Jan. 21, 2004

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Contact: Karen Henry, Schiefelbusch Life Span Institute, (785) 864-0756.

Leading researcher on early childhood education to speak at KU Jan. 26

LAWRENCE -- A researcher whose work on early child development and education is shaping Head Start curriculum will speak at the Colloquia on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities 2003-04 public seminar series, Language to Literacy, at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union at the University of Kansas.

Susan H. Landry, the Michael Matthew Knight professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, will speak on "Promoting Cognitive Readiness in Ways that Support the Whole Child."

Landry also directs the Center for Improving the Readiness of Children for Learning and Education, which has produced more than 20 years of research based in a high-risk Houston community, including the development of a widely implemented curriculum for Head Start.

She is collaborating in a large study of preventing child neglect with KU researchers Steven Warren, director of the Life Span Institute, and Judith Carta, Life Span senior scientist, and researchers at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Landry was a featured speaker at Laura Bush's White House Summit and mini White House Summits held across the United States on cognitive development in young children. Landry is a popular keynote speaker for conferences regarding this issue. More recently, she presented her research before Sen. Edward Kennedy, Department of Education representatives and others in Washington, D.C.

Educators, practitioners, university students and other members of the academic and professional communities are particularly welcome to this presentation.

The series will close with a presentation by Robin Morris, professor of psychology at Georgia State University in Atlanta, at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Morris is known for his work in neuroimaging and evaluation of reading disabilities and interventions for a wide variety of learners, including nonspeaking children and children with a range of other disabilities. He recently was appointed to the President's Council on Literacy.

The Kansas Colloquia on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities is sponsored by the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, the Center for Reproductive Sciences, the Beach Center on Disability, the Juniper Gardens Children's Project and the KU Center on Developmental Disabilities.

The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at KU and its 12 affiliated centers are dedicated to finding research-based solutions to the challenges of human and community development, disabilities and aging.

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