AUTISM HONOR: Steve Warren, vice provost for research and graduate studies, was quoted in a Topeka Capital-Journal article about a Lifespan Institute breakthrough being named one of the top 10 autism research achievements of 2010 by Autism Speaks. Warren was a co-author of a study showing that children with autism have a unique vocal signature. The LENA system, developed at KU, has shown remarkable accuracy in predicting children with autism by analyzing their vocal patterns. "The difference in their speech, you and I can't hear," Warren said. "We would not pick it up. What's unusual (with children with autism) is there are missing syllables," Warren said.

Dimitra Atri, graduate student in physics and astronomy, has been featured in several media outlets discussing a paper he published in Space Policy. Along with collaborators Jacob Haqq-Misra of Pennsylvania State University and Julia DeMarines from the International Space University in France, he urges new protocols for future attempts to contact extraterrestrial intelligence. “Finding intelligent life is very improbable. There could be life such as human beings 100 years ago, when we didn't have the capability of building radio telescopes. So, suppose there is life on another planet of such technical advancement, then they won't be able to see the signal," Atri said in an AOL News story.

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Dennis Valenzeno, associate dean for basic sciences, School of Medicine-Wichita
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