of Kansas which advocates self-determination and person-centered planning for persons with intellectual disabilities, has continued to define his significant contributions on a national level.

Ann P. Turnbull, and H. Rutherford (Rud) Turnbull, III were also honored for their significant contributions in family systems theory, comprehensive lifestyle supports for the families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, special education and disability law, and quality of life issues as affected by political policy. Both Turnbulls were also honored for their significant and on-going contributions to the AAMR. Ann is currently serving a term as President and Rud is Past-President of the national AAMR.

Wayne Sailor"s contributions have focused on applications and demonstrations of positive behavior supports. Dr. Sailor is a strong advocate for full integration of students with disabilities in regular education. His research on wrap around services and supports for individuals with the most intense and complicated needs in public schools has made him a strong advocate for students who were excluded from participating or living fully and inclusively in the schools and communities.

Judy LeBlanc was honored for her work in rehabilitation and education for persons with disabilities and her work internationally with professionals in developing countries. She was also awarded the Queen Sofia of Spain award in 2000 for her outstanding work. Since her retirement in 1997, Dr. LeBlanc continues her international work in Peru, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mongolia, and Saudi Arabia.

Dick Schiefelbusch, founding director of Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas was awarded the AAMR-Division V Century Award as a world leader in speech-language pathology, language development and disorders, special education and research in mental retardation. During his career, he guided the Kansas Bureau of Child Research to become an eminent three-campus interdisciplinary research, training, and service institute that it is today.

Steve Warren received the Century Award for his significant contributions both to the field of intellectual disabilities and to the AAMR organization. Steve"s research focuses on the acquisition of language by young children with disabilities, and his leadership in the Life Span Institute supports a number of initiatives serving people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

Stephen Schroeder has been a member of AAMR, nationally and locally for over 35 years. He was awarded the Century Award for his long time contributions as an advocate, psychologist, researcher, teacher, and mentor. Since his retirement from the Life Span Institute in 2001, Dr. Schroeder has become Director of the Prince Salman Center on Disabilities in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He continues to contribute to the field on a local, national, and international level.

Editor"s Note: Susan Palmer received the 2003 Region V AAMR Research Award for her contributions to research in the area of self-determination.

Schiefelbusch 85th birthday celebration reflects on the man and his legacy

Some 175 colleagues, family and admirers at the Adams Alumni Center celebrated founder Dick Schiefelbusch's 85th birthday on Saturday, July 11. Chancellor Robert E. Hemenway opened the presentation that was hosted by Mabel Rice, Fred and Virginia Merrill Distinguished professor of advanced studies. Joe Spradlin, professor emeritus, recalled how Dick's great heart, political acumen, and finally, toughness, built a great Institute from a small, neglected program. Steve Warren, current Life Span director, gave an energetic and optimistic report from the present, and Kim Wilcox, dean of the college of arts and sciences, said that Life Span exemplified the research institute of the future. But perhaps the most poignant moment of the evening came from Carol McMillin, Dick's older daughter, who said that she "did not walk in his shadow, but lived in his glow."

Life Span Institute in the News

Hart and Risley"s 1995 book lauded by Washington Post columnist

Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young American Children, by Associate Professor Emeritus Betty Hart and former KU (now adjunct and University of Alaska) Professor Todd Risely, was published eight years ago but its still getting national attention. Washington Post columnist William Raspberry devoted his Aug. 23 column (see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40302-2003Aug24.html) to the seminal study of the enormous differences in verbal interaction - and vocabulary acquisition between children from welfare, working class, and professional families. The book was also mentioned in a radio column on the NPR program, Fresh Air this year. The book is available from Brookes.

Rice featured in KU Alumni and Endowment magazines

Mabel Rice, director of three of the twelve Life Span research centers, the Child Language Doctoral Program, the Merrill Advanced Studies Center, and the Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communications Disorders Center, was featured in profiles in the Kansas Alumni magazine (no. 4, 2003) and the Endowment Association"s Campaign Insight (June 2003). According to Rice, the Alumni magazine article, which discussed her work with children who have Specific Language Impairment, is reaching a broad audience of concerned parents. She has received calls and email from parents in several states and other countries asking for help for their children.

White and Fox hold public hearing on Lawrence tornado response and planning

People with disabilities need better places and procedures for disaster evacuation and protection: Glen White, director of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) and Michael Fox, RTC/IL and KUMC researcher lead a discussion with regional safety officials about the need for rethinking evacuating people with mobility impairments prompted by the May tornado in northeast Kansas. The RTC/IL has a three-year, federal $615,000 grant to research the issue and recommend best practices that garnered local television (http://www.ljworld.com/section/kunews/story/139774) and newspaper coverage (http://www.ljworld.com/section/citynews/story/139753).

Ann Turnbull assumes AAMR national presidency

Ann Turnbull, co-director of the Beach Center on Disability and special education professor at the University of Kansas, assumed the national presidency of the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR) on May 23 at the organization"s 127th annual meeting in Chicago.

Turnbull and her husband, H. Rutherford "Rud" Turnbull III, who co-directs the Beach Center, are the only husband and wife to both be elected to the AAMR presidency in the organizations 100-year history. Rud Turnbull served from 1985-86. Full story at: http://www.ur.ku.edu/News/03N/AugNews/Aug7/turnbull.html

Steve Fawcett nets Kemper Award

Stephen B. Fawcett, director of the Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development, professor of human development and family life, and Life Span senior scientist, was awarded the $5000 Kemper Award for excellence in teaching and advising. Full story at: http://www.ur.ku.edu/News/03N/AugNews/Aug22/kemper.html.

Honors

Rud Turnbull elected to public interest law firm post

H.R. "Rud" Turnbull, co-director of the Beach Center on Disability, has been elected (for a fourth straight term) as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the nation's first public interest law firm in the area of disability.

The Bazelon Center is the nation's oldest, and therefore first, organization devoted exclusively to advocacy on behalf of individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and long-term physical/multiple disabilities. It was organized in 1972 by attorneys associated with the ACLU and from that time forward has played a leading role in litigating for system reform in MH/DD, in policy advocacy (before Congress and the federal executive agencies mainly but also before state legislatures and executive agencies secondarily), and providing technical assistance, such as model statutes, for federal and state legislative bodies. It has represented individuals with disabilities in one of the nation"s most prominent lawsuits, one that was brought in 1970 and finally concluded in 2000, the suit to reform the system of services in Alabama (Wyatt v. Stickney); in one of the nation's leading Americans with Disabilities Act cases before the U.S., Supreme Court (Garrett v. Alabama); etc.

The Center is a law firm operating as a not-for-profit corporation and is located in Washington DC

LSI-affiliated staff elected to Kansas AAMR posts

Susan Palmer, President (Beach Center)
Matt Reese, Treasurer (Med School, KUCDD)
Kathleen Olson, Co-Chair Membership Committee (Parsons, KUCDD)
Karrie Shogren, Student Membership Committee (Doctoral Student, Beach Center)
Matthew J. Stowe, Legislative Affairs Coordinator (Research, Beach Center)
Jennifer Lattimore, Secretary / Communications Coordinator (Beach Center)

Publications

Freeman, R.L., Smith, C.L., & Tieghi-Benet, M. (2003). “Promoting implementation success through the use of continuous systems-level assessment strategies”. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 5(2), 66-70.

Kamps, D., Wills, H., Greenwood, C., Thorne, S., Lazo, J., Crockett, J., McGonigle, J., & Swaggart, B. (in press). “A descriptive study of curriculum influences on growth in early reading fluency for students with academic and behavioral risks”. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Special issue on academic interventions for students with EBD, Guest Editor, Dr. Joseph Wehby

Nary, D, White, G, Wehmeyer, M. “Tolerance is a Community Job”, CSS Conduit, July 2003.

Reese, RM, Richman DM, Zarcone,J & Zarcone, T (2003). “Individualizing functional assessments for children with autism: The contribution of perseverative behavior and sensory disturbances to disruptive behavior”. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities,1 8,89-94.

Saunders, M. D. (2003). Book note (Review of the book Mental retardation: Definition, classification, and systems of support, 10th ed.). The Psychological Record, 53, 327-329.

Saunders, M. D., Timler, G., Cullinen, T. B., Pilkey, S., Questad, K. A., and Saunders, R. R. (2003) “Evidence of contingency awareness in people with profound multiple impairments: Response duration versus response rate indicators”. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 24, 231-245.

Smith, C.L., Wickham, D., & Freeman, R.L. (2003). “Coordinating positive behavior support training across multiple service systems”. TASH Connections, 29, 22-24.

Yoo, J. H., Williams, D. C., Napolitano, D. A., Peyton, R. T., Baer, D. M., & Schroeder, S. R. (2003). “Effects of risperidone on a matching task performance in a woman with severe mental retardation”. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 36, 245-248.

Presentations

Deschler, D., Mellard, D., Fuchs, D., Compton, D., Fuchs, L., Lane, H., Kamps, D., & Simmons, D. (July 2003). Panel presentation: Research on responsiveness-to-intervention as early intervention and LD identification: What we know and don"t know. Office of Special Education Programs 17th Annual Research Conference, Washington, DC.

Greenwood, C., Kamps, D., & Lewis, T. (July, 2003). Panel presentation: School-wide models of prevention/intervention. Office of Special Education Programs 17th Annual Research Conference, Washington, DC.

2003 Freeman, R., & Smith, C. The Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support. Address to the Institute for Child Development Research Seminar Series. April 18, 2003.

2003 Freeman, R., Wickham, D., & Smith, C.L. A cross-agency training network model in positive behavior support. Presented at the First International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, Orlando, FL. March 27, 2003.

2003 Freeman, R., Wickham, D., & Smith, C.L. The Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support. Presented at the First International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, Orlando, FL. March 28, 2003.

Kamps, D. (June, 2003). Invited workshop: Writing Research Grant Proposals. LASER Project - Linking Academic Scholars to Education Resources, Think Tank IV, Director, Dr. Brenda Townsend, University of South Florida.

Murphy, K., Saunders, R. R., & Olswang, L. (2003, May). Effects of auditory and visual stimuli in the social environment of switch users. In R. R. Saunders (Chair), Enabling environmental control in people with profound multiple environments through technology and behavior analysis (databased presentation). Symposium conducted at the 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, CA.

Saunders, M. D., Timler, G., Cullinen, T., Pilkey, S., & Questad, K. (2003, May). Evidence of contingency awareness: Response duration versus response rate indicators. In R. R. Saunders (Chair), Enabling environmental control in people with profound multiple environments through technology and behavior analysis (databased presentation). Symposium conducted at the 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, CA.

Saunders, R. R., & Chaney, L. (2003, May). Partitioning in multiple-choice matching-to-sample: Relation between response speeds and outcomes. In R. R. Saunders (Chair), Current dimensions of stimulus equivalence research (databased presentation). Symposium conducted at the 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, CA.

Smagner, J., Saunders, R. R., & Saunders, M. (2003, May). Detecting contingency awareness with cumulative records and DRO procedures. In R. R. Saunders (Chair), Enabling environmental control in people with profound multiple environments through technology and behavior analysis (databased presentation). Symposium conducted at the 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, CA.

Sturve, B., Saunders, M., & Olswang, L. (2003, May). Social feedback as a preferred reinforcer in adults with profound multiple impairments, In R. R. Saunders (Chair), Enabling environmental control in people with profound multiple environments through technology and behavior analysis (databased presentation). Symposium conducted at the 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, CA.

Wills, H., Kamps, D., Arreaga-Mayer, C., Veerkamp, M., Lazo, J., Hartsock, G., & Heitzman-Powell, L. (May, 2003). School-wide Positive Behavior Support: First Year Implementation in Urban Schools. 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis.

Products

Zarcone, J., Freeman, R., Smith, C., Wickham, D., & Kidwell, P. (2002). (Module 5) Functional Behavioral Assessment [Online]. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas UCDD. Available: www.kipbs.lsi.ku.edu.

Zarcone, J., Freeman, R., Smith, C., Wickham, D., & Kidwell, P. (2002). (Module 4) Measurement and Design [Online]. Lawrence,KS: University of Kansas UCDD. Available: http://www.kipbs.lsi.ku.edu.

Zarcone, J., Freeman, R., Smith, C., Wickham, D., Houghton, J., & Kidwell, P. (2002). (Module 3) Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis [Online]. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas UCDD. Available: www.kipbs.lsi.ku.edu.

Central Office News & Announcements

General Announcements

Center for the Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communications Disorders hires Participant Recruitment and Management Core coordinator

Denise Perpich, MA, MPH, is the new coordinator for the Participant Recruitment and Management Core (PARC) within the Center for the Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communications Disorders (BNCD). Denise will help BNCD investigators recruit and retain participants by querying information such as specific diagnoses or test scores through a centralized database. Mabel L. Rice directs the BNCD and John Colombo directs PARC.

Gatlinburg Conference

The 37th Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Mental Retardation in Developmental Disabilities is set for March 11-13, 2004 at the US Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101(619) 232-3121. The theme is the Neuroscience of Behavior. If you would like to participate or receive announcements, please contact: Lynn.doucette@umassmed.edu.

Communications

Karen Henry, Coordinator

International Activities Requested The Graduate School and Office of International Programs has once again requested the international activities of faculty and academic unclassified staff " that is, if you taught, studied, lectured or attended a conference or seminar abroad between August 1, 2002 and July 31, 2003. They are asking for the approximate duration of the stay as well. You may send these to me, Karen Henry, at kahenry@ku.edu by September 18 so I can compile them by the September 23 deadline.

Guide to LSI Services for Investigators I have developed a Guide for use by investigators and their staff to LSI unit services that is online at: http://www.lsi.ku.edu/lsi/internal/guide_to_services.html. You can also find it a button to it from the top page navigation bar of the LSI site at: http://www.lsi.ku.edu.

Information Technology

Janet Marquis, Director

Personnel Changes. The Information Technology Services Unit is continuing its reorganization. Edith Bond has accepted the position of Information Specialist with the Unit. Her primary responsibilities will be to schedule and track requests for assistance with all computer-related problems, to assist Gerald with network and other computer problems, and to continue work with hardware and software suppliers to provide LSI researchers and staff with technical equipment that best meets their needs. Edith has completed several technical training courses and is currently working on her A+ and Novell Network Administrator certification. Please contact Edith at 4-5630 or by e-mail at ebond@ku.edu if you are having difficulty with your computers or are needing assistance in pricing or determining the specifications for a new system or other new computer-related equipment.

Sharon Riley has assumed the position previously held by Edith. Sharon will perform the accounting duties for the Information Technology Services, the Research Design and Analysis Unit, and the Biobehavioral and Measurement Core. Before joining the LSI, Sharon worked in the Comptroller"s office and, before that, held positions in the private sector and at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. Welcome, Sharon.

New Equipment Information Technology Services has recently acquired a redundant server system with shared hard drive array. This new equipment will give us more speed, more hard drive space, and automatic server "fail safe" capability. We are in the testing stage now and will migrate to the new equipment within the next few months. It is expected that the move will be made with minimal disruption.

Project Development

Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

Past Submissions not previously reported

1. Debra Kamps submitted a new, one-year supplement for her Center for Early Intervention in Reading and Behavior entitled "Tracking Sample Assessment Supplement" to the University of Wisconsin Center for Research, Inc. on June 30, 2003.

2. Charles Spellman and Sara Sack submitted their eleventh year Grant Performance Report for "Assistive Technology for Kansans Project (ATKP) to DE/OSERS/NIDRR on June 30, 2003.

3. Jerry Schultz and Stephen Fawcett submitted a one-year supplement "Healthy Communities for Healthy Children" to the Kansas Health Foundation on July 7, 2003.

4. Todd Little and Janet Marquis submitted a new, one-year conference proposal "Statistical Approaches to Examining Ecological Models of Human Development" to NSF on July 15, 2003.

5. Michael Vitevitch submitted a new, two-year proposal "The Influence of Semantic Similarity in Spoken Language Processing" to NSF on July 15, 2003.

6. Joseph Donnelly (sponsor) and Bruce Bailey, Jr. (predoctoral fellow) submitted a new, two-year proposal "The Effects of Dietary Calcium and Dairy Consumption on Metabolic Risk Factors" to the American Heart Association on July 15, 2003.

7. Joseph Donnelly (sponsor) and Bryan Smith (postdoctoral fellow) submitted a new, two-year proposal "The Role of Dietary Calcium in Weight Management in Young Adults" to the American Heart Association on July 15, 2003.

8. Richard Washburn (sponsor) and Erik Kirk (predoctoral fellow) submitted a new, two-year proposal "Effects of 24 Weeks of Supervised Resistance Training on 24 Hour Energy Expenditure and Metabolic Risk Factors in Overweight Young Adults" to the American Heart Association on July 15, 2003.

9. Rachel Freeman and Wayne Sailor submitted a new, five-year proposal "Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Positive Behavior Support in Community Settings" via prime contractor the University of Oregon to the DE/OSERS/NIDRR for their RRTC competition on July 28, 2003.

10. Rud and Ann Turnbull their five-year renewal proposal "Policies Affecting Families of Children with Disabilities (Beach IV)" to the DE/OSERS/NIDRR for their RRTC competition on July 28, 2003.

11. Jim Budde and Martha Hodgesmith, in collaboration with David Gray at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, submitted a new, five-year proposal "Enhancing Independent Living through Family Enrichment" to DE/OSERS/NIDRR for their DRRP competition on July 28, 2003.

12. Ann Turnbull, Sandra Padmanabhan, Sean Smith and Rud Turnbull submitted a new, five-year proposal "Development and Management of a Caregiver Information Management System (CIMS)" to DE/OSERS/NIDRR for their DRRP competition on July 28, 2003.

13. Michael Wehmeyer, in collaboration with Lauri Powers at the Oregon Health Sciences University, submitted a new, five-year proposal "The Impact of Interventions on Self-Determination and Adult Outcomes" to DE/OSERS/NIDRR for their DRRP competition on July 28, 2003.

14. Wayne Sailor submitted a new, two-year proposal "Smaller Learning Communities" via prime contractor the Topeka Public Schools to DE/Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools on August 4, 2003.

15. Hugh Catts and Holly Storkel (sponsor and co-sponsor) and Tiffany Hogan (predoctoral fellow) submitted a new, seventeen month proposal "Lexical Representations and Phonological Awareness" to NIDCD for their Individual NRSA competition on August 5, 2003.

16. Joe Donnelly (sponsor) and Bryan Smith (postdoctoral fellow) submitted a new, two-year "The Role of Dietary Calcium in Weight Management" to NIH for their Individual NRSA competition on August 5, 2003.

17. Dennis Jacobsen, Mary Hise and Muriel Saunders submitted a new, one-year proposal "Food and Physical Activity Choices and Preferences in People with Mental Retardation: An Investigation" to the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute on August 15, 2003.

18. Nancy Brady and Susan Bashinski submitted a new, five-year proposal "Promoting Communication Outcomes for Children with Deaf-Blindness through Enhanced Prelinguistic Strategies" to DE/OSERS/OSEP for their competition CFDA# 84.324D "Research Validation and Implementation Projects for Children who are Deaf-Blind” on August 27, 2003.

19. Charles Greenwood, Judith Carta and Dale Walker submitted a new, five-year proposal "Center on Outcomes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities" via SRI International, prime contractor, to DE/OSERS/OSEP for their competition CFDA# 84.324L "Center on Outcomes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities on August 27, 2003.

20. Wayne Sailor and Rachel Freeman submitted a new, five-year proposal "Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports" via prime contractor the University of Oregon to DE/OSERS/OSEP for their competition CFDA# 84.326S "Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports on August 27, 2003.

21. Michael Wehmeyer submitted a new, five-year proposal "Research Institute on Progress Monitoring for Students with Significant Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities" via prime contractor the University of North Carolina to DE/OSERS/OSEP for their competition CFDA# 84.324H " Research Institute on Progress Monitoring on August 27, 2003.

22. Joseph Donnelly submitted a new proposal "School-based Trial of Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents" to NIDDK on August 27, 2003.

23. Kathleen Olson submitted her second-year, continuation proposal "Kansas Mobilizing for Change: Comprehensive Workforce Development Initiative" to the University of Minnesota (prime contractor to the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities) on August 28, 2003.

Upcoming Submissions

1. Mabel Rice (sponsor) and Tracy Hirata-Edds (predoctoral fellow) will submit their second-year continuation "Minority Predoctoral Fellowship Program" to NIDCD on September 1, 2003.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Rud Turnbull received a new, nine-month grant "SRS Family Supports" from Kansas SRS that began
April 1, 2003.

2. Joe Donnelly received a new, one-year award "Training Health Care Providers in Prevention and Treatment of Obesity in Children" from the Sunflower Foundation that began July 1, 2003.

3. Cheryl Utley, Paul Markham and Charles Greenwood received a new, four-year award "Preparation of Minority Leadership Personnel: Special Education Doctoral Training Program " Validated Interventions with Culturally Linguistically Diverse Students with Mild Disabilities in Urban Classroom Settings" from DE/OSERS/OSEP which began July 1, 2003.

4. Steven Warren and Nancy Brady received a new, five-year subcontract "Family Adaptation to Fragile X Syndrome" from the University of North Carolina (prime contractor to NICHD) which began July 1, 2003.

5. Matthew Stowe, Rud Turnbull and Ann Turnbull received a new, three-year award "A Framework for Disability Perspectives on HGP (Human Genome Project) which began July 15, 2003.

6. Mabel Rice received a new, six-month award "Merrill Conference Sponsorship" from NIH, which began August 1, 2003.

7. Steven Warren and Judith Carta received a new, five-year subcontract "Preventing Child Neglect in High-Risk Mothers" from the University of Notre Dame (prime contractor to NICHD) which will begin September 1, 2003.

8. Joe Donnelly received a new, one-year award "Trial to Test the Effectiveness of the Atkins Diet in a Clinical Setting" from the Dr. Robert C. Atkins Foundation, Inc. which will begin October 1, 2003.

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