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Lifeline Online, University of Kansas Life Span Institute newsletter, issue 95, April 2007

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In This Issue

In the News

In Memoriam Todd R. Risley

Life Span Institute launches autism initiative

KU Work Group on Autism Progress

Wisconsin researcher and parent questions autism epidemic

Name change reflects expanded mission at KUMC clinical center

Turnbulls to present distinguished professorship lectures Nov. 19

Friends of the LSI announce 2007 Graduate Research Assistant Award winners

LSI researchers named fellows

Beach Center researcher named KU woman of distinction

Gerontology grad receives dissertation award

Project Develoment News

The Lifeline Online is a newsletter of the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas Online, printable version and back issues.

Karen Henry, Editor

Mary-Margaret Simpson, Writer

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 lsi.ku.edu

The Centers and their inception dates

The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies is a center of centers collectively dedicated to discovering research-based solutions for the challenges of human and community development, disabilities, and aging.

The Life Span Institute at Parsons 1956

Juniper Gardens Children's Project 1964

Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center 1967

Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities 1973

Research and Training on Independent Living 1980

Child Language Doctoral Program 1983

Beach Center on Disability 1988

Gerontology Center 1990

Merrill Advanced Studies Center 1990

Work Group for Community Health and Development1990

Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management 2001

Center for Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communication Disorders 2002

Friends of the Life Span Institute

Ross and Marianna Beach

Dan Biles and Amy McCart

Michael Cataldo

John Colombo and Dale Walker

David and Peggy Ekerdt

Steve Fawcett and Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation - Laura McKnight, President & CEO

Charles R. Greenwood and Judith J. Carta

Vance and Marilyn Hall

Betty Hart

Floyd Horowitz and Frances Degan Horowitz

Todd Little and Patty Hawley

JIm and Lee McLean

Fred and Virginia Merrill

Bob Mirman

Terrance and Judi Paul

Mabel Rice

Dick and Ruth Schiefelbusch

Steve and Carolyn Schroeder

Dale Slusser and Sherry Fowler

Joe and Rita Spradlin

John and Linda Stewart

Rud and Ann Turnbull

John and Patty Turner

April Waldron

Frances Waldron

Gary Waldron and Sunny Foster

Steve Warren and Eva Horn

Michael and Kathryn Wehmeyer

Bruce and Melinda Wetherby

Glen and Nancy White

David and Dee Yoder

Ed and Mary Ann Zamarripa

In the News

Life Span institute Steven Warren was named interim vice provost for research and graduate studies effective August 2007. He will hold both posts until a the vice provost position is filled. More.

Cell phones may be the link to the future of parent training programs . Judy Carta and Steven Warren direct the Kansas City study that is part of a larger collaboration with Notre Dame University. The project was featured on page one of the September 4 Kansas City Star.

Kathryn Grobe's Project Workout on Wheels was featured on Fox 4 on October 17. The NIH-funded trial tests the effectiveness of a behavioral intervention to promote physical activity among manual wheelchair users. The project is still recruiting participants. Call 913-588-7382 or email projectwow@ku.edu.

Wendy Parent's research has shown that even people with multiple and serious intellectual disabilities can be employed, including being self-employed, The October 28 Lawrence Journal-World profiled Bea Scott, who is starting her own laundry business in January.

Holly Storkel, nationally recognized for her language acquisition research was one of the 2007 winners of the W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence. The Kemper fellowships recognize outstanding teachers and advisers at KU as determined by a seven-member selection committee.

Matthew Reese directs the KU Medical Center's principal training, clinical and research center on developmental disabilities, including autism. He talked about the resources of the Center for Child Health and Development on Empowering Our Children regarding autism on July 24.

Sara Sack oversees an ever-increasing number of innovative, statewide projects aimed at getting Kansans with disabilities assistive technology. The latest is the Kansas Equipment Exchange program that was recognized with a Kansas Department of Health and Environment 2007 Pollution Prevention Award in September.

In Memoriam Todd R. Risley

Todd R. Risley, a world-renowned pioneer in applied behavioral science and former professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science and senior scientist at the Life Span Institute for 23 years, died in Palmer, Alaska, on Friday, November 2. He was 70 years old. He was professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Alaska at the time of his death.

Risley was still an “active visionary” according to Steven Warren, KU Life Span Institute Director and Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies. “This is a huge loss to his KU and Alaska colleagues and many others across the country and world with whom he continued to collaborate and advise.”

Todd R. Risley and Uriel Owens around 1967 Kansas City

Doing Science and Doing Good. Beginning in 1965, scientist Todd Risley (left) and community leader Uriel Owens were instrumental in a bold experiment to find evidence-based solutions to social problems in the Juniper Gardens community in Kansas City, Kansas. Turner House was the site of a research preschool directed by Risley, only one of Risely's many contributions in a long and vibrant career.

His seminal study of how children acquire language, Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children, which he co-authored with KU professor emeritus Betty Hart, is frequently cited by pundits and scholars alike.

Risley was a leader in efforts to take behavioral analysis out of the laboratory and clinic and into community settings. “He showed us how behavior analysis could enhance human development across an extraordinary range of settings from classrooms, child-care centers, residential and community treatment centers and beyond,” said Warren.

Life Span Institute launches autism initiative

Audience shotThe KU Life Span Institute rolled out its new autism initiative on September 25 to an engaged audience of 280 at the KU Edwards Campus in Kansas City.  

“Considering Autism: KU Life Span Institute Community Conversations” introduced the newly formed bi-campus Work Group on Autism Research and Training to the public. The Group was formed earlier in the year to explore the viability of a permanent research center focused on autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

The panel of KU researchers, doctors, and parents spoke to the overflow crowd about the foundation of autism research, the impetus for organizing this new endeavor, and the prospects for future study, training, lobbying, and family support.

LSI Director Steve Warren introduced the group and briefly recapped the long history of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research, training and treatment at KU that underlies this new initiative.  Each panelist spoke on how their research or organization will contribute to laying the foundation for the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART), the proposed permanent center dedicated to autism research and training.

Debra Kamps, a noted autism researcher at KU’s Juniper Gardens Children’s Project in Kansas City, Kansas, is chair of the Work Group. She heads a steering committee of clinicians and scientists from the Lawrence and Kansas City Medical Center campuses in the creation of this multi-dimensional program of national significance.

Following the panel presentations, the audience of parents, researchers, and educators broke into small groups to discuss their concerns and pose questions individually to panel members. Preceding and following the panel presentation, attendees networked or made new connections while enjoying refreshments provided by area supporters and parents of children with autism, organized by Kirsten Sneid. The web site for this latest LSI initiative is http://www.lsi.ku.edu/autism.

Panel Members: Considering Autism: KU Life Span Institute Community Conversations 

Work Group on Autism Research and Training, Executive Planning Committee for K-CART

The Considering Autism Meet & Greet was made possible by:

  • Autism Society of America / Autism Society of the Heartland, Bill Robinson, President and
  • Drs. Stuart and Jodi Jackson, in honor of their son Joshua
  • Ms. Nancy Huerta, Equal Chance Educational Consulting
  • Dr. Robert and Anna Leitch
  • Harry and Madeline McLear
  • Kim and Mitch Morse
  • Dr. David and Kirsten Sneid, Ralph and Sally Fearon, in honor of Ian and Evan Snei

KU Work Group on Autism Progress

The first large group meeting of the Work Group on Autism Research and Training on October 16 drew 30 researchers and clinicians from both campuses and other research sites in fields of expertise as diverse as neuroscience, developmental pediatrics, education and special education, audiology, occupational therapy, psychology, law and social policy. All have an interest and expertise in some aspect of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and each completed a survey on their experience.  Two researchers are also parents of children with ASD.

The group was updated about statewide efforts to address the needs of families who have members with ASD including the Medicaid waiver, the Autism Task Force and the Kansas Coalition for Autism Legislation. Some of the issues in play are support for a certified Applied Behavioral Analyst program; the development of an autism registry; the role of insurance companies; status of current regional state services and parent satisfaction; and training for primary care physicians.

The group broke into smaller interest groups to begin discussions on state needs vis a vis a permanent KU autism center. Some recommendations included: an adult ASD registry; emphasis on transitioning; keeping focus jargonless and interdisciplinary; building state capacity through online training and existing telemedicine sites; registry for siblings of children with ASD; post-doctoral and pilot funding.

Next on the agenda for the KU autism group: Interest group committees will begin meeting to develop priorities and structure of a possible permanent KU autism research and training center. The group will also track current and future ASD grant opportunities that could reflect the new and more extensive collaborations between group members and other allied researchers.

Wisconsin researcher and parent questions autism epidemic

A guest lecturer visiting KU in September challenged the popular media’s stance that autism has reached epidemic proportions and criticized the science used behind such claims.

Morton Ann Gernsbacher, distinguished professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, attributed the rise of autism to broader diagnostic categories and cited what she said was over-simplification and even misrepresentation of scientific research by the mainstream media.

Brought to KU through the psychology department’s annual Ferne Foreman Fisher Lecture Series, Gernsbacher is both a researcher and the mother of a boy with autism. Her lecture was “The Science of Autism: Beyond the Myths and Misconceptions.” She researches cognitive, emotional and perceptual strengths found in autism. - Mary- Margaret Simpson

More information on Gernsbacher and her research

Name change reflects expanded mission at KUMC clinical center

The Development Disabilities Center at the KU Medical Center has changed its name to the Center for Child Health and Development (CCHD) to reflect a broader mission that includes not only providing direct services to families but also greater research collaboration and ongoing program development with the community.

Directed by R. Matthew Reese, training director for the previous Center, the CCHD will continue to diagnose and develop treatment options for children with disabilities and provide information and resources to families.

Under its new mission, the Center also plans to develop new services, such as social skills training for children with autism, and more community involvement and collaboration in research, program development and outreach training. Other goals include greater work to strengthen health services for people with developmental disabilities, and targeted services for medically underserved populations, including those from culturally diverse backgrounds and families in rural areas.

The CCHD will continue to be affiliated with LSI and the KU Center on Developmental Disabilities. For more information. - Mary-Margaret Simpson

Turnbulls to present distinguished professorship lectures Nov. 19

Ann and Rud Turnbull, co-directors of the Beach Center on Disability, will present their inaugural lectures as distinguished professors on Monday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

Ann Turnbull’s lecture will be “Family Quality of Life: Research Supply and Demand.” Rud Turnbull will discuss “Judicial Reveries: The Supreme Court Encounters Disability.”

The Turnbulls were named the first Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professors in March 2007. The professorship was established by Ross and Marianna Beach of Lawrence, Kan., and is the first distinguished professorship for the Beach Center and the first for a faculty member in the Department of Special Education in the School of Education. - Mary-Margaret Simpson

Friends of the LSI announce 2007 Graduate Research Assistant Award winners

Sara Gould

The Friends of the Life Span Institute are pleased to announce the winners of the third annual Friends of the Life Span Institute Graduate Research Assistant Awards.  The Awards were established by the Friends organization in 2005 to support the research and professional development of outstanding graduate research assistants affiliated with Life Span Institute projects.  Each of the two winners will receive $1500 for this purpose.

Sara Gould has received the award for an advanced graduate student in the dissertation stage of their work.  Gould is a doctoral student in the Clinical Child Psychology Program.  As a GRA at Life Span's Juniper Gardens Children's Project, Gould has contributed to research projects funded by the Health and Human Services division at the National Institutes of Health, and by the Office of Special Education.  Gould has proven her abilities in research, clinical and classroom settings.  She has contributed to numerous publications and has given several presentations, in addition to committee memberships and awards, and is currently the Student Representative for the Kansas Division of Early Childhood.  Gould has worked closely with Life Span scientists and faculty such as Dale Walker and Yo Jackson, among others.

Brandon Aylward

Brandon Aylward has received the award for a promising graduate student in the early stages of graduate school.  Aylward is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Child Psychology Program, and is involved in Life Span Institute projects funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Energy. Aylward has made significant contributions in research, teaching, and publishing.  He has received recognition in the form of several honors and awards, and is involved in projects with Life Span scientists and faculty such as John Colombo, Ric Steele and Michael Roberts, among others.

The selection committee was comprised of Friends of the Life Span Institute Carol Foster, Steve Schroeder, Joe Spradlin and Bruce Wetherby.  They were extremely impressed by the high caliber of the award applicants and their decision was a challenging one. - Rob Hileman

LSI researchers named fellows

Two LSI researchers were recently named Fellows in their respective professional associations. Dean Williams, associate scientist at the Life Span Institute at Parsons, is now a Fellow of Division 25 (Behavior Analysis) of the American Psychological Association. Susan Palmer, research associate professor at the Beach Center, was named a Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. - Mary-Margaret Simpson

Beach Center researcher named KU woman of distinction

Nina Zuna

Beach Center research associate Nina Zuna has been named one of the “Women of Distinction” at KU, an annual honor that recognizes the accomplishments of female faculty, staff, alumni and students.

Zuna, who completed her doctorate at KU in Special Education in August 2007, was cited for her work in disability advocacy and awareness. Zuna’s research interests include family quality of life, family-professional partnerships, family support and disability policy.  She was one of 22 women honored for 2007-08 by the Women’s Resource Center.

Gerontology grad receives dissertation award

Chiung-Ju Liu, who completed her doctorate in gerontology from KU in 2006, has been honored with the 2007 Retirement Research Foundation Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research from Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association. She received a cash prize and was recognized at the APA annual meeting held in September in San Francisco. Liu is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Medicine at Boston University. - Mary-Margaret Simpson

Project Development

Paul Diedrich

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Joseph Donnelly received a new, two-year subcontract “Dairy Foods and Blood Pressure in Multi-Ethnic Children” from KUMC, PI Debra Sullivan, prime contractor to NHLBI that began September 1, 2006.

2. Joseph Donnelly received a new, one-year subcontract “HCF Health Lifestyles” from KUMC, PI Cheryl Gibson, prime contractor to the YMCA of Greater Kansas City that began December 2, 2006.

3. Rachel Freeman received a new, eight-month contract “Preventing Violence-Building Healthy Schools and Communities:  The Kansas Positive Behavior Support Project” from KsDE that began February 1, 2007.

4. Charles Greenwood, Dale Walker and Jay Buzhardt received a new, four-year award “The Infancy to Preschool Early Literacy Connection: Validation Studies of the Early Communication Indicator (ECI) of Growth and Development” from DE-IES that began March 1, 2007.

5. Nancy Brady and Kathy Thiemann received a new, five-year award “Communication Success and ACC:  A Model of Symbol Acquisition” from NICHD that began March 8, 2007.

6. Janet Marquis received a new, six-month contract “Data Analysis for Context and Student Characteristics that Impact Schools’ AYP Status” from the University of South Florida, Jeannie Kleinhammer-Tramill PI, prime contractor to DE-IES that began March 15, 2007.

7. Joseph Donnelly received a new, two-year subcontract “Breast Cancer Risk Biomarkers and Energy Balance” from KUMC, PI Carol Fabian, prime contractor to NCI that began April 1, 2007.

8. Debra Kamps, Howard Wills, Greg Hanley, Rachel Thompson and Charles Greenwood received a new, four-year award “Class-wide Function-Based Intervention Teams:  A Research to Practice Agenda for Functional Behavior Assessment (CW-FIT)” from DE-IES that began May 1, 2007.

9. Dean Williams received a new, two-year subcontract “Translational Analyses on NCR Interventions for Behavior Disorders” from the Kennedy Krieger Institute, prime contractor to NICHD that began May 1, 2007.

10. Chris Smith received a new, thirteen-month contract “Kansas Early Head Start Comprehensive Evaluation” from KsSRS that began June 1, 2007.

11. Richard Washburn, Bryan Smith and Joseph Donnelly received a new, three-year award “Whey Protein Supplementation with Resistance Training:  Effects on Body Composition of Young Adults” from Dairy Management, Inc. that began June 1, 2007.

12. Joseph Donnelly received a new, nine-month subcontract “Biostatistics/Informatics Shared Resources” from KUMC, PI Matthew Mayo, prime contractor to NCI that began June 17, 2007.

13. Joe Donnelly, Bryan Smith, Richard Washburn, J. Leon Green, Matthew Mayo, Cheryl Gibson and Debra Sullivan received a new, five-year award “Prevention of Obesity in YMCA After School Programs” from NIDDK that began on July 1, 2007.

14. Joseph Donnelly, Bryan Smith, Richard Washburn, Robert Lee, Matthew Mayo, Cheryl Gibson and Debra Sullivan received a new, five-year award “Equivalent Weight Loss for Phone and Clinic Weight Management Program” from NIDDK that began on July 1, 2007.

15. Tiffany Johnson received a new, one-year award “Characterizing the Effect of Stimulation Parameters on DPOAE’s Recorded in Normal and Impaired Ears” from the American Academy of Audiology that began July 1, 2007.

16. Mabel Rice received a five-year renewal for “Training Researchers in Language Impairments” from NIDCD that began July 1, 2007.

17. Mabel Rice received a five-year renewal for “Twins and Singletons with Specific Language Impairment” from NIDCD that began July 1, 2007.

18. Cheryl Utley received a new, two-year award “Making Ecobehavioral Assessment Tools Web-Based in Support of Response to Intervention (Phase 1 – Development Project)” from DE-OSERS-OSEP that began July 1, 2007.

19. Michael Wehmeyer, David Lindeman and Matthew Reese received a five-year renewal for “Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD)” from HHS-ACF that began July 1, 2007.

20. Michael Wehmeyer and Susan Palmer received a new, two-year award “Determining the Efficacy of the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction to Improve Secondary and Transition Outcomes for Students with Cognitive Disabilities” from DE-IES that began July 1, 2007.

21. David Lindeman received a new, one-year award “Kansas Family Service Coordination Training Project” from KsDE that began July 1, 2007.

22. Sara Sack received a new, one-year award “Tiny K-Infant Toddler Assistive Technology Services” from KsH&E that began July 1, 2007.

23. Muriel and Richard Saunders received a new, one-year award “Pilot Evaluation of the Impacts of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Screening Events” from Special Olympics, Inc. that began July 1, 2007.

24. Janet Marquis received a new, one year subcontract “Describing and Measuring Tobacco Treatment in Drug Treatment” from KUMC, PI Kimber Richter, prime contractor to NIDA, that began July 20, 2007.

25. Steve Fawcett and Jerry Schultz received a new, two-year award “Testing the Community Change Model with Substance Abuse Coalitions” form NIDA that began August 25, 2007.

26. Kathleen Baggett received a new subcontract “Promoting Early Social-Communicative Competency in Toddlers with Autism through a Joint Attention Mediated Learning Model” form the University of North Colorado, prime contractor to Autism Speaks that began August 31, 2007.

27. Mary Abbott and Jane Atwater received a new, three-year award “Wyandotte County, Kansas Early Reading First” from DE that began September 1, 2007.

28. Rachel Freeman received a new, four-month contract “School-Wide Information System (SWIS) Facilitator Training for School-Wide Positive Behavior” from KsDE that began September 1, 2007.

29. Hugh Catts (mentor) and Suzanne Adlof (predoc) received a new, two-year F31 “Morphosyntactic Skills of Poor Comprehenders” from NIDCD that began September 23, 2007.

30. David Lindeman received a nine-month supplement “The Early Childhood Leadership Project: A Collaboration with the Kansas Inservice Training Project from KsDE that began October 1, 2007.

There are an additional half-dozen awards that we hope to announce in the next issue.

Past Submissions not Previously Reported

1. John Colombo submitted his fourth-year continuation “Zinc and Behavioral Development in Early Childhood” to Johns Hopkins, prime to NICHD, on May 8, 2007.

2. Mabel Rice submitted her second-year continuation “Pediatric HIV/Aids Cohort Study (PHACS)” to Tulane University, prime to NIH, on May 10, 2007.

3. Stephen Fawcett submitted a new, three-year proposal “Strengthening Capacity-Building Efforts in Wyandotte County, Kansas” to HHS-ACF-OCS on May 16, 2007.

4. Steven Warren and Nancy Brady submitted a five-year renewal “Family Adaptation to Fragile X Syndrome” to University of North Carolina, prime contractor to NICHD on May 21, 2007.

5.  Kathryn Saunders and John Colombo submitted a new, five-year proposal “Postdoctoral Training in Translational IDD Research” to NICHD on May 25, 2007.

6. Mary Abbott and Jane Atwater submitted a new, three-year proposal “Wyandotte County, Kansas Early Reading First” to DE-OESE on May 29, 2007.

7. Steve Warren and Marc Fey, in collaboration with Paul Yoder at Vanderbilt University, submitted their third-year continuation “Effects of Intensity of Early Communication Intervention” to NICHD on June 1, 2007.

8. Wendy Parent submitted her third-year continuation “Women’s Educational Equity Program” to DE-WEAA on June 1, 2007.

9. Susan Bashinski submitted her eighth-year continuation “Inclusive Network for Kansas (INKS)” to KsDE on June 1, 2007.

10. Dave Lindeman submitted his eighth-year continuation “KITS-Kansas Inservice Training System” to KsDE on June 1, 2007,

11. Kathy Thiemann submitted a new, one-year proposal “Navigating Integration into Middle School:  A Peer Network Intervention for Students with Autism” to the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation on June 1, 2007.

12. Richard Washburn, Joseph Donnelly, Bryan Smith, Janet Marquis and Debra Sullivan submitted a new, five-year proposal “Resistance Training Energy Balance and Weight Management” to NIDDK on June 5, 2007.

13. Susan Kemper submitted a new, five-year subcontract “Executive Function in Normal Aging:  Structure and Relation to Functional Status” to KUMC, PI Joan McDowd, prime contractor to NIA on June 5, 2007.

14. Pam Cress submitted a seven-month supplement “Great Plains Disability and Business TA Center” to SEKRS on June 6, 2007.

15. David Lindeman submitted his tenth-year continuation “KITS – Infant and Toddler Expansion” to KsDE on June 7, 2007.

16. David Lindeman submitted his seventeenth-year continuation “Southeast Kansas Respite Care Services” to PSHTC on June 7, 2007.

17. David Lindeman submitted his fifteenth-year continuation “Dual Diagnosis of Persons with Disabilities” to SEKRS on June 7, 2007.

18.  David Lindeman submitted a new, one-year proposal “Kansas Family Service Coordination Training Project” to KsDE on June 8, 2007.

19. Jerry Schultz submitted his sixth-year continuation “Community Monitoring Documentation System” to KsSRS on June 8, 2007.

20. Wayne Sailor and Amy McCart submitted their second-year continuation “Tertiary Intervention:  the K-I Centers” to DE-OSEP on June 13, 2007.

21. Steven Warren and Audra Sterling submitted a new, one-year proposal “Mentor Based Predoctoral Fellowship” to Autism Speaks on June 15, 2007.

22. David Lindeman submitted his twenty-first-year continuation “Active Treatment Training Program” to KsSRS on June 15, 2007.

23. Jerry Rea submitted his third-year continuation “SEK Pilot Project to Replication the Oregon Model of Intervention with Antisocial Youth Families” to KsSRS on June 15, 2007.

24. John Colombo submitted a new, five-year subcontract “Effects of Maternal DHA Supplementation on Cognitive Functions of Preschoolers” to KUMC, PI Carol Cheatham, prime contractor to NIH on June 16, 2007.

25. Glen White submitted his fourth-year subcontract “RRTC of Health and Wellness for Persons with Long-term Disabilities” to OHSU, prime contractor to DE-OSERS-NIDRR on June 22, 2007.

26. Jane Atwater submitted a new, two-year subcontract “Midwest Child Care Research Consortium” to Iowa State University, prime contractor to HHS-ACF on June 25, 2007.

27. Sara Sack submitted her twelfth-year continuation “Tiny K-Infant Toddler Assistive Technology Project” to KsH&E on June 27, 2007.

28. Chris Smith submitted his fifth-year continuation “Kids Crew:  The Independence Community Learning Center” to USD446, prime contractor to DE-OSERS-OSEP, on June 29, 2007.

29. David Ekerdt resubmitted his three-year proposal “Downsizing Possessions for Residential Moves in Later Life” to NIA on July 5, 2007.

30. Steve Warren submitted a one-year supplement for the “KIDDRC – Development and Evaluation of an On-line System to Support the Dissemination of the Developmental Disability Program of the Center Ann Sullivan del Peru” to NICHD on July 6, 2007.

31. David Lindeman submitted his eighth-year continuation “SEK-CAP” to SEKRS on July 6, 2007.

32. Glen White submitted his second-year continuation “RRTC on Measurement and Interdependence in Community Living” to DE-OSERS-NIDRR on July 11, 2007.

33. Ann and Rud Turnbull submitted their fifth-year continuation “RRTC on Policies Affecting Families of Children with Disabilities (Beach IV)” to DE-OSERS-NIDRR on July 11, 2007.

34. Michael Wehmeyer submitted his fifth-year continuation “The Impact of Interventions on Self-Determination and Adult Outcomes” to DE-OSERS-NIDRR on July 11, 2007.

35. Linda Heitzman-Powell submitted her second-year continuation “Combining Technologies to Maximize Outcomes:  Online and Telemedicine Training Program of Parents of Children with Autism” to DE-OSERS-NIDRR on July 11, 2007.

36. Sara Sack submitted her second-year continuation “Expanding Assistive Technology Reutilization Efforts to Include Organizational, Navigational and High Cost Technologies” to DE-OSERS-NIDRR on July 13, 2007.

37. Omri Gillath submitted a new, three-year proposal “Transition and Adjustment to College:  A Longitudinal Investigation into the Moderating Role of Attachment” to NSF on July 15, 2007.

38. Patricia Hawley submitted a new, three-year proposal “Social Dominance and the Development of Social Functioning in Young Children” to NSF on July 15, 2007.

39. Ed Auer submitted a new, two-year proposal “Learning to Perceive and Produce Fingerspelled Words” to NSF on July 15, 2007.

40. Gregory Madden and Stephen Fowler resubmitted a two-year proposal “Impulsivity, Dopamine and the Behavioral Economics of Gambling” to NIDA on July 16, 2007.

Eight proposals, three subcontracts and five prime, were submitted to the DE-IES Education Research (84.305) and Special Education Research (84.324) on July 26, 2007.

41. Judy Carta, Mary Abbott and Charles Greenwood resubmitted a three-year subcontract “Development of a Three-tired Model in Early Intervention to Address Language and Literacy Needs of Children at Risk” to University of Nebraska at Lincoln, PI Sue Sheridan.

42. Amy McCart submitted a new, four-year subcontract “Addressing Attitudinal Barriers to Successful Behavioral Parent Training” to the University of South Florida, PI V. Mark Durand.

43. Michael Wehmeyer and Susan Palmer submitted a new, three-year subcontract “Literacy by Design:  Integrating Research-based Reading Instruction, Universal Design for Learning, and Technology to Improve Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Oral Language for Children with Mild  to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities” to CAST, Inc. (Center for Applied Special Technology).

44.  Mary Abbott submitted a new, four-year proposal “Efficacy Study of the Linguistics, Alphabetics, Multi-Level Comprehension, Phonetics, Speed (LAMPS):  Intervention for Students at the Tertiary Literacy Level”.

45. Jane Atwater, collaborating with KACCRRA, submitted a new, three-year proposal “Links for Learning, Language and Literacy”.

46. Eva Horn and Susan Palmer, collaborating with the University of Maryland (PI Joan Lieber), and Indiana University (PI Gretchen Butera), submitted a new, three-year proposal “Children’s School Success Curriculum – Plus (CSS+):  Supporting All Children’s Progress in the General Curriculum”.

47. Amy McCart, collaborating with the University of Louisville (PI Andy Frey), submitted a three-year proposal “Early Childhood Multi-Tiered System of Support (ECMTSS):  Improving School Readiness for Preschool Children with Multiple Risk Factors”.

48. Kathryn Saunders and Dean Williams resubmitted a three-year proposal “Computerized Instruction of Prerequisite Skills for Success in Early Reading Instruction”.

49. Sara Sack submitted her third-year continuation for “Kansas State Plan for Assistive Technology” to DE-OSERS-RSA on August 1, 2007.

50. Richard Saunders, in collaboration with the University of Washington, PI Lesley Olswang, submitted a five-year supplement to the “Communication of People with Mental Retardation” program project to NICHD on August 1, 2007.

51. Eva Horn and Susan Palmer submitted their fifth-year continuation “Children’s School Success” to University of Indiana, prime contractor to NICHD, on August 2, 2007.

52. Holly Storkel (mentor) and Jill Hoover (fellow) resubmitted their two-year F31 “The Interface between the Lexicon and Morphology in SLI” to NIDCD on August 8, 2007.

53. Steve Warren (mentor) and Audra Sterling (fellow) submitted a new, two-year F31 “Morphosyntactic Development in Fragile X Syndrome and Autism” to NIDCD on August 8, 2007.

54. Judy Carta submitted a new, one-year subcontract “Analysis of Longitudinal Data of Children with Disabilities in the Early Head Start National Evaluation” to TKC Integration Services LLC, prime contractor to CDC, on August 16, 2007.

55. Susan Bashinski submitted a new, one year proposal “Family Decision Making – A Pilot Investigation re:  Family Experience with a Child with Deaf-Blindness and Cochlear Implant” to the Kansas City Area Life Science Institute on August 27, 2007.

56. David Lindeman submitted a new, one-year proposal “The Early Childhood Leadership Project:  A Collaboration with the Kansas Inservice Training System” to KsDE on August 28, 2007.

57. Steve Fawcett and Jerry Schultz submitted a new, five-year proposal “Implementing the Health for All Model with the Latino Community of Kansas City” to NCMHD on August 31, 2007.

58. Rachel Freeman submitted a one-year continuation “Preventing Violence-Building Health Schools” to KsDE on September 5, 2007.

59. Chris Smith submitted a new, nine-month proposal “Let Us Play Head Start:  Program Evaluation Proposal” to the National Head Start Association on September 7, 2007.

60. Ric Steele submitted his third-year continuation “Effectiveness of a Treatment for Pediatric Obesity” to HRSA on September 11, 2007.

61. Kathleen Baggett submitted her second-year continuation “Project Eagle Community Programs:  Healthy Families Wyandotte County” to KUMC, prime contractor to Wyandotte County, on September 12, 2007.

62. Rachel Freeman submitted a new, four-month proposal “School-wide Information System (SWIS) Facilitator Training for School-wide Positive Behavior” to KsDE on September 26, 2007.

63. Martha Blue-Banning submitted a new, three-year proposal “Project Whole Life:  An On-line, Multi-component Community of Practice for Whole-Life Transition Planning” to DE-OSERS-NIDRR’s Field Initiated Program on September 21, 2007.

63. Amanda Reichard submitted a new, three-year proposal “Development and Testing of Technology-based Training Program for Self-Advocacy of Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities” to DE-OSERS-NIDRR’s Field Initiated Program on September 21, 2007.
 
64. Debra Kamps, Linda Heitzman-Powell and Matthew Reese submitted three, three-year parallel proposals “Social-Communication Skills (SOCS) Intervention for Young Children with ASD” to the Department of Defense Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Program (Idea Development Awards) on September 25, 2007.

65. Dean Williams and Kathryn Saunders resubmitted their respective portions of an overall five-year program project “Translational Analyses of Chronic Aberrant Behavior Across the Life Span” to Kennedy Kreiger Institute, prime contractor to NICHD, on September 25, 2007.

66. Kathleen Baggett submitted her second-year continuation “Early Intervention and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders” to the University of Northern Colorado, prime contractor to Autism Speaks on September 30, 2007.

67. Mabel Rice, in collaboration with Shelly Smith at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, submitted her thirteenth-year continuation “Morphosyntactic Abilities of SLI Probands and Families” to NIDCD on October 1, 2007.

68. Stephen Fowler submitted his nineteenth-year continuation “Biophysical Study of Antipsychotics Behavioral Effects” to NIMH on October 1, 2007.

69. Debra Kamps, Linda Heitzman-Powell, Kathy Thiemann and Matthew Reese, in collaboration with Ilene Schwartz at the University of Washington, submitted a new, five-year proposal “On TraCK:  A Study of Peer Networks and Literacy Intervention to Improve Transition” to NICHD on October 5, 2007.

70. Steve Fawcett and Jerry Schultz submitted a new, ten-month proposal “Evaluation of Future HCF Healthy Lifestyles Grantees of an Online System for Participatory Evaluation” to the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City on October 9, 2007.

71. Kathleen Olson submitted her second-year continuation “Kansas College of Direct Support” to KsSRS on October 11, 2007.

72. John Colombo submitted a new, two-year RO3 proposal “Pupil Size and Circadian Salivary Variations in Autism Spectrum Disorders” to NIMH on October 16, 2007.

73. Linda Heitzman-Powell submitted a new, three-year R34 proposal “The Evaluation of a Manualized Intervention (Parent Child Intervention Therapy) on Problem Behaviors for Children with Autism” via the KUMCRI to NIMH on October 16, 2007.
 
74. Amy McCart submitted a new, three year subcontract proposal “Internet-based Fidelity Enhancement of School-base Mental Health Services:  Classroom Super Tech, via the Oregon Research Institute, prime contractor to NIMH on October 16, 2007.

75. Rachel Freeman submitted her seventh-year continuation “Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support” to KsSRS on October 17, 2007.

76. Gregory Madden and Steve Fowler submitted a new, two-year proposal “Effects of Acute and Chronic Pramipexole on Gambling Choices in Rats” to the Cambridge Health Alliance on October 19, 2007.

77. Judith Carta and Kathryn Bigelow submitted a new, one-year proposal “Using Wireless Technology to Enhance the Effectiveness of Child Health and Home Safety Interventions” to AT&T on October 19, 2007.

78. Nancy Hamilton resubmitted her three-year proposal “Fibromyalgia and Sleep Treatments” to NIAMS on October 23, 2007.

79. Chris Smith submitted a new, one-year proposal “Technical Assistance Services (Data Management and Mental Health Consultation) to SEK-CAP” to SEK-CAP on October 25, 2007.

80. Sara Sack submitted a new, one-year proposal “Assisting Medicaid Beneficiaries in Accessing Assistive Technology” to the Kansas Health Policy Authority on October 25, 2007.

81. Glen White and Michael Fox submitted a new, one-year proposal “The State of Readiness of Individual Preparedness for Evacuation and Sheltering of People with Disabilities” to the Natural Hazards Center, prime contractor to NSF, on October 26, 2007.

82. Steve Barlow submitted his seventh-year, subcontract progress report “Functional Outcomes to Cleft Lip Surgery” to UNC, prime contractor to NIDCR, on November 1, 2007.

Eight proposals, three subcontracts and five prime, were submitted to the DE-IES Education Research (84.305) and Special Education Research (84.324) on November 1, 2007.

83. Charles Greenwood and Judy Carta, in collaboration with the Ruth Kaminski at Dynamic Measurement Group, Howard Goldstein at Florida State University, and Scott McConnell at the University of Minnesota submitted a new, five-year center proposal “Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (CRTIEC)” to DE-IES on November 1, 2007.

84. Wayne Sailor in collaboration with Carolyn Aufdemorte at the Recovery School District in New Orleans, and Cynthia Anderson at the University of Oregon, submitted a new, four-year proposal “Systems-Level Response to Intervention:  Assessments for Implementation Fidelity” to DE-IES on November 1, 2007.

85. Debra Kamps, Linda Heitzman-Powell and Kathy Thiemann, in collaboration with Ilene Schwartz at the University of Washington, submitted a new, four-year proposal “Peer Networks Intervention:  Improving Social-Communication, Literacy and Adaptive Behaviors for Young Children with ASD” to DE-IES on November 1, 2007.

86. Debra Kamps submitted a new, four-year training proposal “Post-Doctoral Special Education Research Training in Urban Communities:  A Research to Practice Model” to DE-IES on November 1, 2007.

87. Hugh Catts and Diane Nielsen submitted a new, four-year proposal “Early Identification of Children with Reading Disabilities within an RTI Framework” to DE-IES on November 1, 2007.

88. Rachel Freeman submitted a new, three-year subcontract proposal “School-wide Positive Behavior Support Training for the State of Kansas Multi-tiered Systems of Support Model” to KsDE, prime contractor to DE-IES, on November 1, 2007.

89. Debra Kamps submitted a new, five-year subcontract proposal “Center for Secondary Intervention” to Lehigh University, prime contractor to DE-IES, on November 1, 2007.

90. Cheryl Utley submitted a new, three-year subcontract proposal “The Development of Response to Intervention in Sixth Grade:  Toward a Systematic Model for Literacy Development in Middle School” to San Diego State University, prime contractor to DE-IES, on November 1, 2007.

91. Joseph Donnelly, Bryan Smith and Ric Washburn resubmitted their, three-year subcontract proposal “Brain Function Predictors and Outcome of Weight Loss and Weight Loss Maintenance” to KUMCRI, prime contractor to NIH, on November 5, 2007.

92. Steven Barlow submitted his five-year renewal “Sensorimotor Control of the Human Orofacial System” to NIDCD on November 5, 2007.

93. Ed Auer submitted his four-year renewal “Perceptual Experience and Spoken Word Recognition” to NIDCD on November 5, 2007.

94. Gregory Madden, Linda Heitzman-Powell and Jay Buzhardt submitted a one-year preproposal "Contingency Management of Substance Use in Rural, Pregnant Women" to the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation on November 7, 2007.

Upcoming Submissions

95. Todd Little will resubmit his two-year subcontract proposal “Parenting in High-Risk Settings:  Longitudinal Associations with Youth Well Beings” to Johns Hopkins, prime contractor to NIH, on November 16, 2007.