On behalf of universities in Kansas and Missouri along the I-70 corridor, it is our pleasure to welcome you to our website and organization. As suggested in our mission statement, the I-70 network was established to facilitate interdisciplinary research and teaching on topics related to aging.

Founding participating institutions of higher education include the University of Kansas (that provided the original funding for the foundation of the organization), Kansas State University, Washburn University, University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Rockhurst University, University of Missouri-Columbia, Washington University, University of St. Louis, and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Our industrial partners include professionals from Telecare Global, Keystone Technologies, ProactiveSense, Action Pact, ARI, and Frank Zilm & Associates along with staff from the Mid-America Regional Council.

These people, institutions, and organizations represent only some of hundreds of individuals in America’s heartland who have significant expertise in aging. The impetus for the creation of this network, however, is based on the fact that major institutions of higher education in the middle of the United States from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains have an astounding breadth and depth of university faculty from many disciplines who focus on various aspects of aging, yet these faculty are not organized across universities to strengthen their prospects of receiving grants in an increasingly competitive research environment and to improve teaching. If organized differently, faculty not only could build stronger, interdisciplinary research teams and teaching exchanges across universities, but they could also increase the size and diversity of their participant registry pools across urban and rural settings, racial and ethnic origin, and socio-economic class.

We know that it takes a lot of time and effort to bring such an organization to life and over the next few years our interest in working together will tell the tale of our success. We hope that this success attracts additional institutions and industrial partners to our fledgling project.

Dennis Domer (New Cities 2.0) and Marjorie Skubic (University of Missouri)