Life Span Institute - Communications

The Life Span Institute (LSI) Communications group reports research findings, public events and LSI activities, including training and service, to the media. The group also assists reporters and producers to identify and contact LSI scientific experts and acts as a liaison between media representatives and scientists developing media coverage. Communications develops and manages the LSI web site and other center and externally-funded project web sites on a fee-for-service basis. Community Conversations, a series of public seminars featuring LSI scientists, is also managed by the group as are special events such as tours of the Institute for legislators and visitors. Communications also produces an electronic newsletter, the Lifeline Online, an annual report, as well as other print and web presentations. The staff is also a liaison to KU's Office of University Communications and the communications group of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.


Besides these general responsibilities, the Communications group has expanded its purview to assisting investigators in other fee-for service Communications services including:

Web site and web-based interactive features and functions

Graphic design (including graphical presentation of scientific data) for center and project print, web, product and presentations.

Video/audio projects - including closed captioning

Scientific posters and presentations

Event planning


Copyediting book and report manuscripts

Please contact Karen Henry at or 785 864-0756 to discuss your project proposal or existing project.


Lifeline Online Newsletter archives

Annual Reports

Calendar Events

KU Resources

Media Interview Tips for Scientists

KU Photo Library

KU Identity Standards

Services and Contacts

Research Dissemination

Web Site Design

Scientific Posters and Presentations




Video / Audio


Karen Henry
Assistant Director for Communications
phone 785-864-0756

Drew Rosdahl
User Experience Designer
phone 785-864-0697

Chris Lorenzen
Graphic Designer

phone 785-864-4680


Send corrections/comments/questions to

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.