Richard Saunders, senior scientist at Life Span Institute, was one of the featured presenters on the Association of University Centers on Disabilities quarterly topical webinar. The Sept. 14 topic, “Obesity, Disability and Health,” examined the intersection of obesity, health and people with disabilities. KU, the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities collaborated on a pilot project that helped 79 participants lose weight.

Dean Williams, senior scientist at the Life Span Institute, has been appointed to the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. The journal was founded to meet the needs of those attracted to the behavior analytic approach but unhappy with the lack of a journal specializing in the rapidly growing area.

Vince Gnojek, professor of music, has been invited to participate in a variety of international activities this fall. In November, he will perform as the featured artist and adjudicator at the International Arts Festival 2010 in Genting Highlands, Malaysia. He also will serve as a saxophone clinician at schools throughout Singapore. In December, Gnojek will travel to Mexico City to the National University of Mexico School of Music XI International University Saxophone Conference, where he will be a featured soloist, clinician and adjudicator for the International Saxophone Competition.

Mugur Geana, assisant professor of journalism, is a co-investigator in a recently awarded $3.2 million grant: "Kansas Community Cancer Health Disparities Network." The grant will focus on reaching rural American Indians and Latinos with innovative programs to improve knowledge, access and utilization of beneficial biomedical and behavioral cancer procedures.

Doug Ward, associate professor of journalism, moderated a paper session on the business of journalism recently at the American Journalism Historians Association national convention in Tucson, Ariz. He also oversaw the group's auction and raffle, which raised more than $1,500 this year. That money is distributed to graduate students to help defray their costs in attending the convention.

Kansas Biological Survey staff members Jennifer Delisle, research assistant; Craig Freeman, associate scientist; Dana Peterson, research assistant; and Steve Egbert associate scientist, received $243,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and Army Corps of Engineers for their proposal, "Vegetation Survey and Mapping of Fort Riley, Kansas."

Richard Eversole, associate professor of English, presented “Austen’s Northhanger Abbey as a Female Quixote” at the Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Oct. 1 in Wichita.

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