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October 2002

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 (785) 864-4295 TDD (785) 864-5051

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Late news: Betsy Santelli, longtime and much admired Beach Center researcher, passed away today after a long illness. A more detailed accounting of her many contributions will follow. For now, Rud and Ann Turnbull wish to pass this on to colleagues who would like to make a memorial gift:

"Many of you and perhaps some of your friends may be inclined to make a memorial gift on Betsy's behalf.

Many years ago she was instrumental in creating the "James MacDonald Fowler" fund at the Kansas University Endowment Association. If you wish to make a gift, her daughter Maren has authorized me to say that your gift should be made to: "Kansas University Endowment Association/James MacDonald Fowler Fund. Send the checks directly to the Endowment Association or, better yet to me so that I can transmit them and acknowledge them on behalf of all of us who loved Betsy."



LSI gains new communication disorders research center

Leadership change at Gerontology Center

RTC/IL awarded grant on disaster response training

MRDDRC plans ambitious new lecture series




Administration News & Announcements

Administration All unclassified staff must have position description on file with LSI by January 15; Reminder on Post 9/11 travel rules; Assistant Director for Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities search

Project Development October update

Research Design & Analysis Nov. 6 Partial Least Squares Workshop; Upcoming Brownbags; On-line Request for RDA Services

Information Technology Services EndNote6 workshop; new SPSS release

KU Life Span Institute gains new communication disorders research center

The Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communications Disorders Center (BNCDC) became the University of Kansas Life Span Institute’s thirteenth affiliated research center with the award of a five-year $1.7 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

Distinguished Professor Mabel Rice, an internationally renowned scholar in the area of child language acquisition and disorders, will direct the new center. She also directs two other LSI centers, the Child Language Doctoral Program and the Merrill Advanced Studies Center.

“This grant is a testament to the leadership of Dr. Rice and an official designation of KU as one of the strongest programs in the country on communication development and disorders throughout the lifespan,” said Director Steven Warren.

The BNCDC will initially assist 12 researchers and 15 projects through administrative services, human subject recruitment, and digital and electrical engineering:

Nancy Brady, assistant research professor-Communication breakdown and repair
Steven Barlow, chair of speech-language-hearing-Functional outcomes to cleft lip surgery; Sensorimotor control of the human orofacial system
Hugh Catts, professor of speech-language-hearing-Relationship between language and reading abilities
Mark Chertoff, associate professor of hearing and speech-Clinical measure of auditory linear/non-linear processes
John Colombo, professor of psychology-Infant attention and preschool cognitive outcomes
Diane Durham, associate professor of anatomy-Cellular processes of central auditory neuronal death; Effects of acoustic trauma on age-related hearing loss; Central auditory system effects of auditory deprivation
Mary Lee Hummert, professor of communication studies-Social cognition, communication and age stereotyping
Susan Kemper, distinguished professor of psychology-Speech accommodation by and to older adults; Tracking older adults' eye movements while reading with distraction ∑ Diane Loeb, associate professor of speech-language-hearing-A comparison of language intervention programs
Mabel Rice, distinguished professor of speech-language-hearing- Morphosyntactic abilities of SLI probands; Diagnosis of developmental language impairment; Twins and singletons with Specific Language Impairment
Holly Storkel, assistant professor of speech-language-hearing-Mental lexicon in language acquisition
Michael Vitevitch, assistant professor of psychology-Phonotactic information in speech production

“The award attests to the high regard for the scientific accomplishments of individual investigators affiliated with the Center, and the fact that KU’s team of investigators is among the top teams in the nation,” said Rice.

KU communication disorders research has already led to real-world applications, such as the first diagnostic test for Specific Language Impairment developed by Rice and Professor Kenneth Wexler of MIT and a high-tech pacifier that helps premature infants learn to nurse that may prove to help detect and prevent developmental disabilities, developed by Steven Barlow, chair of the Speech-Language-Hearing Department and director of the Communication Neuroscience Laboratory and Don Finan of the University of Colorado.

Leadership change at Gerontology Center

Rhonda J.V. Montgomery will resign her directorship of the Gerontology Center effective January 1 to assume the Helen Bader Endowed Chair of Gerontology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Social Welfare.

David J. Ekerdt, Gerontology Center senior scientist and professor of sociology, will serve as the interim director while KU conducts a national search for Montgomery’s replacement.

Montgomery, appointed director of the Gerontology Center in July 1992, guided its development to a nationally recognized multidisciplinary research center on aging. “Rhonda has shown real leadership over the years and will be very much missed,” said Steve Warren. “We wish her well in this exciting new undertaking.”

Montgomery has just completed a major national evaluation of the Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration Grants to States Program, funded by the Administration of Aging, to assess how support services impact families in several U.S. subcultures who care for elders with cognitive and physical impairments.

RTC/IL awarded grant on disaster response training

Sept. 11, 2001 revealed fatal flaws in disaster planning when many wheelchair users in the World Trade Center towers could not evacuate with their co-workers.

According to Glen White, director of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living, no empirical data exists in disaster planning literature on the safe and expeditious evacuation of persons with physical disabilities under emergency or disaster conditions.

The Center’s new project, Disaster Response Training to Help Disabled Persons, will change that. Using FEMA data, RTC/IL investigators will select 30 counties that have recently experienced disasters to gather quantitative and qualitative data on pre- and post- disaster policies and practices regarding meeting the needs of people with mobility impairments.

Based on this evidence, the Center will recommend to these counties modifications to their disaster plans. “The ADA and the New Freedom Initiative have brought more Americans with mobility impairments into the workplace and beyond,” said White, “we hope this study will lead to a national model that can prevent death and injury for this population in future disaster situations.”

MRDDRC plans ambitious new lecture series

The Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center is recreating its initial Colloquia into a yearlong 6-8 session thematic series beginning with Language to Literacy.

Both outstanding local and external researchers, representing a wide range of perspectives and disciplines (who are also good speakers) will explore this theme in individual and panel presentations. The Center will extend invitations to presenters within the next several weeks with the intention to begin the series in early fall 2003.

The series will be well supported and advertised on both the KU-Lawrence and Medical Center campuses to attract researchers and students as well as practitioners, policy makers and interested members of the public.


Ann and Rud Turnbull, Beach Center co-directors, have received the National Advocacy Award from American Music Therapy Association.

Rud has been reelected to his third term as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the nation's oldest public interest law firm in the area of disability law.


Jerry Schultz, associate director, and Michelle McKinley, coordinator for global partnerships of the Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development unveiled the in-development Community Tool Box of the Americas to the Pan American Health Foundation conferees in Santiago, Chili this month.

The Community Tool Box of the Americas, an internet resource being developed by the Work Group and partners throughout the Americas, is based on the Work Group’s Community Tool Box, which has over 6,000 pages of practical information for building healthy communities, and was used by more than 50,000 people last year.

Community Tool Box of the Americas users will be able to call up research-based, culturally-grounded support on dealing with issues such as infant/child health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, reproductive health, water quality, and violence.

Vincent Francisco, Work Group associate director, conducted a presentation and lead discussions on what works in community development in the US based on the Work Group’s experience. Russia has had 10 years of community building experience that differs significantly from the experience of community development professionals in the USA.

Francisco consulted with party leaders in the Duma who are working on developing local government councils—an entirely new concept in Russia. He also met was the party deputy who was the originator of the idea, the chair of the Committee on Local Government who is leading the writing of the law, and the new director of the Russians for Democracy Foundation who is working closely with Duma officials to set the stage for capacity building and mobilization for a new democracy.


Based on the work of Eric Vernberg, professor of clinical child psychology and director of the KU Child and Family Services Clinic, Merrill Center Program Administrator Joy Simpson developed Ten Things You Should Know About Helping Children Cope with Terrorism for the Center’s public outreach project at

Administration News


All unclassified staff must have position description on file with LSI by January 15

Although almost all unclassified staff members have a written position description, not everyone has one on file at the Life Span central office. In light of potential budget cuts, LSI needs to be prepared to defend every one of its positions. Please send an electronic or paper version of your job description to Ed Zamarripa care of Cindy Roberts at (fax 785/864-5323) no later than January 15.

In other news, the Evaluation Task Force has developed a new evaluation form that will be sent to select Center directors and supervising PIs for comment in the next two weeks.

Pending their approval, this form, which would become the standard evaluation tool for LSI, will be available on the LSI website very soon and can be completed either as an electronic or paper form.

Out-of-State Travel Request Reminder

As most of you are aware, due to the September 11 tragedy, KU made changes to what is required for traveling on university business. We would like to remind everyone again about those changes. KU employees who travel on University business are required to file an Out-of-state Travel Request form regardless of the source of funding that supports the trip, including trips that are paid for by the employee. The purpose of filing the form is to help establish that an employee was on university business if an injury or accident occurs.

The form should be completed and submitted with the required number of copies attached to Life Span Institute Central Accounting Office, at least 14 business days before the travel occurs. The traveler is required to sign and date the form.

KU has a 10-day business deadline, but LSI requires the additional 4 days before to give us time to process the form through the appropriate channels.

If the traveler is unable to submit the form in the allotted time, a memo of justification, addressed to Vice Provost Robert Barnhill, should accompany the form.

Administrative Assistants are reminded that it is their responsibility to make sure that employees have filed a travel request form when traveling on funds administered through their setting for which LSI is the administrative unit of those funds. For example, even if a traveler holds an appointment with another department, if expenses are to be reimbursed from funds that the Life Span Institute administers, a travel request must still be filed with LSI. Required copies for submitting travel request are: UKANS and KUCR funds: Original and 1 copy. Endowment and/or Outside/Other Source: Original only.

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Grady at 4-0585 and email

KUCDD Assistant Director Search

The Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities is searching for an assistant director. The complete job description is at:

Project Development

Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

Past Submissions not previously reported

1. Charles Greenwood submitted a new, one-year RDF "Boosting Multidisciplinary Research and Project Development through Videoconferencing Support" to KU on October 10, 2002.

2. Mabel Rice and Allard Jongman submitted a new, two-year RDF proposal "Neuroimaging in the Center for Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communication Disorders" to KU on October 10, 2002.

3. Vincent Francisco submitted a new, one-year proposal "Access to an Online Documentation and Support System for Projects Associated with the State of Kansas, Office of Prevention, Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services" to Kansas SRS on October 22, 2002.

4. Jean Ann Summers and Jane Atwater submitted their third-year continuation "Midwest Child Car Research Consortium" to University of Nebraska @ Lincoln (prime contractor to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation) on October 22, 2002.

5. Glen White, in collaboration with David Grey at Washington University in St. Louis (prime contractor), submitted a new, five-year "Rehabilitation, Research and Training Center on Personal Assistance Services" on October 29, 2002.

Upcoming Submissions

1. Steven Barlow, in collaboration with Kathleen Weatherstone at KU Medical Center and Jose Gierbolini at Stormont-Vail Hospital, will submit their second-year continuation "Sensorimotor Control of the Human Orofacial System" to NIDCD on November 1, 2002.

2. Mary Lee Hummert will submit her fifth-year continuation "Social Cognition, Communication, and Age Stereotyping" to NIA on November 1, 2002.

3. Stephen Fowler, in collaboration with Barry Festoff at KU Medical Center (prime contractor), will resubmit a five-year proposal "Centrosome and Cross-linking of Synuclein in Parkinson’s Disease" on November 1, 2002.

4. Jerry Rea, Dean Williams and Kate Saunders are resubmitting their two-year proposal "Treatment of Generalization of Deviant Social Arousal" to NICHD on November 1, 2002.

5. Richard Washburn, Dennis Jacobsen, Joseph Donnelly and Debra Sullivan will resubmit a two-year RO3 "Resistance Training for the Prevention of Obesity" to NIDDK on November 1, 2002.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Charles Greenwood and Judith Carta, along with Investigators’ Hugh Catts, Mabel Rice, Dale Walker and Steven Warren received a new, one-year award "Language, Literacy and Behavior Curriculum Efficacy" from NICHD that began September 26, 2002.

2. Glen White and Michael Fox received a new, three-year award "Disaster Response Training to Help Disabled Persons" from the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine that began September 30, 2002.

3. Dale Walker received a new, five-year award "Promotion of Communication and Language Development with Infants and Young Children in Inclusive Community-Based Child Care" from USDE/OSERS/OSEP that began October 1, 2002.

Research Design and Analysis and Information Technology Services

Todd Little, Director, Research Design & Analysis

Current RDA events

Workshop. The Partial Least Squares workshop is filling up nicely. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 6th. If you would like more information or still need to register, contact Kandace Fleming at

Brownbag. December 6, 2002, Daniel K. Mroczek will be the guest presenter at the RDA Brownbag series. His topic will be Modeling within-person stress and affect in a daily experiences design. Mroczek (pronounced like Prozac but with an M) is an associate professor of psychology at Fordham University. His work centers on modeling personality development across the life span. He is also co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Personality Development that is under contract at Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. †

Foreshadowing Future RDA events

Beginning next semester, the RDA unit will sponsor a series of three Brownbags that are tentatively scheduled for 11:45 to 1:15 on the 1st Wednesday of the month beginning in February. Todd Little will conduct the first two Brownbags that will focus on Parceling techniques as a general data analysis procedure.

Regarding the RDA workshop series, Daniel Nagin has been tapped to present on the topic cluster analyses of individual growth trajectories. The date is yet to be arranged. The Missing Data workshop that was scheduled for this fall (which was replaced with the PLS workshop) has been rescheduled for next fall, although the precise dates have not yet been determined.

On-line Request for RDA Services

Janet Marquis, Co-Director

You may now request services from RDA staff by completing an on-line request form at

The link to the form is also at the Lawrence MRDDRC site at:

Or on the home page of the KUMC MRDDRC

Requests submitted using the form are sent directly to Todd Little and Janet Marquis. They will then contact you regarding your request.

Information Technology Services

Janet Marquis, Director

EndNote 6

We are expecting the arrival of the bulk order copies of EndNote5/6 very soon. In order to facilitate your use of this software, we will present several training sessions. In December, we will have two 1-hour sessions to give an overview of the product. Then in January we will sponsor a hands-on 2-hour laboratory session in the Budig Media Lab. These sessions will be presented by Sarah Kanning, who is the ACS expert on EndNote. Sarah is also available to answer your questions.

New Release of SPSS

SPSS 11.5 has recently been released. The upgrade is available from the Computer Center for $40. Enhancements in this version include:

Easier means of exporting data into SAS or Excel
A wider variety of covariance types for mixed models
More flexibility in creating tables and importing them or other output into Word.
Additional information on SPSS 11.5 may be found on their web page at

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