Life Span Institute Blog

Here you can read our researchers' stories, special achievements, and other personable narratives.

REDCap Reports With Longitudinal Data

This post will illustrate how to use reports and calculated fields in REDCap to “flatten” data across events and arms. It will cover the basics of setting up Events and Arms in a project, and then illustrate the problem with the default data “report” of all data. Finally, it will step through adding calculated fields in specific instruments to copy data across events.

KU Life Span Institute Finance Administrator Named Haskell Board of Regents President

Brittany Hall, a staff member at the KU Life Span Institute, has been elected president of the National Board of Regents of Haskell Indian Nations University. Hall has served as the board's alumni representative for more than a year and is a former adjunct instructor at Haskell. She will serve a two-year term that began in May 2022.

Online Surveys and Data Collection Tools

If you plan to have an open research survey that you distribute through email lists or social media, especially if you indicate that you will be compensating your survey subjects, you should expect to have your survey completed by “bots” and should plan accordingly. This post will try to address the specific scope of the problem and provide suggestions for how to make your survey less likely to be targeted by “bot” authors and other bad actors.

New members welcomed at SWIFT Education Center

In the last year, SWIFT Education Center welcomed more new staff members to their team. The expanded team will help the Center bring an equity-based, multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) to school districts across the country. 

Objectivity with Heart: A Conversation with Investigator Nancy Brady

Nancy Brady, Professor and Chair in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kansas and a researcher at the Life Span Institute, applies her interest in communication to her research focused on clinical practices that benefit individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Applying Adaptive Exercise to Meet the Needs of People with Disabilities

Lyndsie Koon applies her interdisciplinary interests in exercise and disability to conduct research that aims to improve the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities across the life span.

Seeking to Improve the Education of Young Bilingual Children

When 11-year-old Xigrid Soto moved to the continental United States from Puerto Rico with her family, her new community and the school lacked the support she needed. “I was placed in a classroom for special needs by accident,” Soto said. “I had to teach myself English, and that was a hard experience. And so, from that, I was really determined to have it not happen to other people.”

Book Offers the Means to Develop Equity-Based Support for All Students

  Investigators at a KU education research center have distilled twenty years of education research into a new book focused on an equity-based system to support all students.

New Addiction Research Handbook Co-Authored by KU Addiction Center Scientists

A field guide to research on the scope, methods and etiology of addiction published by Cambridge University Press and featuring chapters written by three KU scientists aims to be a comprehensive resource for researchers in this broad field. 

Lives Changed: Thirty Years of the ADA

On July 26, 1990, the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act marked a new era for people with disabilities. The landmark legislation prohibiting discrimination based on disability aimed to assure that that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The law covered several areas of public life, including employment, education, transportation, and public and private places that are open to the general public.