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February 2003

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

Karen Henry, editor

The Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas

1052 Dole Human Development Center

1000 Sunnyside Avenue

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

LSI web site:



Life Span in the news

KUCR funding for 2003 NSF, NIH regional conferences

Seminars of interest

KU Interdisciplinary Informatics Seminars
Life Sciences Research Day
Center for Neurobiology and Immunology Research & Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Administration News & Announcements

Administration Employee Evaluations due March 28; Central Office Accounting now fully staffed

Research, Design & Analysis Upcoming RDA Brownbags; First RDA Summer Institute on Structural Equation Modeling

Human Resources Health Risk Appraisal Program appointments in March

Project Development February update

Communications LSI logo premiere; Dynamic translation software for LSI web sites; Reporting your international activities in Horizons

Life Span Institute in the News

Juniper Gardens’ Classwide Peer Tutoring featured on statewide radio program

Kids Teaching Kids was how KANU-FM reporter Bryan Thompson described Classwide Peer Tutoring (CWPT), in his Feb. 25th radio program at heard on ten public and commercial radio stations across the state. CWPT is an educational model developed , refined and adapted by several Juniper Gardens Children’s Project researchers over the last 30 years, most notably Charles Greenwood and Joseph Delquadri. Judy Carta, Cheryl Utley, Barbara Terry, Mary Abbott, Debra Kamps, and Carmen Arreaga-Mayer are other current Juniper Gardens researchers who have or are contributing to CWPT research.

CWPT is based on tutor-tutee pairs who switch off helping each other learn reading, spelling, and math. They also learn how to give constructive feedback and encouragement to each other. More than 1500 teachers and several thousands students in the Kansas City area and across the country have benefited from CWPT.

CWPT has been validated and replicated by other research group and has been the subject of more than 35 experimental evaluations. This body of work has shown that students at-risk and with mild disabilities acquire literacy skills at a faster rate, retain more of what they learn, and make greater advances in social competence when using CWPT compared to conventional instructional methods.

In 2001 Greenwood and Delquadri received the Division 25-American Psychological Association’s Fred S. Keller Award for distinguished contribution to the field of education for their development of CWPT.

KUCR funding for 2003 NSF, NIH regional conferences

KUCR will provide funding for early-bird registration plus $100 of verifiable expenses to any eligible researcher interested in attending one of the following conferences:

NSF Regional Conference: March 23-25, 2003 U. of New Mexico
NSF Regional Conference: November 2003 U. of Minnesota – Twin Cities NIH
Regional Conference: April 24-25, 2002 Stanford U.
NIH Regional Conference: June 11-12, 2002 U. of Maryland

For more information see or contact Angela Loving at 864-7472 or

Campus Seminars of Interest

KU Interdisciplinary Informatics Seminars

Thurs. March 13 4 p.m. Big 12 Room Kansas Union
Community Collaborations for Science, Engineering and Education: Living and Learning on the Grid — Thomas I. Prudhomme, Ph.D., Director, CyberCommunities Division, National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kansas City Area Life Sciences

Institute March 26-27
Second Annual Life Sciences Research Day
Registration or to submit an abstract:

The Center for Neurobiology and Immunology Research and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Friday, March 7, 2003, 3:30 p.m.
Simons Auditorium - Higuchi Biosciences Center 2099 Constant Avenue - West Campus
The Okinawa Centenarian Study: Highlights from a 25-year Population-Based Study of Exceptional Survivors
Bradley J. Willcox M.D., MSc, Co-Principal Investigator, Okinawa Centenarian Study Principal Investigator, Geriatrics, Pacific Health Research Institute, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Geriatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Hawaii

Administration News


Ed Zamarripa, Director of Finance & Administration

Annual Employee Evaluations Due March 28

We believe that a pool for merit raises will become available this year, but we are not certain. We also do not know what percentage will be available, if any. We want to be ready to proceed if it is approved. Therefore, supervisors need to do a written evaluation for each Institute employee regardless of the funding source of their salaries. You can use the evaluation form(s) that you have normally been using for this evaluation. The deadline for completing the evaluations and sending copies to me is March 28.

Next year, we will implement the new, standard LSI evaluation form. We will be sending out copies and instruction for 2003-04 evaluations in the coming weeks.

Central Office Accounting Fully Staffed

Jan Grady, Accounting Supervisor

Lily Yu will be joining the central office accounting staff on March 17 as an accountant II. This will bring the accounting staff up to full strength for the first time since May 2001. Welcome Lily!

Research Design & Analysis

Todd Little, Director, Research Design & Analysis

Upcoming RDA Brownbags

On Wednesday, March 26th, Todd Little will conduct a Brownbag presentation, On the Merits of Parceling Techniques and Their Many Uses in Multivariate Research, in Dole 1052. Space is limited so please contact Kandace Fleming ( to reserve a space.

On Friday, May 9th, Todd Little will conduct a Brownbag presentation, On the Merits of Orthogonolizing Powered and Interaction Terms: Implications for Latent Variable Interactions, in Dole 1052. Space is limited so please contact Kandace Fleming at to reserve a space.

First Annual RDA Summer Institute on Structural Equation Modeling

The RDA unit will conduct a week long summer institute on Structural Equation Modeling. Todd Little will teach the basics of SEM up through longitudinal and multiple-group SEM. The RDA team will provide hands on practice with the SEM software package LISREL. The Institute is tentatively scheduled for Friday August 4th to Tues. August 8th. The cost to attend the summer institute is $1200 with a 50 percent fee waiver with proof graduate student status. For more information and to reserve a spot (again, space is limited) contact Kandace Fleming at

Human Resources

Sherilyn LaDuke, Assistant Director, Human Resources

If you signed up to get a $120 annual deduction from your KU health premium back in October by agreeing to participate in Risk Screening and Health Risk Appraisal Program, March is the month to make your appointment. You should have gotten mail and email notifying you of this, but in case you didn’t the pertinent information from Human Resources follows:

If you have already scheduled or participated in your Health Screening appointment, or will be using data from your own physician, please ignore the following information.

During open enrollment for the 2003 plan year, you elected to participate in the State of Kansas Health Risk Screening and Health Risk Appraisal Program (HS/HRA) administered for the State of Kansas by MOST Healthcare Systems. You are currently receiving a $5 per semi-monthly ($120 a year) payroll deduction to your health premiums during Plan Year 2003 and it is now time to schedule your Health Screening (HS) appointment which is currently being held on the Lawrence campus.

The Health Screening Mobile Facility will be available on the Lawrence campus:

March 3 - 7 at the Kansas Union, in front of the building
March 10 - 14 at the Burge Union, west side of the Parking Lot 19
March 17 - 20 at the SRS main building, 1901 Delaware
March 26 - 28, 31 and April 1 at the Lied Center, west side of Parking Lot 300

To schedule an appointment please call toll-free 1-800-778-8889 (M-F between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.). You will need to provide your full name as it appears on your paycheck stub, home address, date of birth, daytime phone number, fax number (if available; do not use your departmental fax number without the prior authorization of your department) and the date and location where you want your appointment. If you experience a busy signal or lengthy hold time when trying to schedule your appointment, you can email or, with the authorization of your department in advance for using the fax machine, you may fax (1-856-795-6231) a request for a MOST Healthcare representative to contact you.

Your HS results will be mailed to your home address and will include a password. You will need that information and your State of Kansas employee ID to get on-line to complete the HRA questionnaire located at: (That ID number is located on the upper left hand corner of your paycheck stub in the field labeled “Empl. I.D.” or your departmental Personnel Related Staff member can assist you in obtaining that number.) For technical questions (problems with login/password/browser), please call Ken May at MOST healthcare, Inc. toll-free at 1-888-828-6678 ext 16, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CST.

If you have lab results from your physician and do not plan on participating in any portion of the HS, you will need your medical lab data and your State of Kansas employee ID to access the on-line HRA questionnaire. You will create a password when you enter the system. If you have received lab work from your physician, you can schedule an appointment to have only the percent body fat test performed at the mobile facility. Should you decide not to do the percent body fat test, it may affect your overall results.

The lab work and on-line HRA questionnaire must be completed by June 30, 2003. For additional information, please visit the HS/HRA website at That site contains the on-line HRA questionnaire. If you have questions, contact Staff Benefits by email, telephone 864-4946 or stop by Room 150, Carruth-O’Leary.

Project Development

Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

Past Submissions not previously reported

1. Dave Lindeman submitted a new one-year proposal “Kansas State Improvement Grant — Early Childhood Supplement” to the Kansas Department of Education on January 28, 2003.

2. Sara Sack submitted a new one-year proposal “Equipment Exchange: Increasing Access to Durable Medical Equipment” to the Kansas SRS on January 29, 2003.

3. John Colombo and Kathleen Kannass submitted a new three-year proposal “Zinc and Biobehavioral Development in Early Childhood” via prime contractor, Johns Hopkins, to NSF on February 1, 2003.

4. John Colombo and Todd Little, in collaboration with Patricia Hawley, Andrea Greenhoot, Eric Vernberg, Holly Storkel and Mabel Rice, submitted a new five-year proposal “Center Grant: University of Kansas Center for Developmental Sciences” to NSF on February 1, 2003.

5. Dennis Jacobsen, Joseph Donnelly, Rik Washburn, Mathew Mayo and Mary Hise-Brown submitted a new two-year proposal “Factors Associated with Successful Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance” to NIDDK on February 1, 2003.

6. Vincent Francisco and Stephen Fawcett submitted their second-year continuation “Center for Youth and Community Development for Juvenile Justice” to the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority on February 3, 2003.

7. Vincent Francisco, Stephen Fawcett and Jerry Schultz submitted a new one-year proposal “Supporting NSF’s Math Science Partnership Program Through an Integrated and Internet-Based System” to NSF on February 6, 2003.

8. Charles Greenwood and Jay Buzhardt submitted a new two-year proposal “Web-based Support for Assessing Children with/without Disabilities Ages Birth to 3: Tools for Early Identification and Monitoring of Intervention Results” to DE/OSERS/OSEP for their Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Students with Disabilities – Phase I – Development Projects on February 7, 2003.

9. Michael Wehmeyer and Sean Smith submitted a new two-year proposal “Promoting Access to the General Curriculum for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Using Palmtop PC-based and Audio Prompting and Self-Scheduling Programs” to DE/OSERS/OSEP for their Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Students with Disabilities – Phase II – Research on Effectiveness Projects on February 7, 2003.

10. Cheryl Utley, Paul Markham and Charlie Greenwood submitted a new four-year proposal “Preparation of Minority Leadership Personnel: Special Education Doctoral Training in Research – Validated Interventions with Culturally Linguistically Diverse Students with Mild Disabilities in Urban Classroom Settings” to DE/OSERS/OSEP for their Preparation of Leadership Personnel competition on February 7, 2003.

11. Rathe Karrer submitted a new two-year proposal “Neuromagnetic Brain Sources of Movement Preparatory Processes in Down Syndrome” to the National Down Syndrome Society on February 14, 2003.

12. Kathleen Baggett submitted a new three-year proposal “Applying Dyadic-Focused Assessment to Support Parent-Infant Interaction” to USDE/OSERS/OSEP for their Initial Career Awards competition on February 14, 2003.

13. Jane Wegner submitted a new five-year proposal “Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the Schools: Leadership and Access (ACTS) to USDE/OSERS/OSEP for their Preparation of Special Education, Related Serves and Early Intervention Personnel to Serve Infants, Toddlers and Children with Low-Incidence Disabilities” on February 14, 2003.

Four new DE/OSERS/OSEP Field Initiated Research Projects were submitted February 21, 2003:

14. Mary Abbott, Charles Greenwood and Debra Kamps submitted a new five-year proposal “Randomized, Experimental Efficacy Studies of the LAMP (Language Arts Multisensory Program): An Investigation of the Learning of Students “Unresponsive” to Most Forms of Literacy Instruction”;

15. Kathleen Baggett submitted a new three-year proposal “Applying Dyadic-Focused Assessment to Support Parent-Infant Interaction”;

16. Michael Wehmeyer and Susan Bashinski submitted a new three-year proposal “Ensuring Access to the General Education Curriculum for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Evaluating a Multi-Level Model”; and

17. Michael Wehmeyer and Susan Palmer submitted a new three-year proposal “The Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction: Evidence-Based Practice to Promote Self-Directed Learning and Access to the General Curriculum for Adolescents with Disabilities”.

18. Jane Wegner submitted her fourth-year Grant Performance Report “The Communication and Autism Project (CAP)” to DE/OSERS/OSEP on February 28, 2003.

Upcoming Submissions

1. Steven Barlow will submit his third-year non-competing continuation “Functional Outcomes of Cleft Lip Surgery” to the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, prime contractor to NIDCR, on March 1, 2003.

2. Nancy Brady and Steven Warren will resubmit a two-year proposal “Autism in Females: Communication, Language and Cognition” to NICHD on March 1, 2003.

3. Judith Carta, Jane Atwater and Jean Ann Summers submitted their third-year continuation application “Early Head Start Research Partnership Project” to HHS/ACF on March 1, 2003.

4. Susan Kemper will submit her five-year, competing continuation “Speech Accommodations by and to Older Adults” to NIA on March 1, 2003.

5. Kathryn Saunders will submit her fifth-year non-competing continuation “Interdisciplinary Research Training in MR/DD” to NICHD on March 1, 2003.

6. Holly Storkel will submit her fourth-year non-competing continuation “The Mental Lexicon in Language Acquisition” to NIDCD on March 1, 2003.

7. Steven Warren and Judith Carta will submit their third-year, non-competing continuation “Predicting and Preventing Neglect in Teen Mothers” to the University of Notre Dame, prime contractor to NICHD, on March 1, 2003.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Lesa Hoffman, mentored by Paul Atchley, received a new one and one-half year award for her proposal “Attention Orienting Deficits as a Predictor of Accident Risk in Older Drivers – a Doctoral Dissertation Award” from the State Farm Companies Foundation that began July 1, 2002.

2. Jean Ann Summers received an eight-month supplement to her ongoing proposal “Study of Low Income Fathers and Mothers of Newborn Babies Participating in the Early Head Start Evaluation” from Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. that began August 15, 2002.


Karen Henry, Communications Coordinator

LSI Logo

The Life Span Institute has a logo! An award-winning designer based in Nashville who designed Vanderbilt’s Kennedy Center logo designed our logo. We think the logo is simple, positive and human. Without further ado, the logo is at: Let me know if you would like to use the logo for PowerPoint presentations, etc., and I will give you the correct size and format.

Dynamic translation software for LSI web sites

Some of you have expressed the need for dynamic translation of your web sites. Indeed, our funding agencies seem to be moving in the direction or requiring that products and publications should be on the web and accessible to Spanish and other language speakers. Based on Jessica Black’s thorough research, we are honing in on Systran. Although imperfect, Systran appears to be the only game in town for on-the-fly translation of html-based web pages. Besides Spanish, we can choose five other languages including Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Russian. We can customize the translation by using terminology adapted to our website through a custom dictionary we create (up to 1000 terms) and 20 ready-to-use subject-specific dictionaries. The service can accommodate up to 50,000 web requests per year (we can upgrade if needed). This combined software/server solution would be very affordable by sharing the cost with LSI central and interested centers. Please contact me at if you would like to meet and discuss this further.

Your international activities in Horizons

You’ve probably already received the email below, but to reiterate, International Studies puts out a bi-annual newsletter on departmental, faculty and staff international activities. They want your input by Friday, March 14, 2003.

We are preparing the next issue of Horizons, the newsletter that reports on international activities at the University of Kansas. We would, again, like to include information (see below) from departments about:

1. Faculty and staff research activities, accomplishments (including publications), and work abroad that are international in nature; and

2. Visiting international scholars in your department (not already reported to us earlier).

All information should pertain to events that have taken place (or will take place) since October 2002. We will distribute electronically to about 1,000 people on campus and another 600 around the country and overseas, including many alumni. In addition, we will distribute about 800 print copies off campus and overseas.

Lest you think you are only reporting faculty and staff activity to others on campus, Horizons also goes to our local, state, and federal representatives as well as key people in the state, region, and nation and also to business community and media outlets. Horizons also is loaded onto our Web site: I believe that Horizons is viewed as a valuable record of how active KU faculty, staff, and programs are in the international arena.

How to Submit Information
You may submit information in one of three ways. Fill in the information below and send just that portion by:
1. E-mail to Nancy Huckeba at
2. Fax to 864-4555, or
3. Campus Mail the information to Nancy Huckeba, International Programs (300 Strong Hall).

Please submit the following information by Friday, March 14, 2003. Thanks so much for your help on this.
Faculty/Staff & Departmental International Activities Information
Office of International Programs, University of Kansas, 300 Strong Hall, 864-6161
Horizons-Spring 2003 Issue


Information provided may be included in the Spring 2003 issue of Horizons: News & Information on International Activities at KU. Please provide complete information. For examples from past issues, see If you use special characters or accents, faxing a hard copy would be appreciated. You may also send the information as an attached Word document. Deadline: Friday, March 14.

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