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The Lifeline Online is a newsletter of the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas

Online, printable version and back issues.

Karen Henry, Editor
Drew Rosdahl, Assistant 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
lsi.ku.edu

In This Issue

In the News

Articles

The Life Span Institute serves Wichita area

LSI RDA Summer Institutes

Lutzer to speak on Marcus Institute

Interim Katrina Report

Meet KUCDD Consumer Advisory Panel June 2

LSI at Gatlinburg Conference

Juniper Gardens staff wins CEC teacher of year

Cress and colleagues host national ADA Symposium

RTC/IL debuts new disaster training course

Paul Diedrich is KU Unclassified Employee of Year

Investigator Promotions

LSI Employee Recognition

Carolyn Thurman to represent research sector in Unclassified Sentate

New LSI central office employee

Need to put video on the Web?

Project Development

Institute Activities

The Centers and their inception dates

The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies is a center of centers collectively dedicated to discovering research-based solutions for the challenges of human and community development, disabilities, and aging.

The Life Span Institute at Parsons 1956

Juniper Gardens Children's Project 1964

Kansas Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center 1967

Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities 1973

Research and Training on Independent Living 1980

Child Language Doctoral Program 1983

Beach Center on Disability
1988

Gerontology Center 1990

Merrill Advanced Studies Center 1990

Work Group for Community Health and Development 1990

Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management 2001

Center for Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communication Disorders 2002

Friends of the Life Span Institute

Ross and Marianna Beach

Michael Cataldo

Gregorio Diaz

David and Margaret Ekerdt

Steve Fawcett and Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett

Charles R. Greenwood and Judith J. Carta

Vance and Marilyn Hall

Betty Hart

Floyd and Frances Horowitz

Todd Little and Patty Hawley
 
Amy McCart and Dan Biles

James and Lee McLean

Virginia and Fred Merrill

Bob Mirman

Terry and Judi Paul

Mabel Rice

Todd and Cheryl Risley

Dick and Ruth Schiefelbusch

Steve and Carolyn Schroeder

Joe and Rita Spradlin

John T. Stewart III and Linda B. Stewart

Rud and Ann Turnbull

John and Patty Turner

Gary Waldron and Sunny Foster

Steve Warren and Eva Horn

Michael and Kathy Wehmeyer

Glen and Nancy White

David and Dee Yoder

Ed and Mary Ann Zamarripa
50 Years of Discovery logo

Mark your calendar for Friday, September 29, and Saturday, September 30, when we'll be celebrating and reflecting on our last 50 years of "doing science and doing good" as well as envisioning the future and our roles and responsibilities in it. For more information or to register, contact Carolyn Thurman at cthurman@ku.edu.

In the News

steve warrenLSI Director Steven Warren explains how parents can decode and encourage their toddlers' language development in the February 1 Parenting Magazine. "Talk with them about what they're interested in. But let them lead. Your job is to provide a little of the context your child's missing and to help him take his observations to the next level."

 

 

The Life Span Institute serves the Wichita area

KU’s service to Kansans is often unreported by the media and unknown to the general public, especially outside of the eastern third of the state.

We have gathered here ample evidence of how several Life Span Institute affiliated investigators are partnering with professionals, state agencies, schools, other universities, communities and families in the Wichita area to tackle some of our state’s toughest human problems with research-based solutions.

Susan Bashinski directs INKS, the Inclusive Network of Kansas. INKS disseminates current best practices for children with disabilities in Wichita and throughout the state by training and consulting with educators, students, families and communities. Their field-based consultants are a group of educators, physical therapists, speech and language therapists, social workers, behavior, augmentative, SIT trainers, and inclusion specialists across the state of Kansas who have experience with students with severe multiple disabilities and deaf-blindness, students who have benefited from positive behavior supports, students who have benefited from transition from school to adult services, and forming student improvement teams. Map and list of Kansas schools and cities impacted by this project.

Another Beach Center project that has been supported by INKS allows teachers from across the state to acquire special education training through summer institutes and intensive mentored practica is directed by Michael Wehmeyer and Wayne Sailor. In 2005, the practicum was run in Wichita and Wichita State University is one of the participating institutions.

Kathleen Olson directs an effort that addresses the high turnover of those who provide direct support to people with developmental disabilities. Kansans Mobilizing For Change recently received a prestigious national Moving Mountains Award for the group’s work that began in 2002 and has resulted in a 15 percent decrease in the turnover of direct service professionals in Kansas and many reports of success from community developmental disability service providers from changes in marketing, recruitment, and training practices. Three of these providers that are active in developing and implementing the project and shared in the award are based in Wichita: Starkey, Inc., KETCH, and Arrowhead West, Inc.

Amy McCart is implementing School-wide Positive Behavior Support program to schools in Wichita and Haysville that has been highly successful in Kansas City. 

The Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS), directed David Lindeman, has a long standing relationship with the Wichita Public Schools - Early Childhood Special Education, providing technical assistance and consultation to the district for several years.  Recently, the Wichita School District was a pilot training site for "Increasing Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Placements in Early Childhood Settings."   Wichita created a plan of action to improve their LRE numbers that it is implementing this year.  Wichita agreed to be a part of the pilot training to help KITS and KSDE improve the type of training that would be available to the state this year.  KITS has also had consultations in Winfield, Newton, and a number of other communities in central and south central Kansas.

The statewide Assistive Technology for Kansans access site, the Independent Living Center, is located in Wichita and is also the south central AT access site. ATK, directed by Sara Sack, is a statewide project guided by an executive advisory board composed of individuals with disabilities, family members and representatives from Kansas agencies to get assistive technology to Kansans with disabilities. The project has five regional Assistive Technology Access Sites across the state.

Michael Wehmeyer and Susan Palmer's Self-Determination and Transition project is operating in the Wichita schools and the SPED Co-op just west of Wichita. The project is researching the impact of promoting self-determination in teenagers with disabilities in their transition to independent adulthood.

The Center for Independent Living in Wichita is field testing the emergency preparedness curriculum being prepared by the Research Training on Center on Independent Living, directed by Glen White.

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LSI Research Design and Analysis Unit announces 4th Annual RDA Summer Institutes

The LSI Research Design and Analysis Unit will hold two courses for its 4th Annual RDA Summer Institutes. The five-day course in Structural Equation Modeling: Foundations and Extended Applications will be held June 5–9 and the two-day course, Advanced SEM Training Institute: Longitudinal Modeling, June 11–12. The Institutes will be held at Springhill Suites, 1 Riverfront Plaza (the corner of 6th St. and New Hampshire), Lawrence, Kansas.

These institutes are designed to provide intensive training opportunities on advanced statistical methods as applied in the social and behavioral sciences. The Principles of Structural Equation Modeling short course is an intensive five-day study of the fundamentals of covariance structure analysis. The two-day advanced course is the use of SEM for the analysis of longitudinal data. Outlines of the course syllabi are available at http://www.kuce.org/programs/rda. For further information on course content, contact Todd Little: phone 785-864-0563 or e-mail yhat@ku.edu.

The RDA Summer Institute combines an introduction to basic and more advanced topics in SEM in a pragmatic, concise, and applied approach. The applied nature of the institute makes this an outstanding next step for researchers who have had some exposure to basic SEM and who are looking to understand and employ more advanced techniques. Register at www.kuce.org/programs/rda.

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KU Distinguished Alumni John Lutzker to speak at Dole HDC May 11

The Life Span Institute and the Department of Applied Behavioral Science have partnered to host a presentation by John R. Lutzker, Ph.D., a distinguished KU alumni who is now executive director of the Marcus Institute in Atlanta. Lutzker will speak at the Dole Human Development Center, Room 2092, Thursday, May 11, 4:00 p.m.

He will give an overview of the services and research offered at the Marcus Institute for Development and Learning, Inc., including the severe behavior center, mild behavior clinic, early intervention programs, and fetal alcohol clinic and research. He will also describe newly launched efforts in child maltreatment prevention based upon a model he developed.

Lutzker was previously appointed as Distinguished Consultant and Chief, Prevention Development and Evaluation Branch, for the Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The talk is free and open to the public.

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KU researchers begin to assess impact of Katrina on persons with disabilities

Glen White surveying Katrina devastation in the lower Ninth WardThe Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) just issued an interim report on its study of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on people with disabilities. The RTCIL’s past research in the field of emergency preparedness and persons with disabilities lead to a grant from The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) that was awarded in December 2005. The project team is lead by Glen White, RTCIL director, and Michael Fox, associate director, and Anthony Cahill, professor at University of New Mexico. Cat Rooney is acting project director.

The research project has two primary tasks: identify barriers and gaps that centers for independent living personnel have experienced concerning people with disabilities in the affected areas and relocation centers. Secondly, to identify barriers and gaps that emergency personnel have experienced concerning people with disabilities in the affected areas and relocation centers.

Centers for Independent Living (CILs), like Lawrence's Independence, Inc., are non-residential, private, non-profit organizations that provide core services and advocate for persons with all types of disabilities on issues such as access to housing, employment, transportation, health and social services.

White and Fox went to Mississippi February 2-4 and New Orleans March 23-25. Rooney and Cahill when to affected areas of Alabama April 2-4. They visited several sites and saw first hand the destruction in these communities and met with many of the people whose lives were affected by hurricane Katrina. They also met staff of the Centers for Independent Living that assisted persons with disabilities affected by the hurricane. Many of the centers had very significant roles in assisting people with disabilities at shelters during and after the hurricane. From those discussions they learned that many were unprepared for the challenges of disasters. The final report to NIDRR is planned for the fall of 2006.

- Drew Rosdahl

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KUCDD invites LSI investigators to meet with Consumer Advisory Panel
June 2

Did you know that Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) has a great, virtually untapped, resource? The KUCDD Consumer Advisory Panel members are individuals with developmental disabilities, parents of children who have developmental disabilities and agency representatives from across Kansas.

The Panel will be available to meet with LSI investigators on June 2, 1-3 p.m. in 2092 Dole to talk about what they feel is working for Kansans with developmental disabilities and what needs still exist.

Please direct questions to Denise Lance, KUCDD Consumer Activities Coordinator.

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Colombo delivers keynote at 2006 Gatlinburg Conference

John Colombo, LSI associate director for cognitive neuroscience and professor and acting chair of the Department of Psychology, was an invited keynoter for the 2006 Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Colombo outlined the challenges to the early assessment of developmental risk and protective factors early in the lifespan and presented some potential theoretical and practical resolutions to these issues.

Other LSI investigators also participated in the prestigious conference. Nancy Brady, Steve Warren and Audra Sterling presented a paper on some findings from their Fragile X study on the relationship of maternal responsivity to communication skills in young children with Fragile X as well as at a poster session.

Juniper Gardens Children's Project researchers lead by Howard Willis and Linda Heitzman Powell discussed three programs for handheld computers for use in classroom observations.

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Juniper Gardens staff member wins prestigious teaching award

Karen GordonKaren E. Gordon, English as a Second Language (ESL) and urban at-risk student teacher, is one of this year’s winners of the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) Teacher of the Year award. Gordon has been teaching in the Kansas City, Kansas USD #500 and is on the staff at Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) in Kansas City. She has a teaching career that spans 19 years and has included many positions: ESL Itinerant Teacher, Instructional Coach, Kansas Accelerated Literacy Learning Teacher, Higher Order Thinking Skills Teacher, Title 1 Teacher, Homebound Teacher, Mentor Teacher, and an At-Risk Counselor.

Cheryl Utley, associate research professor at JGCP and Gordon’s co-advisor, nominated her on the basis of their 12-year professional relationship and classroom observations of her teaching abilities.

“I give from the heart and soul," Gordon said about teaching, "It is my life's mission to never overlook a child, no matter how small or unapparent their potential might seem."

The ceremony took place on April 8, 2006 in Salt Lake City, Utah. When CEC President Jamie Hopkins announced the winners of this award, he said, “Time and again, I’ve seen special education teachers achieve miracles through their skill, perseverance, understanding, and love. These are the teachers who represent the best of special education.”

- Drew Rosdahl

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Cress and colleagues host National ADA Symposium

Pamela Cress and her colleagues with the Great Plains ADA & IT Center hosted the National ADA Symposium and Expo April 10-12 in St. Louis. Over 500 participants from throughout the U.S. attended sessions dealing with a variety of topics related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability rights issues. More information is available at http://www.adasymposium.org/

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RTC/IL presents new training course: Ready Willing and Able

Ready, Willing, and Able is a training course designed and presented by the Research and Training Center on Independent Living.  The purpose of the training is to teach people how to best assist persons with disabilities during a disaster situation. This project is funded by a grant through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. This course has been presented to health care and emergency management professionals in 2005 and 2006 in Salina, Clay Center, Topeka, Pittsburg, and El Dorado. During March, 2006, two sessions of Ready, Willing, and Able were presented through the Lawrence Douglas County Health Department.  Over 50 participants from a wide variety of professions were in attendance. Participants included health department staff, nurses, community volunteers, the Department of Homeland Security, Emergency Management staff, group home staff, and a chaplain. Course evaluations and personal comments reflected a very positive learning experience.

-Martha Hodgesmith

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Paul Diedrich selected KU Unclassified Non-Teaching Employee of the Year for 2006

Paul DiedrichPaul Diedrich, associate director for project development, was selected by a committee of his peers from across KU and from a highly competitive field of 11 other employees of the month (including our own Edith Bond), as the unclassified non-teaching employee of the year for 2006.

Thirty-four individual investigators representing six different academic departments and three different schools wrote individual letters supporting his nomination, one of whom described working with him as a “joyous partnership." All cited his never flagging enthusiasm and standards of excellence.

Paul has held his position for 28 years – under almost constant deadline pressure – to do the critical job of guiding investigators to the funding agencies so that the science of the Life Span Institute can continue.

 “All of us here value him more than our insufficient language and vocabulary can express,” said one investigator. “He is invaluable; there is no way one can put monetary value on his contributions,” said another. “He is indispensable; to lose him would be to create a black hole that is larger than any that physicists have located in space.”

LSI Director Steve Warren summarized it best: "Although Paul’s job is replete with hard, tedious stressful and often thankless work, he has made an enormous difference in the extraordinary success of the Life Span Institute for almost three decades."

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Investigator Promotions

Several Life Span affiliated investigators received promotions this spring. Todd Little, who directs Life Span’s Research, Design and Analysis department, was promoted to full professor of psychology. Greg Hanley, applied behavioral science; Holly Storkel, speech-language-hearing, and Michael Vitevitch, psychology, were all promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure. Susan Palmer, was promoted to associate research professor, Life Span Institute.

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Life Span Employees Recognized for Years of Service

With a combined 315 years of service, 54 Life Span Institute employees reached milestones in their KU careers in 2006. Patsy Woods and Pamela Cress top the years of service list, each with 30 years of service. Sherilyn LaDuke is next with 25 years, followed by Joan Ring and Jerry Schultz with 20 years each. With 15 years of service are Edith Bond, Laura Cruz, Kathleen Olson, Carole Ann (Kelly) Perry, Diane Salyers, Muriel Saunders, and Diana Skill. Robin Bayless and Elena Vorontsova have each given 10 years of service. The newbies, with five years of service are: Jeanne Fiscus, Jennifer Francois, Susan Higgins, Michelle Kampfer, Denise Lance, Jennifer Lattimore, Martha Martinez, Amy McCart, Christine Muehe, Sharon Riley, Marie Tieghi, Rick Washburn and Howard Wills. Way to go, LSI!

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Carolyn Thurman elected to KU Unclassified Senate

carolyn thurmanCarolyn Thurman, program assistant and office manager for Life Span central office, was elected to be a senator representing the research sector at KU Unclassified Senate for a three-year term.

The Unclassified Senate exists to foster closer cooperation and exchange between unclassified professional staff; to serve as a forum for discussion of common employment concerns; to facilitate professional development activities for members; and to provide a formal channel to communicate common concerns to appropriate University and State officials. All unclassified (non-faculty) staff at KU are represented by the Unclassified Senate. Contact Carolyn with your questions, concerns and suggestions regarding Senate issues.

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New central office employee

Rob HeilmanYou will hear a new voice and see a new face at Life Span Institute “command central” -  Rob Hileman. Rob will assist Carolyn Thurman in administrating the Life Span central office and Steve Warren in LSI’s development effort.

Rob Hileman has worked for 3 plus years at the University of Kansas in the Aerospace Short Course Program at Continuing Education.  His previous experience includes 10 years in the travel industry, during which he worked at Maupintour, and prior to that at AAA Washington in Seattle.
  
Rob has traveled the world, and enjoys diverse cultures, people, and experiences. He has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Colorado. Rob is a Spanish speaker, and also has a working knowledge of Italian and Portuguese. His hobby is photography and his photographs have been featured in publications for KUCE, and AAA Washington.

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Need to put video on the Web? It's getting easier

There is a new online service that may be a very useful tool for Life Span investigators who need to put video clips on the Web. The Internet-based service, YouTube,™ allows you to post up to a 10-minute video clip that is less that 100 MB in size to the Internet. These videos become searchable by keywords that you define and they can be accompanied by a description. You can then monitor how many people have viewed the video. This service is getting a lot of attention for its quick rise in popularity. In the 11 months that it has been available on the Net, it has quickly become the most popular site of its kind. In February it drew 9.1 million people to the site and users are adding about 30,000 new videos a day. 

You simply create your own profile at YouTube™, giving some basic information, then click the upload tab when you have created your clip and fill in all the necessary fields. 

If your source is a VHS tape, it can be digitally converted at the Budig computer lab; if the source is a DVD, you may want to check out some freeware programs such as Handbrake™ for Macs and DVD Ripper™ for PC.  Both programs are available as well as similar programs at Version Tracker™. 

If you are using a digital camcorder you can edit these clips in either Windows Movie Maker, available on all PCs, or iMovie for Mac users.  Regardless of the source make sure that the video is in a MPG, AVI or MOV format, then YouTube™ will convert this to a Flash™ format.  This process is astonishingly quick. 

Once your clip is uploaded, the service will give you a link that will take you directly to the video of your choice – or it will give you HTML code that will allow you to embed a video player directly to your own web site.  I have an example of each from an event I filmed on April 06 at the Oread Bookstore in which a new disability studies section was opened. Click here to view the You Tube version or the version that I have embedded into a web page that I have created.

If you have any questions please view the YouTube Help section or e-mail Drew Rosdahl

- Drew Rosdahl

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Project Development

March Project Development

Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

Past Submissions not Previously Reported

1. Judith Carta and Steven Warren, in collaboration with John Borkowski at the University of Notre Dame, submitted a new, four-year proposal “Preventing Child Maltreatment Through a Cellular-Phone Technology-Based Parenting Program” to HHS/CDC on March 19, 2006.

2. Kathleen Baggett submitted a new, four-year subcontract “Web-Based Parent-Infant Program Reducing Maltreatment” via the Oregon Research Institute, prime contractor to HHS/CDC, on March 19, 2006.

3. Jane Atwater submitted her third-year continuation “Midwest Child Care Consortium II:  Quality Rating Systems and Professional Development for Child Care Providers” to UNL, prime contractor to HHS, on March 31, 2006.

4. Michael Vitevitch submitted his third-year, non-competing continuation “Processing Neighbors in Speech Perception and Production” to NIDCD on April 1, 2006.

5. Susan Kemper submitted her second-year, non-competing continuation “Dual Task Costs to Adults’ Language Production” to NIA on April 1, 2006.

6. Dean Williams submitted his second-year, non-competing continuation “Laboratory Models of Maladaptive Escape Behavior” to NICHD on April 1, 2006.

7. Glen White and Michael Fox submitted a new, three-year proposal “Improving the Quality of Life of Youth with Disabilities by Adapting a Life Skills Training Program” to the University of New Mexico, prime contractor to HHS/CDC, on April 11, 2006.

8. Cheryl Utley and Wayne Sailor submitted their fifth-year, grant performance report “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” to DE/OSERS/OSEP on April 14, 2006.

9. Dale Walker submitted her fifth-year, grant performance report “Promotion of Communication and Language Development with Infants and Young Children in Inclusive Community-Based Child Care” to DE/OSERS/OSEP on April 14, 2006.

10. Dale Walker and Charles Greenwood submitted their third-year, grant performance report “Developing and Testing a Model for the Use of Meaningful Outcome Measures for Infants and Toddlers” to DE/OSERS/OSEP on April 14, 2006.

11. Howard Wills, Debra Kamps and Charles Greenwood submitted their third-year, grant performance report “Secondary and Tertiary Level Intervention in School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Systems:  Experimental Studies in Research to Practice” to DE/OSERS/OSEP on April 14, 2006.

12. Nancy Brady and Susan Bashinski submitted their fourth-year, grant performance report “Promoting Communication Outcomes for Children with Deaf-Blindness through Adaptive Prelinguistic Strategies” to DE/OSERS/OSEP on April 14, 2006.

13. Joseph Donnelly and Elizabeth Stewart submitted a new, two-year proposal “Comparison of Two Goal-Setting Strategies on Physical Activity Adherence Motivation in an Effort to Reduce CVD Risk Through Physical Activity and Weight Control” to the Sandra A. Daugherty Foundation on April 17, 2006.

14. Wayne Sailor and Amy McCart, in collaboration with the Illinois Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, the Kansas City, Kansas and Topeka Public School Districts, submitted a new, four-year proposal “Tertiary Intervention:  the K-I Center” to DE/OSERS/OSEP on April 17, 2006.

15. Howard Wills and Debra Kamps submitted a new, four-year subcontract “Building Tertiary Behavioral and Academic Supports within School-wide Systems of Positive Behavior Support:  Working with Schools PBS Teams to Develop Functional Processes that Promote Student Success” to the University of Missouri, Columbia – prime contractor to DE/OSERS/OSEP on April 17, 2006.

16. Jonathan Templin submitted a new, two-year collaborative proposal “Collaborative Research”  Constrained Finite Mixture Models for Psychological Diagnosis and Educational Assessment” to NSF on April 20, 2006.

Upcoming Proposal Submissions

1. Joseph Donnelly, Bryan Smith and Richard Washburn in collaboration with Debra Gibson, Debra Sullivan and Matthew Mayo (KU Medical Center) will submit their seventh-year, non-competing continuation “ Long-term Exercise, Weight Loss and Energy Balance” to NIDDK on May 1, 2006.

2. Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, Richard Washburn, Todd Little and Lauren Aaronson (KU Medical Center) will submit their second-year, non-competing continuation A Randomized Exercise Trial for Wheelchair Users” to NICHD on May 1, 2006. 

3. Mabel Rice, in collaboration with Steve Zubrick and Catherine Taylor @ Curtin University, Australia, will submit their fifth year, non-competing continuation “Twins and Singletons with Specific Language Impairment” to NIDCD on May 1, 2006.

4. Steve Warren and Nancy Brady will submit their fourth-year, non-competing continuation “Family Adaptation to Fragile X Syndrome” via the University of North Carolina (prime contractor) to NICHD on May 1, 2006.

5. Charles Greenwood and Barbara Terry will submit their third-year, grant performance report “Post-Doctoral Leadership Training Program in Intervention Research for Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities” to DE/OSERS/OSEP on May 1, 2006.

6. Cheryl Utley, Paul Markham and Charles Greenwood will submit their fourth-year, grant performance report “Preparation of Minority Leadership Personnel:  Special Education Doctoral Training in Research – Validated Interventions with Culturally Linguistically Diverse Students with Mild Disabilities in Urban Classroom Settings” to DE/OSERS/OSEP on May 1, 2006.

7. Jane Wegner will submit her third-year, grant performance report “Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the Schools:  Leadership and Access (ACTS)” to DE/OSERS/OSEP on May 1, 2006.

8. Mabel Rice will submit her five-year, competing continuation “Training Researchers in Language Impairments” to NIDCD on May 10, 2006.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Kathleen Baggett and Judith Carta received a new, two-year contract “Infant-Net” from the Oregon Research Institute, prime contractors to NIMH, which began March 10, 2006.

2. Holly Storkel received a new, five-year award “Word Learning in Children:  Normal Development and Language Impairment” form NIDCD that begins May 1, 2006.

There are also several contracts which are currently pending that we hope to report on next month.

Institute Activities

Appointments

Steven Barlow served on an invited external advisory committee to complete an academic program review of SLHS at the University of Arizona, which will be during April 12-15

Glen White, Professor of Applied Behavioral Science has been asked to be a reviewer by NIH for teleconference - "Consumer's Report on Prosthetics and Assistive Technology," which will be on May 25th. He will also serve on the NCDDR's Standards and Research Review Board.

Joan Houghton, Ed.D., Assistant Research Professor, was a Assistive Technology Consultant for DeSoto USD 232 School District for a student who has complex health care needs and severe disabilities, January to March, 2006. She is also a co-evaluator for Chase Middle School's Comprehensive School Reform Project, Topeka, Kansas for School Year 2005-2006.

Presentations

Nancy Brady, Susan Bashinski, and Joan Houghton presented, "Teaching Communicative Gestures to Young Children who are Deaf-Blind through an Adaptive Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching (PMT) Approach" at the Kansas Division of Early Childhood Education (KDEC) Conference, Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas on March 2, 2006.
 
Presented, "An Introduction to Orientation and Mobility for Young Children: Which Way Do I Go?" and co-presented, "Transition to Kindergarten for Young Children with Visual Impairments and Blindness: A Portfolio Approach" at the Statewide VIISA Training,  at Kansas State School for the Blind, Kansas City, Kansas, April, 2006.

Susan Kemper recently visited Georgetown University speaking on "Decomposing Verbal Fluency" and "Dual Effects on Language Production."  Her visit was hosted by Drs. Maxime Weinstein and Darlene Howard.

At the recent Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta, KU was well represented.  Susan Kemper and her colleagues presented a paper on their eyetracking studies; with Joan McDowd, she also presented preliminary findings on new collaborations with the Alzheimer's Center and Parkinson's' Center at KUMC, and two students presented posters on their research.

Kemper, S., McDowd, J., Metcalf, K. Liu, C-J., MacKay, A.  (2006).  Eye fixations of young and older adults while reading with distraction II:  Prose Passages.  Invited presentation at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

McDowd, J., Kemper, S., Lyons, K., Pahwa, R., & Burns, J. (2006).  Semantic and executive influences on fluency in healthy aging, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Liu, C-J., & Kemper, S. (2006).  Comprehension of health-related written materials by older adults. Presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA. 

Folker, S., & Ferraro, R.  (2006).  Why is elder abuse overlooked?  Media and Ageism. Presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Benham, T. J. (2005, November).  Including children with special needs in your library.  ITV presentation hosted by Kansas State Library, Parsons, KS. 

Black-Moore, P. (2006, January). Educating persons with developmental disabilities about self-direction. Presentation to the Kansans Mobilizing for Change Task Force, Topeka, KS.

Cress, P. J. (2006, February). Making best practices usable. Moderator for the session at the AccessIT Training on Accessible IT in Education, Scottsdale, AZ.

Sack. S., Morton, S., & Simmons, S. (2006, March). Accessing AT Services in Kansas. Presentation to the Independent Living Day at the Capitol to Consumers, Service Providers, and Legislators, Topeka, KS.

Simmons, S. (2006, January). Impact of the Assistive Technology Act on State AT Services. Teleconference presentation to the Idaho AT Program Staff.

Benham, T. J. (2006, March). More meaningful than email: strategies for distance collaboration.

Goosen, M.D. (2006, March). Increasing early childhood placements in least restrictive environments: Strategies for school districts and local education agencies.

Hornback, M., Peterson, D., Goosen, M., & Stroup-Rentier, V. L. (2006, March). Early childhood outcomes: Setting the stage for improvements in special education.

Hornback, M., & Rinkel, P. (2006, March). Innovative practices in transitions from Part C to Part B services.

Nelson, C., Stroup-Rentier, V. L., & Lindeman, D. P. (2006, March). Itinerant early childhood services in community programs: Supporting personnel through state-level technical assistance.

Purvis, B., Stroup-Rentier, V. L., Peterson, D., & Mellard, E. (2006, March). Making a difference for premature and medically fragile children and their families: A crackerbarrel discussion session.

Stroup-Rentier, V. L., Kroboth, L., & Miksch, P. (2006 March). Natural learning opportunities and primary coaching: What is it and why are we doing it?

Zimmerman, E., Barlow, S.M., Seibel, L., Poore, M., Stumm, S., Estep, M., Chu, S., Fees, M., Urish, M., Gagnon, K., Cannon, S., Carlson, J.  (2006).  Pacifier stiffness alters the dynamics of the suck central pattern generator.  Society Pediatric Research, 5571:393.   American Pediatrics Society, April 29-May 2, 2006, San Francisco, California

Barlow, SM. & Finan, DS.  (2006).  A new therapeutic method for entraining the suck central pattern generator (CPG) in the premature infant.  Society Pediatric Research, 3153.  American Pediatrics Society, April 29-May 2, 2006, San Francisco, California

McCart, A. (2005). National HeadStart Association: Understanding Problem Behavior, December 16, 2005, Washington DC

McCart, A. & Sailor, W. (2005). PBS Implementers Forum. October 20, 2005, Chicago, IL

McCart, A., (2005). NACCRRA: Understanding Challenging Behavior, Kicked Out at Three. September 16, 2005, Kansas City, MO

Fox, M., (2006) Assessing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Persons with Disabilities. 2006 Governor's Public Health Conference held in Wichita

Publications

Barlow SM, Finan, DS, Seibel L, Chu S, Poore M, Zimmerman E, Urish M, Estep M.  (2006). Translational neuroscience: patterned somatosensory stimulation to entrain oromotor activity in premature infants.  5th International Speech Motor Conference, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, June 7-10.

Folkert, Skye. (2006). Why is Elder Abuse Overlooked? Media and Ageism. Journal of Psychology and Education. (based on her senior thesis)