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July / August 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

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

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Life Span in the news

Glen White to serve as Associate Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

Steve Mills publishes book with Prentice Hall

Kate Saunders elected to APA office

Glen White and Dot Nary to lead CDC sessions

Administration News & Announcements

Administration Mailing restricted in Dole to building key holders

Biobehavioral Measurement Biobehavioral Measurement Core Contest Winner

Communications New LSI Web site progress

Project Development July update

Research Design & Analysis Todd Little on board; Wireless access in Dole

Life Span in the news

Early Head Start radio feature

Reporter Bryan Thompson focused on the Early Head Start program and study on Kansas Kids Health, a statewide public and commercial radio feature the week of August 12.

Judy Carta, LSI senior scientist with Juniper Gardens and Martha Staker, director of Project Eagle, a research and community services site with the Institute for Child Development were interviewed, along with families enrolled in the Wyandotte County Early Head Start Program. The program is now online at:

TV and Reading Project on Kansas City Fox 4 News

The innovative TV and Reading project designed by Deborah Linebarger, Life Span assistant research professor at Juniper Gardens, was featured on WDAF–TV Fox News on July 26. Deborah’s research shows how parents can use captioned TV to help their children learn and read. The parent’s manual is at

New Zealand researcher raves over Parsons Life Span Institute research

University of Auckland researcher Max Jones, gave hosts Kate Saunders, Parsons Life Span senior scientist, and Dean Williams, associate scientist, other Parsons researchers, and even all of us Kansans plenty to feel proud about in a July 21 Parsons Sun interview below:

Researchers keep eye on Parsons by Pamela Cavitt

A recent visitor to the University of Kansas research center on the grounds of Parsons State Hospital and Training Center illustrates the worldwide reputation of the facility’s staff in research.

Max Jones, a professor of psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, spent the past two weeks in Parsons while on sabbatical from his position there. He said he chose the Parsons research center as a destination because of the staff’s reputation as international leaders in the scientific analysis of learning.

“I was in a position to choose where I went while on sabbatical. The team they have here is world class in our area,” Jones said. “I've read their research and figured it would be worthwhile including this in my itinerary.”

“It amazes me how much good work can be done from a relatively small facility like this,” Jones said. “They aren't loaded with money but they publish some excellent stuff.”

Other than the Parsons research center, Jones’ three–month tour of America includes such highly respected facilities as the New England Center for Children in Boston, the Princeton Child Development Institute and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Los Angeles.

Although Jones said he spent most of his time analyzing research in the office with Kate Saunders, Dean Williams, Richard Saunders and Rafael Bejarano, he has had some time to enjoy the local scenery.

“My best memory of this place is staying out at Kate and Dean’s home (near Big Hill Lake.) Seeing the wildlife I’d read about as a kid – the animals you don’t see in New Zealand – has been very special for me. The fireflies, the beavers, raccoons, armadillos. Aside from what I’ve learned from Kate and Dean, the wildlife has been the most memorable.”

Jones also drew a distinction between small–town life in America and that in New Zealand.

“The spirit of New Zealand is in the small town and everyone knows it. When you live in a big city there you feel like you're compromising. I think that's not the case here. People should be proud of what they have here instead of apologizing for their way of life.”

Jones will leave Parsons today to visit facilities in San Diego and Los Angeles before returning to New Zealand.

“I’ve come a long way to spend time in this little place called Parsons, but for a very good reason. This small town has a lot going for it. You’re selling yourself short here. You really are.”

Glen White to serve as Associate Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

Research and Training for Independent Living Director Glen White has agreed to serve as the KUCDD associate director replacing his RTC-IL predecessor Jim Budde in that role. Glen can represent KUCDD director Mike Wehmeyer on committees and task forces when necessary and liaison with the Kansas City and Parsons KUCDD site directors, project PIs as a Lawrence KUCDD representative.

Steve Mills publishes training manual with Prentice Hall

Steve Mills, Life Span research assistant professor at Parsons, recently published Technology Tools for Teachers: A Microsoft Office Tutorial, along with M.D. Roblyer, online professor for the Graduate School of Management and Technology, University of Maryland University College. The book was published by Prentice Hall and provides step–by–step tutorials blended with teaching examples and activities to help preservice and inservice teachers improve classroom pedagogy and enhance professional productivity by gaining a thorough understanding of Microsoft Office applications.

Kate Saunders elected to APA office

Kate Saunders, Life Span senior scientist at Parsons, has been elected to as Council Representative Member–at Large of the Division of Behavior Analysis of the American Psychological Association.

Glen White and Dot Nary to lead CDC sessions

Research and Training for Independent Living Director Glen White and Life Span research assistant and RTC–IL Training Director Dot Nary, have been invited to facilitate sessions at a Healthy People 2010 Disability National Forum in Atlanta, sponsored by CDC in September. The forum is “an outgrowth of a six-year effort to develop a national agenda for improving the health and well-being of people with disabilities.”

Administration News


Cindy Roberts, Program Assistant

Mailing restricted in Dole to building key holders

Marilu Goodyear, vice chancellor for Information Services, has announced new procedures to safeguard the handling and delivery of mail on the Lawrence campus. Effective Friday, August 16, the Dole Center mailroom will be locked and keyed the same as the Dole Center building key (A1). Only those persons who have been issued a Dole Center building key can drop off campus or federal mail at this location. The FedEx Box will be located in the first floor hallway of Dole next to the Coke machine. If you need a key or more information, contact Cindy Roberts at 4-0566 or

Biobehavioral Measurement

Troy Zarcone, Core Coordinator

Biobehavioral Measurement Core contest winner

The 2002 BMC Contest has concluded and the Procoder DV project submitted by Jon Tapp has been selected for development support by the BMC board. Jon Tapp is a computer specialist and programmer at the Vanderbilt University MRRC who presented two recent BMC workshops. Procoder DV is software that allows researchers to code digital video recordings. The BMC will assist in developing software and hardware modules that will allow for synchronized data collection of video data and other biological/behavioral measures and a module for quantifying the positions of objects in the video frame. Due to the success of the 2002 BMC Contest, the BMC will hold another contest for October 2003. Look for details in April 2003.


Karen Henry, Communications Coordinator

LSI Website Progress: Profile pages

Look for an email from Steve Warren about LSI investigator profiles on the upcoming LSI website in the next week. That email will have a URL that will take you to a secure form on the Internet with information about you that we have collected from your most current CV in our possession and other sources. This information will undoubtedly need to be updated and certainly reviewed by you. You can either type changes in the form or copy and paste from, for example, the Word version of your CV. If you need help or don’t want to do it this way, you can call Jessica Black or Davida Sears, as their phone numbers are right there on the form. If you do not want your profile on the web, that’s cool and we’ve given you that option on the form as well.

Once you make your changes, you push a button to change our database, and see how your profile web page will look (minus your photo, links to your projects, presentations, and news releases, and a few other details). Eventually, there will be a link on that web page back to the update form so you can keep your profile as current as you choose. The changes will take effect immediately since you are updating the database in real time. We will also send you email reminders twice a year to update your profile.

On the subject of photographs, we are collecting your photographs from various websites and we’ll send you what we’ve found. This may spur some of you to send us another photograph or get your photograph taken at University Relations (see Unfortunately, at this time LSI cannot pick up that cost ($41).

Coming up very soon, the center and project web pages.

We still plan to have the new site up in early October and we’ll be inviting you to test it for us before we go public.

Project Development

Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

Past Submissions not previously reported

1. David Lindeman submitted a one-year continuation proposal “Southeast Kansas Community Action Program ñ Program Evaluation Project” to the Southeast Kansas Respite Services, Inc. on June 13, 2002.

2. David Lindeman submitted a one-year continuation proposal “Cooperative Project on Dual Diagnosis of Persons with Disabilities” to the Southeast Kansas Respite Services, Inc. on June 13, 2002.

3. David Lindeman submitted a one-year continuation proposal “Child Care Focus: Infant-Toddler Initiative Project” to the Kansas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies on June 20, 2002.

4. David Lindeman submitted a one-year continuation proposal “Child Care Focus: Resource and Referral Center” to the Kansas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies on June 20, 2002.

5. David Lindeman submitted a one-year continuation proposal “Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS): Infant/Toddler Component” to KsH&E on June 28, 2002.

6. David Lindeman submitted a one-year continuation proposal “Infant/Toddler Networking Monitoring Program” to KsH&E on June 28, 2002.

7. Dale Walker submitted a new, two-year proposal “Evaluation of MARC Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program” to the Metropolitan Council on Child Care on July 5, 2002.

8. Steven Warren and Nancy Brady in collaboration with Don Bailey, University of North Carolina (prime contractor) submitted a new five-year proposal “Maternal Responsivity and the Development of Children with FXS” which is Project #2 of the overall center “Family Adaptation to Fragile X Syndrome” to NICHD on July 12, 2002.

9. Kathleen Kannass and John Colombo submitted a new two-year proposal “The Development of Endogenous Attention in Early Childhood” to NSF on July 15, 2002.

10. Michael Wehmeyer, in collaboration with the Martin Agran, University of Iowa (prime contractor) submitted a new three-year proposal “Ensuring Access to the General Education Curriculum for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Student-Directed Learning Strategies to Augment the Curriculum” to USDE/OSERS/OSEP for their Directed Research competition on July 22, 2002.

11. Michael Wehmeyer, in collaboration with the Dalun Zhang, Clemson University (prime contractor) submitted a new three-year proposal “Assessing Self-Determination Skills: A Revision and Expansion of the ARC’s Self-determination Scale” to USDE/OSERS/OSEP for their Directed Research competition on July 22, 2002.

12. Michael Wehmeyer, Susan Palmer and Vicki Turbiville submitted a new three-year proposal “Evidence-Based Practice to Promote Self-determination for Elementary-Age Students with Developmental and Cognitive Disabilities” to USDE/OSERS/OSEP for their Directed Research competition on July 22, 2002.

13. Michael Wehmeyer and Susan Bashinski submitted a new three-year proposal “Ensuring Access to the General Education Curriculum for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Evaluating a Multi-Level General Curriculum Access Model” to USDE/OSERS/OSEP for their Directed Research competition on July 22, 2002.

14. Ann Turnbull and Michael Wehmeyer submitted a new three-year proposal “Understanding and Promoting Self-determination in the Context of Native American Families and Students” to USDE/OSERS/OSEP for their Directed Research competition on July 22, 2002.

15. Michael Wehmeyer and Susan Palmer submitted a new four-year proposal “Self-Determined Communities for All: Building Relationships between Citizens with Special Needs and Community Groups” to HHS/ACF/ADD for their Projects of National Significance competition on July 24, 2002.

16. Sara Sack submitted her year 2 grant performance report “Reusing AT/DME Acquired Through Public Funds: Developing A Cost-Neutral, Consumer Driven Program” to USDE/OSERS/NIDRR on July 31, 2002.

17. Michael Wehmeyer and Sean Smith submitted their year 2 grant performance report “Mental Retardation and Technology Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project” to USDE/OSERS/NIDRR on July 31, 2002.

18. Glen White and James Budde submitted their year 2 grant performance report “Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Full Participation in Independent Living” to USDE/OSERS/NIDRR on July 31, 2002.

19. Steven Mills submitted a new three-year proposal “Real-Time Captioning for KAKE-TV Wichita” to USDE/OSERS/OSESP for their Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities competition on August 8, 2002.

Upcoming Submissions

1. Jean Ann Summers, Ann and H.R. Turnbull, in collaboration with George Singer, University of Southern California, Santa Barbara, are submitting a new five-year proposal “The National Center for Research and Training on Family-Professional Partnerships: The Trust Center” to USDE/OSERS/OSEP for their Research and Training Center to Prepare Personnel to Address Parent and Professional Collaboration competition on August 19, 2002.

2. Michael Wehmeyer is submitting a new four-year proposal “Promoting Gender Equity in Education for Women and Girls with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: A National Implementation Project” to USDE/OESE for their Women’s Education Equity Program competition on August 19, 2002.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Gwen Beegle and Jean Ann Summers received a new four-month award “Proposal to Collect, Analyze and Report Focus Group Data for the Kansas Self Assessment” from KsDE that began June 1, 2002.

2. Charles Greenwood, Judith Carta and Dale Walker received a new three-year award “Evaluation Workscope of Early Communication Indicators” from KsSRS that began June 1, 2002.

3. Mabel Rice received a new five-year predoctoral training award “Training Researchers in Language Impairments” from NIDCD that began July 1, 2002.

4. Kathy Thiemann received a new two–year award “Promoting Generalized Social Communication Outcomes for Children with Autism: Effects of a Multi-Component Intervention in Inclusive School and Home Settings” from USDE/OSERS/OSEP that began July 1, 2002.

5. Cheryl Utley, Lisa Bowman and Wayne Sailor received a new five-year award “Positive Behavioral Support as a Comprehensive, Proactive, and School-Wide Intervention Program for Preventing Problem Behaviors, Referrals, and Suspensions in Urban Elementary At-Risk Students and Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders” from USDE/OSERS/OSEP that began July 1, 2002.

6. Mabel Rice, collaborating with Steve Zubrick and Catherine Taylor from Curtin University, Australia, received a new five-year award “Twins and Singletons with Specific Language Impairment” from NIDCD that began July 5, 2002.

7. Joseph Donnelly, Leon Greene, Cheryl Gibson, Dennis Jacobsen, Matthew Mayo, Richard Washburn and Debra Sullivan received a new five-year award “Prevention of Obesity in Children with PAAC” from NIDDK which began July 15, 2002.

Research Design and Analysis and Information Technology Services

Todd Little, Director, and Janet Marquis, Co-Director

New Director settling in but ready to go

Todd Little

Although most of my things are still in boxes, I am moving ahead with the exciting process of familiarizing myself with the various projects associated with LSI and the RDA unit. As part of my orientation, many of you will hear from me soon to set up a short, informal meeting. I hope to get a good handle on all the projects within the next month.

RD&A workshop on missing data estimation and analysis

Todd Little

I am delighted to announce that Scott Hofer, director of Laboratory for Lifespan Developmental Research at Penn State has agreed to present our next intensive workshop on Wednesday, November 7th. The topic of the workshop will be missing data estimation (in my view, there are almost no good reasons not to estimate your missing data!). As many of you know, Scott is a terrific presenter and has worked on many issues surrounding missing data. Scott will review a number of techniques that are in vogue for missing data imputation. The workshop will include hands on experience with a number of the latest software packages used for missing data estimation and analysis.

LSI enters wireless age

Janet Marquis

We’ve entered the wireless age! We, the LSI Networking/Computer Group of Technology Services, have a wireless Access Point set up and running. It can service most of the offices on the east side of the 1st floor of Dole and some of the offices on east side of the 2nd floor. This particular Access Point is the new 802.11, a protocol that is much faster than the 802.11b that has been around for a couple of years. The 802.11b was so slow and had such poor security it didn’t really catch on, but the new 802.11a can run up to 54Mbps in normal mode or up to 72Mbps in turbo mode. If several of these Access Points were strategically placed throughout Dole and the Stewart Wing of Haworth, we would have access to Dolenet and the Internet from any office in the two buildings without worrying about which type of cable to use or how long a cable was needed. Of course the immediate drawback is the expense. The Access Points run about $300 each. The PCI card for each desktop computer is approximately $150 and each PC card for laptop computers is about $120. However, with these in place you could have many of the existing Ethernet nodes disconnected, saving the monthly (wow, that counts up in a hurry) fee per node. For more information, contact Gerald Hazen at 4-0557.

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