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October 2004

News for the investigators, staff and associates of the

The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies

LSI Lifeline Online October 2004 Issue 80

Editor, Karen Henry

The Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas

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Development Update: Friends of the Life Span Institute as of November 1, 2004

We are pleased to announce the following members of the Friends of the Life Span Institute as of November 1: Ross and Mariana Beach, Steve Fawcett and Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, Charles Greenwood and Judy Carta, Vance and Marilyn Hall, Betty Hart, Jim and Lee McLean, Fred and Virginia Merrill, Mabel Rice, Todd and Sheryl Risley, Dick and Ruth Schiefelbusch, Steve and Carolyn Schroeder, Joe and Rita Spradlin, John and Linda Stewart, III, Rud and Ann Turnbull, Gary Waldron and Carol Foster, Steve Warren and Eva Horn, Mike and Kathy Wehmeyer, Glen and Nancy White, Dave and Dee Yoder; Ed and Mary Ann Zamarripa

The Friends of the Life Span Institute is a group of supporters, current and former Institute leadership and others with a compelling interest in furthering the Institute’s research, development and teaching opportunities. Contact Steve Warren, 785-864-4295 or, or Dale Slusser, 785-832 7458 or for more information on Friends of the LSI or other giving opportunities.

Calendar of local seminars:

Submit your presentations: A calendar and archive of seminars, presentations, posters and training by and of interest to Life Span investigators begin at Send your submissions to


Juniper Gardens Children’s Project celebrates 40 years

Early results of RTCIL study show that disaster plans and emergency response unprepared for needs of persons with mobility impairments

Gerontology Center researchers train nursing assistants how to improve communication with older adults

Gerontology Center researchers find simple solution for reducing repetitive questioning in older adults with dementia

Lutzker first ABS Department Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient

Turnbull textbook makes history with Chinese translation

Camphill honors Turnbulls with Leadership Award

Beach Center researcher develops media package for children with deaf-blindness

NIH announces revised evaluation criteria for research applications

Institute Activities
Awards, Appointments, Publications, Presentations, Posters, Products, Technical Assistance and Training

Central Office News

Networking and Communication Services

Life Span in the News

News of Steven Barlow’s high-tech pacifier, the Actifier, continues to garner media attention across the nation and overseas. Most recently, the Actifier was the October 25 cover story of Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists and the front page of the October 12 Washington Post health section.

The Kansas City Kansan reviewed the impact of 40 years of the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) through the eyes of JGCP Director Charles Greenwood and longtime JGCP community member Chester Owens in the Wednesday, October 27 issue.

The seafood industry noted the implications of a study of the beneficial effects of DHA on infant cognitive development by John Colombo, Susan Carlson and Kathleen Kannass that got widespread media attention earlier this year. (see Seafood is rich in DHA as is the breast milk of women whose diets are high in seafood. The article is at,w.

The Kansas City Dispatch Tribune featured Lisa Bowman’s ClassWide Peer Tutoring (CWPT) in Alternative Education Settings project in Peer Tutoring Hits High Schoolers about the positive impact of CWPT on high school students in alternative school classrooms.

Three students, two high school administrators and a high school biology teacher at Salina High South were featured in an article in the Salina Journal on May 9. The article, Breaking Barriers: Teachers and Students Work to Help Others Learn and Overcome Language Barriers, about the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, Las Estrellas (Enhancing Secondary Teachers’ Repertoires in working with English Language Learners for Academic Success). Lisa Bowman is the principal investigator, Charles Greenwood, project advisor, with Socorro Herrera.

Juniper Gardens Children’s Project celebrates 40 years

The Juniper Garden’s Children’s Project (JGCP), founded in a an urban Kansas City, Kansas neighborhood 40 years ago by visionaries from that community and the University of Kansas, celebrated its positive impact on thousands of children, teachers – researchers and the fields of special education and child development on October 23 at the Embassy Suites Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

The day-long event, A Glimpse of the Past…a Glance at the Future
40 Years of the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, brought together the legendary founders, alumni who propagated what they learned at JGCP as leaders in their fields, admiring national special education experts, as well as the vibrant current faculty, staff and students.

During the conference their individual perspectives took shape as one moving testament to, as Todd Risely, put it, “doing good and doing science.”

The event culminated with a gala dinner and awards ceremony featuring addresses from JGCP Director Charles Greenwood; former community board member Judge Cordell D. Meeks, Jr., District Court Judge for the 29"th Judicial District of Kansas; LSI Director Steven Warren and former LSI Director Stephen Schroeder.

Charlie Greenwood reported the State of the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project as very good:

In 40 years, depending tens of thousands have benefited from JGCP research of JGCP as well as its economic impact in terms of jobs and rent fees to the community.

231 KU students have completed masters’ and doctoral work, and numerous community employees of the project have moved on to better opportunities or stayed and made a career.

55 post-doctoral associates have spent a year or more, learning what we do.

69 current staff members.

13 Ph.D. Level Investigators;
26 Mid-Level Staff (with BA or MA degrees), and
5 Research Aides
24 Graduate Research Assistants (Representing Degrees in: the School of Education, Special Education, Social Work, Applied Behavioral Science, Psychology)
25 funded grants and contracts that accounts for approximately 20% of the LSI budget of the Institute for Life Spans Budget from the USDE, NIH, HHS, and local sources in rank order.

Today, in programs of intervention research and training, JGCP is working toward solutions to a range of challenging problems and issue areas:

child neglect
teen parenting
children learning to talk
measurement of early intervention results
accelerating literacy and achievement
effective school-wide discipline, and
improving the home and schooling experiences of children
JGCP continues to develop researchers at the pre- and post-doctoral levels and increasingly playing a role in national research efforts and policy.

Honors and awards:

Noah Kirkwood -For many years of service and dedication to the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project Community Advisory Board.
Betty Hart - For research that has truly made a “Meaningful Difference” in the lives of American children and families
Todd Risley - For your many years of scholarship and creativity that continues to inspire new generations of researchers
Vance Hall - For your creativity and vision leading the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project
Chester Owens - For your many years of support and partnership with the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project
Barbara Terry - For always helping us remember that Juniper Gardens is a family
Dick Schiefelbusch - For inspiring so many researchers who have made important differences in the lives of children and families
Betty Smith - For being the “heart and soul” of the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project
Alva Beasley - For your loyalty and dedication to the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project

Early results of RTCIL study show that disaster plans and emergency response unprepared for needs of persons with mobility impairments

The reports of wheelchair users being left behind in the World Trade Center on 9/11 because they were unable to evacuate revealed the acute need for better disaster and emergency response planning across the nation.

The Nobody Left Behind project, directed by Research and Training Center for Independent Living researchers Glen White, Mike Fox, Jennifer Rowland, and Catherine “Cat” Rooney, has begun that process. The Nobody Left Behind research team has investigated 30 randomly selected counties, cities, parishes or boroughs in the United States that have recently experienced a natural or man-made disaster. Their purpose was to determine if disaster plans and emergency response systems provide for the needs of persons with mobility impairments.

Their findings were presented at the first Conference on Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities on September 22 in Arlington, Virginia, sponsored by the by the National Capital Region with the support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the National Organization on Disability.

Some findings of the research indicate that:

Few county emergency managers have taken the Emergency Planning and Special Needs course offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, even though most felt it could be helpful;
County level surveillance efforts to identify persons with mobility impairments both before and after disasters are generally weak. Only 40% of emergency managers reported having specific guidelines in place to assist people with mobility impairments during emergencies.
Among the 60% who did not have specific guidelines, virtually all felt that it was important, and many had made some provisions anyway, such as with transportation, where over half identified transportation accommodations that they have in place
The team has also set up a web survey for people with mobility impairments to share their experiences during recent emergencies and disasters. The survey and a report of the preliminary findings are at

The $615,000 three-year grant is funded through the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine through the Centers for Disease Control. White, RTC/IL director, hopes that the study will lead to a national model that can prevent death and injury for this population in future disaster situations.

Gerontology Center researchers train nursing assistants how to improve communication with older adults

Elderspeak, which sounds very much like baby talk, is often used by health care providers when communicating with older adults. This speech style communicates messages of incompetence and dependency to older adults and may result in their lowered self-esteem, depression, and withdrawal from social interaction, according to the research of Gerontology Center researcher Susan Kemper and others.

In a new study reported in the October Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Kemper, Kristine Williams, and Mary Lee Hummert, reported success in training health care providers to use elderspeak less often after a brief communications training program at five Kansas nursing homes. Participants watched videotaped interactions between nursing home residents and staff and listened to and evaluated their own conversations with residents both before and after training.

The communication training program of three one-hour sessions, designed to accommodate busy nursing home environments, not only reduced elderspeak, but the resulting communication was perceived by residents to be more respectful, less controlling yet still caring.

Gerontology Center researchers find simple solution for reducing repetitive questioning in older adults with dementia

Repetitive questions and requests for information common in older adults with dementia are often the cause of distress for themselves as well as nursing staff. Gerontology Center researcher R. Mark Mathews and University of Pittsburgh researcher Beth Nolan succeeded in reducing this behavior in residents with dementia in a special care unit with a simple but elegant solution.

Many residents, confused about mealtimes, repeatedly questioned the staff on the time of the next meal. A large clock was hung in the dining room next to a large printed sign indicating the times of each meal. Then the sign and clocked were removed and finally, put up again. Observers found that the residents had a significant decrease in repetitive questioning about mealtimes when the clock and sign were on the dining room wall.

The study was the cover article of the October Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

Lutzker first ABS Department Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient

The Department of Applied Behavioral Science inaugurates its Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award Lecture with Dr. John R. Lutzker (Ph.D. 1973) on Friday, November 12 at 3:30 in 2092 Dole Human Development Center.

Dr. Lutzker is appointed as Distinguished Consultant and Chief, Prevention Development and Evaluation Branch, for the Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

His presentation, Violence Prevention at the CDC and What It’s Got to Do with Being a Rock Chalk Jayhawk, will be an overview of violence as a public health problem and how the CDC is attempting to prevent it. There will be a brief review of the organizational structure of the Division of Violence Prevention and the public health model. He will cover in depth current research activities in the prevention of child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner/sexual violence, and suicide.

Finally, Dr. Lutzker will show how lessons learned from his graduate training at KU have informed his past and current work and the impact those lessons have had on outcomes.

Previously, Lutzker was the Florence and Louis Ross Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Director of Graduate Training in Behavioral Psychology at the University of Judaism in Bel Air, California. He also served as Acting Provost of the University of Judaism. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor of Human Development at the University of Kansas and was President of Behavior Change Associates.

Turnbull Textbook Makes History with Chinese Translation

A book written by Beach Center Co-Directors Ann and Rud Turnbull has become the first American special education textbook to be translated into Chinese.

The third edition of Exceptional Lives, the leading introductory text to special education in the English-speaking world, has been translated by staff at East China Normal University in Shanghai and will be sold by the university’s press. The Chinese edition was unveiled in July during a visit to China by the Turnbulls and former Beach Center doctoral student Mian Wang. News of the translation garnered national press coverage for the Beach Center and was the lead story in the August 30 edition of Smart Brief published by the Council for Exceptional Children.

While in China the Turnbulls and Wang made several presentations on advocacy and policy issues. For more information on the Turnbull’s Trip to China, read Breaking Down the “Great Wall” Between Scholars.

Camphill Honors Turnbulls with Leadership Award

The Camphill Association has honored Beach Center Co-Directors Ann and Rud Turnbull with the Elizabeth Boggs Leadership Award for their lifetime contributions to the field developmental disabilities.

The award, presented October 15 at the Camphill Special School in Glenmore, PA, memorializes one of the founders of the Arc who served under President John F. Kennedy on the President’s Panel on Mental Retardation.

Camphill is an international consortium dedicated to social renewal through community building with children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities.

Beach Center researcher develops media package for children with deaf-blindness

Joan Houghton, Beach Center researcher and Positive Behavior Support program coordinator, is content co-author of a new interactive media package that features an instructional website, videotape, CD, and DVD for Collaboration Achieves Travel Success (Project CATS). The project gives service providers, teachers, and parents a process to determine travel and familiarization skills for children who are deaf-blind including those with multiple disabilities.

NIH announces revised evaluation criteria for research applications
Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

The October 15, 2004 NIH Guide announced important changes in the evaluation criteria for research grant applications. These updated review criteria will be effective for research grant applications received on or after January 10, 2005, that fall into the following categories: 1) Investigator initiated research grant applications; 2) Investigator initiated research grant applications submitted in response to Program Announcements (PAs) whether published before or after this announcement; and 3) Solicited research grant applications submitted in response to Requests for Applications (RFAs) will continue to use the review criteria described in the RFA.

There have been substantive changes made on what reviewers have been instructed to look for regarding Significance, Approach, Innovations, Investigators and Environment, not to mention increased emphasis on protection of human subjects, and inclusion of women, minorities and children. This announcement is at: For a side-by side comparison of old and new criteria and a Q&A fact sheet, consult the NIH grants page at

Institute Activities


Monique Fees received the 2004 SPARC Research Award from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, predoctoral research support, published in the ASHA Leader 2004, 9(17), 24.


Steven M. Barlow was selected to the Nominating Committee, American Association of Phonetic Sciences (AAPS).


Blue-Banning, M., Summers, J.A., Frankland, H.C., & Beegle, G. (2004). Dimensions of family and professional partnerships: Constructive guidelines for collaboration. Exceptional Children, 70(2), 167-184.

Carr, E., Dunlap, G., Horner, R. H., Koegel, R.L., Turnbull, A.P., Sailor, W., Anderson, J., Albin, R. W., Koegel, L. K., & Fox, L. (2004). Positive behavior support: Evolution of an applied science. In Bambara, L. M., Dunlap, G., & Schwartz, I. S. (Eds.) Positive behavior support: Critical articles on improving practice for individuals with severe disabilities (pp. 45-58). Pro-Ed and TASH.

Frankland, H, C, Turnbull, A., Wehmeyer, M., & Blackmountain, L. (2004). An exploration of the self-determination construct and disability as it relates to the Diné (Navajo) Culture. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 39(3), 191-205.

Horner, R., Dunlap, G., Koegel, R. L., Carr, E. G., Sailor, W., Anderson, J., Albin, R. W., & O’Neill, R. E. (2004). Toward a technology of “nonaversive” behavioral support. In Bambara, L. M., Dunlap, G., & Schwartz, I. S. (Eds.) Positive behavior support: Critical articles on improving practice for individuals with severe disabilities (pp. 3-10). Pro-Ed and TASH.

Houghton, J. (2004). Journeys and destinations. Terre Haute: Indiana State University, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education.

Houghton, J. (2004). Project CATS: Best practice indicators for IEP travel and familiarization goals, and objectives or benchmarks evaluation. Terre Haute, IN: Indiana State University, Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education.

Jackson, C.W., & Turnbull, A. (2004). Impact of deafness on family life: A review of the literature. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 24(1), 15-29.

Kyeon-Haw Kim, & Turnbull, A. (2004). Transition to adulthood for students with severe intellectual Disabilities: Shifting toward person-family interdependent planning. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 29(1), 53-57.

Lord Nelson, L., Summers, J.A., & Turnbull, A. (2004). Boundaries in family-professional relationships: Implications for special education. Remedial and Special Education, 25(3), 153-165.

Poston, D., & Turnbull, A. (2004). Role of spirituality and religion in family quality of life for families of children with disabilities. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 39(2), 95-108.

Reichard, A., & Turnbull, H. R. (2004). Physician, family, and case manager perspectives on medical care for individuals with developmental disabilities in Kansas. Mental Retardation, 42(3), 181-194.

Sailor, W., & McCart, A. (2004). Creating a unified system integrating general and special education for the benefit of all students [Video]. Produced by Leonard Burrello. This video features the School-wide Applications Model (SAM) and Positive Behavior Support (PBS) at Whitechurch Elementary School in Kansas City, KS.

Sailor, W., & Paul, J.L. (2004). Framing positive behavior support in the ongoing discourse concerning the politics of knowledge. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions 6(1), 37-49.

Turnbull, A. (2004) President’s address 2004: “Wearing Two Hats”: Morphed perspectives on family quality of life. Mental Retardation 42(5), 383-399.

Turnbull, R. (2004). “Natural environment” and “least restrictive environment”: Why are they important. Birth through 5 News, 5(4), 1-2. University of Connecticut and Connecticut Birth to Three System.

Warren, J.S., Edmonsen, H. M., Griggs, P., Lassen, S. R., McCart, A., Turnbull, A. P., & Sailor, W. (2004). Urban applications of schoolwide positive behavior support: Critical issues and lesson learned. In Bambara, L. M., Dunlap, G., & Schwartz, I.S. (Eds.) Positive behavior support: Critical articles on improving practice for individuals with severe disabilities (pp. 376-387). Pro-Ed and TASH.


Cress, P., & Jones, C. (2004, October). Assistive technology: Explore the possibilities. Presentation at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Kansas Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children, Manhattan, KS.

Freeman, R. & Kimbrough, P. (2004). Using online instruction in positive behavior support, Interhab, Wichita, KS.

Freeman, R. & Kimbrough, P. (October, 2004). Staff development and online instruction in positive behavior support, Winfield, KS.

Freeman, R. (October, 2004). School-wide positive behavior support. Inservice training at Sunset Elementary School, Salina, Kansas.

Freeman, R. (September 23-24, 2004). Fall Forum: Team training for districts implementing school-wide PBS, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

Freeman, R., Hine, K., Zarcone, J., Smith, C., Wickham, D., & Kidwell, P. (2004). Program evaluation of a statewide training program using positive behavior support. Association for Behavior Analysis Conference, Boston, MA.

Houghton, J. (2004). Orientation and mobility for students who are deaf-blind: Is there another way? At the Deaf-Blind Consortium Annual Workshop Series, Kansas State School for the Blind, Kansas City, KS.

Houghton, J. (2004). Promoting communication outcomes for children who are deaf-blind: Assessment protocol. Presentation at the Annual Project Directors' Meeting for Single State and Multi-State Deaf-Blind Projects, Washington, DC.

Sailor, W. (October, 2004). Schoolwide Applications Model: A Context for Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support. PBS Training of Trainers conference, Naperville, IL.

Spellman, C. (2004, October). Reading program that works for students with autism and other significant cognitive disabilities. Presentation at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Kansas Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children, Manhattan, KS.

Zarcone, J., Hine, K., Freeman, R., Tieghi-Benet, M., Smith, C., & Kimbrough, P. (2004). Comparing indirect and experimental methods of functional analysis. Paper presented at the Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis, Indianapolis, IA.


Doughty, A.H., Williams, D.C., & Saunders, K.J. (2004). Human transitive inference using verbal and nonverbal procedures. Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis, Charlotte, NC.

Doughty, S.S., Anderson, C.M., Doughty, A.H., Williams, D.C., & Saunders, K.J. (2004). Establishing control of self-stimulatory responding by an antecedent stimulus using differential punishment. Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis, Charlotte, NC.


Sailor, W., & McCart, A. (2004). Creating a unified system integrating general and special education for the benefit of all students [Video]. Produced by Leonard Burrello. This video features the School-wide Applications Model (SAM) and Positive Behavior Support (PBS) at Whitechurch Elementary School in Kansas City, KS.

Technical Assistance/Training

Bailey, B.R., Goehl, K.S., Houghton, J., & Poff, L. (2004). Collaboration achieves travel success: Project CATS, available at

Houghton, J. (2004, September). Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication: Environmental Arrangements and Resources, Resource Room, Roseland Elementary School, Shawnee Mission School District USD 512, Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

Lattimore, J. (2004, August). Making it more than a job: Facilitator training. Conducted facilitator training for the Self-Determined Career Development Model, Wichita, KS.

Freeman, R., Griggs, P., Lassen, S., McCart, A., Steele, M., & Wolf, N. (2004). Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Fall Forum on September 23-24 at the Regents Center for school districts in Kansas, for teachers to learn about PBS.

Central Office News and Announcements

Project Development

Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

Past Submissions not Previously Reported

1. Eva Horn and Susan Palmer submitted their second-year, non-competing continuation “Children’s School Success” to prime contractor Indiana University on October 8, 2004.

2. Rachel Freeman and Chris Smith submitted their fourth-year continuation “Kansas Institute on Positive Behavior Support” to the Kansas Department of SRS on October 12, 2004.

3. Michael Wehmeyer submitted a one-year, supplement “Evaluating the Efficacy of the Support Intensity Scale (SIS) to Predict Extraordinary Support Needs for Kansans with Developmental Disabilities” to the Kansas Department of SRS on October 14, 2004.

4. Michael Roberts and Ric Steele resubmitted a three-year proposal “Children’s Adjustment of Parental Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation” to the American Cancer Society on October 15, 2004.

5. Sara Sack submitted her sixth-year continuation “Assistive Technology Services for Vocational Rehabilitation Customers” to Kansas Department of SRS on October 15, 2004.

6. David Lindeman submitted a new, eight-month proposal “Child Care Focus: Resource and Referral Center Expansion” to the Kansas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (KACCRRA) on October 25, 2004.

7. Charles Greenwood and Cheryl Utley, in collaboration with Elisabeth Kozleski at the University of Colorado, Denver, resubmitted a five-year proposal “A Large-Scale, Randomized Trial of the Effects of Reading ClassWide Peer Tutoring and Schooling Contexts on Students’ Growth In Reading Achievement” to DE-IES for their Reading Comprehension and Reading Scale-Up Research Grants competition on October 28, 2004.

8. Steven Barlow, in collaboration with Perry Clark at KU Medical Center and Jose Gierbolini at Stormont-Vail Hospital, will submit their fourth-year continuation “Sensorimotor Control of the Human Orofacial System” to NIDCD on November 1, 2004.

9. Holly Storkel submitted her second-year continuation “The Mental Lexicon of Children with Phonological Delays” to NIDCD on November 1, 2004.

10. Stephen Fowler, in collaboration with Barry Festoff at KUMC, resubmitted a five-year proposal “Cost and Basis for Synuclein Aggregates and Crosslinking” to NINDS on November 1, 2004.

11. Susan Kemper, in collaboration with Patricia Pohl at KUMC, submitted a new (for KU), three-year proposal “Neurological Basis of Dual-Task Costs after Stroke” to NIH on November 1, 2004.

12. Mabel Rice, in collaboration with Rebecca Landa @ Kennedy Krieger Institute, submitted a new (for KU), five-year proposal “Autism: Social and Communication Predictors in Siblings” to NIH on November 1, 2004.

13. Chris Smith submitted his second-year continuation “Technical Assistance in the Area of Early Childhood Mental Health Services to

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Steven Warren, Judith Carta and Kathleen Baggett received a new, one-year award Baby/Child Library: Reading is Fundamental” from Georgetown University which began May 11, 2004.

2. Glen White received a new, one-year award “Comprehensive Training for Personnel of Hospitals, Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Emergency Response Agencies in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response for Persons with Disabilities” from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that began August 31, 2004.

3. Jane Wegner received a new, four-year training award “Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the Schools: Leadership and Access (ACTS)” from DE/OSERS/OSEP which begins January 1, 2005.

Again, we are still waiting for contracts and /or award documents on approximately a dozen other new proposals, which we hope to report on next month.

Networking and Communication Services

Janet Marquis, Director

A new Student Tech has joined the Information Technology Services staff. His name is Stephen Laubscher and he is a freshman here at KU in the School of Engineering. Stephen volunteers at a Youth Center in Olathe putting together a computer facility for troubled youth. Steve has been assisting us in putting together a database of the computers that the Unit supports; so, you may see him soon in your area. Please join us in welcoming him to the LSI.

On another note, we would like remind you that using the NCS Trouble Ticket Reporting System helps us to be quicker in our response to your needs. There are times when we are out of the office and don’t have easy access to our voice mail. If you use the website, we can check your requests from any computer we are working on. Go to

Research Design and Analysis

Janet Marquis, Research Design and Analysis Co-Director

Three Upcoming RDA Workshops

The Research Design and Analysis Unit is sponsoring three workshops of interest to researchers in the LSI.

Applying for grants from the National Science Foundation

Joane Nagel was Sociology Program Officer in NSF's Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate during 2002-2004. John Colombo is a past member of the NSF Children's Research Initiative Panel, and he and Todd Little currently serve on the NSF Developmental and Learning Sciences Panel.

Wednesday, December 8, at Noon
Room 1090, Dole Human Development Center

Multilevel modeling of non-continuous variables

The first topic will be multilevel modeling of non-continuous variables. Included in this workshop will be a session on power analyses for multilevel models. Don Hedeker from the University of Illinois-Chicago will be presenting on December 9 and 10.

Randomized Clinical Trials

Randomized Clinical Trials with William Shadish from the University of California at Merced will be presenting on January 27 and 28.

Registration information for the workshops will be made available as the dates for the workshops approach.


Karen Henry, Assistant Director for Communications

Research Dissemination, Preservation and Storage Brownbag

If you are interested in exploring new ways to disseminate research products and/or have concerns about the preservation and storage of your valuable data sets or making data available for collaboration, you will want to attend a one-hour brownbag addressing these issues through KU ScholarWorks presented by Richard Fyffe, assistant dean of libraries for scholarly communication, and Holly Mercer, librarian and ScholarWorks coordinator.

KU ScholarWorks may be the answer to these needs and more. I outlined this KU initiative in an earlier newsletter at: The ScholarWorks website is at:

A new version of ScholarWorks will premier shortly with more functionality.

Among the highlights of ScholarWorks:

You can store research products in many formats including PDF, several database applications, ASCII text, graphics formats, and audio-visual formats.
A cataloging record can associate diverse products such as a database and a paper.
Full text searching through many formats - including PDFs.
Keyword searching.
Collections by unit - while still allowing item to exist in other collections -e.g., Beach and Juniper Gardens.
You can set the level of access.
You can use the URL links to the ScholarWorks catalog record to the item on your website, etc. This URL will NEVER change. This could free up our server(s) and our network and web administrators from maintaining and securing much data.
Searchable by GOOGLE and other search engines.
Please RSVP to by November 15. The workshop is now scheduled for the LSI conference room, so I will need to move it to a larger room of many of you are interested in attending.

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