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December 2001 / January 2002

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


· Reorganization of LSI Technology Services Janet Marquis

· Technology Task Force Report - Meetings with technical professionals, investigators set Charles Greenwood

· Research Design and Analysis Director Search - Janet Marquis

· Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (formerly University Affiliated Program) Director Candidates Presentations

· Research and Training Center on Independent Living - Changing of the Guard Reception Feb. 8

· Mabel Rice, Betty Bunce, to be featured on KANU-FM 91.5-Lawrence

· Guidelines for Reporting and Writing About People With Disabilities - Sixth Edition

· Institutional Improvement Plan Karen Henry

· One of first group of Ford Fellows from Vietnam joins RTC-IL as graduate student

· Gerontology Student Kudos

· New Name: CDU (Child Development Unit) at KUMC is now officially (as of December 1) the Developmental Disabilities Center

· Administration News

Reorganization of LSI Technology Services

Janet Marquis, Director, Research Design and Analysis

As many of you know, the Life Span Institute is in the process of restructuring its information technology resources. A guiding influence in this process is/will be the recommendations put forth by the Technology Task Force, which was appointed by Steve Warren in April 2001 and is headed by Charlie Greenwood. The Task Force has been examining the computer and media services of the LSI and its draft report contains many interesting and exciting ideas for meeting the technology and media needs of the Institute.

Associates of the Institute will have several opportunities in February to provide input and comment on the plan before the final report is presented in April. I urge all of you to take advantage of that opportunity. For more on the Technology Task Force, see Charlie’s update in this newsletter.

Another step in the restructuring process is my appointment as the Interim Director of technology support services. I have agreed to serve in this capacity for a limited period of time (2 years or less). During this interim period I wish to concentrate our attention on several issues: (1) The technology services that are absolutely crucial to the success of the LSI—what are the crucial services, and how are we doing in providing them? (2) The organizational structure for delivering technology services, (3) The financial basis for funding technology services, and (4) The best ways to ensure that the LSI is on the “cutting edge” of technology.

First, we need to be certain that we offer all the technology services that are needed for meeting the mission of the LSI and that the services are of the highest quality. At the same time, we need to be certain that our resources are not squandered on services that have limited usefulness. Second, we need to develop an organizational structure that is both responsive and efficient in meeting the technology needs at all sites. We need to coordinate across all our sites and across the different types of information services so that efforts are not needlessly duplicated, either within or across sites. Third, we need to develop a sound fiscal basis for technology services with policies and procedures that are consistent with the requirements of our funding agencies and also the University. Within these constraints, we want to be proactive in planning to meet future needs, rather than scrambling to meet current needs. Fourth, we need to have some means of assuring that we are “ahead of the curve” for new technology either by providing ample opportunities for staff development or by having staff with responsibilities for investigating and making contributions in new technology.

To address these issues, I will be seeking input from all of you in a number of ways. I firmly believe that service organizations cannot be effective without input from the users of those services. To ensure that we receive such input on a regular basis, I anticipate having at least two user advisory committees: one devoted to policy issues (who has access, who has priority, who pays how much, etc.) and one devoted to technical issues. In addition, we will have other open discussion sessions on an as-needed basis. And, of course, I welcome any opportunities to discuss these issues with you individually or in smaller, informal groups. If you would like to be actively involved in working on these issues, please contact me (864-5630 or

Lastly, I’d like to summarize for you the current contact persons for various LSI technology services on the Lawrence campus. In order to balance workloads appropriately, I would appreciate it if you would contact me directly for any new projects (except posters) or for site planning for grants. Also, Davida Sears and Darwin Eakins have accepted responsibility for developing databases and creating the connections between the databases and the web sites that access the information. When they have completed training and some web projects currently underway for the MRDDRC grant and the central office, they will be available to assist users with interactive web projects. In the meantime, these are the persons to contact for specific problems or information.

LSI Technology Services on the Lawrence Campus

Network or computer hardware problems:
Gerald Hazen


Edith Bond

Computer or computer-related purchases:
Edith Bond

Graphics, scanning, PowerPoint, posters, etc:
Chris Lorenzen

LSI Web server problems:
Darwin Eakins

Scannable forms, Web data collection:
Mansour Salami

Software problems: Although we do have expertise in some software packages, your best bet is the Academic Computing Services help desk at 864-0200. The Help Center is staffed Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Also see and for more details.

Other LSI Technical or Information Services

Communications-LSI Web Site:
Karen Henry

Media Services:
Steve Mills
(620) 421-6550

Biobehavioral Measurement:
Troy Zarcone
785 864-0743

Research Design, Data Analysis:
Janet Marquis
785 864-0561

Update on Technology Task Force Activities

Charles Greenwood, Director, Juniper Gardens Children's' Project, LSI Technology Task Force Chair

This spring the task force (Karen Henry, Janet Marquis, Steve Mills, Cindy Roberts,Davida Sears, Dean Williams, Troy Zarcone),will meet in separate meetings with the LSI's technical staff and its PI's/Directors in order to include their input in a plan for the future directions of the LSI's technology and media services.

We are seeking input on a draft strategic plan as well discussion of issues contained in the plan, including desired/better services, and alternatives for strengthening and better funding LSI's technology and media services.

Thus, on Monday, February 11, noon to 3:30, we are convening in Lawrence the meeting of the LSI's technical professionals in Room 2050 Dole.

Shortly, thereafter we will host several opportunities for PI's/Directors and administrative staff to comment on the draft plan. The Lawrence meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 at noon to 1:30. Location to follow. The other site meetings will be announced soon.

Building on the earlier CAU/Communications surveys, we will seek additional survey input to capture new information, prior to completing recommendations to Steve Warren by April 15th.

Research Design and Analysis Director Search

Janet Marquis, Director, Research Design and Analysis

During the first two weeks of the coming semester, four candidates for the joint position of Director, Research Design and Analysis Unit in the Life Span Institute and Professor, Quantitative Program, Department of Psychology will be interviewing on campus. The four interviewees and their dates on campus are given below.

January 22-23
Scott Hoffer
Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies; Center for Developmental and Health Genetics, Penn State University

Job Talk:
January 23
547 Fraser

Research Interests:
Individual Differences in Lifespan Development and Aging, Structure and Measurement of Personality and Cognitive Capabilities, Multivariate methodology—Longitudinal Design and Analysis, Treatment of Incomplete Data, Analysis of Genetically Informative Data

January 24-25
Todd Little
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Yale University

Job Talk:
January 25
547 Fraser

Research Interests:
Statistics and Methodology—Modeling Individual, Group, and Developmental Differences, General Structural Equation Modeling Techniques, Construct Validation, Developmental Psychology—Action Control Processes, Motivation, School, Achievement, Self-regulation

January 29-30
Tenko Raykov
Professor, Department of Psychology, Fordham University

Job Talk:
January 30
547 Fraser

Research Interests:
Statistical and Mathematical Modeling in Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences Psychometric Theories, Measurement, Scale Development, Developmental Psychology, Aging, Intelligence, Psychological Gerontology

Jan. 31-Feb. 1
Daniel Russell
Professor, Departments of Psychology and Statistics; Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, Iowa State University

Job Talk:
January 31
547 Fraser

Research Interests:
Statistics and Methodology—Treatment of Incomplete Data, Multilevel Regression Techniques, Structural Equation Modeling, Psychology of Aging, Social Support

If you would like to meet with any of these candidates while they are visiting, please let me know. Also, I hope that many of you will attend their job talks. This is an important position for the Institute, and we need to find a candidate whose interests and philosophies of research are compatible with ours. Your feedback on the candidates is welcomed.

KUCDD Director Candidate Presentations

Richard Roberts, Director and Professor, Early Interventions Research Institute at Utah State University, will give a presentation , What It Takes: Partnering with Families to Support Community Quality Improvement Efforts at 4 p.m., Thursday, January 17 in 2092 Dole.

Michael Wehmeyer, Associate Director of the Beach Center for Disability and Associate Professor, Special Education, University of Kansas, will make a presentation (title TBA) at 4 p.m., Thursday, January 24, in 2092 Dole.

RTC-IL "Changing of the Guard" February 8 Reception

The Research Training Center on Independent Living will honor Director Emeritus and Founder Jim Budde's 21 years of service and welcome Glen White as its new Director on February 8, noon until 2:30 p.m. at the Bruckmiller Room at the Adams Alumni Center. R.S.V.P. by February 1 to or 785 864-4095.

Mabel Rice, Betty Bunce featured on Kansas Kids Health

Mabel Rice, Director of the Child Language Doctoral Program, and Betty Bunce, Director of the Language Acquisitions Preschool, will be featured on an upcoming segment of the award-winning radio program, Kansas Kids Health, discussing Specific Language Impairment in children. Rice is the co-developer of the first test to diagnose the disorder that is often missed with traditional testing (see Bunce directs the classroom-based speech and language program for children with SLI. Parents of children with SLI were also interviewed. The program is scheduled to air locally on KANU-FM 91.5 on Monday, January 21, at 6:40 and 8:40 a.m. The program is also available at and airs statewide on several other stations.

RTC-IL publishes Sixth Edition of Guidelines for Reporting and Writing about People with Disabilities

The Research Training Center on Independent Living has published its 6th edition its widely used and highly respected Guidelines. Previous editions have sold well over a million copies and are cited by the Associated Press as a standard reference for writing about people with disabilities. Copies of the Guidelines and a related (very gorgeous, by the way) poster are available for purchase by contacting: or at

Institutional Improvement Plan

Karen Henry, Communications Coordinator

I will be contacting every Center in the next month to respond to the University's Quality Performance Grant Program Institutional Improvement Plan (due March 15). This Plan emanates from Senate Bill 345, the Higher Education Reform Act of 1999, as a mechanism for state funding based on progress toward institutional improvement goals. While this funding seems remote in today's budget climate, the Provost is moving ahead on this. LSI is responsible for demonstrating public service to children and families. Specifically, the goal of expanding research and scholarship focused on children and families and disseminating information to "foster an environment in Kansas that makes the state one of the best places in the nation to raise a child."

The stated measure of progress toward this goal is to, "inventory current processes that provide research findings and information on best practices to families, schools, and agencies."

Steve Warren and I, as well as Steve Schroeder and Davida Sears, discussed how to best determine what constitutes research dissemination, which we have defined broadly to include clinics, training, research participation, and public education/outreach efforts. We have begun to identify those projects that demonstrate "best practice" in this regard, as well as quantitative sources such as the UAP database.

This will not be as exhaustive as it sounds, but we think that this exercise will be useful for the Institute and affiliated Centers for many other outreach, reporting, and grant application needs.

Your thoughts and input are very welcome.

Vietnamese Ford Fellow joins RTC-IL

Karen Henry, Communications Coordinator

Hoang-Yen Thi Vo, one of the first three individuals from Vietnam awarded the prestigious Ford Fellowship, which supports fellows in advanced degree programs at any university in the world, chose to join HDFL Professor and RTC-IL Director Glen White's research group. Yen chose the RTC-IL group because of its reputation as a leading center for policy, behavioral, and group research in support of achieving the full participation and independence of people with disabilities. Yen is one of the founders of the first organizations for people with disabilities in Vietnam, in a political and social climate that is unfavorable for NGOs (non-governmental organizations) of any kind. Her goal is to return to Vietnam as social scientist to teach the methods of research-based public policy change and more fundamentally, to bring Vietnam the benefits of the full participation of its citizens with disabilities.

Student Kudos

Kristine Williams, the first graduate of the Gerontology doctoral program, was awarded the American Society on Aging's 2002 Graduate Student Research Award for a report based on her dissertation work in improving communication between nursing home residents and staff, Improving Communication in the Nursing Home: An Intervention to Reduce Elder Speak. Kristine's work reflects the interests of both her co-authors and advisors, Susan Kemper, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and LSI senior scientist, and Mary Lee Hummert, Graduate Advisor of Gerontology Center and Associate Professor of Communication Studies. Williams is now Assistant Professor of Nursing at KUMC.

Beth Ann Dorse-Nolan, another Gerontology doctoral student, was awarded the Doctor Laytin and Verna Camien Scholarship for the spring 2002 semester. Beth, selected from a group of graduate students, received the only award given this year.

Administration News

Project Development

Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

Past Submissions not Previously Reported

1. Steve Mills, Chris Smith and Rachel Freeman submitted a new two-year proposal “Kansas Institute for Positive Behavioral Support: Professional Development Embedded into Classroom Pedagogy” to the USDE/OSERS/OSEP competition CFDA# 84.327A – Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Students with Disabilities (Phase I) on December 7, 2001.

2. Michael Wehmeyer submitted a new three-year proposal “Promoting Inclusion and Access to General Education for Students with Severe Disabilities through Student-Directed Learning Strategies” via the University of Iowa (prime contractor) to the USDE/OSERS/OSEP competition CFDA# 84.324R – Outreach Projects for Children with Disabilities on December 12, 2001.

3. Glen White submitted his fourth-year competing continuation application “State Capacity Building: Assessing Health Outcomes of Recipients of the Physical Disability Waiver Program” to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on December 19, 2001.

4. Betsy Santelli assisted Agnes Johnson (Special Kids, Inc.) and Yvonne Link (Parent to Parent Power) in submitting proposals to the USDE/OSERS/OSEP competition CFDA# 84.328C – Community Parent Resource Centers on December 21, 2001.

5. Ann and Rud Turnbull submitted a four-year training proposal “Systems Enhancement Leadership – Low Incidence” via the Department of Special Education to the USDE/OSERS/OSEP competition CFDA 84.325D – Preparation of Leadership Personnel on December 4, 2002.

6. Kathleen Olson submitted a new one-year proposal “The National Service and Community Inclusion Project” to Boston Children’s Hospital on January 11, 2002.

Upcoming Submissions

1. Diane Loeb will submit a new four-year proposal “Project HEARTLAND UNIVERSITY – A Personnel Preparation Program Aimed at Training Minority Speech-Language Pathologists and Increasing the Cultural Competence of Speech Language Pathologists” to the USDE/OSERS/OSEP competition CFDA# 84.325H – Improving the Preparation of Personnel to Serve Children with High-Incidence Disabilities on January 18, 2002.

February 1st submissions will be reported in the next issue of the LifeLine.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Judith Carta received a new one-year award “Metro-Wide Compensation Pilot Project Evaluation” from the Mid-America Regional Council that began July 1, 2001.

2. Mabel Rice received a new five-year award “Diagnosis of Developmental Language Impairment” from the University of Iowa that began August 1, 2001.

3. Debra Kamps, Charles Greenwood, Carmen Arreaga-Mayer, Mary Abbott and Cheryl Utley received a new five-year award “Center for Early Intervention in Reading and Behavior to Improve the Performance of Young Children from USDE/OSERS/OSEP that began October 1, 2001.

4. Pam Cress received a new one-year award “Great Plains Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center from the University of Missouri-Columbia that began October 1, 2001.

5. Dale Walker received a new one-year award “Preventing Child Maltreatment through a Skill-Based Intervention with Adolescent Parents in the Community” from the Coronyn Foundation that began October 15, 2001.

6. Gwen Beegle received a new four-year award “Steps to Success: A Whole School Model to Enhance Learning through Partnerships” from the Kansas City, Kansas School District (USD #500) that began October 1, 2001.

7. Betty Horton received a new one-year award “SEEM School Approach with New Chelsea Elementary” from New Chelsea Elementary that began November 1, 2001.

Communications Karen Henry, Communications Coordinator

Surveys - I've gotten about a 10 percent return rate on the surveys of your communication needs that I distributed at the all-hands meeting last month and sent out via email later. The old hands here tell me that is not a bad rate of return, but I know we can do better! The survey is critical to the LSI communications/outreach/public information effort because I need to know if, for example, I can call on you to comment on a disability issue in the news, or offer you as an expert when reporters contact us. For example, I was able to refer John Colombo to Parenting Magazine because of his work in infant communication. Your answers to the survey will also tell if you just don't want to be bothered in this regard - or in what cases you do. So --- I'll be sending out the surveys to those of you I haven't heard from very soon.

Guide to Services - The MRDDRC Guide was shelved temporarily reflecting the reorganization of technical services and the holidays, but it is now in final draft. I have circulated sections to Core directors before wider distribution. Look for it very soon. Once we have consensus on this Guide, the LSI Guide will go more quickly. We'll also be updating the online versions of these soon. The Guide should be useful for recruiting new investigators as well as a quick reference for existing Center scientists.

Human Resources Sherilyn LaDuke, Acting Assistant Director for Personnel Services


Next Monday, Martin Luther King's birthday is an official state holiday for all employees, classified and unclassified alike.

IRS Tax Tables

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued new Federal Tax Withholding tables effective 1/1/02 as well as a new Earned Income Credit (EIC) percentage tables. We encourage employees to evaluate their withholding status and make any necessary changes to forms W-4 and W-5 (EIC). The payroll office can supply these tax forms, but you should work with your tax consultant regarding your individual tax withholding status.

Front Office Cindy Roberts, Program Assistant

The survey is only for the next two weeks and will be done with our area by the 25th of this month.

Fixed Equipment Survey (from Jennifer Hanson, Director, Fiscal Management & Systems Office of the Comptroller)

In preparation of the University’s Facilities and Administrative Rate Proposal, the Office of the Comptroller is in the process of surveying "fixed equipment," e.g., casework, fume hoods, lab benches, sinks, etc., in various buildings on campus. The survey is being conducted by Hirons and Associates. They will be examining research rooms to determine the amount of fixed equipment. Please note that this task is not a substitute for the space survey or moveable equipment inventory that will be conducted this spring.

The fixed equipment survey is visual in nature (the surveyors are instructed not to touch anything) and should not disrupt research, administrative, or academic activities. The surveyors will be issued keys to your spaces for a limited amount of time. The survey will take place from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from January 14 through January 25, 2002.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the survey or access to your space, please feel free to contact Beth Ridenour at 864-3157, or Steve Seawall at 864-3261, both in the Comptroller’s Office. Also, please feel free to contact Greg Sheahan or Josh Hirons of Hirons and Associates at (314) 369-6057.

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