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November 2003

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
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Presentation schedule of candidates for KU Gerontology Center director set

Glen White shares closing APHA plenary address with CDC head, Washington University ethicist

ScholarWorks – KU Libraries pilot project to create online catalog of KU research seeks LSI participation

Life Span in the news




Addresses & Chaired Meeting Sessions


Central Office News & Announcements

Presentation Schedule of Candidates for KU Gerontology Center Director

The Schiefelbusch Life Span Institute & the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have announced the schedule for the research presentations of the candidates for the position of the director of the KU Gerontology Center.

Thursday, December 4, 2003, 4-5 p.m., Pine Room, Kansas Union, Dr. Thomas Hess, North Carolina State University, "A Social Cognitive Perspective on the Study of Aging and Cognition"

Monday, December 8, 2003, 4-5 p.m., Centennial Room, Kansas Union, Dr. Fredda Blanchard-Fields, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Do They Push Your Buttons? Traditional Beliefs as an Explanation of Age Differences in Social Attributions"

Wednesday, December 10, 2003, 4-5 p.m., Pine Room, Kansas Union, Dr. Keith Whitfield, Pennsylvania State University, Talk title TBA

Monday, December 15, 2003, 4-5 p.m., Pine Room, Kansas Union, Dr. Leah Light, Pitzer College, "Dual Process Models of Memory in Old Age"

There will be a reception following each presentation.

Glen White shares closing APHA plenary address with CDC head, Washington University ethicist

Glen White, director of the Life Span Institute’s Research and Training Center on Independent Living, was one of three national leaders invited by American Public Health Association (APHA) to bring a cutting-edge perspective on disability to close the association’s 2003 national meeting.

Disability was recognized as one the three most important current public health issues at the APHA meeting along with disease prevention and genomics.

White addressed the closing session of the 2003 annual meeting of the in San Francisco in November along with Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who spoke on evolving trends in health promotion and disease prevention, and Wylie Burke, chair of the Department of Medical History and Ethics at the Washington School of Medicine, who discussed the impact of advances in genomics.

White stressed three points regarding disability as a public health issue: the need to increase the visibility of people with disabilities in public health, the need to promote full participation of people with disabilities in public health activities, and the need to reduce health disparities among people with disabilities. He recommended that the topic of disability be included in public health training as one way of addressing this issue. (See presentation at:

White has been a leader in working closely with the APHA to make their annual meetings and other activities fully accessible to persons with disabilities. He is current past-chair of the DisAbility Forum, a section of APHA.

ScholarWorks – KU Libraries pilot project to create online catalog of KU research seeks early adopters

Karen Henry, Communications Coordinator

Richard Fyfe, assistant dean of libraries for scholarly communication, has approached the Life Span Institute, as possible participants – or “early adopters”- for an exciting new initiative by the KU Libraries that has the possibility of solving many archiving and dissemination issues for LSI – including the NIH requirement regarding making data sets accessible. This archive/catalog would also be a repository for presentations and other research products that are often “lost” to other researchers or consumers because of they are not cataloged or available as part of the online KU catalog.

I will be contacting center directors separately about our possible participation in this project but I welcome questions and interest from individual researchers in the mean time.

An overview of ScholarWorks follows.

The KU ScholarWorks institutional repository offers faculty a central location for depositing any research or scholarly output considered appropriate by a participating department or center, including working papers, pre-publication scholarship, and published papers for which authors have retained copyright. KU ScholarWorks will provide enduring access and will make the content easily discoverable. The KU Digital Library Initiatives and the Libraries' Office of Scholarly Communication are sponsoring development of KU ScholarWorks for KU faculty and staff, based on DSpace an open-source system created at MIT.

Why a Repository For Your Content?

Software makes dissemination quick and efficient. Authors or their assistants can easily upload files and create cataloging information using a web-based form from any Internet connection.

Increased visibility for your research and your unit. KU ScholarWorks will bring many new readers to your research and to your website. The University of California EScholarship Repository logged nearly 30,000 full-text paper downloads in just six months.

Helps meet grant requirements for dissemination. Most federal grants require that you describe how you will disseminate the results of your funded research.

Institutional identity of your department or center will be linked to your content.

Relieves the local unit of responsibility for system maintenance. Departments and research centers need not worry about maintaining software or servers for disseminating their research, or transitioning content when switching PC's or servers. The University commits to maintaining long-term access to content housed in the repository, including durable file-names.

A variety of access points: KU ScholarWorks can be searched directly. It can also be searched-along with other databases, journals, and library catalogs-through the KU Digital Library search system. In addition, metadata for the papers and other documents in the Repository will be made available to other repositories through OAI (Open Archives Initiative) harvesting, making KU ScholarWorks part of a world-wide network of research collections.

A promising alternative to commercial ventures or self-publishing. KU ScholarWorks provides a visible, persistent platform for freely distributed research and will reduce the need for expensive commercial products such as the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

Life Span in the News

Retired LSI Director Stephen Schroeder has returned to Lawrence for November and December before returning to Saudi Arabia for his final month as director of the Prince Salman Center for Disability Research in Riyadh. He recounted some of his year at the only center for disabilities research in the Mideast to the Lawrence Journal-World, a year that saw the American-led invasion of Iraq. Article at:

Rud Turnbull and Ann Turnbull, co-directors of the Beach Center on Disability, will spend the next five years assessing two controversial changes in federal disabilities policies on families who have children with disabilities: giving families and individuals direct control over Medicaid funds and the ability and the ability of schools to place students with disabilities whose behavior is deemed disruptive or threatening into separate schools.

The Beach Center studies are funded by a $3.75 million grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, an agency of the U.S. Department of Education. Kansas and Kansas City media reported the grant widely. Lawrence Journal World article:

After high school, young people with disabilities are less likely to be employed, live independently or continue their education even though federal disabilities law mandates "transition" services. But a $1.5 million DOE-sponsored study led by Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities Director and Beach Center Associate Director Michael Wehmeyer will find out more about what can close this gap. His study will follow 694 teens in Kansas, Texas and Oregon high schools as they transition into adulthood—some of them prepared through several existing self-determination programs and approaches. This story was also widely disseminated by the media. See Journal-World article at:

The Human Genome Project (HGP) is a source of hope and cause for concern for people with disabilities and their families, according to Matthew Stowe, assistant research professor, who will direct the three-year study, along with Beach Center co-directors H.R. and Ann Turnbull.

According to Stowe, the HGP offers hope in the form of promising medical approaches to prevent, treat or even cure impairment, but it generates concern over the possibility of genetic discrimination, violations of privacy and even the specter of a new eugenics movement

The National Human Genome Research Institute awarded the Beach Center on Disability $915 thousand grant to learn more about how people with disabilities view the ethical, legal and social implications of the Human Genome Project. Article:

Denise Poston, Beach Center research associate, was interviewed by the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times as an expert on children with autism in the classroom. The report concerned the Los Altos Elementary School District suing to bar a third-grader with autism from her Los Altos classroom. Poston pointed out that many classroom behavior problems could be avoided:

“How people interact with children with autism often incites aggressive behavior," said Denise Poston, a research associate at the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas.

"Children with disabilities, especially behavior issues, are segregated every day across the country, and it's not a good thing. It's happening because the right kinds of services aren't in place,” Poston said.


Steven M. Barlow, chair, Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders and Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing:Sciences and Disorders and Program in Neuroscience received the Fourth Annual Willard R. Zemlin Award in Speech Science at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association on Nov 15, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois. Past recipients include Dr. Maureen Stone, Dr. Ray Kent, and Dr. Ingo Titze.

Hugh Catts, professor, Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders and Judith Widen, associate professor, Hearing & Speech, were honored as ASHA Fellows at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association on November 15 in Chicago, Illinois.

Dot Nary, training director and project coordinator for the Research and Training Center on Independent Living was awarded the Roger B. Williams Community Access Award by Independence, Inc., on November 13. The Williams award in the organization's highest award that recognizes outstanding advocacy for people with disabilities. Article:

Nary was also awarded the Student Member Award from the DisAbility Forum, a Special Primary Interest Group of the American Public Health Association at their annual meeting in November.

Holly Storkel, Assistant Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders, received the Editor’s Award for 2002 publications at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association on November 15 in Chicago, Illinois.

Ann and Rud Turnbull received the National Advocate Award from American Music Therapy Association at its annual meeting in November 21 in Minneapolis.

Their son, Jay Turnbull, his music therapist Linda Schroeder, and Ann and Rud presented the keynote address to the opening session of the convention, to an audience of approximately 800 professionals. To demonstrate his social inclusion skills and the role that music therapy plays in fostering inclusion, Jay and Linda sang the KU alma mater and were spontaneously joined by nearly 30 KU alumnae/i, who stood and waved the wheat as Jay and Linda sang.


Bejarano, R., Williams, D. C., & Perone, M. (2003). “Pausing on multiple schedules: Toward a laboratory model of escape-motivated behavior”. Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin, 21, 18-20.

Doughty, A. H., Meginley, M. E., Haag, S. S., & Lattal, K. A. (in press). “Psychological distance to reward: Equating the number of stimulus and response segments”. Behavioural Processes.

Saunders, M. D., Smagner, J. P., & Saunders R. R. (2003). “Improving methodological and technological analyses of adaptive switch use of individuals with profound multiple impairments”. Behavioral Intervention, 18, 227-243..

Mellstrom, B. P., Saunders, M. D., Saunders, R. R., & Olswang, L. B. (in press). “Interaction of biobehavioral state and microswitch use in individuals with profound multiple impairments”. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities.

Saunders, R. R., & Saunders, M. D. (in press). “In search of contingency learning: Something old, something new, something borrowed . . . ”. Behavioral Development Bulletin.

Saunders, R. R., & McEntee, J. E. (in press). “Increasing the probability of stimulus equivalence with training structure modifications with adults with mild mental retardation”. The Psychological Record.

Saunders, R. R. “Residential and day services”. (in press). Handbook of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. J. Jacobson & J. Mulick (Eds.). New York: Kluver.

Thompson, T., Zarcone, J., & Symons, F. (in press). “Psychopharmacology in Intellectual and developmental disabilities”. In Emerson, Hatton, Parmeter, & Thompson (Eds.). Handbook of applied research in intellectual disabilities.

Valdovinos, M. G., Zarcone, J. R., Hellings, J. A., & Schroeder, S. R. (in press). “Using the Diagnostic Assessment of the Severely handicapped – II (DASH-II) to measure the therapeutic effects of risperidone”. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.

Zarcone, J. R., Lindauer, S. E., Morse, P. S., Crosland, K. A., Valdovinos, M. G., McKerchar, T. L., Reese, R. M., Hellings, J. A., & Schroeder, S. R. (in press). “Effects of risperidone on destructive behavior of persons with developmental disabilities: IV. Functional analysis”. American Journal on Mental Retardation.


Barlow, S.M. (2003). Physiological studies of the human vocal tract across the lifespan. 4th Annual Willard R. Zemlin Lecture in Speech Science Session. 1138. ASHA National Convention, November, Chicago, USA.

Chen, R., Osterhaus, G.I., Fowler, S.C., Floor, E.R. (2003). The role of exogenous hormones in cocaine-induced behavioral sensitization of focused stereotypy. Program No. 421.12

Ferguson, S.H., & Kewley-Port, D. (2003) Talker differences in clear and conversational speech: Acoustic correlates of reported clear speech strategies. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology Summer Institute, June 12-15, Kerrville, TX.

Finan, D.S., Boliek, C.A., & Barlow, S.M. (2003). Dynamic loading of the developing human respiratory system: A new method. 135-29. ASHA National Convention, November, Chicago, USA.

Fowler, S.C., Vorontsova, E., Zarcone, T.J. (2003). Clozapine slows the 10-Hz rhythm of head movements of rats engaged in amphetamine-induced focused stereotypy. Program No. 858.3

Hammer, M.J., Barlow, S.M., & Pahwa, R. (2003) Laryngeal Engagement Following Bilateral Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson’s Disease. 1000. ASHA National Convention, November, Chicago, USA.

Osterhaus, G.L., Vorontsova, E., Fowler, S.C. (2003). Clozapine penetrates mouse brain equally for six different genetically defined types of mice. Program No. 858.9

Taylor, M.D., Vorontsova, E., Fowler, S.C., Holdeman, A.S., Ryals, J.M., Wright, D.E. (2003). Regulation of the response of injured spindle afferents by muscle-derived neurotrophin-3. Program No. 357.10

Zarcone, T.J., Caruso, M., Vorontsova, E., Fowler, S.C. (2003). Quantitation of drug-induced ataxia or tremor in mice by a grid-actometer comprised of two parallel force plates.


Mabel Rice gave the plenary speech at the Boston University Conference on Language Development on November 1, 2003, Language growth of children with Specific Language Impairment and unaffected children: Timing mechanisms and linguistic distinctions.

Chaired Meeting Sessions

Ferguson, S.H. (chair). “Speech Communication: Acoustical and Perceptual Characteristics of Special Speech Registers.” Special session at the 145th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, April 28-May 2, 2003, Nashville, TN.


Edward Auer, Jr., Ph.D. (House Ear Institute, Los Angeles) has accepted a faculty position in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders in the area of cognitive neuroscience. He is due to arrive in Lawrence in mid-June 2004, and will setup a new brain electrophysiology-mapping laboratory in Haworth Hall. Dr. Auer’s NIH-funded research program is aimed at brain processing mechanisms involved in the visual recognition of spoken language. Some of his studies will also be conducted at the new Hoglund Brain Imaging Center at KUMC.

Jennifer Zarcone, LSI and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences assistant research professor, took over as the Principal Investigator on Travis Thompson's grant which is entitled: "Compulsive Food-Seeking & Food Motivation in PWS" and is funded through NICHD.

Central Office News and Announcements

Project Development

Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

Past Submissions not Previously Reported

1. David Lindeman submitted a supplement for “Child Care Focus: Resource and Referral Center” to KACCRA on October 28, 2003.

2. Judith Carta submitted a four-year proposal “Promoting and Supporting for Life Span Studies” to the KU Medical Center, prime contractor to the National Institute of Nursing Research, on November 5, 2003.

3. Cheryl Utley submitted her second year continuation “National Institute for Urban School Improvement – Inclusive Schools: Good for Kids, Families and Schools” to the University of Colorado, prime contractor to DE/OSERS/OSEP, on November 6, 2003.

4. Chris Smith submitted a new, one-year proposal “SEK-CAP Mental Health Contract” to the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, Inc. on November 6, 2003.

5. Michael Wehmeyer submitted his third year grant performance report “Making it More Than a Job: Promoting Career Development and Advancement Through Self-Determination” to DE/OSERS/OSEP on November 15, 2003.

6. Teri Garstka and Nyla Branscombe submitted a new one-year RO3 “The Physical and Psychological Effects of Age Discrimination” to NIH on November 17, 2003.

7. Steve Warren and Nancy Brady, in collaboration with Don Bailey @ University of North Carolina and Randi Hagerman @ UC Davis, resubmitted a new, three-year proposal “Analysis of Very Early Intervention for Children with Fragile X Syndrome” to the March of Dimes on November 30, 2003.

Upcoming Submissions

1. Joe Donnelly, Dennis Jacobsen, Debra Sullivan and Matthew Mayo, in collaboration with James Hill at the University of Colorado, will submit their fourth-year progress report for “Prevention of Obesity by Alteration of Dietary Fat” to NIDDK on December 1, 2003.

2. Jim Sherman, Richard Saunders, Muriel Saunders, Nancy Brady, Irene Grote, Betty Hart, and Kathryn Saunders will submit their twentieth-year progress report for the program project “Communication of People with Mental Retardation” to NICHD on December 1, 2003.

3. Vincent Francisco submitted his second-year continuation “Leadership Group for the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network” to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, prime contractor to NICHD, on December 4, 2003.

4. Mabel Rice and Stacy Betz submitted a new, two-year NRSA predoctoral fellowship proposal “Language based ERPS in Children with and without SLI” to NIDCD on December 5, 2003.

5. Todd Little and Noel Card submitted a new, two-year NRSA postdoctoral fellowship proposal “Functions and Forms of Aggression over Time” to NIH on December 5, 2003.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Judy Carta received a new four-year award. “Promoting and Supporting for Life Span Studies” from the KU Medical Center, prime contractor to the National Institute of Nursing Research, which began April 1, 2003.

2. Ric Washburn, Dennis Jacobsen, Joe Donnelly and Debra Sullivan received a new, two-year award “Resistance Training for the Prevention of Obesity” from NIDDK, which began August 1, 2003.

Karen Henry
Communications Coordinator
The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies
1052 Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555
(785) 864-0756 TTY (785) 864-5051 fax (785) 864-5323

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