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June 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

1052 Dole Human Development Center

1000 Sunnyside Avenue

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

News Bites

· The MRDDRC core grant was officially renewed on June 4. Funding starts August 1.

· Steve Warren will officially become the director of the Life Span Institute on August 1.

· ****Mark your calendars! Celebrate Steve Schroeder on Saturday, September 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the KU Alumni Center. Look for your invitation in the next few weeks. Contact Cindy Roberts for more information.

· The University Affiliated Program director search is ongoing. Dr. Len Abbeduto, who initially interviewed on May 8 and 9, will return to Lawrence in late July. Abbeduto is a long-time investigator at the Waisman Center (one of our sister MRDDRCs) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Administration News

Project Development - Report

Notice: Between July 25 - August 1, the Project Development staff will be unavailable. Plan grant submissions accordingly.

Technology Task Force - Lawrence campus academic computing director pledges support, addresses LSI IT concerns

Biobehavioral Measurement Core - Transition from Technological Enhancement Core

Communications - Upcoming LSI/MRDDRC publications

Front Office - Parsons area code changes from 316 to 620

Project Development

Paul Diedrich

Project Development staff unavailability

Paul Diedrich will be out from Wednesday, July 25 to Wednesday, August 1. Jessica Black will be out from Monday, July 23 to Friday, August 3. If at all possible, plan grant submissions accordingly. If you have a proposal due during this time frame or soon after, please let us know at your earliest convenience so we can help you prepare the applications and get processed through KUCR. Contact Paul Diedrich at

Past Submissions not previously reported

1. Holly Storkel, Assistant Professor in Speech-Language-Hearing, submitted a five-year transfer application “The Mental Lexicon in Language Acquisition” to NIDCD on June 11, 2001.

2. Charles Greenwood, Judith Carta, Deborah Linebarger and Dale Walker resubmitted their five-year proposal “Steps to Outcomes for the Achievement of Reading” via the University of Oregon to NSF on June 15, 2001.

3. Jim Budde and Glen White submitted their fourth-year grant performance report “Research Information Center on Independent Living” to USDE/OSERS/NIDRR on June 22, 2001.

Upcoming Submissions

1. John Colombo will submit a five-year proposal “Supplemental Zinc and Cognitive Development among Peruvian Infants” via Johns Hopkins University (prime contractor) to NICHD on July 1, 2001.

2. John Colombo will resubmit his five-year proposal “Early Neurocognitive Markers in Autism” to NIMH on July 1, 2001.

3. Pippa Loupe, Steve Schroeder, Rick Tessel, Malonne Davies and Steve Fowler will resubmit a four-year proposal “Training and In Vivio Dopamine Measures in 6-OHDA Rats” to NINDS on July 1, 2001.

4. Mabel Rice will resubmit a five-year proposal “The Genetics of Specific Speech and Language Disorders” via the University of Iowa (prime contractor) to NIDCD on July 1, 2001.

5. Chuck Spellman and Sara Sack will submit their ninth-year grant performance report “Assistive Technology for Kansans Project (ATKP) to USDE/OSERS/NIDRR on July 2, 2001.

6. Steve Mills will submit a new three-year proposal “Using Multimedia and the Web to Produce and Publish Interactive Storytelling Experiences for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing” to the USDE/OSERS/OSEP competition - CFDA# 84.327T - Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities - Cultural Experiences for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Individuals on July 9, 2001.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

Steve Barlow, Chair – Speech-Language-Hearing, received a new four-year award “Functional Outcomes of Cleft Lip Surgery” from the University of North Carolina (prime contractor to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research) which began on May 1, 2001.

Technology Task Force Report

Karen Henry for Charlie Greenwood, chair

Cathy Smith, assistant vice chancellor of information technology on the Lawrence campus, extended an offer of consultation and support to the Task Force at the June 7 meeting.

She said that the Task Force’s yearlong assessment of its technology and media services was a great opportunity for KU’s Information Technology Services (ITS) to demonstrate its commitment to working more closely with academic departments toward a goal of distributed rather than decentralized computing.

She proposed a series of discussions with key campus IT staff over the next several months to address issues such as server security, bandwidth problems at Parsons and Juniper Gardens, and problems accessing journal articles via the KU online journal databases.

Cathy is the also the director of Academic Computing Services (ACS). ACS provides everything but PeopleSoft services and networking to the campus. Her counterpart in Networking and Telecommunications Services is John Louis (bandwidth and connectivity) and Jim Bingham at the Medical Center.

Other key IT staff include:

Wes Hubert, associate director, and Richard Kershenbaum, manager of technical services, ACS infrastructure and server gurus, who could do cost/benefits analyses of operating and maintaining services in the LSI.

Richard Fyffe, assistant dean of the Libraries, who is a digital library expert.

Julie Loats, web administrator, who heads the KU web design team.

Server Support Services

The proliferation of servers without adequate security, support, or maintenance is being addressed by ACS through its System Support Service that includes 24/7 administration, maintenance, system upgrades, and security audits and configurations per incident or for an annual per server fee of $1100 to $1300 (see

Many KU departmental websites are hosted on KU’s UNIX web server, with the benefits of additional security, administration, and search services.

Conferencing and multimedia services

Cathy recommended that LSI purchase room-size conferencing equipment because of the improved video quality. Polycom makes units that cost about $3000.

Internet video conferencing is a new option at ACS. KU is an Access Grid Node site on Internet2 that allows groups at other Nodes (university, research, and telecommunications company conference node sites) to hold large-scale distributed meetings, collaborative work sessions, seminars, lectures, tutorials and training. Multiple projected displays allow participants to interact and view simultaneous multimedia presentation, display, and visualization environments. (for more information see (very technical) and ACS will set up a demo for us in the next few months.

Biomedical Research Access via Online Journals

Researchers at both the Lawrence and Kansas City campuses report problems accessing articles from journals via the Libraries’ online databases. One problem is that many journals are not represented. Another is that passwords to databases are restricted by the user’s campus affiliation, limiting Lawrence campus researchers’ access to KUMC’s larger online holdings.

One ID, one password

The Lawrence campus is moving toward a one ID, one password for accessing online services. (See

Managing updates and access to information

Cathy suggested that updating information, for example, publications, might be managed most readily through a file structure on DoleNet that would limit access via file permissions. A longer range solution would be a database-accessible and updateable (via secure authentication) on the Web.

The committee’s overall impression was that ACS is very friendly and helpful and wants closer ties with academic departments. We want to work more closely with them to avoid duplication of services and resources and to keep a current perspective on computing at KU.

Biobehavioral Measurement Core

Troy Zarcone

Over the next few months the Biobehavioral Measurement Core (BMC) will be transitioning from the Technological Enhancement Core (TEC). The ultimate goal of the BMC is to provide timely and cost effective solutions to measurement and computer problems. The temporary goal is to upgrade the services previously provided by the TEC, with minimal disruption to staff and investigators. During this transition time, please direct your service requests to the BMC Coordinator: Dr. Troy J. Zarcone at We will have a phone hotline established in the near future to also handle service requests and emergency technical problems.


Karen Henry

Look for MRDDRC and LSI brochures by late August. Some of you will see a draft version of these trifolds and the first printing will be very short runs to allow feedback from more of you. Next up are the LSI and MRDDRC guides to services - format to be determined by content and ability to update regularly. Please contact me with your ideas for what you'd like to see in these guides. The brochures and guides will be the core of information kits that we can customize for the recipient - media, new investigator, administrator, member of the public, etc. Other planned pieces for these kits include a graphical depiction of research milestones/highlights sheet, an LSI-affiliated member organizations chart and descriptions sheet, and an individual sheet for each center. These pieces should be out by October.

We are also planning to produce an annual report to appear in January. I welcome your ideas and examples.

Front Office

Jessica Black

The area code of phone numbers for our investigators and staff in Parsons, as well as of most of the southern half of Kansas, will change from 316 to 620 beginning November 3. If you call 316 instead of 620 to call Parsons on or after that date, you will get a recorded message prompting you to hang up and redial using 620.

The Wichita area and surrounding communities including Valley Center, El Dorado, Andover, Mount Hope, Mulvane Derby, and Kechi will retain the 316 area code. For more information see

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