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December 2003 / January 2004

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

Karen Henry, editor kahenry@ku.edu

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Contents

Nancy Brady, Susan Bashinksi and Joan Houghton awarded $1.25 million intervention grant to adapt Prelinguistic Milieu Training for deaf/blind children with cognitive disabilities

Sara Sack to serve on U.S. Senate working committee considering the Assistive Technology Act

Mabel Rice; Dot Nary named KU Women of Distinction

Parsons-based Media Services Changes Name and Mission

RDA workshop on analyzing developmental trajectories set for February 12 and 13

Language to Literacy Seminar Series continues with Robin Morris; Susan Landry to be rescheduled

Fourth Annual Summer Institute on Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral and Social Interventions

Merrill Conference on modeling developmental processes in ecological context

New management team at KAPS

Life Span in the news

Honors, Publications, Presentations, Testimony, Honors, Addresses, Appointments

Central Office News & Announcements

Nancy Brady, Susan Bashinksi and Joan Houghton awarded $1.25 million intervention grant to adapt Prelinguistic Milieu Training for deaf/blind children with cognitive disabilities

Researchers at the University of Kansas Life Span Institute will adapt and test a communication strategy for children who have both deaf-blindness and cognitive disabilities with a $1.25 million Department of Education grant.

“Children with deaf-blindness often have little or no communication—no way to control their world,” said Research Assistant Professor Susan Bashinski, who will co-direct the five-year study with Associate Research Professor Nancy Brady.

An individual may be considered as having deaf-blindness even if he or she has some limited function in hearing and vision abilities that cannot be corrected to normal limits.

Deaf-blindness is rare, with only about 12,000 children and youth affected nationwide, and in Kansas, about 134. Children who have both deaf-blindness and cognitive disabilities are even more rare, and are among those most in need of research-validated treatments, according to Bashinski.

Bashinski and Brady, along with Project Coordinator Joan Houghton, are the team of researchers who will adapt a communication strategy called Prelinguistic Milieu Training (PMT). PMT was developed to improve the communication of children with cognitive disabilities by Life Span Institute Director Steven Warren and Vanderbilt University Professor Paul Yoder beginning in the early 1990s.

PMT emulates what typically developing babies do—such as grabbing, pointing, and touching—to begin the exchange with others that is the beginning of intentional communication, Brady explained.

This stage in a child’s development of nonsymbolic communication typically occurs before symbolic communication with pictures, letters or objects.

“Physical therapists would never try to teach a child how to walk if she or he hadn’t sat up yet,” Brady pointed out, but speech clinicians often try to teach a child with deaf-blindness and cognitive disabilities to communicate using Braille or sign language even if they aren’t gesturing.”

In PMT, the adult follows the child’s lead in an activity that a child enjoys such as rocking on a toy horse, then looks for cues that the child wants to continue the activity such as a rocking gesture, Brady explained. “Eventually the child may learn to request the activity by producing the gesture.”

The Brady-Bashinski study will adapt PMT for children who are deaf-blind by relying more on hand-under-hand support and touch and object cues.

“We might give a child a card with a piece of rubber tread on it that she could use to ask for a ride in a tire swing, or a backpack strap could be used to signal that it was time to go home,” Bashinski explained. “Such textural and object cues can be critically important communication elements for children with deaf-blindness.”

Twenty-seven children, ages 3 to 7 years of age, will be recruited, beginning with eighteen in northeast Kansas. The study will be replicated in the Wichita area with three children and with six children in Indiana through collaboration with Indiana State University. Although by most standards this is a small sample, it is large for a study of children with deaf-blindness, Brady said.

If the adapted PMT is effective, the researchers will disseminate the results to teachers and clinicians through conferences, technical assistance and publications.

Sara Sack to serve on U.S. Senate working committee considering Assistive Technology Act

Sara Sack, LSI associate research professor, was invited to serve on the working committee with U.S. Senate members that will advise the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee as it considers the continued funding of the Assistive Technology Act. The working committee will be lead by Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), who chairs the HELP Committee.

Sack was the lead presenter in support of the continuation of the Technology Act before the HELP Committee on Dec. 11 and Jan. 15. The Technology Act grants, which fund several Kansas assistive technology programs, are scheduled to sunset this year.

The testimony was related to legislation that the HELP committee will draft and introduce later this year. The legislation will need to be approved by the Senate and the House.

According to Chuck Spellman, co-director with Sara of the Assistive Technology for Kansans Project, she ”blew them away.” According to Chuck, a committee member with years of experience commented that the presentation was the most compelling she had ever heard and the scheduled two-hour session stretched to three and half hours.

Sara made a compelling case for stable, adequate funding of assistive technology programs by citing Kansans who resumed farming and other occupations or who became or regained the ability to live independently with assistive technology.

Sack also directs Community-Integrated Personal Attendant Services and Supports, the Kansas AgrAbility Program and the Durable Medical Equipment Exchange Program for the Life Span Institute at KU.

Mabel Rice and Dot Nary named KU Women of Distinction

Mabel Rice, Fred and Virginia Merrill Distinguished Professor of Advanced Studies, and director of three Life Span Institute centers, and Dorothy (Dot) Nary, training director and project coordinator at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTCIL), were two of only 25 KU faculty, staff, students, and alumni who were featured in a poster-sized calendar, the KU Women of Distinction, released January 23 by the University.

The KU women of distinction were selected by KU’s Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center after nominations from the KU and the Lawrence communities. The calendar celebrates both the personal accomplishments of the 25 women and milestones in KU’s support of women’s accomplishments.

Rice, who directs the Child Language Doctoral Program, the Merrill Advanced Studies Center, and the Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communications Disorders Center, was one of only three faculty members selected. The calendar notes that Rice is Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as well as a Haydn Williams Fellow at Curtin University (Western Australia) and a Japan Society Fellow at Sophia University (Tokyo).

Nary, who is a doctoral candidate in the HDFL department, as well as the RTCIL training director, is cited for her community and professional leadership in health promotion for people with disabilities, including recent awards from the American Public Health Association and Independence, Inc.

The women were honored at reception on January 29 at the Kansas Union, and were introduced at the KU Women's basketball game on January 31. The posters were distributed at the game and at the Kansas Union.

Media Services Changes Name and Mission

Beginning January 1, 2004, Media Services changed its name to the LSI Media Laboratory to correspond to a new mission. Media Services has traditionally occupied a unique position within the ranks of the Life Span Institute providing services related to graphic arts and video production. Because the realm of information and multimedia technologies is rapidly evolving, the focus of the new Media Laboratory will be research and application of digital technologies to enhance the lives of people with disabilities, augment teaching and learning in the classroom, and communicate and express ideas. The LSI Media Laboratory will support research and development in information, communication, and publishing technologies.

Located on the Parsons campus of the Life Span Institute, the LSI Media Laboratory has a 40-year history of film, videotape, and print media production in conjunction with grant-supported projects. The LSI Media Laboratory is the location of a state-of-the-art facility for the production of video and print materials, closed captioning, multimedia production, video conferencing and distance learning, and a television and film studio. Modern production equipment and software tools are used for the production of electronic media, graphic arts, and Web sites. Existing services include digital photography, digital video recording and editing, closed captioning, and Web page development.

The Media Lab will provide a unique environment for exploring and developing applications using digital technologies and multimedia. Research conducted by the Media Lab will include the use of information and communication technologies in classrooms, planning and evaluation of technology and innovative programs, development and evaluation of online learning applications, Web accessibility, and assistive technologies including video captioning and description. These ventures supported by collaborations with other programs and projects within the Life Span Institute and the University of Kansas will broaden the Media Lab research community.

The Media Lab will continue to provide design, development, and technical support for Institute, University, and external programs and projects including technology planning and evaluation, Web site design and development, graphic design and layout, video production, and captioning.

For more information about the Media Lab, contact Dr. Steve Mills, Director of the LSI Media Laboratory, at stevem@ku.edu or browse the Media Lab Web site at http://media.lsi.ku.edu.

RDA workshop on analyzing developmental trajectories set for February 12 and 13

The LSI Research Design & Analysis unit will be sponsoring a two-day workshop titled "Analyzing Developmental Trajectories" that will be conducted by Daniel Nagin from Carnegie Mellon University on February 12 and 13.

A developmental trajectory describes the course of a behavior over age or time. It is semi-parametric, group-based method for analyzing developmental trajectories that is described in a Psychological Methods article (Nagin, 1999, 4:139-157). This technique has four important capabilities:

-to identify rather than assume distinctive groups of trajectories
-to estimate the proportion of the population following each trajectory group
-to relate group membership probability to individual characteristics and circumstances
-to use group membership probabilities to create profiles of group members

Dr. Nagin will also provide training on adding time-varying covariates to trajectory models and estimating joint trajectory models of related behaviors. These techniques are especially useful in addressing issues of comorbidity. The workshop will include both lecture and hands-on computer experiences.

A registration form with more details will be forthcoming.

If you have questions about this workshop, you can contact Kandace Fleming at kfleming@ku.edu.

Language to Literacy seminar series continues with Robin Morris; Susan Landry to be rescheduled

The next in speaker in the Language to Lecture seminar series will be Professor Robin Morris from the Department of Psychology, Georgia State University in Atlanta. Morris is known for his work in neuroimaging and evaluation of reading disabilities and interventions for a wide variety of learners including nonspeaking children and children with a range of other disabilities. He recently was appointed to the President's Council on Literacy. His lecture is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, in the Alderson Auditorium of the Kansas Union.

Please contact Karen Henry at kahenry@ku.edu if you would like to schedule an individual or small group meeting with Dr. Morris on the morning of the 19th.

Professor Susan Landry’s lecture, originally scheduled for Jan. 26 but cancelled due to the weather, will be rescheduled for this spring.

The Kansas Colloquia on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities is sponsored by the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, 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 KU Center on Developmental Disabilities.

Fourth Annual Summer Institute on Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral and Social Interventions

When: July 11 - 23, 2004
Where: Airlie Conference Center, Virginia
Who: Organized by Columbia University and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine with guidance and support from the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
(http://obssr.od.nih.gov)
Application Due Date: February 27, 2004

OBJECTIVE: to provide a thorough grounding in the conduct of randomized clinical trials to researchers and health professionals interested in developing competence in the planning, design, and execution of clinical trials involving behavioral or social interventions.

The CURRICULUM will:
· Describe the principles underlying the conduct of unbiased clinical trials.
· Contrast biomedical vs. Behavioral interventions in the context of RCTs.
· Evaluate and interpret critically the literature on RCTs for behavioral interventions.
· Contrast and evaluate alternative research designs in terms of their appropriateness.
· Contrast and evaluate methods for monitoring, coordinating, and conducting RCTs.
· Design a specific research proposal in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team.
FACULTY: Faculty will consist of leading authorities in their fields, with extensive prior experience in the conduct of major clinical trials, with specializations in psychology, behavioral medicine, psychosomatic medicine, gerontology, oncology, cardiovascular diseases, statistics, clinical trials, and other areas.

STUDENTS: Priority will be given to individuals who already have their PhD or MD (or equivalent degrees) and have at least two years of subsequent research experience. Applicants should not yet have achieved a tenured position at their institution. Beyond these eligibility criteria we are seeking researchers who have demonstrated research potential and experience and who will clearly benefit from behavioral randomized controlled trial training.
Further, those who have extensive research experience will only be considered after more junior investigators have been evaluated. Preference is also given to individuals who are not employees of NIH. While we will consider and may even accept "exceptional" applicants who do not meet these criteria, priority will go to those who do.
Due to the limited number of spaces in the course, applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status). Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in this activity, please include this information with your application at least 60 business days before the course begins. A request for disability-related reasonable accommodation will not influence the selection process!

COSTS: The Office of Behavioral Sciences Research, NIH, will pay for travel to and from the Summer Institute site, room and board, and for course materials. There are no additional fees. Family members may accompany participants at their own costs.

APPLICATIONS Due February 27, 2004: The application form and instructions are posted at http://obssr.od.nih.gov/Conf_Wkshp/rct/RCT_Info.htm or may be obtained from:
Ms. Michaela Shank
Department of General Medicine
Columbia University
622 W. 168th Street, PH9-947
New York, NY 10032
E-mail: mds2114@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 342-4494

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Compete information, including the Frequently Asked Questions (and answers), is available at http://obssr.od.nih.gov/Conf_Wkshp/rct/RCT_Info.htm.

Merrill Conference on modeling developmental processes in ecological context

The next Merrill Advanced Studies Center invitational conference will be, Modeling Developmental Processes In Ecological Context. The conference is sponsored by the Merrill Center, the National Science Foundation and the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology and organized by: Todd Little, LSI RDA director, Janet Marquis, RDA co-director and James Bovaird, LSI graduate research assistant.

The March conferees are innovators in developmental psychology, methods and statistics. They will address key issues surrounding ecological factors that function as predictors, mediators, and/or moderators of various change models. Participant profiles will soon be available on the Merrill web site at http://merrill.ku.edu/conferences/2004Methods.html.

Like previous Merrill conferences, the conference will produce an edited volume for the Merrill science series. Visit the Merrill web site to see other books in the Merrill science series: http://merrill.ku.edu/publications/science_intro.html.

New Management Team at KAPS

Rocky Nichols, Executive Director of the Kansas Advocacy & Protective Services (KAPS) announced the hiring of a new leadership team at KAPS:

KAPS is a public interest legal advocacy agency, part of the national network of federally mandated and funded protection and advocacy systems, legally empowered to provide "disability rights advocacy" for Kansans with disabilities. As such, KAPS is the officially designated protection and advocacy organization for Kansans with disabilities. KAPS is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, independent of both state government and disability service providers. For more information, call 1-877-776-1541 or go to, http://www.ksadv.org.

Litigation Director - Kirk Lowry
Fiscal Officer - Debbie White
Advocacy Director - Tim Vote
Director of Policy, Communication and Outreach - Michael Donnelly

A short bio of each member of the new KAPS Leadership Team follows:

Kirk Lowry, J.D. - Litigation Director - Kirk is a licensed attorney and a 1987 graduate of Washburn University School of Law. He was in private practice from 1987 to 2000. He is a past president of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Lowry was an adjunct professor of law at Washburn Law School. He has tried many significant cases for persons with disabilities in state and federal court in Kansas. In 1999, Kirk represented a plaintiff with a disability in Murphy v. UPS, an ADA case, in the United States Supreme Court. He has argued and won both sovereign immunity and Ex parte Young cases in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, important wins for persons with disabilities. From 2000 to 2003, Kirk was the attorney for the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, where he represented numerous persons with disabilities in legal rights cases.

Debbie White - Fiscal Officer, C.P.A. - Debbie has worked in public accounting, state government and the nonprofit sector. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. For over the past three years, Debbie was the Chief Financial Officer for Kansas Legal Services. As CFO of Kansas Legal Services she managed a budget that is nearly eight times the size of KAPS, with 27 cost centers and dozens of grant financial reporting requirements. Debbie is a native Kansan and received her B.S. degree in accounting from Kansas State University.

Timothy Voth, J.D. - Advocacy Director - Tim graduated from Bethel College and Washburn University School of Law. He was the former House Manager at the Ronald McDonald House in Topeka. Tim has been employed at KAPS since 1988, first as a mental health attorney, then as Intake Coordinator and most recently as Interim Executive Director. As Interim Executive Director, Tim worked closely with the new Board of Directors to institute many of the initial reforms that took place prior to Rocky Nichols arrival as Executive Director. Tim serves on the Intake and Referral Advisory Committee for the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS) and the Steering Committee for the Topeka Victim Offender Reconciliation Program.

Michael Donnelly - Director of Policy, Communication and Outreach -Michael is the former Executive Director of the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, CA, a historic disability rights organization and the first independent living center in the world. Prior to that, Michael was the former Executive Director of the Topeka Independent Living Resources Center, providing advocacy and supports for Kansans with disabilities. Most recently, he was the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Topeka. He received a B.S. in Bible Ministries from Manhattan Christian College, in Manhattan Kansas. He is a past member of the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns, past member of the National Council on Independent Living Board, past member of the National ADA Implementation Network, and past president of the Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living. Michael lives in Southwest Topeka and is often seen out and about with his assistance dog, Converse.

Rocky Nichols, M.P.A. - Executive Director - Rocky brings 11 years of non-profit experience to KAPS, as a past executive/management employee, board member or nonprofit consultant. Rocky also has 13 years of experience in the Kansas Legislature (11 as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, 2 as legislative staff), and he is a veteran advocate for disability rights issues. A native Kansan, Rocky received his undergraduate degree from Washburn University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. Rocky was the recipient of more than 20 awards for legislative leadership and advocacy, including many cherished awards on behalf of persons with disabilities, including: Elizabeth M. Boggs Award for Outstanding Leadership in the area of Mental Retardation, Presidents Committee on Mental Retardation, 1998, Outstanding Public Official of the Year Award, Kansas Association of Community Mental Health Centers, 1996 and 2002, Kansas NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) Advocacy Award, 1996 and 2000, and Award for Advocacy on behalf of Children with Developmental Disabilities, Shawnee County Infant and Toddler Project, 1996.

Life Span in the News

The BBC’s science documentary program, Horizon, commissioned Joe Donnelly, director of the Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management, to test the Atkins diet using twin brothers as subjects. One of the twins was put on the high fat, high protein Atkins diet and the other ate a conventional low fat diet The brothers’ results after the two-week study were virtually the same. The Atkins Diet was broadcast on BBC Two on January 22. The transcript of program is at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/2004/atkinstrans.shtml. The program was the subject of several reports including the front page of the January 27
Lawrence Journal World at http://www.ljworld.com/section/archive/story/159374.

KUMC’s Asperger Autism Resource Center and the researchers who help diagnose and treat children from the Kansas-Missouri region, was the subject of feature articles in volume 53, no. 3 of KU Med magazine and the January 27 Kansas City Star. The Center recently moved into the Developmental Disabilities Center, which is part of LSI’s Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD).

Jessica Hellings was interviewed about autism spectrum disorders as a clinician and researcher. Hellings, assistant clinical professor for the Division of Child Abuse and Adolescent Psychiatry and director of Psychiatric Services for Mentally Retarded and Developmentally Disabled Individuals, cited the research contributions of the LSI. Hellings has been associated with LSI through her work with retired LSI Director Stephen Schroeder, LSI Associate Research Professor Kathleen Olson, and others.

The Kansas City Star quoted Matt Reese, KUCDD director of interdisciplinary training director for the Developmental Disabilities Center See: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/7803423.htm?ERIGHTS=8167000905283314251kansascity::kahenry@ku.edu&KRD_RM=6qnnotsqttroqrusommmmmmmmm|Karen|Y

John Colombo was interviewed for a Nov. 12 Web.MD story titled, Turning Baby Into Baby Einstein http://my.webmd.com/content/Article/76/90304.htm on whether educational products give babies a developmental advantage.

Honors, Publications, Presentations, Testimony, Honors, Addresses, Appointments

Publications

Bejarano, R., Williams, D. C., & Perone, M. (2003). Pausing on multiple schedules: Toward a laboratory model of escape-motivated behavior. Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin, 21, 18-20.

Colombo, J. (in press). Visual attention in infancy: Process and product in early cognitive development. In M. Posner (Ed.), Attention. New York: Guilford Press

Doughty, A. H., Cirino, S., Mayfield, K. H., da Silva, S. P., & Lattal, K. A. (in press). Effects of behavioral history on resistance to change. The Psychological Record.

Doughty, A. H., Meginley, M. E., Haag, S. S., & Lattal, K. A. (in press). Psychological distance to reward: Equating the number of stimulus and response segments. Behavioural Processes.

Doughty, A. H., Reed, P., & Lattal, K. A. (in press). Differential reinstatement predicted by pre-extinction response rate. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.

Grote, I. (2004). Self-experimentation and self-management: Allies in combination therapies. Comment on Roberts’ Self-experimentation as a source of new ideas: Ten examples about sleep, mood, health, and weight. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27(2).

Grote, I. (Founder, Publisher, Editor). (1987-present). Data sharing and conceptualizations. Self-Experimentation Self-Control Communication (SESCC). Lawrence, Kansas. Excerpt on Smoking Cessation available on-line: http://www.people.ukans.edu/~grote/

Wehmeyer, M. L., Lattimore, J., Jorgensen, J. D., Palmer, S. B., Thompson, E., & Schumaker, K. (2003). The self-determined career development model: A pilot study. The Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 19(2), 79-87.

Presentations

Bashinski, S., Stremel, K., Houghton, J., & Harrell, K. (2003). An innovative model for providing rigorous practicum experiences in special education teacher training programs. Presentation at the 2003 TASH Conference, Dec. 10-13, 2003 Chicago, IL.

Colombo, J., Kannass, K. N., Shaddy, D. J., Kundurthi, S., Maikranz, J., & Carlson, S. E. Maternal DHA and the development of attention in infancy and early childhood. Paper presented at a symposium at the Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia.

Cress , P, Train-the-Trainer Workshop for Kansas Infant-Toddler Services Vision Screeners in Wichita on January 23, 2004.

Advisory Boards, Panels and Committees

John Colombo served on an NIH Special Emphasis Panel on Cognition and Development.

John Colombo was selected to serve (in March 2004) on a review panel for the Institute of Education Sciences at US Department of Education.

David Lindeman has been appointed by Governor Kathleen Sebeluis for a second term to the Kansas Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services. The term of this appointment is December 2003 to July 2007. The purpose of the advisory council is to ensure that a comprehensive service delivery system of integrated services is available in Kansas to all children with or at risk of developmental delays or disabilities, from birth through age 5, and their families. It is also the responsibility of the council to advise state government on matters pertaining to this system and services.

Sara Sack was elected to serve a three-year term on the Executive Board of the Association of Technology Act Projects (ATAP). ATAP’s membership is comprised of business partners, non-profit organizations, and Technology Act grantees focused on increasing access to technology for persons with disabilities.

Chris Smith has been asked to serve as a member on the national Association of University Centers on Disabilities Medicaid Workgroup and will also be serving as the President of the Board of Directors for the Kansas Communities in Schools for 2004-2005. Chris is also serving on the Editorial Review Service for the American Journal of Evaluation.

Central Office News and Announcements

Central Office

Carolyn Thurman joins LSI as central office manager

Carolyn Thurman is the new central office manager for the Life Span Institute. Carolyn began working at the University of Kansas in Human Development and Family Life in 1998. She worked with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, starting as the department receptionist, and later promoted to the position of secretary to the chair of the department.

"Carolyn Thurman is already well known and well regarded by many of you at LSI through her tenure at the HDFL Department,” said Steve Warren, LSI director. “LSI will benefit greatly from Carolyn's demonstrated strengths in office administration and conference organization."

Prior to coming to the Life Span Institute, Carolyn worked at KU Continuing Education in the Aerospace Short Course Program where she supported aerospace engineers in the development and delivery of their courses.

Carolyn is also pursuing an M.S. program in management at the Baker University School of Professional and Graduate Studies.

New TTY Line for LSI

The Life Span Institute has a new TTY housed at the Beach Center on Disability in Room 3128 Haworth Hall. The TTY number is 785-864-3434. The line is dedicated. It also has a voice mail feature so if there is no one available to answer the phone, it will leave a print out of the message. If you have questions, please contact Joan Houghton at joan25@ku.edu.

Human Resources

Sherilyn LaDuke, Assistant Director, Human Resources

Leap Year impacts withholding tax

As 2004 is a leap year, KU employees will be paid 27 paychecks during 2004 rather than 26. Since federal and state taxes will be calculated the same as years with 26 paychecks, your taxes could be under withheld. Please refer to the KU Payroll Office website instructions beginning at http://www.payroll.ku.edu/Payroll27paychecks.html that also explain how deductions will be withheld. The most basic explanation is that each check will be taxed as if receiving 26 checks with the last check issued in 2004 (12/30/04) being an additional paycheck. Employees will want to review their tax withholding and consult with a tax professional regarding withholding issues.

Information Technology Services

Janet Marquis, Director, ITS

EndNote 7

EndNote 7 is now available, and we will soon be placing a bulk order for the upgrade and also for new copies if anyone needs additional copies. The price for the upgrade is $79.95; for the new purchase, the cost is $179.95. If we have a sufficient number of orders, we may be able to get a slight reduction in the cost. If you would like more information about EndNote and the upgrades, you can find that information at their website at http://www.endnote.com/

Please let Edith Bond (4-5630 or ebond@ku.edu) know if you would like to be included in this order for EndNote upgrades or new copies. We anticipate placing the order by Wed. Feb. 11. Additional orders may be placed after that date by calling Edith.

Project Development

Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

Past Submissions not Previously Reported

Three new DE/OSERS/NIDRR Field Initiated Projects were submitted December 9, 2003:

1. Pamela Cress, Kathryn Saunders and Charles Spellman submitted a new, three-year research proposal “Translational Research on Teaching Tactile Discrimination of the Braille Alphabet”;

2. Linda Heitzman-Powell, Jay Buzhardt and Matthew Reese submitted a new, three-year development proposal “Combining Technologies to Maximize Outcomes: Online and Telemedicine Training Program for Parents of Children with Autism”; and

3. Glen White, Joseph Donnelly, Dennis Jacobsen and Martha Hodgesmith submitted a new, three-year development proposal “Living Well with a Disability: Conditioning and Weight Loss”.

4. Joseph Donnelly submitted a new, three-year conference proposal “Conference on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity” to NIDDK on December 15, 2004.

5. Charles Greenwood and Cheryl Utley, in collaboration with Elisabeth Kozleski at the University of Colorado, Denver, submitted a new, five-year proposal “A Large-Scale, Randomized Trial of the Effects of Reading ClassWide Peer Tutoring and Schooling Contexts on Students’ Growth In Reading Achievement” to DE-IES (Institute of Education Sciences) on January 8, 2004.

6. James LeCheminant (Joseph Donnelly, Sponsor) submitted a new, one-year predoctoral proposal “Comparison of a Low-Carbohydrate and Low-Fat Diet in the Prevention of Obesity” to the American Heart Association on January 13, 2004.

Upcoming Submissions

1. Steven Mills will submit a new, three-year proposal “STAR-IT: Science Through Astronomy, Research and Information Technology” to NSF on January 31, 2004.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Vincent Francisco received a new, three-year award “Leadership Group for Adolescent Medicine Trials Network” from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, prime contractor to NIH, which began September 1, 2003.

2. Chris Smith received a new, one-year award “Technical Assistance in the Area of Early Childhood Mental Health Services” from Southeast Kansas-Community Action Program, which began November 1, 2003.

3. Todd Little and Janet Marquis received a new, one-year conference award “Statistical Approaches to Examining Ecological Models of Human Development” which began December 15, 2003.

4. Holly Storkel received a new, two-year award “The Mental Lexicon of Children with Phonological Delays” from NIDCD, which began January 1, 2004.

5. Erik Kirk (Richard Washburn, sponsor) received a new, two-year predoctoral fellowship “Effects of 24 Weeks of Supervised Resistance Training on 24 Hour Energy Expenditure and Metabolic Risk Factors in Overweight Young Adults” from the American Heart Association, which began January 1, 2004.

6. Bruce Bailey (Joseph Donnelly, sponsor) received a new, two-year predoctoral fellowship “The Effects of Dietary Calcium Intake on Metabolic Risk Factors for Ischemic Heart Disease” from the American Heart Association, which began January 1, 2004.

Comments and questions to: lifespan@ku.edu


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