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March 2002

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

Karen Henry, editor kahenry@ku.edu

The Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas

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1000 Sunnyside Avenue

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

LSI web site: http://www.lsi.ku.edu

Contents

Features

Don Bailey, director of the Carolina Fragile X Project, inaugurates Kansas Colloquia for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Annual Evaluation Criteria Task Force starts work on new promotion tracks

Technology Task Force to solicit PI comment on Computer and Media Services Strategic Plan

KUCDD, RD&A Director Searches Update

Steve Warren to serve on NICHD Initial Review Group

Janet Marquis, Nancy Brady promotions

KDHE Director of the Office of Injury and Disability Programs to begin Gerontology doctoral program Fall 2002 semester

Administration News

Project Development
March update

Research Design & Analysis and Information Technology Services... Workshops on Bootstrap Techniques set for Friday, May 10 ; Norton Utilities update

Don Bailey inaugurates Kansas Colloquia for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

A researcher whose groundbreaking long term study of children with the fragile X syndrome is pointing to earlier identification and treatment is the first speaker of the Kansas Colloquia for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Donald Bailey, director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss findings from the Carolina Fragile X Project in Fragile X Syndrome: Early Identification, Early Development, and Early Intervention at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Computer Center Auditorium across the street from the Dole Center at 1001 Sunnyside Avenue.

The Colloquia is sponsored by the Life Span Institute, the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, the Institute for Child Development, the Center for Reproductive Sciences, the Beach Center on Disability, the Juniper Gardens Children's Project, and the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities.

For more information contact Karen Henry at kahenry@ku.edu or 785 864-0756.

New task force starts work on new promotion tracks

The Annual Evaluation Criteria Task Force, chaired by Ed Zamarripa, convened on March 6 to recommend new and improved ways to evaluate and promote LSI unclassified staff.

The committee will consider promotion tracks for scientific, research and managerial staff and how to evaluate staff for promotion. The committee is expected to make its recommendations by July 1 and changes will be adopted to affect staff evaluations and promotions beginning fiscal year 2003.

Committee members are: Jim Budde, RTC/IL director emeritus; Charlie Greenwood, Juniper Gardens director; Debra Montagna, Parsons research assistant; Betty Smith, Juniper Gardens program assistant; Dave Lindeman, Parsons LSI director; Susan Jack, Parsons LSI research assistant; Cindy Roberts, LSI program assistant and Karen Henry, LSI communication coordinator.

Technology Task Force to solicit PI comment on Computer and Media Services Strategic Plan

The Tech Task Force, chaired by Charlie Greenwood, will circulate a final draft of its Computer and Media Services Strategic Plan to Institute PIs for comment in April. The Task Force will also invite PIs to discuss the plan further with Task Force members at meetings in Parsons, Lawrence, and Juniper Gardens PIs will get the Plan and meeting dates by April 5. The Task Force anticipates presenting the final Plan to Steve Warren on April 19.

KUCDD Director, RD&A Director Searches Update

We’re getting closer! LSI hopes to announce the successful candidates of both searches very soon.

Steve Warren joins NICHD Initial Review Group

Steve Warren has been invited to serve on the Mental Retardation Research Subcommittee of the NICHD Initial Review Group from July 1, 2002, through June 30, 2006. This subcommittee advises the acting director of NIH and the director of NICHD on research in mental retardation and has the primary responsibility for reviewing applications for mental retardation centers, program project grants, and national research service awards relating to research and manpower in the field of mental retardation. The subcommittee also performs concept clearance review of contract projects in the MRDD branch of the Center for Research for Mothers and Children. Congratulations Steve!

Janet Marquis, Nancy Brady promotions

Janet Marquis, director of the Research Design and Analysis Unit, and Nancy Brady, research assistant professor, have both been promoted to the post of associate scientist with the Institute. Congratulations Janet and Nancy!

KDHE Director of the Office of Injury and Disability Programs to begin Gerontology doctoral program Fall 2002 semester

Julie F. Sergeant, who currently directs the Office of Injury and Disability Programs for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, will begin a doctoral program with the Gerontology Department in the fall semester. Sergeant was also associated with the Beach Center on Disability and the Language Acquisition Preschool, as well as the Peace Corps in the Republic of Congo. Her achievements in these and other roles were cited for awarding her the prestigious four-year Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship, which provides for tuition, fees, and a generous stipend. Welcome back, Julie!

Administration News

Project Development

Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

Past Submissions not Previously Reported

1. Charles Spellman submitted a new two-year proposal “Health Cooking Made Possible: Research and Development of Electronic Recipes” to the Kansas Health and Nutrition Fund on March 1, 2002.

2. Richard Saunders submitted a continuation application for “Staff Training and Consultation” to the Johnson County Developmental Supports on March 13, 2002.

3. Jerry Schultz and Stephen Fawcett submitted a supplemental request for “Kansas Community Leadership Corps” to the Central Kansas Foundation on March 18, 2002.

4. Steve Warren and Judith Carta, collaborating with Jane Atwater and Kere Hughes, submitted their second-year continuation “Predicting and Preventing Neglect in Teen Mothers (prime contractor – University of Notre Dame) to NICHD on April 1, 2002.

5. H.R. Turnbull submitted a supplemental request for “Statutory Analysis for Real Choice Grant” to the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities on April 2, 2002.

Upcoming Submissions

1. H.R. Turnbull will submit a year-four continuation proposal “North Carolina Council DD Council Grant” to the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities on April 9, 2002.

2. Michael Wehmeyer, David Lindeman, and Travis Thompson (aided by past director, Stephen Schroeder), will submit the five-year renewal application “Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities” (previously UAP) to HHS/Administration on Developmental Disabilities on April 19, 2002.

3. Barbara Terry, Charles Greenwood, Cheryl Utley and Deborah Linebarger will submit their fourth-year grant performance report “ClassWide Peer Tutoring Infused into the Beginning Reading Curriculum of Young Children” to USDE/OSERS/OSEP on April 19, 2002.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Kathleen Olson received a new one-year award “The National Service and Community Inclusion Project” from the Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities which began February 4, 2002.

2. Vincent Francisco and Stephen Fawcett received a new one-year award “Center for Youth and Community Development for Juvenile Justice” from the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority which began February 22, 2002.

Research Design and Analysis and Information Technology Services

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

Workshops on Bootstrap Techniques in Psychological and Behavioral Science set for May 10

Research Design and Analysis will hold two statistics workshops on Friday, May 10 (KU Stop Day) in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union, times (TBA). The topic of the workshops is the application of bootstrap techniques to psychological and behavioral science data.

Bootstrap techniques are especially useful for inferential procedures when the assumptions for standard tests are not met, e.g., the assumption of normality. Bootstrap techniques are also used with increasing frequency in multiple comparison situations.

Exact times and registration information will be announced soon. For more information, contact Janet Marquis at jmarquis@ku.edu.

Norton Utilities update

Gerald Hazen

Most of the NU2002 installs I've done over the last couple of weeks have had the WinDoctor set to auto-start the program on the first Monday of the month at 8 AM. When the program starts click the NEXT button. After the diagnostics have been run, click the NEXT button. On the next window, click the FINISH button. On the next window, click the REPAIR ALL button. There will be a popup and you should click the YES button. When the repairs have been made close the window and you are done. It all takes about 5 minutes.

The SpeedDisk (hard drive defragmentation) program is set to auto-start on the first Monday of the month at 4:50 PM. When the program starts click the START button. Click the YES button and leave the computer running for the night.

For those of you running Windows 2000 or WindowsXP the same instructions apply for the WinDoctor program, but for the SpeedDisk program there is no interaction required, just leave your computer running over night on the first Monday of the Month and it will run.

Comments and questions to: lifespan@ku.edu


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