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In the News

K-CART to open Autism Resource Center in KC

Debra Kamps Wins KU Research Achievement Award

LSI Sponsors Public Presentation on Obesity Research

Friends of Life Span Announce Student Research Award Winners

High honors to LSI affiliated researchers by Council on Exceptional Children

LSI web site offers portal for investigators, staff and students

Condolences Continue for Jay Turnbull

Save the Date for November 6-7 K-CART Autism Conference

Volunteer Brings Perspective to Gerontology Center

Major science organizations target research communication

AAAS 2010 Conference Call for Proposals due April 28

Project Development

Friends of the Life Span Institute

Ross and Marianna Beach

Ron and Pam Borchardt

Scott and Julie Borchardt

Dan Biles and Amy McCart

Michael Cataldo

John Colombo and Dale Walker

David and Peggy Ekerdt

Steve Fawcett and Kathleen McCluskey–Fawcett

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation – Laura McKnight, President & CEO

Charles R. Greenwood and Judith J. Carta

Vance and Marilyn Hall

Betty Hart

Floyd Horowitz and Frances Degan Horowitz

Todd Little and Patty Hawley

JIm and Lee McLean

Fred and Virginia Merrill

Bob Mirman

Terrance and Judi Paul

Mabel Rice

Dick and Muriel Saunders

Dick and Ruth Schiefelbusch

Steve and Carolyn Schroeder

Dale Slusser and Sherry Fowler

The Sosland Foundation – Debbie Sosland–Edelman, Executive Director

Joe and Rita Spradlin

John and Linda Stewart

Rud and Ann Turnbull

John and Patty Turner

April Waldron

Frances Waldron

Gary Waldron and Sunny Foster

Ruth Warren

Steve Warren and Eva Horn

Michael and Kathryn Wehmeyer

Bruce and Melinda Wetherby

Glen and Nancy White

David and Dee Yoder

Ed and Mary Ann Zamarripa

The Centers and their inception dates

The Life Span Institute is a center of centers collectively dedicated to discovering research–based solutions for the challenges of human and community development, disabilities, and aging.

The Life Span Institute at Parsons 1956

Juniper Gardens Children’s Project 1964

Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center 1967

Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities 1973

Research and Training on Independent Living 1980

Child Language Doctoral Program 1983

Beach Center on Disability 1988

Gerontology Center 1990

Merrill Advanced Studies Center 1990

Work Group for Community Health and Development 1990

Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management 2001

Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communication Disorders Center 2002

Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training 2008

Research Participation OpportunitiesAttention: The Life Span Institute wants you! That’s right, Life Span scientists need people of all ages to participate in research that will help us, for example, understand more about child development, autism and aging. In some cases, you will be compensated for your time and travel. Help us uncover answers that can help all of us throughout the life span. MORE INFORMATION

In the News

Holly Storkel, associate professor of speech, language and hearing who is affiliated with the Center for Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communication Disorders, discussed using sign language with young children in an article written by a freelancer for the Lawrence Journal World and published on December 11, 2008. Storkel described not only her research but her own work with her son who was born with a cleft lip and palate.

Mabel Rice, Ph.D.Mabel Rice was quoted in an article in Science News, a magazine published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Rice was asked for her comments about a study conducted by geneticists at the University of Oxford in England.

Research by David Johnson, assistant professor of psychology and a researcher in the Gerontology Center, was described in an article in the Lawrence Journal World on December 27, 2008. The story came about after Life Span and University Relations pitched the idea in November as part of National Alzheimer’s Disease Month.

Audra Sterling and Leah Kapa, both LSI–affiliated graduate students, presented their research to Kansas legislators and the public at the sixth annual Graduate Student Research Summit on March 12.

Audra SterlingSterling, a doctoral student in psychology, studies Fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common inherited cause of intellectual disability that affects many more males than females. Individuals with FXS often have a co-diagnosis of autism, or display symptoms concurrent with autism. Sterling examined the impact that autism has on the language and cognitive development of FXS and found that the males with FXS showed deficits in language comprehension and production, although they displayed a profile of relative strengths and weaknesses. Boys with both FXS and autism had lower language and cognitive levels compared to the boys with FXS only. The girls with FXS were not as impaired but did show quite a bit of variability within the sample.

Leah KapaKapa, a doctoral student in child language (one of the two Life Span Institute multidisciplinary academic graduate programs) suggests that children who are learning English as a second language should be simultaneously taught their native language and English. In one measure of problem-solving, the bi-lingual children scored the same as children who spoke only one language and who had significantly higher socioeconomic status (SES). When adjusted for the bi-lingual children’s lower SES, they actually outperformed the other group of children. Kapa and other researchers continue to pursue the effect of being bilingual on cognition.

More about KU Life Span Institute graduate and post-doctoral programs

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K-CART to open Community Autism Resource Center at KU Edwards Campus March 24

Open HouseThe Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART) will host an open house on Tuesday, March 24, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. to showcase its new offices and the Autism Research Center at KU’s Edwards Campus.

In addition to tours and refreshments, the event will include a 5:30 p.m. program featuring Peter Bell, vice president for programs and services at Autism Speaks. The Open House will take place in Regnier Hall, which is on the west side of the Edwards Campus. Representatives from groups throughout the region are expected to attend, including those from the Center for Child Health and Development at the KU Medical Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital, the Autism Society of the Heartland, the Autism Alliance of Greater Kansas City, Families Together, Camp Encourage, Missouri Parents ACT (MPACT) and the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

“The vision and commitment of the University of Kansas to establish both an autism-specific resource center and a research and training program is remarkable and truly reflective of KU’s national reputation,“ said Kirsten Sneid, a Johnson County parent and area autism advocate.

The Autism Resource Center, 270 Regnier Hall, is both a resource and a referral center. Staff will assist visitors with identifying and accessing community autism services and in selecting materials to check out from the center, which will operate as a lending library. The center will be open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition, K-CART will sponsor guest lectures, workshops and other learning opportunities to respond to the needs of the community.

The Autism Resource Center is a collaborative venture between public and private entities. Edwards Campus Vice Chancellor Bob Clark stepped forward last year to contribute the suite of offices and a reception area.“We are grateful to have the Center for Autism opening on the Edwards Campus, providing those who will benefit most – our Johnson County families – with its services and activities,“ Clark said.

Materials were purchased using gifts to K-CART from the Autism Society of the Heartland, the 2008 senior class at Blue Valley North High School in Leawood, Kan., and from two fundraising events -- Caeden’s Cause in July 2008 and the Kansas City Young Matrons Ball in January 2009. Interior design students and faculty at Johnson County Community College volunteered their time to design the space, furnishings and other visual elements.

For more information on the Open House, call 913-897-8471 or email Sean Swindler. No rsvp is required.

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Debra Kamps Wins KU Research Achievement Award

Debra Kamps

Debra Kamps, K-CART director and associate director and senior scientist at Juniper Gardens, received the 2009 KU Research Achievement Award, which honors a full-time staff researcher in an academic department or research center.

To qualify, the recipient’s research should have significant influence in his or her field and represent a productive research record that has enhanced intellectual or societal insights. A substantial portion of the work must have been done at KU. The award includes $10,000 in research funds.

In his nomination letter, Charles Greenwood, director of Juniper Gardens, wrote,“Dr. Kamps truly exemplifies KU’s expectations of a scholar’s contribution to research, service and teaching. She continues to have a significant impact on her field through her productive record of research.“

LSI Director John Colombo said, "Debra is a careful and productive scientist and a valued colleague within the LSI family. Her work is extraordinarily difficult but is enormously rewarding. It truly makes a difference to the lives of children and families here in Kansas and across the U.S."

Kamps came to KU in 1974 as a graduate student in special education. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees at KU and joined the staff at Juniper Gardens as a research project principal investigator in 1983. She became associate director of Juniper Gardens in 1994 and founding director of K-CART in 2007. Read more about Kamps and her award.

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LSI Sponsors Public Presentation on Obesity Research

Considering Obesity - pear, apple, brain with tape measureThe complex interaction of the human brain, behavior and weight management was the focus of Life Span’s third Community Conversation, a public forum series designed to communicate the implications of LSI research on topics of national concern. Nearly 100 people attended Considering Obesity: KU Research on Brain, Body, Behavior Connections held February 11 at KU’s Edwards Campus.

Featured speakers were Joseph Donnelly, professor and director of the Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management; Cary Savage, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences and director of Functional MRI at the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center; Debra Sullivan, associate professor and chair of Dietetics and Nutrition at the KU Medical Center; and Christie Befort, assistant professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Medical Center.

Joseph Donnelly, Ed.D.Donnelly directs the Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management and the new joint KU-Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Center for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Weight Management. Several current projects involve more than 15,000 area children in strategies to combat obesity involving physical activity and environment, diet, pharmaceuticals and public policy. Donnelly discussed new research that points to the need for more exercise to maintain weight.

Sullivan is associate professor and chair of the Dietetics and Nutrition Department at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Sullivan is involved with studies in the YMCA after school daycare projects to improve nutrient quality of after school snacks and increase physical activity of children, and several adult weight loss projects exploring the impact of weight loss on cancer risk. She also studies ways to promote weight loss in adults with serious mental illness as well as those with intellectual and developmental delays.

Befort focuses on research that examines strategies for improving behavioral obesity and exercise adherence, particularly in diverse populations. She discussed the completion of a phone-based weight-loss intervention for rural women who have significantly higher rates of obesity. Sixty-two percent of the group participants and 50 percent of individual participants achieved a 10 percent weight loss after 24 weeks. Befort said that self-monitoring, part of the study, is one of the strongest predictors of successful weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

Savage focuses on the roles of prefrontal cortex and limbic system in memory and motivational processes, and how these networks are disrupted in psychiatric and neurologic conditions. Pointing out that 70 to 90 percent of people who lose weight gain it back, he argued for better understanding of neurobiological processes that contribute to long-term weight maintenance and finding biomarkers for new interventions that target specific areas of brain activation.

Obesity is America’s second leading cause of preventable death. Previous Community Conversations have focused on autism and the aging brain.

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Friends of Life Span Announce Student Research Award Winners

The Friends of the Life Span Institute have announced the winners of the fourth annual Graduate Research Assistant Awards.

Audra SterlingAudra Sterling received the award for an advanced graduate student in the dissertation stage of his or her work. Sterling is a doctoral student in cognitive psychology who is interested in the language development of children with developmental disabilities. She has managed the Fragile X lab that is supported by the National Institutes of Health and has received numerous awards and scholarships. Sterling has worked with several LSI scientists including Mabel Rice, Steve Warren, John Colombo and Nancy Brady. She will begin a post-doctoral fellowship in the fall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Daniel Schober received the award for a promising student in the early stages of graduate school. Dan SchoberSchober has completed two years of his graduate education in Applied Behavioral Science and Preventative Medicine and Public Health. He has served as a research assistant for a community-based participatory research project funded by the Centers for Disease Control. He works with LSI scientists Glen White and Steve Fawcett, among others.

The Friends of LSI established the awards in 2005 to support the research and professional development of outstanding graduate research assistants affiliated with LSI projects. This year’s winners each received $1,500.

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High honors to LSI affiliated researchers by Council on Exceptional Children

Three LSI researchers received major honors at the 27th Kansas Division for Early Childhood Conference of the International Council for Exceptional Children in Wichita on February 26-27.

Ann Turnbull and Rud Turnbull, co-directors of the LSI’s Beach Center on Disability received the Outstanding Contributor Award that recognizes significant contributions to early intervention in Kansas. They were cited for bridging the gap between academic studies and the real world needs of families and individuals.

Eva Horn, professor of special education, was honored with the Award of Excellence for her significant contributions to the field of early intervention and early childhood special education. Among her many achievements, Horn was instrumental in creating the Kansas Early Childhood Unified License.

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LSI web site offers portal for investigators, staff and students

This is a reminder that many services and virtually all information about the services that the Life Span Institute central office offers are on the LSI Services for Investigators and Staff section of the LSI web site. As just two examples, the ever expanding Accounting web site offers downloadable forms, deadlines and links to pertinent university policy. The Information Technology site provides links to downloadable software, software recommendations and drivers as well as quick links to IT policies on security, database hosting and much more.

There are also links to the core services of Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Center (KIDDRC) and the Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communications Disorders Center (BNCDC).

Current and potential students have a place on the web site as well. Check out the Resources for Graduate and Post-Doctoral Students page.

Don’t forget that there is also an online directory of LSI employees that is searchable by center and name. This database is updated frequently by each center.

If you have events of any kind, they can be posted on our online LSI calendar. Contact Mary-Margaret Simpson or Karen Henry.

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Condolences Continue for Jay Turnbull

Turnbull familyThe outpouring of sympathy continues following the death on January 7 of long-time Life Span employee Jay "J.T." Turnbull. Turnbull worked for KU for 20 years, most recently as an office and clerical assistant at the Beach Center on Disability. He was a familiar face to many on the KU campus and throughout the Lawrence community.

Diagnosed as a child with intellectual disabilities and autism, he was the son of H.R. “Rud“ and Ann Turnbull, founders and co-directors of the Beach Center. He achieved considerable independence and lived on his own with support from family and friends. He died unexpectedly at his home at the age of 41.

Messages of condolence have come from friends, colleagues and even strangers who had heard of J.T. Turnbull. Read these messages and contribute to the blog in his memory.

Turnbull’s family has requested that memorial gifts support the Jay Turnbull Fellowship at the Beach Center, a fund established in 2008 by his parents at the KU Endowment Association. The 5,000th on-line gift to KU Endowment was, in fact, a $250 donation to the Jay Turnbull Fellowship from Steve Warren, vice provost for research and graduate studies, and his wife, Eva Horn, professor of special education.

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Save the Date for November 6-7 K-CART Autism Conference

The Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training will convene a major two-day conference on autism that will stress applied topics and issues, including practical strategies for families and educators, November 6-7 in Wichita. 

Autism Across the Life Span: A Conference for Families, Teachers and Service Providers will take place at the Hilton Wichita Airport Executive Conference Center. Sessions will cover early childhood, social skills, challenging and adaptive behaviors, transition to adulthood, employment and community living. Nationally known keynote speakers, panel presentations, breakout sessions and several opportunities for networking will distinguish the event.

Conference planners intend to keep the conference affordable to attract as many participants as possible. K-CART has applied for continuing education units (CEUs) through Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification for all sessions. All conference attendees will receive a signed attendance certificate to track session hours/CEUs to use for professional development plans. .

Details will be announced in a future issue of Lifeline. In the meantime, for more information or for an electronic Save the Date card, contact Kathleen Olson, 620-421-6550, ext. 1771.

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Volunteer Brings Perspective to Gerontology Center

Eleanor WengerIn a strained economy, people who volunteer their time and talents to an organization are worth their weight in gold. Imagine the value of someone who is willing to help out for free and who also happens to have a Ph.D.

That’s what happened in late December to David Johnson, assistant professor of psychology and a researcher with LSI’s Gerontology Center. Eleanor Wenger of Lawrence showed up in his office to participate in a survey and ended up staying. She now volunteers about 12 hours a week, reading research articles to help Johnson and his team prepare a grant application. Along the way she happened to mention that she has a Ph.D. in zoology from Johnson’s alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. She also brings another important qualification to the Gerontology Center: Wenger is 87.

Wenger’s late husband, Byron S. Wenger, was an assistant professor of anatomy at KU from 1951 to 1969. After teaching in Canada and Grenada, the Wengers returned to Lawrence in 1995 where they both worked as volunteers for KU museums and Audio Reader. Eventually diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Byron Wenger participated in the Brain Aging Project at the KU Medical Center. He died in September 2008 but Eleanor Wenger remained interested in the disease.

A former university professor and author of scholarly articles herself, Eleanor Wenger said she is learning an entirely new subject under the guidance of Johnson and his colleague Jeff Burns, director of the Alzheimer and Memory Program at the KU Medical Center. They are looking at various genetic markers for Alzheimer’s Disease.

As the former caretaker of someone with Alzheimer’s, Eleanor Wenger knows firsthand the challenges of the disease. And her participation also sends a message that is priceless. According to Johnson,“If you are going to study aging, you need to know some older adults. Working in a lab together is a pretty intimate experience and this is the first time most of my college students have ever gotten to know an older adult. I want Eleanor to be an active member of the lab and use her talents to help with the research.“

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Major science organizations target research communication

At the American Association for the Advancement of Science February 12-16 in Chicago, Karen Henry, LSI assistant director for communications, and Mary-Margaret Simpson, public information officer, attended a daylong workshop sponsored by the AAAS and the National Science Foundation for scientists and communications professionals.

The workshop series, part of a major new initiative of the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology and the National Science Foundation Office of Legislative and Public Affairs targets bolstering the communication of research to the public by scientists and communicators alike.

The next workshop, free to investigators and university public information staff, will be held at April 30 at Oregon State University at Corvallis.

Currently limited largely to NSF-funded grants, the NSF has launched several innovative responses to the disappearing science sections of most general print media. Among these:

The NewsMarket allows universities to provide multimedia content to be distributed to TV, radio and web-based scientific venues and remains on the site to be searchable for web visitors.

Discovery file: a weekly 90-second radio news feature that airs on 1500 commercial radio stations. Each episode features a different NSF-funded project usually based on a university news release.  - a web site that partners with Yahoo!News, MSNBC and FoxNews and uses content from university publicists including Research in Action – an image-of-the-day posting and Behind the Scenes, a weekly feature story by or about top scientists and Q&A – brief profiles of such researchers. This is occasionally open to non-NSF projects. Please contact Karen Henry if you have ideas for this venue.

PIs were encouraged to include funding for developing animated graphs, video, or multi-media content in grant proposals. For other specific ideas, contact Henry or Simpson. Henry will be the speaker at the psychology department’s April pro-seminar and will discuss these trends and opportunities in more depth. More on this in coming Lifeline issues as well.

More: Communicating Science for Scientists and Engineers

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AAAS 2010 Conference Call for Proposals due April 28

We would also like to pass on to all LSI faculty, research staff and students a AAAS Call for Proposals that was recently sent to the public information officers who attended AAAS.  For those of you who have never attended, it is a world-class event with reporters from the U.S. as well as the international media:

We’re getting back in touch with you to answer a question we frequently receive from public information officers: How can I get speakers from my institution involved in a news briefing at the AAAS Annual Meeting?

The AAAS media outreach team works months in advance to plan news briefings, media availabilities and other media events at our Annual Meeting. They are tied to the meeting’s scientific content, which is determined through a peer-review process coordinated by the AAAS Annual Meeting Program Committee.

While we can do briefings on only a few symposia each year, the only way to be considered for a briefing is for speakers from your institution to be involved in the program. So if you know scientists or engineers who are willing to organize symposia, encourage them to submit proposals for the 2010 Meeting. Its theme is "Bridging Science and Society," and it will be 18-22 February in San Diego.

Please note that successful symposium proposals are characterized by interesting and timely topics that are thoughtfully developed and include capable and articulate presenters who are representative of the diversity of science and society, including disciplinary field, gender, ethnicity, and geographic location. The speakers named in a proposal must not be all from the same institution. Proposals for scientific symposia are due 28 April. Read more here:

AAAS is the world’s largest federation of scientists and engineers, with 130,000 members and 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Since its founding more than 160 years ago, AAAS has played a leading role in promoting scientific collaboration, attracting funding for scientific work, and bringing scientific information to the public. Unlike other scientific organizations, AAAS is a general scientific body covering all areas of science, and membership is open to all who wish to join. AAAS runs programs in science policy, education, science, and security, and publishes the journal, Science.

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Project Development

Paul Diedrich, Associate Director for Project Development

New Awards (not previously funded) Information

1. Nancy Hamilton received a new, three-year award RO1 “Fibromyalgia and Sleep Treatments” from NIAMS that began September 1, 2008.

2. Joe Donnelly, Ric Washburn and Bryan Smith received a new, three-year subcontract award, “Brain Function Predictors and Outcomes of Weight Loss and Weight Loss Maintenance” from KUMC, prime contractor to NIDDK, that began September 8, 2008.

3. Jean Ann Summers, replacing Susan Bashinski as PI, received a new, five-year award “Kansas State Deaf-Blind Project” from DE-OSERS-OSEP that began October 1, 2008.

4. Michael Wehmeyer received a new, five-year subcontract award “Enhancing Life Outcomes Through Self-Determination:  A National Training Initiative” from UMKC, prime contractor to HHS-ACF-ADD, that began October 1, 2008.

5. Muriel and Dick Saunders received a new, 15-month award “Impact of Vision and Hearing Correction on Measurement of Sport and Non-sport Performance of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities” from Special Olympics, Inc. that began October 31, 2008.

6. Susan Kemper received a new, three-year subcontract award “DHB:  Measuring Spoken Language Variability in Elderly Individuals” from the Oregon Health and Science University, prime contractor to NSF, that began November 1, 2008.

7. Chris Smith received a new one-year award “Kansas Early Head Start Dental Health Technical Assistance Contract” from KHSA that began December 1, 2008.

8. Tiffany Johnson received a new, one-year award “New Directions in Clinical Applications of Otoacoustic Emissions” from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation that began December 11, 2008.

9. Debra Kamps, Linda Heitzman-Powell and Kathy Thiemann received a new, four-year award “Peer Networks Intervention:  Improving Social-Communication, Literacy and Adaptive Behaviors for Young Children with ASD” from USDE-IES that began March 1, 2009.

There are nearly 10 other new awards that we are either waiting on agency award documents or prime contractor subcontracts that we plan to report on next issue.

Past Submissions not Previously Reported

1. Mabel Rice submitted her third-year continuation “Autism:  Social and Communication Predictors in Siblings” to KKI, prime contractor to NIDCD on October 22, 2008.

2. Maurie Faiman submitted his second-year continuation “Carbamathione, A Nove Disulfiram Metabolite for Cocaine Dependence” to NIDA on November 1, 2008.

3. Steve Barlow submitted his ninth-year continuation “Functional Outcomes to Cleft Lip Surgery” to UNC, prime contractor to NIDCR on November 1, 2008.

4. Joseph Donnelly, Ric Washburn, Bryan Smith, Debra Sullivan, Richard Saunders, Muriel Saunders and Matthew Mayo resubmitted their five-year RO1 proposal “Weight Loss and Maintenance for Individuals with IDD” to NIDDK on November 5, 2008.

5. Sara Sack submitted her second-year continuation “Assisting Medicaid Beneficiaries in Accessing Assistive Technology” to KHPA on November 12, 2008.

6. Mary Abbott submitted her second-year grant performance report “Wyandotte County, Kansas Early Reading First” to DE on November 14, 2008.

7. Katherine Froehlich-Grobe resubmitted her two-year R21 proposal “Development and Validation of the Wheelhawk Functional Fitness Battery” to NICHD on November 16, 2008.

8. Sara Sack submitted her tenth-year proposal “Increasing Availability of AT to Kansans” to KsSRS on November 21, 2008.

9. John Colombo submitted his fifth-year continuation “Zinc and Biobehavioral Development in Early Childhood” to Johns Hopkins, prime contractor to NICHD, on November 21, 2008.

10. Kathleen Olson submitted her third-year continuation “Kansas College of Direct Support” to KsSRS on November 21, 2008.

11. Ric Steele submitted a new, four-year subcontract proposal “Extending Structural Equation Models Beyond Two Hierarchically Nested Levels” to UNL, prime contractor to NIH, on November 24, 2008.

12. Nancy Brady submitted her third-year continuation “Communication Success and AAC” to NICHD on December 1, 2008.

13. Steve Fawcett and Jerry Schultz submitted their second-year continuation “Implementing the Health for All Model with the Latino Community” to NCMHD on December 1, 2008.

14. Judith Carta and Steve Warren submitted their fourth-year continuation “Preventing Child Maltreatment Through a Cellular-Phone Technology” to HHS-CDC on December 1, 2008.

15. Chris Smith submitted a new, one-year proposal “Kansas Early Head Start Dental Health Technical Assistance Contract” to KHSA on December 17, 2008. 

16. Dave Lindeman submitted a new one-year proposal “Consortium of Low Incidence Teacher Preparation Programs in Kansas Project (CLIPP) to KsDE on December 31, 2008.
17. Bryan Smith submitted a new, one-year proposal “Mechanisms of Weight Change in Women Receiving Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer” to the KU Cancer Center on January 5, 2009.

18. Janet Marquis submitted her fourth-year continuation “School Readiness Project” to KsDE on January 6, 2009.

19. Sara Sack submitted her three-year renewal proposal “Kansas State Plan for Assistive Technology” to DE-RSA on January 23, 2009.

Six new proposals were submitted to the DE-NIDRR Field Initiated Program on January 27, 2009:

20. Claudia Dozier and Pam Neidert submitted a three-year proposal “The Use of Telemedicine for Assessment and Treatment of Severe Problem Behavior in Rural Areas”;

21. Katherine Froehlich-Grobe submitted a two-year proposal “The Burden of Obesity Among Working-Age Adults with Disabilities”;

22. Katherine Froehlich-Grobe submitted a two-year proposal “Development and Validation of the Wheelhawk Functional Fitness Battery”;

23. Muriel Saunders and Amanda Reichard submitted a three-year proposal “Weight Loss by Individuals with Physical Disabilities”;

24. Ann Turnbull and Martha Blue-Banning submitted a three-year proposal “Creating Whole Lives:  Whole Life Transition Planning for Families of Young Adults with Autism and Severe Intellectual Disabilities”; and

25. Glen White submitted a three-year proposal “Accommodations and ADA for Post Secondary Students with Disabilities”.

26. David Ekerdt submitted his second-year continuation “Downsizing Possessions for Residential Moves in Later Life” to NIA on February 1, 2009.

27. Greg Maddden and Steve Fowler submitted their second-year continuation “Impulsivity, Dopamine and the Behavioral Economics of Gambling” to NIDA on February 1, 2009.

28. Richard Saunders, James Sherman, Muriel Saunders, Nancy Brady, Kathy Thiemann, Lesley Olswang, and Pat Dowden submitted their twenty-third year, program project continuation “Communication of People with Mental Retardation” to NICHD on February 1, 2009.

29. Todd Little resubmitted his two-year R21 subcontract proposal “Parenting and Low-Income, Urban Youths’ Adjustment:  Reciprocity and Variability” to Johns Hopkins, prime contractor to NIH, February 4, 2009.

30. Jean Ann Summers submitted a new, five-year RO1 proposal “Decision-Making and Impacts of Participant Direction for Adults with Severe Autism” to NIH on February 5, 2009.

31. Joseph Donnelly, Leon Greene, Ric Washburn, Bryan Smith, John Poggio, David Hansen, Cheryl Gibson, Debra Sullivan and Matthew Mayo submitted their new, five-year RO1 proposal “Physical Activity and Academic Achievement (A+PAAC) to NIDDK on February 5, 2009.

Three new, three-year proposals were submitted to the Autism Speaks for their 2009 Basic and Clinical and 2009 Treatment Grants Program on February 10, 2009:

32. Jay Buzhardt and Linda Heitzman-Powell submitted “Experimental Evaluation of an Online Intensive Intervention for Young Children with Autism”;

33. Debra Kamps submitted “Peer Networks and Video Modeling to Build Social Competence for Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)”; and

34. Patrick Renee submitted “The Efficacy of Implementing Behaviorally Based Parent Training in Rural Settings.”

35. Kathleen Baggett in collaboration with Ed Feil at Oregon Research Institute and Susan Landry at University of Texas HSC at Houston, submitted a new, two-year R21 “A Web-based Professional Development Program for Child Care Providers” to NIH on February 16, 2009.

36. Jerry Schultz and Stephen Fawcett submitted a new, one-year proposal “DELTA PREP National Workstation and Training in Action Planning for Organizational Change to Prevent IPV” to the CDC Foundation on February 18, 2009.

37. Judith Carta submitted a new, three-year proposal “Cell Phone Enhanced Parent Training for Fathers” to UND, prime contractor to HHS-CDC on February 23, 2009.

38. Mabel Rice submitted her thirteenth-year continuation “Training Researchers in Language Impairments” to NIDCD on March 1, 2009.

39. Holly Storkel submitted her fourth-year continuation “Word Learning in Children:  Normal Development and Language Impairment” to NIDCD on March 1, 2009.

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Research Participation Opportunities