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July / August 2001

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

The Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas

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

News headlines and briefs

· Steve Warren became the Director of the Life Span Institute on August 1

Looking Ahead and Thanks to Steve Schroeder - Steve Warren (see below)

· Update on LSI support survey - Steve Warren (see below)

· ****Mark your calendars! Celebrate Steve Schroeder on Saturday, September 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the KU Alumni Center. If you haven't received your invitation, Contact Cindy Roberts.

· Steve Schroeder will be the UAP Director until a permanent replacement is hired. The Director of the University Affiliated Program search has been reopened. See position announcement at

· Professor Tenko Raykov will be a visiting research professor at KU this fall. He will be housed in the Life Span Institute and available for consulting on LSI research projects. See Research Design and Analysis column below.

· The Director of the Research Design and Analysis Unit search has been reopened. See position announcement at

· 2001-2002 Research Development Fund Competition - Contact Paul Diedrich by September 4 if you will be submitting a proposal. See Project Development column below

· Kansas Colloquia on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (our new lecture series) invites first two distinguished lecturers for Spring 2002 (see below)

· Steve in China from September 7-18. Steve Warren will lead a delegation sponsored by the American Association on Mental Retardation and the People to People Ambassador Program. They will visit research centers, programs, hospitals, and schools that deal with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

· Bremby and White on the radio - Both Rod Bremby of the Work Group and Glen White of the Research and Training Center were featured on recent editions of an award-winning National Public Radio series Kansas Kids: a Prescription for Change. Rod was interviewed for a program on mentoring at and Glen talked about overcoming disabilities at Contact Karen Henry at if your project would be a good subject for this series.


· Don Baer was again honored by his colleagues with the AAMR 2001 Distinguished Researcher award. Don is the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of HDFL and Psychology and an LSI Senior Scientist

· The Research and Training Center on Full Participation and Independent Living's Reporting and Writing about People with Disabilities (5th edition) won Best Resource on Speaking with Awareness by VSA arts. Updated version (6th ed. published later this year). The RTC estimates that they have sold over a million copies of this publication and it is cited by the AP as the definitive resource for journalists.

· Matt Reese was recently awarded the Education-AAMR Region V award at it's meeting in San Antonio. Matt is the Director of Training of the Child Development Unit (CDU).

In Memoriam

We have lost two former colleagues in the last few months who were both highly regarded professionally and personally.

Earl C. Butterfield, who was associated with the MRD at KUMC in its first decade, died on April 26. He was retired from the University of Washington since 1997. Widely published, he also served as editor or co-editor on four books, was the editor of the American Journal on Mental Retardation from 1985-1993, and the Advisory Editor for Contemporary Psychology 1982-94. His honors included the Edgar Doll Award and the presidency of the American Psychological Association's Division of Mental Retardation.

John C. Wright, a pioneering researcher into the effects of television on children and outstanding student mentor at KU for 28 years, was killed in a two-car accident Monday, July 9, near Brainerd, Minn. John and his wife, Dr. Aletha Huston, cofounded the Center for Research on the Influences of Television on Children at KU in 1976. The Center moved with John and Aletha to the University of Texas in 1976.

Many friends of John Wright have asked about making donations in his name. Of all his professional accomplishments, John took the greatest pride in his ability to train and nurture students. He was the first recipient of the Graduate Mentor Award at the University of Kansas. In honor of his extraordinary contributions to the development of young scholars, the family has established an endowment fund at the University of Kansas, where John taught for 28 years, to promote graduate training through an annual Graduate Mentor Award to a faculty member and awards to students. Donations may be sent to the Kansas University Endowment Association, P. O. Box 928, Lawrence KS 66044-0928, to the attention of Terry Knoll Johnson, with a notation that they are in memory of John C. Wright.


Looking Ahead and Thanks to Steve Schroeder

Steve Warren

Effective August 1, I officially assumed the Directorship of the Life Span Institute. This is quite an honor, and quite a responsibility. I see my role as largely one of support. The Life Span Institute is made up of many centers and programs and a remarkable array of talent. It is the largest overall research and development program at KU. More importantly, the centers and programs associated with the Life Span Institute have had a remarkable impact on a wide range of issues related to disabilities and human development. From my perspective, there is no research and development program in the world the rivals what we have right here in Kansas.

The challenge ahead is to have an even greater impact, to be even more relevant, to influence, to lead, to discover, to disseminate. Our success should be measured by how well we do these things, not by the number of grants we have, or the publications we produce. Those are important, but only to the extent that they are in service of our greater goals.

I have already begun a number of initiatives that I believe will further strengthen the Life Span Institute. But how do you strengthen an already successful, strong program? By keeping it that way in the face of the change and pressures that accompany the future. This will be no easy task. Fortunately, I begin my Directorship, my stewardship if you will, from a point of strength. For that, I owe a good deal of thanks to those of you who do the work that makes us great, and specifically to my immediate predecessor, Steve Schroeder.

Steve has been as fine a mentor and job coach to me as one can imagine. His goals have been straightforward – to turn the program over in the best shape possible and to make sure I have a pretty good idea of how it all works. From my vantage-point, Steve has accomplished just what he set out to do. For that, I will always be indebted to him. Thanks Steve.

Update on the LSI Support Service Survey

Steve Warren

Thanks to the 47 LSI investigators, administrators and support staff who completed the LSI Support Service Surveys. You have provided invaluable information on the quality and effectiveness of the services provided by our support units. I’m in the process of carefully analyzing this data now. In general, it indicates that we are doing some things very well, and some things not so well. Over the next few months I will be discussing this data with those in the position to enhance and influence our services. Your thoughtful input and suggestions will be carefully considered. It will result in a stronger, more effective organization. You will have a chance to decide if this is so – because we will do another thorough evaluation next spring. In fact, this will become an annual LSI tradition.

2002 LSI Lecture Series season to feature Greenough and Bailey

The Steering Committee for the new lecture series entitled Kansas Colloquia on Intellectual and Development Disabilities met July 9th to plan the future of this endeavor. This series will be sponsored by a number of KU entities including the MRDDRC, the Life Span Institute, the Beach Center, the Reproductive Biology Center, and the Institute for Child Development. The Steering Committee approved a plan that will bring approximately four Distinguished Lecturers to KU-Lawrence and/or KUMC each year. This series is intended to be interdisciplinary in orientation and include a wide range of speakers/topics relevant to its general theme. For the coming year only two speakers will be invited. They are Bill Greenough, a neuroscientist at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, and Don Bailey, a leading expert on Fragile X syndrome at the University of North Carolina. Greenough’s and Bailey’s lectures will be scheduled for sometime next spring.

Administration News

Project Development

Paul Diedrich

Note regarding Human Subjects Updates for the University of Kansas

As you may be aware, there is a new “Status Report Form (February 2001)” for Human Subjects. I would like to point out that if you are filing this Status Report Form and your project is NOT ending, please check both the second AND fourth boxes.

Typically, the second box “The Project is still in operation but not significant changes have been made” is correctly checked,


The fourth box “Check here if you would like to receive an updated approval letter for your records” is often left blank.

It is important to get the updated letter so the Sponsored Project Budget Summary can be updated, and more importantly, we have an update, which is within one-year of your next project period (a requirement of virtually every funding agency). Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Past Submissions not Previously Reported

1. Martin Gerry resubmitted his one-year proposal “Consortium on Language, Image Public Information” to the Resource Network International, Inc. on July 2, 2001.

2. Kathleen Kannass and John Colombo submitted a new three-year proposal “The Development of Endogenous Attention” to NSF’s Developmental and Learning Sciences: A Multidisciplinary Competition – A Program of the Children’s Research Initiative competition, NSF 01-46, on July 15, 2001.

3. Deborah Linebarger and John Colombo submitted a new three-year proposal “Eye Movement Patterns, Literacy and Media” to NSF NSF’s Developmental and Learning Sciences: A Multidisciplinary Competition – A Program of the Children’s Research Initiative competition, NSF 01-46, on July 15, 2001.

4. Vincent Francisco submitted a new eighteen-month proposal “Evaluate Smart Start Kansas” to the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund on July 16, 2001.

5. Dale Walker, Kathryn Bigelow and Judith Carta submitted a new three-year proposal “Preventing Child Maltreatment through a Skill-Based Intervention with Adolescent Parents in the Community” to the Cornyn Foundation, Inc. on July 16, 2001.

6. Chris Smith submitted a new one-year proposal “Barriers to Employment for People with Developmental Disabilities” to the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities on July 17, 2001.

7. Richard Saunders, Stephen Schroeder, Stephen Fowler and Richard Tessel submitted a new two-year proposal “Effects of Operating Training on Parkinson’s Disease” in response to the collaboratively sponsored (NINDS, NICHD, NIEHS, NIMH, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation/National Parkinson’s Foundation and The Parkinson’s Alliance) RFA NS-02-006 - R21 Fast Track Grants for Parkinson’s Disease Research on July 19, 2001.

8. Richard Tessel, Pippa Loupe, Stephen Schroeder and Stephen Fowler submitted a new two-year proposal “Parkinson’s Disease: Use-elicited Replacement Therapy” in response to the collaboratively sponsored RFA NS-02-006 - R21 Fast Track Grants for Parkinson’s Disease Research on July 19, 2001.

9. Barry Festoff, KUMC, collaborating with Stephen Fowler also submitted a new two-year proposal “Neurotoxicants in Parkinsonism: MPRP, Alpha-Synuclein Aggregates and Upregulation of Transglutaminase” to the collaboratively sponsored RFA NS-02-006 - R21 Fast Track Grants for Parkinson’s Disease Research on July 19, 2001.

10. Sara Sack submitted a new three-year proposal “Kansas Community Personal Attendant Services and Supports” to HHS/HCFA (Health Care Financing Administration) in response to their RFA Systems Change Grants for Community Living – Improving Community Services for Children and Adults of Any Age Who Have a Disability or Long Term Illness on July 20, 2001.

11. James Sherman, Nancy Brady and Vivian Chapman submitted a new one-year research supplement for underrepresented minorities in conjunction with the “Communication of People with Mental Retardation” program project to NICHD on August 1, 2001.

12. Debra Kamps, Charles Greenwood, Carmen Arreaga-Mayer, Mary Abbott and Cheryl Utley submitted a new five-year proposal “Center for Early Intervention in Reading and Behavior to Improve the Performance of Young Children” to USDE/OSERS/OSEP for their grant competition, CFDA 84.324X, Research and Innovation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities – Centers for Implementing K-3 Behavior and Reading Intervention Models on August 3, 2001.

13. Betty Horton submitted a new five-year proposal “Implementing a K-3 Behavior and Reading Intervention Model at the University of Kansas Schoolwide Equity and Excellence Model” to USDE/OSERS/OSEP for their grant competition, CFDA 84.324X, Research and Innovation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities – Centers for Implementing K-3 Behavior and Reading Intervention Models on August 3, 2001.

14. Glen White and Jim Budde submitted their year-two annual performance report “Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Full Participation in Independent Living” to USDE/OSERS/NIDRR on August 6, 2001.

Upcoming Submissions

Sara Sack will submit a one-year proposal “Assistive Technology Individual Development Accounts” to USDE/OSERS/NIDRR for their CFDA# 84.224C competition, Alternative Loan Financing Program, on August 14, 2001.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

There are no grants we can officially report at this time, but we are waiting on award documents for nearly a dozen new grants. As soon as we get the award documents we will provide the information to our readers.

2001-2002 Research Development Fund Competition

(forwarded from Jim Roberts, Associate Vice Chancellor, KUCR)

If you are planning to submit an RDF application through LSI, please let Paul Diedrich know by September 4, 2001.

The purpose of this memo is to solicit proposals for the 2001-2002 Research Development Fund (RDF) competition. We have again increased the budget for the RDF program, this year from $600,000 to $650,000. This is a direct result of the success that Lawrence campus researchers have experienced in securing new external research funding. The maximum amount for each award is $125,000, and the maximum duration of an individual project is two years. The RDF is one of the programs that we use to enhance Ku's research stature.

The purpose of the RDF is to promote entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary research projects across the campus with the objective of enhancing the growth of external funding for these activities. To that end, previous funding from the RDF has been used to support pilot projects, purchase research equipment, hire key personnel, and facilitate the formation of collaborative groups.

Application forms for the RDF may be obtained in hard copy from the KU Center for Research (located on West Campus in Youngberg Hall) and also from our Website at: The deadline for the completed proposals is September 21, 2001.

Please contact me at 864-7248 if you have any questions.


Jim Roberts

Research Design and Analysis Janet Marquis

Web Data Collection

The Research Design and Analysis Unit recently expanded its Teleform software to include the capability of collecting data on the Web. Researchers who wish to collect survey or questionnaire data electronically can now do so using a form that can be accessed and filled out at a specified Web site. The software provides range checking, security procedures, and other useful data management tools. Data submitted via the Web may be stored in several different formats including as an Access database or SPSS system file. Researchers may use the same form for Web data collection as they use for the paper form that may be scanned into the database. For more information, contact Janet.

Professor Raykov at LSI for fall 2001

Barring any unforeseen obstacles, Tenko Raykov, Professor of Psychology at Fordham University, will be visiting the LSI and the Psychology Department for the fall semester. Professor Raykov is a prolific scholar with many publications in quantitative psychology; his areas of expertise include structural equation modeling, latent growth curve modeling, mixed models, and measurement models. He will be available to LSI researchers for consulting on projects and will be presenting brown bag sessions on various statistics topics. If you would like to consult with Professor Raykov on your project, or if you have a topic that you would like for him to address in a brown bag session, please contact Janet.

Biobehavioral Measurement Core Troy Zarcone

Phase One Started

The BMC has implemented a new tracking system for services provided to investigators at KU, KUMC, Parsons, & JGCP. This system will allow BMC staff to collect data on the type of technology services investigators need and how well the BMC staff meets those needs.

To keep up with the increasing demand for technology assistance, and prepare for the technology changes in the future, the BMC will adopt a limited charge-back for some of our services. These charges will be used to improve and expand BMC services and provide up-to-date training for BMC staff. The reinvestment of these resources will help the BMC fulfill its mission of providing timely and cost-effective solutions to investigators.

These and other operational changes will be occurring over the next few months. If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail Troy Zarcone (BMC Coordinator) at BMC@KU.EDU

Computer Applications Unit Davida Sears

Starting the School Year Better Organized

Today, a tip to help you get organized. When you are browsing the WWW using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, do you continue to add bookmarks to your Favorites list? If so, the favorites list may be getting huge and hard to navigate. It becomes difficult to find the page you want when scrolling down through such a long list.

Although IE does have a favorites editor, it is very limited in functionality. The Windows Favorites are nothing more than Internet shortcut files which are stored in the Favorites folder under the Windows directory. It is simple enough to move those shortcuts into appropriately named folders to make your Favorites search easier. Here’s how.

Open a Windows Explorer (NOT Internet Explorer) window. Navigate to \Windows\Favorites.

Details: Right click on My Computer and select Explore from the pull-down list. Click the + beside your C: drive. Click the + beside the Windows directory. Click the + beside the Favorites directory, then click the word Favorites to show that directory in the right pane.

Decide first about shortcuts you want to delete and just delete those files. Next, decide if you want to group shortcuts into other folders and create those folders. [Right click in the Favorites pane on the right, Create a new folder and give it a name.] I have folders named Product Info, Collaboration Software and KU Sites, to give you examples of organization schemes. Open another Windows explorer to the same spot.

Details: Resize your Explorer window smaller so that you can see the My Computer icon again. Right click and repeat the steps above. Size the two windows so that it is easy to get to either. The reason for the second window is that your Favorites directory is likely to be very large and it is more difficult to drag and scroll than to drag to another window.

Then, simply drag the shortcuts from one window to the desired folder in the second window. Note that many of the folders in Favorites came with Windows and the Internet Explorer. You can remove any you don’t want.

Communications Karen Henry

KU Open House - The University is having its first Open House on Saturday, October 6 (see This year LSI will participate by having a table with literature about our Centers in the administrative offices.

MRDDRC brochure - This should be printed by the last week of August. I will be printing 1000. Please let me know if you need copies.

LSI brochure - Yes, it may be possible to fit the LSI in an 8.5 x 11 trifold. Center directors, stand by to comment on a draft copy by the last week of August.

LSI Website - The LSI website redesign/organization is underway. Sample pages for your comments should be up some time by early September. Ultimately, a database(s) of researcher brief bios, LSI/MRRDRC services, and projects will be created by Darwin Eakins. We hope to create a Web form so that anyone can update their own information. Each Center, project, and researcher will have a Web page that I will create. Text entered via the web forms (just a fill-in form) will be added to the database and then placed in the appropriate locations on the researcher web pages via a little Darwin Eakins script magic. In the mean time, I will create static (not generated dynamically from the database(s) researcher, project, and Center pages with as much information as I can easily get from your Web sites, publications, and grant apps, and then send copies to each of you for additions.

The Center pages will serve as a jumping off point to your existing Center web sites. But they could stand on their own for those Centers who do not have full Web sites. They will contain a brief overview/mission statement and a photo/names of PI/administrator(s), contact info, and links to the Projects and Researchers pages on the LSI site. More elements will be added later.

Many thanks to Steve Mills and Darwin Eakins for their input and expertise.

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