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May 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

Contents:

Director's Corner

LSI administration news

Grant solicitations

Conference activities

Director's Corner

Steve Schroeder, director, Life Span Institute

One of our centers at the Life Span Institute is the Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development headed by Steve Fawcett. This past April it celebrated its 25th anniversary. I asked Steve to describe this event and to trace how the Work Group has developed over the last 25 years. Below his description.

KU Work Group Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Steve Fawcett, director

In the Greek epic poem, the Odyssey, we see the circle of life: we leave home to pursue knowledge and experience, and come home to re-connect and be welcomed.

On April 27, 2001, we joined in a 25th Anniversary Celebration of LSI’s KU Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development. The two-day event included a morning invited conference, an HDFL Proseminar presentation, an evening dinner and party, and a next-day brunch for out-of-town guests.

The mission of the KU Work Group is to promote community health and development through collaborative research, teaching, and service. The KUWG’s current leadership/management team includes Steve Fawcett, Rod Bremby, Jacquie Fisher, Vince Francisco, Jerry Schultz, and Rachel Wydeven. Other colleagues include professional and support staff, graduate students, and undergraduate interns.

The KU Work Group has been at this (in one way or another) since 1975. The "anniversary" celebrated the generations of people who have joined together to contribute their talents to this common purpose.

If we were to do an archeological "dig" into the layers of influence on this work, it would yield a picture something like this:

1) Behavior Analysis -- A prominent influence are the principles and methods of behavior analysis. This sub-discipline helps give an edge in learning about and contributing to socially important goals. [For this domain, many of our important mentors—Keith Miller, Mont Wolf, and Todd Risley, for example—who are or have been in the Department of Human Development.]

2) Community Psychology -- By the late 1970's, the KU Work Group embraced the influence of community psychology. This sub-field places a premium on collaboration, the process by which we share resources and responsibilities with those with whom we learn and act.

3) Public Policy -- While a part of KU's Institute of Public Affairs and Community Development from the 1970's to the 1980's, the KUWG had opportunities to learn about public policy. They drew especially on ideas about agenda setting in public policy.

4) Independent Living -- During the 1980's, at the request of Dick Schiefelbusch, Todd Risley and Jim Budde, the KUWG began working with our colleagues at KU's Research and Training Center for Independent Living. This helped us see how a university group's research and action agenda can be guided by the concerns of clients who are partners in the journey.

5) Public Health -- Beginning in 1990, with the support of the Kansas Health Foundation and their many mentors, the KUWG became very active in the work of public health. It embraced this field's commitment to social justice and to environmental change as a strategy for improving population-level outcomes.

6) E-Learning -- Since the mid-1990's, especially with work on the Community Tool Box http://ctb.ukans.edu/, the KU Work Group has been exploring the potential of Internet-based learning. It is pursuing ways to use new communications technologies to support research, teaching, and service.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was a great African American educator, and the daughter of former slaves. She stated the public interest function of universities with absolute clarity:

"Enter to learn; depart to serve."

This Spring, we celebrated the efforts of a particular community of scholars and doers: those now or once affiliated with the KU Work Group. They, like all of us here, are still trying to learn that we may serve.

Finally, to our KU Work Group colleagues: In the years to come, wherever the pursuit of knowledge and experience takes you, know that you always have a home here.

For more information on the KU Work Group, see http://ctb.ukans.edu/wg/

LSI administration news

Editor's note Karen Henry, communications coordinator

Personnel Jon Gaines, assistant director, Personnel

· Jon Gaines farewell message

· Sherilyn LaDuke promoted to Acting Assistant Director for Personnel Services

Ed Zamarripa, director, Finance and Administration

Computing & networking Davida Sears, director, Computer Applications Unit

· Email/Web accounts on Falcon/Eagle/KUHUB to end

Project Development Paul Diedrich, associate director, Project Development

· Paul's reports will now be on the LSI website at: http://www.lsi.ku.edu/projects

Technology Task Force update Charles Greenwood, director, Juniper Gardens Children's Project

· Cathy Smith, assistant vice chancellor for information technology, to address task force June 7

Biobehavioral Measurement Core Troy Zarcone, research assistant professor

Editor's Note

Karen Henry kahenry@ku.edu

Greetings. I hope that you will like this new approach to the Life Span Lifeline Online as an email newsletter that will be linked to the LSI website. The information on the website (conference activities and project development to begin with) will be a more easily accessible public record of your projects, publications, presentations, and other contributions. Eventually, we hope to put this and other pertinent information in a database with a web interface so that it can be searched and displayed conveniently. The newsletter itself will also be accessible as a MS Word file on Dolenet on the Shared Drive (H: drive) in the Lifeline Online folder.

While I plan to focus this newsletter on brief news items for LSI insiders rather than longer features, please submit news about your LSI program or project. Thanks to Glen White who just reminded me that I can embed digital photos in email messages so that Outlook users, at least, will be able to see them in Life Span Lifeline Online. Send me your digital or digitized photos for future issues along with a caption for them.

Finally, keep in mind that we also plan to publish a higher-end, designed print newsletter a few times a year for our external audiences that will take a longer, more thoughtful look at you and your projects and programs. Send me your ideas!

Let me know how we can improve communication within LSI and tell our story to others. I look forward to meeting each of you.

Personnel

Farewell

Jon Gaines

It is with mixed emotions that after working for 28 years at the Bureau of Child Research/Life Span Institute I say farewell to the people that I have so much enjoyed working with. I am leaving the service of the department and the University to pursue other goals in my life. My last day of working at the LSI is May 25. I now intend to devote more time to my family and enjoy life on our family farm. I have thoroughly enjoyed both the professional and personal relationships that I have had with the people who were working at, or associated with, the best department at the University when I joined it in 1973 and the people who have just recently joined the department. I have always felt that I was able to make a positive contribution to both the Institute and the University by performing a multitude of administrative tasks that would relieve the Researchers in the Life Span Institute from having to perform these tasks themselves, thereby allowing them to spend more of their time and efforts on their research endeavors. I have been proud to be a part of the major research department at the University of Kansas. I feel that my efforts have assisted in the conduct and dissemination of research from an organization that is one of the leaders in the field throughout the world. The advancements in knowledge and techniques made by the researchers in our department and disseminated throughout the state, country, and world have made a major impact on improving the quality of life for an untold number of people. Although I have been an administrator rather than a researcher, I have always hoped that my efforts have played a part in efforts of the Life Span Institute team in improving the world. I wish the best to all of you.

Sincerely,

Jon Gaines

Sherilyn LaDuke promoted to Acting Assistant Director for Personnel Services; Boni Bever to handle Equal Employment Opportunity activities

Ed Zamarripa, director, Finance and Administration

Jon Gaines is leaving the LSI to spend more time with his family. We wish him the very best and we want to thank Jon for all his work and the contributions he has made. In the meantime, we are in the process of reorganizing our administrative structure so that all essential functions are covered. To that end, we are pleased to announce that Sherilyn LaDuke has been promoted to Acting Assistant Director for Personnel Services. Sherilyn has a long history with us and she will be handling all payroll and personnel issues. At the same time, we wish to announce that Boni Bever will be in charge of all Equal Employment Opportunity activities for the short term. Boni has been with us only a short time but has many years experience at KUMC. She will handle all EEO searches and files. Eventually, Sherilyn will add the EEO duties but we need to get through the fiscal year and summer before we do that. Thus, for the interim, please direct all payroll/personnel issues to Sherilyn LaDuke at 864-0583. Please direct all EEO issues to Boni Bever at 864-4467. Of course, you can also call me at any time at 864-0571.

We are fortunate to have dedicated employees throughout the LSI. I am certain that everyone will everything possible to assist us in this transition period. Thanks for your help. It will be business as usual. Please call me if you have any questions.

Ed Zamarripa, director, Finance and Administration

New Staff at the LSI

Anna Carlton, student hourly, Beach Center - Self Determination Project

Kere Pond Hughes, assistant research professor, Juniper Gardens

Nichole Michel, student hourly, LSI/Central Office

Erin Rink, graduate research assistant, R&T Center

Jennifer Rowland, graduate research assistant, R&T Center

Jennifer Simon, graduate research assistant, Communication of People with Mental Retardation

Staff no longer with the LSI

Tina Bell, student hourly, LSI Central Office

Laura Coelho, student hourly, Child Language Program

Srikanth Enukonda, student hourly, R&T Center

Jon Gaines, assistant director for personnel services, LSI/Central Office

Steve Howell, student hourly, computer applications unit

G. Brett Lundberg, student hourly, SEEM Center

Amber Smith, student hourly, R&T Center

Jennifer Wiechman, student hourly, Beach Center

David Wyatt, graduate research assistant, R&T Center

Transfers

Pam Williams has been promoted from an accountant I to an accountant II position in the LSI/Central Office Accounting Department.

Computing & networking

Campus E-Mail and Web Accounts on Eagle, Falcon, and KUHUB phasing out

Davida Sears

This is a reminder that e-mail services and personal Web site hosting on Eagle, Falcon and KUHUB computers are being phased out. For students, these services end May 31, 2001, and for faculty/staff the end date is May 31, 2002. Everyone is encouraged to obtain a Microsoft Exchange account that can be accessed using Outlook from your desktop or Outlook Web Access at http://www.mail.ku.edu from a web browser on any computer.

You can sign up for an Exchange account, check your existing KU online services, and find out how to move your email messages and address book and your Web site files from Falcon/Eagle/KUHUB at http://www.ku.edu/computing/services. If you would like to convert an entire group to Exchange, Academic Computing Services will schedule a demonstration, setup and training program for your group. They will install and customize the software for everyone in your group. Contact Thelma Simons, tsimons@ku.edu, for more information.

ACS Classes

The ACSess newsletter from Academic Computing Services with their training class schedule is no longer being published in paper form. For the schedules for classes on Outlook, web authoring, the Microsoft Office Suite or data analysis software offered by ACS, go to http://www.ku.edu/acs/training. Other computing news will be at http://www.ku.edu/acs/news.

Technology Task Force Update

Charlie Greenwood

The LSI technology and media task force first met April 18th, charged by the director designate, Steve Warren, to review and make recommendations concerning the state and future of technology and media services within the LSI. The committee members were selected for their skills and interests in technology and media, as well as their locations in the representative projects and sites within the LSI (Lawrence, Parsons, Juniper Gardens, and the Medical Center). Committee members are as follows: Charles Greenwood, Chair, Don Warn, Troy Zarcone, Cindy Roberts, Karen Henry, Dean Williams, Steven Mills, and Davida Sears. The importance and excitement of this task to LSI investigators is reflected in the following summary:

Planning the technological and media future of the LSI is an exciting and challenging task because of the large potential benefits these tools can provide and the high costs of not using these tools wisely. As the largest research unit on the Lawrence Campus, as a unit that spans multiple campuses, sites, and centers in Kansas, and as a unit that conducts collaborative research with diverse scientific and professional organizations regionally, nationally, and internationally; technology and media technologies provide a critical, essential, and changing component of infrastructure leading to our continuing record of success.

Just some of the related forces shaping the LSI's technology and media future are:

1. Research opportunities that focus on the development and uses of technology with persons with disabilities and with disabilities issues.

2. Funding agencies that are increasingly moving towards electronic grant proposal submission processes (NSF Fastlane; USDE pilot testing), and away from paper processes. To engage these new processes requires internet/web communications and standard software tools for creating and handling digital documents (Adobe Acrobat). Paper processes are being phased out.

3. Scientific journals are moving online with article submission, peer review, and online publication. In combination with web-based search and indexing tools, it is easy to see a future where all publications may be located, read, or printed in their entirety from online sources.

4. The University is well along in initiatives that are standardizing its strategic information (e.g., personnel, purchasing, instruction, research, etc.) and adopting online procedures and software platforms that enable use by authorized students, faculty, and staff. For example, all students are required to have email and to access grades and courses via email, the Exchange Server, and the Internet. Paper processes are being phased out.

5. The integration of digital technologies continues to advance. For example, digital video cameras, linear digital editing, and digital video publishing dreamed of 5 years ago, are common today, enabling the development of higher quality products by fewer staff faster than ever before. Similarly the integration of voice, Internet, and wireless communications (e.g., personal digital assistant tools) are fast coming to the market. Wireless communications between and among computers provides broad implications for advances in networking by interfacing on-site and portable, mobile devices.

6. New, highly specialized laboratory instruments are all examples of advanced technology with computer/software controls. The University supports a cost-sharing program to help investigators acquire new, advanced research equipment.

7. A software trend appears to be software obtained and used on the web.

Some Guiding Questions Under Consideration

What basic questions should we ask about technology and media?

· What are KU's informational assets?

· What are the LSI's unique informational assets (those not overlapping KU's assets)

· What standards and quality controls are needed to insure the accuracy and usability of KU and LSI information?

· How do we want to communicate and share information?

· How do we want to conduct business?

· How do we want to conduct research?

· How do we best use our resources?

Where is technology and media headed (Next 5-10 Years)?

· What developments in technology and media are anticipated in the next five (ten) years?

· What developments and technology and information management initiatives are underway at KU?

· What is KU/Med Center computing doing with technology, where are they going?

· What is the KUCR doing with technology, where are they going?

· What are relevant funding agencies doing with technology, where are they going?

· What are current and future trends in scientific communications (e.g., print vs. online), where are they going?

· What services does the KU/Med Center provide?

· Are we doing things that KU Center computing could do for us? (e.g., security checking)

· What are the near and far future trends in technology/media?

Where do we want to go?

· What opportunities exist for us to take advantage of?

· What are the risks?

· What is the cost/benefit?

· What strategic directions are needed so that we can leap ahead?

· How can we work smarter rather than harder?

In the upcoming weeks and months, the committee is planning to investigate these and other issues with a report and recommendation due in April 2002. Activities anticipated and planned will include an inventory of equipment, personnel, and costs related to technology and media services, organization/administration, the future, KU technology and media services/support, survey of LSI investigators and staff, and other internal and external means of evaluation and review.

At the next meeting of the committee on the 7th June, Cathy Smith, assistant vice chancellor for Information Technology, will be discussing the future of technology and media services. We realize that this is an open strategic planning process and are open to any input at any time.

Send your communications to Charles Greenwood at greenwood@ukans.edu

Abbreviations are as follows: CAU = Computer applications unit, BMC = Biobehavioral measurement core, KUCR = Kansas University Center for Research, LSI = Life span institute,

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Conference activities

This information is online at http://www.lsi.ku.edu/conferences. Send your additions and corrections to kahenry@ku.edu.

Grant solicitations

MEDICAID NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCFA Press Office

May 22, 2001

HHS TO GIVE MONEY TO STATES TO HELP STATES BUILD DISABILITIES PROGRAMS

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the release of solicitations for new grants totaling around $70 million for states to develop new programs for people with disabilities.

The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) announced the new grant

funds to states. Today's action invites the states to apply for those funds. The grants will help states enable people with disabilities or long term illness to reside in their own homes and participate fully in community life. These grants build on the New Freedom Initiative's goals of removing barriers to equality for the 54 million Americans living with disabilities.

Grant applications will be due in July 2001. Grant awards will be made prior to Oct. 1, 2001. States will have up to 36 months to spend the money.

For more details about the grants, go to:

http://www.hcfa.gov/medicaid/systemschange

Comments and questions to: lifespan@ku.edu


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