Measuring, Monitoring, Preserving

As Kansas faces continuing declines in groundwater, the University of Kansas has created a powerful new tool for those interested in the state’s crucially important High Plains aquifer system.

The Kansas Geological Survey at KU has launched the High Plains Aquifer Atlas, an interactive atlas featuring more than 70 maps — several animated or interactive — that can be used to investigate topics such as changes in groundwater level, water use and water rights, and climatic conditions.

Helping children across Kansas

Matt Enyart and Kris Matthews recently spent 18 months traveling the state to train mental health professionals in Positive Behavior Support (PBS). Now, the two University of Kansas researchers are delivering a “PBS-to-Go Box” to 21 community mental health centers so practitioners can help children across Kansas.

PBS is an evidence-based practice that changes behavior and the environment where it happens — in this case, the challenging behavior of high-risk, high-needs kids who often end up in psychiatric residential treatment facilities.

Helping parents help their children

Ten years ago, University of Kansas research psychologist Linda Heitzman-Powell and researcher Jay Buzhardt had an idea to help parents of children with autism who live in communities without access to behavioral therapists: Train those parents remotely, via live TV and online modules.

That idea has evolved into the Online and Applied System for Intervention Skills (OASIS), a clinical service that uses telemedicine to help families, regardless of where they live.

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