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June 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

1000 Sunnyside Avenue

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

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Southeast Kansas Community Action Program honors Parsons KUCDD

Greenwood and Abbott win national writing award

Colombo and Carlsons infant formula research attracts further media interest

The Merrill Advanced Studies Center launches innovative online public outreach project

Administration News & Announcements

Administration Unclassified Evaluation Performance Task Force report; Sherilyn LaDuke appointed Assistant Director for Personnel; 25 and better: Paul Diedrich, Janet Marquis, and Pat White mark LSI anniversaries

Biobehavioral Measurement Vanderbilt computer developer to demonstrate advances in behavioral observation technology June 14

Project Development May update

Research Design & Analysis/Information Technology Services Endnote 5 Site License

Southeast Kansas Community Action Program honors Parsons KUCDD

The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) honored the Parsons University Center on Developmental Disabilities (UCDD) with its ACE Award (Award for Collaborative Excellence).

The Parsons UCDD, led by David Lindeman, director of the Parsons LSI, has provided technical assistance and consultation to SEK-CAP for 12 years to bring Early Head Start and Early Childhood Services programs to Southeast Kansas.

Greenwood and Abbott win national writing award

The Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) choose an article by Charles Greenwood , Juniper Gardens director, and Mary Abbott, assistant research professor, for its annual writing award.

The article discussed some of the challenges of moving research validated strategies into the classroom. The Research to Practice Gap in Special Education appeared in the fall 2001 (v. 24) issue of Teacher Education and Special Education.

Colombo and Carlson's infant formula research attracts further media interest

As mentioned in last months Lifeline Online, the collaboration between Susan Carlson, KUMC nutrition professor, and infant development researcher John Colombo, psychology professor and associate dean of the Graduate School, contributed to the introduction of Mead Johnsons Enfamil LIPIL and Ross Products Similac Advance .

As reported in Mondays Topeka Captial-Journal, Mead Johnson spokesman, Pete Paradossi called the new formulas the most significant in 20 or 25 years.

The new formulas include two fatty acids found in breast milk that Carlson and Colombo showed were important to early development.

See the full story at

The Merrill Advanced Studies Center launches innovative online public outreach project

Merrill Center Director Mabel Rice and Program Administrator and Webmaster Joy Simpson have found an innovative way to share with the public the wealth of knowledge generated by the Merrill Center conferences as well as LSI research.

In the Know, an online outreach project of the Merrill Advanced Studies Center, features interviews, articles, and fact sheets on science and research policy.

The Science section is designed as a primer on hot topics in disability research and currently currently includes "Top Ten Things You Should Know" about specific language impairment and other communication disorders in children and its first monthly feature article on self-injurious behavior.

Drawn from Merrill Center conferences, Research Policy will give the general public a snapshot of the issues facing universities as they compete for valuable research dollars such as the marketplace delivery of scientific discoveries, how the skyrocketing publication costs are changing the ways scientific findings are released and the role of universities in the current national emergency. The site currently features an interview with Joan F. Lorden, associate provost for research and dean of the graduate school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on innovations in graduate education she instituted at that institution.

In the Know begins at

Administration News


Karen Henry, Communications Coordinator for Ed Zamarripa, Director, Finance and Administration

Unclassified Performance Evaluation Task Force Update

The task force is moving closer to developing a new instrument for evaluating the performance of LSI unclassified employees. This will be distributed to LSI at large for comment before it goes into effect for FY 03 evaluations.

The existing evaluation form, which has been used since 1991, was designed primarily to evaluate research staff. The form is not only outdated and lengthy but not particularly applicable for evaluating support and technology unclassified LSI staff.

Finally, the University has decided that annual increases for both grant and state-funded positions must be based on merit so evaluations are important to define and demonstrate outstanding job performance.

Sherilyn LaDuke appointed Assistant Director for Personnel

Sherilyn LaDuke is now officially the LSIs Assistant Director for Personnel after serving as Acting Assistant Director for the last year and as an outstanding LSI employee for more than 21 years.

Sherilyn is responsible for all EEO and payroll activities including personnel recruitment , job description development, advertisement , interview screening and scheduling filing appropriate reports to university, state, and federal agencies, and document processing for payroll and fringe benefits.

25 and better: Janet Marquis, Paul Diedrich and Pat White mark LSI anniversaries

Congratulations to quarter-century employees Janet Marquis, Co-director of Research Design and Analysis/Information Technology and Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development and 35-year veteran Pat White, Program Assistant at the Parsons LSI.

Marquis and Diedrich, two of the main pillars of LSI, built their respective areas of statistical design and project development into the smoothly functioning services that are critical to the success of the Institutes research program and reputation.

Pat White, who edits Parsons newsletter, The Insider, and keeps the Parsons website up to date, is a legend for her expertise in manuscript preparation.

Biobehavioral Measurement

Troy Zarcone, Core Director

Presentation: New Advances in Behavioral Observation Systems

Jon Tapp, Director of Computer Services and Lead Software/Web developer for the Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development at Vanderbilt University, will demonstrate the MOOSES observation software system focusing on different analysis methods and the newly developed PROCODER for Digital Video system for collection of observation and/or transcription data from digital video or audio files.

Tapp has many years of experience in developing software to aid in the collection, analysis, and management of direct observation data.

Date: Friday, June 14
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Place: 2092 Dole Building

Contact Troy at BMC@KU.EDU for more information.

Project Development

Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

Past Submissions not previously reported

1. Lisa Bowman, in collaboration with Tom Ressler at Kansas State University, submitted the second-year grant performance report for Project Las Estrellas to USDE/OSERS/OSEP on April 30, 2002.

2. Jerry Schultz, Roderick Bremby, Stephen Fawcett and Vincent Francisco submitted their fourth-year continuation Building Capacity for Community Change in Three Kansas City Metro Area Neighborhoods to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation on May 2, 2002.

3. Steven Mills submitted a new proposal Elementary Counseling Demonstration Program via the Southeast Kansas Educational Service Center to the USDE/OSERS/OSEP on May 13, 2002.

4. Charles Greenwood, Judith Carta, Hugh Catts, Mabel Rice, Dale Walker, Steven Warren, in collaboration with Kevin Cole, Angela Notari-Syverson and Ilene Schwartz at the Washington Research Institute, submitted a new one-year planning proposal Language, Literacy and Behavior Curriculum Efficacy to NICHD on May 14, 2002.

5. David Lindeman submitted his fifth-year continuation KITS: Statewide Inservice and Technical Assistance System to KsDE on May 17, 2002.

6. Donna Wickham and Gwen Beegle submitted their third-year continuation Inclusive Network of Kansas: Field-based Technical Assistance and Professional Development to KsDE on May 17, 2002.

7. Gwen Beegle submitted a new four-month proposal entitled Proposal to Collect, Analyze and Report Focus Group Data for the Kansas Self Assessment to KsDE on May 17, 2002.

8. Kathy Thiemann submitted a new one-year proposal Promoting Generalized Social Communication Outcomes for Children with Autism: Effects of a Multi-Component Intervention in Elementary School Settings to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association on May 17, 2002.

9. H.R. Turnbull and Ann Turnbull submitted their fifteen-year grant performance report for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Policies Affecting Families of Children with Disabilities (Beach III) to USDE/OSERS/NIDRR on May 23, 2002.

Upcoming Submissions

1. Hugh Catts will submit his sixth-year non-competing continuation Relationship Between Language and Reading Abilities via the University of Iowa (prime contractor, Bruce Tomblin PI, Collaboration on Specific Language Impairment) to NIDCD on June 1, 2002.

2. Mabel Rice will submit her sixth-year non-competing continuation Diagnosis of Developmental Language Impairment via the University of Iowa (prime contractor, Bruce Tomblin PI, Collaboration on Specific Language Impairment) to NIDCD on June 1, 2002.

3. Nancy Brady and Steven Warren will submit a new two-year RO3 Autism in Females: Communication, Language and Cognition to NICHD on June 1, 2002.

4. Muriel Saunders and Richard Saunders will submit a new five-year RO1 Reinforcement Schedules and Stereotypic Behavior to NICHD on June 1, 2002.

5. Travis Thompson, Kathryn Ellerbeck, Sam Enna, Jessica Hellings, Debra Sullivan, Jamie Young and Jennifer Zarcone; in collaboration with Paul Atchley, Joseph Donnelly, Stephen Fowler, Dennis Jacobsen, Susan Lunte and Stephen Schroeder on the KU-Lawrence Campus; and Merlin Butler, Wayne Moore and Robert White at Childrens Mercy Hospital; are resubmitting their five-year PO1 Genotype-Phenotype Relations in Prader-Willi Syndrome via the KU Medical Center to NICHD on June 1, 2002.

6. Gwen Beegle will submit her second-year grant performance report Steps to Success: A Whole School Model to Enhance Learning through Partnerships via the Kansas City, Kansas School District (prime contractor) to USDE/OSERS/OSEP on June 7, 2002.

7. Glen White will submit a new three-year proposal Disaster Response Training to Help Disabled Persons to Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine/CDC on June 7, 2002.

8. Debra Kamps, Charles Greenwood, Carmen Arreaga-Mayer, Mary Abbott and Cheryl Utley, will submit their second-year grant performance report Center for Early Intervention in Reading and Behavior to Improve the Performance of Young Children to USDE/OSERS/OSEP on June 14, 2002.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Dean Williams received a new five-month award Laboratory Model of Escape-Motivated Aberrant Behavior from the West Virginia University Research Corporation (flow-through funds from NICHD), which began March 1, 2002.

Research Design and Analysis and Information Technology Services

Janet Marquis, Co-Director, Research Design and Analysis and Information Technology Services

Endnote 5 Site License Progress

We are getting closer to acquiring a site license for Endnote 5 by working with KUs Academic Computing Services. ACS is considering the possibility of a campus-wide site license or a joint license with LSI.

As described in last months newsletter, Endnote allows you to organize references into an instant bibliography without leaving Word in a variety of standard styles, including 5th edition APA style.

If you would be interested in participating in the purchase of a site license or in a bulk purchase, please contact Edith Bond at 785 864-5630 or or Janet Marquis at (785 864-0561 or ).

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