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October 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


· New Life Span Institute affiliated research center

· Research Space at former Merck/INTERx/Oread East complex

· Administration News

Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management joins Life Span Institute

Karen Henry

What follows is the official news release on our newest affiliate:

The Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management, directed by Joseph Donnelly, KU professor of health, sport, and exercise science, is the newest research center affiliated with the Schiefelbusch Institute of Life Span Studies.

The Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management will support research, training, and outreach on weight loss and weight maintenance.

“Understanding the causes and treatment of obesity is crucial to optimal human development, which is at the core of the Life Span Institute’s mission,” said Director Steven Warren.

According to Donnelly, overweight and obesity are the most prevalent chronic diseases in the U.S., that together affect more than 50 percent of the adult population.

The central feature of the Center is the Energy Balance Laboratory located in Robinson Center. Completed in January 2000, the 8,000-square-foot facility contains state-of-the-art instrumentation to measure energy intake and energy expenditure.

Of special interest is the whole-room indirect calorimeter, a device that measures energy expenditure precisely under a variety of experimental conditions. This unique device is one of six such facilities in the country and is considered the gold standard in measuring energy expenditure.

“The calorimeter allows us to use novel research approaches to understand energy balance and contribute new ideas to diminish obesity,” Donnelly said.

The calorimeter serves as a ten- by ten-foot mini-hotel room that the subject resides in for 24 hours. Experimental conditions vary according to study protocol, and the results show the metabolic response to those conditions, such as special diets, exercise, drug therapy, or surgery.

In addition to several NIH-funded studies, the Center is currently following 120 subjects enrolled in the Weight Control Research Project that is designed to provide weight loss and weight maintenance.

Research Space at former Merck/INTERx/Oread East complex

Karen Henry

The KU Endowment Association (KUEA) will lease space at the research facility formerly occupied by Oread, Inc., to KU for a nominal fee. The 40,000 square-foot facility is located at 2101 Eest 21st Street on West Campus.

KUCR, in conjunction with the University Space Committee, will assign space in the facility to "funded research efforts that yield full overhead and represent an addition to KU's research portfolio."

The Request for Research Space form is at (click on the Former Merck/INTERx/Oread East complex link to download the form).

Send the completed form to:
James A. Roberts
Associate Vice Chancellor
KU Center for Research
203 Youngberg Hall

Administration News

Project Development

Paul Diedrich

New PHS Application Instructions and Forms

Please note that there are new PHS Application Instructions and Forms that MUST be used on all applications beginning January 10, 2002. This means anyone submitting new applications for February 1, 2001 will need to know the new rules and use the updated forms.

The new forms and instructions for filling them out are at

These forms have been modified so that they can be filled in directly if you have Adobe Reader software on your system. See for instructions and to download the free Adobe Reader.

There are major changes in three areas:

1. Biographical Sketch Format: A new standardized format is required for biographical sketches. There is a four-page limit on each biographical sketch. Pages 3 and 4 are limited to ongoing or completed research projects during the past 3 years. Pages 1 and 2 are essentially the same as before.

2. Research Plan: The major change in this section involves human subjects. You will now be required to include additional information regarding the inclusion of women, minorities, and children as well as a “data and safety monitoring plan”. Two new “race/ethnicity” tables are now required as well.

3. Appended Materials: Applicants may ONLY include manuscripts that have been accepted for publication. Manuscripts submitted for publication may no long be included.

You should pay particular attention to the “Human Subjects Research Section” (pages 18-27) of the new applications instructions.

Applications that fail to respond to the new requirements will be designated by NIH as incomplete and will be returned without review.

Past Submissions not Previously Reported

1. Michael Wehmeyer submitted his second-year continuation application “The Role of CILs in Transition Services and Secondary Education: Serving Youth with Disabilities and Their Families” to the Western New York Independent Living Project, Inc. (flow-through funds from USDE/OSERS/NIDRR) on September 26, 2001.

2. Sara Sack submitted her third-year continuation application “Assistive Technology Services for Vocational Rehabilitation Customers” to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services on October 3, 2001.

3. John Colombo submitted his fifth-year, non-competing continuation “Infant Attention and Preschool Cognitive Outcome” to the NICHD on November 1, 2001.

4. Mary Lee Hummert submitted her fourth-year, non-competing continuation “Social Cognition, Communication and Age Stereotyping” to NIA on November 1, 2001.

5. Mabel Rice resubmitted her five-year RO1 “Twins and Singletons with Specific Language Impairment” to NIDCD on November 1, 2001.

Upcoming Submissions

There are a number of USDE/OSEP competitions that are quickly approaching:

November 9th Initial Career Awards 1 proposal

November 13th Field Initiated Research (NIDRR) _ proposals

November 16th Field Initiated Research (OSEP) 4 proposals

November 30th Model Demonstration 1 proposal

December 7th Steppingstones _ proposals

December 14th Outreach Projects 1 proposal

If you are planning on submitting to any of these competitions and have not yet contacted Paul Diedrich or Jessica Black, please do so at your earliest convenience. The Communication Research Program Project is due December 1st, and we are starting to gear-up for a new Center proposal in addition to a Program Project resubmission.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Ann Turnbull received a new, one-year award for her proposal “Beach Center Support to Family Support Specialists with SRS Contracts” that began July 1, 2001.

2. Jane Wegner received a new, eight-month award for her proposal “Hands-Free Computer Access for People with Severe Disabilities” from Brain Actuated Technologies, Inc. (prime contractor to NICHD) that began July 21, 2001.

3. Steven Warren and Judith Carta received a new, five-year award for their proposal “Predicting and Prevention Neglect in Teen Mothers” from the University of Notre Dame (prime contractor to NICHD) that began September 18, 2001.

4. Betty Horton received a new, five-year award for her proposal “Project: LAS ESTRELLAS” from the USDE/Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs that began October 1, 2001.

5. Michael Wehmeyer and Sean Smith received a new, five-year award for their proposal “Mental Retardation and Technology Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project” from the USDE/OSERS/NIDRR that began October 1, 2001.

6. Chris Smith received a new, one-year award for his proposal “Barriers to Employment for People with Developmental Disabilities” from the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities that began October 15, 2001.

7. Rachel Freeman, Chris Smith and Donna Wickham received a new, one-year award for their proposal “Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support” from the Kansas Department of Social Rehabilitation Services, Division of Health Care Policy, Medical Policy/Medicaid that begins November 1, 2001.

There are seven other new proposals pending awards, which we hope to report on next month.

Accounting Jan Grady

Revised Travel Requirements

Due to the September 11 disaster, KU has instituted new travel requirements. The Chancellor has stated that all State of Kansas employees traveling on University business are required to file Out-of-State Travel Requests regardless of the source of funding that supports the trip, including funding entirely from the traveler's pocket. Filing the form takes very little time but may help to establish that the claimant was on University business if an injury or accident occurs.

The Out-of-State Travel Request should be submitted 10 working days before the actual travel dates. If the traveler is unable to meet the 10-day deadline, they will need to attach a letter to the out-of-state travel request, justifying why they were unable to meet the deadline. In order to allow time for LSI's Central Accounting Office to meet this deadline, the request must be in our office at least 5 business days before the 10-day deadline.

All administrative assistants who process travel documents have received in-depth instructions concerning the new travel restrictions.

Research Design and Analysis Janet Marquis

Brown Bag Sessions with Tenko Raykov

Tenko Raykov, visiting scientist at LSI, will present two brown bag sessions this fall. The sessions will be relatively non-technical and will be of interest to faculty and graduate students.One session will be on the Lawrence campus and the other will be on the KUMC campus.

Lawrence session on reliability. The session in Lawrence will address issues of reliability in psychological and educational measurement. Professor Raykov has written extensively on the topic of reliability, especially on the limitations of coefficient alpha and the merits of other methods of assessing reliability. This presentation will be of special interest to researchers who develop their own measuring tools for use in their research.

This session is scheduled for November 14 in the large LSI conference room in 1052 Dole from 12-1. There will be no charge for attendance, but registration is required. To register, please contact Edith Bond at 4-5630 or

KUMC session on structural equation modeling. Professor Raykov will present an introduction to structural equation modeling (SEM). Structural equation modeling is a multivariate statistical technique for modeling the relations among a set of variables. It has been widely used in the social sciences in recent years and is now being used more frequently in the biological sciences.

The session is tentatively scheduled for the last week of November or the first week of December. As soon as plans are finalized, we will notify all MRDDRC investigators.

Computer Applications Unit Davida Sears

New Smaller LCD Projector

Those of you who travel and give presentations frequently are always looking for the next good projector. LCD projectors continue to get smaller, brighter and less expensive. A recent Editor’s Choice from PC Magazine is the NEC MultiSync LT156, a 4.9 pound XGA (1028 x 768) projector with a bright 1200 lumen lamp. It comes with its own remote control device and even allows for using a CompactFlash card to store your slides, so that you don’t even need to carry your computer along. This is the same type of storage card used for some digital cameras.

The CompactFlash card can be fitted into a PCMCIA adapter which can then be inserted into your laptop computer’s card slot. A program called PC Card Viewer is provided with the projector. It will convert PowerPoint files into “indexes” so that they can be played directly by the projector. The CompactFlash card and adapter are options that will cost $125-$150.

Training Reminder

Remember to visit the ACS training pages on the KU web site to see what classes are being offered and when. Click on Class schedule to see upcoming classes. Click on the name of the class in the class schedule to get a description, related classes, and future class dates. In November, these include sessions on Dreamweaver, Forms in Access and Photoshop, among others.

Using the Exchange Public Folders

Exchange is not just a mail server, but also a mechanism for collaboration with other Exchange users. A brief discussion about using the Public Folders can be found on the CAU Dolenet Documentation pages.

Communications Karen Henry

KU Stationery and Business Cards - No More Exceptions- The Provost will grant no more exceptions to the style standards for stationery and business cards detailed beginning at:

You should also be familiar with the restrictions on using the KU seal and Jayhawk at

Moreover, all stationery and business cards must be printed at KU Printing Services.

LSI website - Please check out the changes and content I've added to what I'm calling the interim LSI website. In particular, you will probably want to update the short description of your Center at and add your direct services to the page at: Please send those changes to me at

LSI brochure - Chris is putting the final touches on the design of the LSI brochure. The brochure should be printed within two weeks. We will send a small supply to each LSI center. Let us know when you need more.

Radio opportunities - I'm looking for ideas from you to pitch to the Kansas Kids Health series that airs over several public and commercial stations in Kansas. See and listen to previous shows at

KU Families for Freedom Scholarship Fund T-shirts- KU is selling a T-shirt featuring the 1941 Jayhawk, U.S. flag, and the wrods "United We Stand." Proceeds of tis sale will support a scholarship fund for the spouses and children of the September 11 victims. Former President Bill Clinton and former Senator Bob Dole are co-chairing this national drive. The shirts are available at the KU Bookstores in the Kansas and Burge Unions, the Edwards Campus, and the KU Medical Center as well as through these websites:

Biobehavioral Measurement Core

Troy Zarcone

We are currently looking for venues to publicize the development services of the Biobehavioral Measurement Core. If you would like a presentation, please e-mail BMC@KU.EDU or call 864-0726.

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