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September 2004

Reminder: Juniper Gardens Children’s Project 40th Anniversary Event Celebration Saturday, October 23. Registration at:

News for the investigators, staff and associates of the

The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies

LSI Lifeline Online September 2004 Issue 79

Editor, Karen Henry

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Juniper Gardens Children’s Project to celebrate 40 years October 23

Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies inaugurates development effort

Frank Symons, severe behavior expert, continues off 2004-05 KU Colloquia on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities October 22

LSI hosts social visionary Dr. Bill Thomas at Dole Institute of Politics October 6

2005 Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities – Call for Papers

In memorium: Judy Tate Petry

Institute Activities

Central Office News

Project Development
Upcoming RD&A Workshops
Research Dissemination, Preservation and Storage Brownbag

Life Span in the News

Babies who are born prematurely are often in grave danger. They may not be able to suck, swallow, or breathe on their own. Some “premies” suffer strokes or hemorrhage during or shortly after birth. Many more have subtle brain injuries that affect the development of intelligence and speech. All of them may benefit from a unique device developed at the University of Kansas, called the Actifier, invented by University of Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Professor Steven Barlow with University of Colorado Assistant Professor Donald Finan. The Actifier is a pacifier that becomes an active diagnostic and treatment device once it is plugged into a rolling cribside laboratory. KU has applied for a patent on the device. Barlow and his colleagues are testing the device on infants at neonatal intensive care units at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka and the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. A total of 390 infants will participate in the study over the next three years. This story was started at the front page of the Kansas City Star ( and from there attracted media attention from across the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Europe and South America. Including, CNN Headline News,, ABC, NBC, and CBS affiliates across the nation including Kansas City, Topeka, Philadelphia and Chicago, and via the Associated Press, numerous newspapers across the country. We don’t even know how many radio news programs picked it up and they are still coming.

Research and Training Center on Independent Living Director Glen White and Training Director Dorothy (Dot) Nary commented on the May 17 Supreme Court Decision State of Tennessee v. George Lane and Beverly Jones in the August 2004 issue of the The Nation’s Health. The decision ruled that Tennessee could be sued for failing to provide access to the courts to people with disabilities. However, although Nary and White saw the decision as a big win for people with disabilities, they both cautioned that the ruling was narrow – only applying to the justice system. White pointed out that voting poll sites do not have to be accessible in many states while Nary cited the inaccessibility of State of Kansas mobile health-screening services to wheelchair users.

KU researchers including Jennifer Zarcone, associate research professor, and Stephen Schroeder, professor emeritus, hope that the development of new medications based on their clinical trials will help people with autism. Zarcone discussed the results of two drug trials that show promising results with the Topeka Capital-Journal. See

Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies inaugurates development effort

Director Steven Warren set in motion the Institute’s first development effort in the spring of 2004 when Richard Schiefelbusch, founding director, and his wife, Ruth, agreed to serve as the first co-chairs of the Friends of LSI.

Within just five months, the Friends of the LSI has grown to the 29 members listed below.

“We have been so gratified at the outpouring of enthusiasm for this long overdue initiative,” said Warren.

The Friends of the LSI is envisioned as 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.

“The Friends will help shape the course of our long-term objectives, “ said Warren, “serving as a sounding board for determining just what we should strive to do in the future.”

Warren anticipates that the charter group of Friends will, in turn, approach other potential Friend members and Institute supporters.

Warren said that the Institute and its affiliated centers had attracted major gifts over the years that created research centers and professorships to support advanced policy studies and research and promote best practices related to disabilities and child development.

“We have every reason to believe that an organized effort to tell people about what their support could mean to fund innovative research in disabilities, aging, and human and community development will be very successful.”

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.

Friends of the Life Span Institute as of October 1, 2004

Ross and Mariana Beach
Charles Greenwood and Judith Carta
Gary Waldron and Carol Foster
Vance and Marilyn Hall
Betty Hart
Steve Warren and Eva Horn
Jim and Lee Mclean
Fred and Virginia Merrill
Todd and Sheryl Risley
Richard and Ruth Schiefelbusch
Steve and Carolyn Schroeder
Joe and Rita Spradlin
John and Linda Stewart, III
Rud and Ann Turnbull
Ed and Mary Ann Zamarripa

Juniper Gardens Children’s Project to celebrate 40 years October 23

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, will celebrate its positive impact on thousands of children, teachers – researchers and the fields of special education and child development – as pioneers in applied behavioral analysis 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, will culminate with a gala dinner and awards ceremony featuring addresses from Judge Cordell D. Meeks, Jr., LSI Director Steven Warren and former LSI Director Stephen Schroeder.

Program speaker highlights:

The Founders: LSI founding director Dick Schiefelbusch, Vance Hall, Chester Owens, Todd Risley, and Betty Hart.

National experts: Ilene Schwarz, Howard Goldstein, Scott McConnell

For more information and registration, see:

Frank Symons, expert in severe behavior problems, continues 2004-05 KU Colloquia on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities October 22

Positive Behavior Interventions, the 2004-05 KU Colloquia on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, continues with Frank Symons, associate professor of educational psychology from the University of Minnesota, whose interests include the environmental and pharmacological mechanisms underlying self-injury by children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on Friday, October 22, at 1 p.m. in 2092 Dole. This is a change from what was previously announced.

In the spring, the series will feature Jim Bodfish, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who focuses on the integration of behavioral and medication therapies for the treatment of severe behavior disorders (e.g. stereotypies, rituals, self-injury, aggression, overactivity) on Friday, March 4; Brian Iwata, Ph.D., University of Florida, who specializes in the functional analysis of severe behavior disorders on Friday, April 1; and Rob Horner, Ph.D., University of Oregon, who has 25-year history of research on school reform and positive behavior support include helping schools and school administrators develop systems for embedding school-wide systems of positive behavior support (Date TBD).

The specific times and locations for these will be announced later. Contact Carolyn Thurman, for more information.

KU Colloquia on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is sponsored by several life sciences research centers on the Lawrence and KUMC campuses: the Life Span Institute, the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Center, the Center for Reproductive Sciences, the Beach Center on Disability, the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project and the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities.

The 2004-05 Colloquia on Positive Behavior Interventions, is chaired by Dr. Rachel Freeman.

Eden Alternative founder Dr. Bill Thomas to speak October 6 at Dole Institute of Politics

Bill Thomas, M.D., geriatrician, reformer and founder of The Eden Alternative, will speak on Wednesday, October 6, 2004, 7 p.m. at the Dole Institute of Politics on the Lawrence campus. His talk is titled, What Are Old People For? A Radical Reinterpretation of Aging and the Elderly in American Society, echoing the theme of his new book by the same name.

Winner of the America's Award (established by Norman Vincent Peale and sometimes called "The Nobel Prize for Goodness"), the Molly Mettler Award from the Health Promotion Institute, and an award from the Giraffe Project (for sticking his neck out), Bill Thomas is a Harvard-educated medical doctor with a special concern for the elderly. Most recently, he has received a three-year fellowship from Ashoka for his social entrepreneurship work with Eden and improving the lives of elders. Ashoka is a global nonprofit organization that searches the world for social entrepreneurs—extraordinary individuals with unprecedented ideas for change in their communities.

The Eden Alternative, which Thomas developed in 1991, urged major reforms in how frail elders are cared for in the U.S. Thomas’ new book promotes the concept of Green Houses—small communities where older people live together intentionally and meaningfully.

Dr. Thomas is sponsored by the Life Span Institute, the Gerontology Center, School of Social Welfare Office of Aging, Long-Term Care with the Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and AARP Kansas.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Contact Karen Henry at or Debbie McAftery at for more information.

2005 Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities – Call for Papers

Theme: Evidence-Based Practice
Location: Loews Annapolis Hotel, Annapolis, MD
Date: March 17-19, 2005

The Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Mental Retardation in Developmental Disabilities was established in the 1960's as a forum for the exchange of scientific findings and as a mechanism to promote scientific networking. The overall aims of the conference are to promote exchange of scientific research information regarding the latest findings in behavioral science research on the causes, prevention and interventions for mental retardation and related developmental disabilities; to further our understanding of the behavioral and cognitive features of those disabilities; to promote collaboration among behavioral scientists; and to provide a major training resource for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other junior scientists entering the field of mental retardation research.

If you have questions about any aspect of this year's conference, please send them to the conference e-mail address: or to

Papers, Symposia & Poster Submissions

The 2005 program will consist of symposia, paper presentations, and poster sessions. In order to be accepted, abstracts of materials must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2005. THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE DEADLINE; PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.

Program time is limited. People submitting papers are asked to indicate whether they prefer their submissions to be presented orally or as a poster, and the Program Committee will attempt to honor requests. However, the Committee reserves the right to assign papers to either paper sessions or poster sessions, depending on the number of submissions on closely related topics. The Committee encourages those planning symposia to include presenters from more than one institution.

Planning Your Paper & Poster Submissions
The hallmark of the Gatlinburg Conference is the variability among the behavioral scientists making up the core conference participants. As in previous years, submitted papers, symposia and posters on topics unrelated to the conference theme are encouraged. While paper submissions related to the causes and prevention of developmental disabilities are especially encouraged, we welcome outstanding behavioral science submissions from any field of developmental disabilities research.

Multiple submissions by a single author:
A given author may be first author and/or presenter on only one paper, and may be listed as an author (not first author) on up to two additional papers. This restriction is necessary to give as many people as possible an opportunity to participate in the conference.

Research focus:
The Gatlinburg Conference is a research meeting. Program descriptions, clinical case reports, or literature reviews will not generally be accepted for presentation at the Gatlinburg Conference.

Method of submission:
All abstracts must be submitted as an email attachment. Please email to When your submission has been received you will be sent an email confirmation. Files should be saved as rich text format (RTF). When using software such as Word or WordPerfect, documents can be saved using the "save as" function and selecting "rich text format" as the format option. No fax submissions will be accepted.

Content of submissions:
Original empirical evidence must be reported in the abstract. It is not acceptable to describe a planned study for which data have yet to be obtained. A good abstract format includes: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Key References, but restricted to one page in all.

Format: For each paper, poster, or presentation within a symposium, the abstract is limited to a single, 8 1/2 x 11 inch page. The text should be single-spaced, with one-inch margins. At the top of each abstract, specify: 1) title of symposium, if paper is part of a symposium; 2) title of paper; 3) authors; 4) institutional affiliations; 5) mailing and email addresses; 6) short title in upper right-hand corner. Please ensure that all print is clear and legible. All correspondence will be via e-mail. Be sure to include the e-mail address for the corresponding author.

Provide as much information about your research as possible in the abstract. All abstracts will be converted into a common font and reprinted as part of the Conference Proceedings volume. Each symposium must submit, in addition to the individual abstracts within the symposium, a cover page giving the symposium title; all authors, affiliations, and paper titles within the symposium; and the names and affiliations of the chair and discussant. All members of the symposium should attempt to have the cover page and their abstracts as uniform in appearance as possible (i.e., same format and typeface).

LCD projectors will be provided at the meeting. You must bring your own laptop.

Poster Boards will be four feet by six feet.

Travel Awards
The David Zeaman Student Awards and Theodore Tjossem Postdoctoral Awards help to defray costs incurred for the Conference. To qualify, applicants must be a graduate student actively pursuing a Ph.D. (Zeaman) or a post-doctoral fellow or trainee (Tjossem). Applicants must present a paper or a poster at the conference, be the sole or first author of the work, and not have previously received a Zeaman or Tjossem award. Criteria include: (a) relevance to intellectual or developmental disabilities research, (b) scientific merit and quality of the research report submitted and (c) need for financial assistance due to unusual travel expenses associated with distance from conference site, or lack of availability of institutional funds.

Applicants must submit an itemized budget of travel costs and have no other sources of travel funds. Expenses must be documented with original receipts and social security number at the close of the Conference.

Award applications must be submitted with your paper or poster submission. Deadline 10/15/05.

E-Mail to:

Conference Site
The 2005 Gatlinburg Conference will be held in Annapolis, Maryland at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. The Hotel has elegance, charm, first-class conference facilities, and a variety of other amenities. It is conveniently located only a few blocks from the center of town, giving easy access to Annapolis' many restaurants, shops, and leisure activities. Pubs and coffee houses immediately contiguous to the hotel area provide excellent settings for scholarly discussions and for relaxing after the conclusion of the day's conference activities.

Annapolis is the capital of Maryland. Also known as the "Sailing Capital of America," it is a city that is rich in history. It was home to four signers of the Declaration of Independence and also to the country's oldest continuously used state house, wherein George Washington resigned his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. Much of the ambiance that is Annapolis is due to its history, its relationship and proximity to the water, and the interesting architecture found in its Georgian mansions and clapboard row houses.

Hotel Reservations
For hotel information and to make room reservations, contact Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
Telephone (800) 526-2593

Room rates are:
$135 Single rate
$139 Double rate

Room reservations must be made directly with the hotel no later than February 14, 2005 to receive the conference rate. Rooms being held for the conference will be released after this date. Indicate that you are attending the Gatlinburg Conference in order to obtain conference room rates.

Please help us by making sure to mention your with the Gatlinburg Conference, it's very important that we meet our contracted number of rooms. Thank you.

Loews Annapolis Hotel is a 25-minute drive from both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and only 18 miles from Baltimore- Washington International Airport (BWI).

In memorium: Judy Tate Petry
(reprinted) by School of Education Dean Angela Lumpkin

On Saturday morning, September 18th, Judy Tate Petry passed away surrounded by her loving family. There is no person who has contributed more to the strength, stature, and productivity of the University of Kansas Department of Special Education than Judy. One of the most significant reasons the Department has been so successful and such a wonderful place to work and learn is because of Judy's unwavering support, dedication, abiding patience, and loving concern for all of us. Recently Don Deshler wrote about her influence on the lives of faculty, staff, and students over the past 30 years:

"Judy has been an extraordinarily faithful and loyal friend, colleague, and mentor to all of us. She has devoted herself to ensuring the success of others. It was commonplace for her to spend long nights and weekends overseeing countless details to guarantee faculty and student proposals, projects, and reports were "just right." She gave so much of herself because she believed so deeply in the Department's mission. Judy's small stature belies the size of her heart and the strength of her will to accomplish what others often thought to be impossible. Countless lives have been positively influenced because of her enormous capacity to do whatever was necessary to accomplish whatever needed to be done. We are all beneficiaries of her creativity, brilliance, tenacity, work ethic, and deep concern about individuals with disabilities and their families. As faculty, staff, and students, we have all been shaped and molded by her efforts. We have been so fortunate to known and worked with this extraordinary human being."

The faculty and staff will honor Judy's memory and her remarkable professional accomplishments through an annual student research award. In addition, a bronze sculpture of children will be purchased for display in the Department. Next to the sculpture a memorial plaque will highlight Judy's contributions to the field. Contributions to these memorials may be sent to the KU Endowment Association in Judy's honor ("Judy Tate Petry Memorial Fund").

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).


Ekerdt, D.J., Sergeant, J.F., Dingel, M., & Bowen, M.E. (2004). Household disbandment in later life. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 59B, S265-273.

Lin, M-C., Hummert, M.L., & Harwood, J. (2004). Representation of age identities in on-line discourse. Journal of Aging Studies, 18, 261-274.

Reed, P., & Doughty, A.H. (in press). Within-subject testing of the signaled-reinforcement effect on operant responding as measured by response rate and resistance to change. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

Nolan, B.A., & Mathews, R.M. (2004). Facilitating resident information seeking: Regarding meals in a special care unit. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 30(10), 12-16.

Saunders, R.R., & McEntee, J.E. (2004). Increasing the probability of stimulus equivalence with training structure modifications with adults with mild mental retardation. The Psychological Record, 54, 423-435.

Thiemann, K., & Warren, S.F. (2004). Programs supporting young children’s language development. In: Tremblay, R. E., Barr, R. G., & Peters, R. (Eds.), Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development, 1-11. Available at <>.

Thiemann, K., & Goldstein, H. (2004). Effects of peer training and written-text cueing on social communication of school-age children with pervasive developmental disorder. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 47(1), 126-144.

Thiemann, K., & Kamps, D. (in preparation). Promoting social communication competence of children with autism in integrated environments. In R. Simpson, & B. Myles (Eds.), Educating Children and Youth with Autism, 2nd Ed. Pro-Ed.


Barlow, S.M., Stimac, M.A., & Estep, M. (2004). Mechanosensory modulation of the mechanically evoked perioral response in Parkinson’s disease during speech. Society for Neuroscience,416.7, San Diego, California.

Estep, M., & Barlow, S.M. (2004). Mechanosensory modulation of trigeminofacial pathways during speech. Society for Neuroscience, 69.7, San Diego, California.

Fox, M. (2004). Disaster planning and preparedness for people with mobility limitations: Nobody left behind. The First National Conference on Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities, Arlington, VA. Dr. Fox presented research that has been conducted on 30 randomly-selected FEMA counties in the US. Other research colleagues on this grant include, Dr. Glen White, Cat Rooney, and Dr. Jennifer Rowland, who successfully defended her dissertation on September 15th.

Houghton, J. (September, 2004). The know how of program evaluation. Presentation at the Alliance for Systems Change, Southeast Regional Resource Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

Lattimore, J. (2004, August). Making it more than a job: The self-directed career development model: An overview of project design, research, and future directions. Paper presented at the meeting of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) Advisory Panel, Lawrence, KS.

Lattimore, J. & Thompson, E. (2004, August). The self-determined career development model: Enhancing capacity for self-determination within Kansas Rehabilitation Services. Presented at the 7th Annual Rehabilitation Services Administration Project Director's Conference, Washington, DC.

Lattimore, J., Mosier, K, & Jorgensen, J. (Eds.) (2004, Summer). Directory of RSA Projects Submitted to the 2003 National Project Director's Conference.

Saunders, R.R., & Saunders, M.D. (2004, May). Improving the quality of life for people with profound multiple impairments. Workshop presented at the 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Boston, MA.

Saunders, M.D., & Saunders, R.R. (2004, May). Comparison on three methods of preference testing in people with profound multiple impairments. Poster session presented at the 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Boston, MA.

Saunders, R.R. (2004, August). Stimulus equivalence made relatively easy. Workshop presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Association for Psychotherapy and Behavioral Medicine and the 2nd International Conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Saunders, R.R. (2004, August). An alternative explanation of gradual emergence in equivalence test results: Examining the role of latencies. Invited address at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Association for Psychotherapy and Behavioral Medicine and the 2nd International Conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Saunders, M.D., & Saunders, R.R. (2004, August). Balancing the right to personal liberties: When should we limit the doughnuts? Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Association for Psychotherapy and Behavioral Medicine and the 2nd International Conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Saunders, R.R., & McEntee, J.E. (2004, August). Some effects of including stimulus labels in instructions to equivalence research participants with mental retardation. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Association for Psychotherapy and Behavioral Medicine and the 2nd International Conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Thiemann, K. (2004). Enhancing verbal communication of children with PDD to peers across multiple inclusive settings. Invited speaker at the Kansas Speech and Hearing Association Annual Conference, Wichita, KS.

Thiemann, K. (November, 2003). Increasing social initiations of school-age children with PDD: Effects of an across-the-day multi-component intervention. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.

White, G. (2004). Moderated a panel on current research findings. The First National Conference on Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities, Arlington, VA.


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.

Rachel Freeman, Peter Griggs, Stephen Lassen, Amy McCart, Michael Steele, and Nikki Wolf held a 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. Amy McCart submitted a supplement to her “Steps to Success: A Whole School Model to Enhance Learning through Partnerships” project to the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools on August 31, 2004.

2. Ed Auer (new investigator in SPLH) submitted a two-year proposal (transfer grant from House Ear Institute) “Perceptual Experience and Spoken Word Recognition” to NIDCD on September 8, 2004.

3. Debra Kamps, Howard Wills, Mary Veerkamp, Gregory Hanley, Rachel Thompson and Charles Greenwood submitted a new, four-year proposal “Class-wide Function-Based Intervention Teams Program: A Research to Practice Agenda for Functional Based Assessment for Students with Emotional and Behavior Disorders and Severe Problems Behaviors” to DE/OSERS/OSEP for their Evidence-based Interventions for Severe Behavior Problems competition on September 10, 2004.

4. Michael Wehmeyer, Shane Lopez, Todd Little, Charles Snyder and Glen White submitted a new, five-year proposal “Positive Psychology and Vocational Rehabilitation: Promoting Self-Determined Life Outcomes” to DE/OSERS/RSA for their Special Demonstration Programs – Model Demonstration Projects – Positive Psychology competition on September 13, 2004.

5. Charles Greenwood, Judith Carta and Dale Walker submitted a supplement to their “Evaluation Workscope of Early Communication Indicator” project to Kansas SRS on September 21, 2004.

6. Pamela Cress submitted her fourth-year, continuation “Great Plains Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center” to the University of Missouri-Columbia on September 22, 2004.

Upcoming Submissions
7. Nancy Brady and Kathy Thiemann will submit a new, five-year proposal “Communication Success and AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) to NIDCD on October 1, 2004.

8. David Ekerdt will submit a new, three-year proposal “Accomplishing Household Disbandment in later Life” to NIA on October 1, 2004.

9. Richard Saunders and Janet Marquis will submit a new, three-year proposal “Aging and Stimulus Equivalence” to NIA in response to their PA-00-052 - Higher-Order Cognitive Functioning and Aging on October 1, 2004.

10. Steven Warren, Marc Fey and Marc Fey, in collaboration with Paul Yoder at Vanderbilt University, submitted a new, five-year proposal “Effects of Intensity of Early Communication Intervention” to NIDCD on October 1, 2004.

11. Troy Zarcone and Beth Levant submitted a new, two-year proposal “Neurobehavioral Consequences of Amphetamine in Mice” to NIDA in response to their PAR-03-017 – Cutting Edge Based Research Awards (CEBRA) on October 1, 2004.

12. Amy McCart submitted a new, one-year proposal “Providing Positive Behavior Supports at Grant Elementary School” to the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools on October 4, 2004.

13. Amy McCart submitted a new, one-year proposal “Providing Positive Behavior Supports at Washington High School” to the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools on October 4, 2004.

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Ed Auer received a new, two-year award “Perceptual Experience and Spoken Word Recognition” from NIDCD that began August 1, 2004.

2. Charles Greenwood and Barbara Terry received a new, four-year award “Post-Doctoral Leadership Training Program in Intervention Research for Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities” from DE/OSERS/OSEP that began September 1, 2004

3. Stephen Fowler received a new, one-year award “The Effects of Validating Compounds on Tremor Responses in Fischer 344 Rats” from Eli Lilly and Company that began September 10, 2004.

4. Noel Card (Todd Little – faculty sponsor) received a new, two-year postdoctoral fellowship “Functions and Forms of Aggression over Time” from NIMH that began September 30, 2004.

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

Research Design and Analysis

Janet Marquis, Research Design and Analysis Co-Director

Two Upcoming RDA Workshops

The Research Design and Analysis Unit is sponsoring two workshops of interest to researchers in the LSI. 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 9th and 10th.

The topic of the second workshop will be Randomized Clinical Trials. William Shadish from the University of California at Merced will be presenting on January 27th and 28th.
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 on Monday, November 22, noon to 1 p.m.

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 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 1. 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.

Comments and questions to:

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