Education

The silhouette of a head rises over a body of water.

Our planet stands on the brink of irreversible change. Neuroscientists need to do something about it.

When I launched my new lab at New York University in 2022, I decided to apply my expertise in computer vision to an urgent problem far outside the brain: climate change.

By Grace Lindsay
13 November 2023 | 6 min read
An illustration of Ashura Buckley
Synaptic Microphone

The sleep/wake cycle and autism with Ashura Buckley

The NIH neurologist talks about her research, her family and how mental health labels can be limiting.

By Brady Huggett
1 July 2023 | 71 min listen
Portrait of Connie Kasari.
Synaptic Microphone

Social communication and developmental disorders with Connie Kasari

In this episode of “Synaptic,” Kasari talks about the need for inclusion in educating autistic children, what drew her into the autism research field, and growing up on the family farm.

By Brady Huggett
1 June 2023 | 55 min listen
Photograph of two women of color working with a white male colleague in a laboratory.

Black and women researchers are less likely to hold three or more NIH grants simultaneously

A growing proportion of researchers has reached such “super principal investigator” status, but the distribution is not even across demographic groups.

By Maaisha Osman
5 May 2023 | 4 min read
Three people stand on a staircase and contemplate a maze-like array of paths in the sky before them.
Spectrum Microphone

What kind of autism research should we do, and where should we do it?

Researchers at INSAR 2023 need to discuss these questions and remember that the purpose of research may be different for different communities.

By Petrus de Vries
3 May 2023 | 6 min read
Autism researcher Veronica Martinez Cereno holds a brain in her lab.

Beyond the bench: At school with Verónica Martínez Cerdeño

Spectrum caught up with the University of California, Davis professor about her passion for volunteering in underserved schools, birding and fossil-hunting.

By Lauren Schenkman
1 May 2023 | 6 min read
Portrait of Cathy Lord.
Synaptic Microphone

Diagnosing autism with Catherine Lord

In this inaugural episode, Lord discusses her entry into autism research, what the future of the field might look like and how drama club saved her in high school.

By Brady Huggett
1 April 2023 | 63 min listen
A multiracial group of schoolchildren sit at their desks in class.
Spectrum Microphone

Racial, economic disparities skew New Jersey data on autism, intellectual disability

Serious differences in autism identification persist, according to an analysis of autistic children in New Jersey over 16 years.

By Peter Hess
26 January 2023 | 2 min read
Spectrum Microphone

Why autism therapies have an evidence problem

Early interventions for autism lack solid data. The source of this problem is murky but may stem from ongoing debates about evidence quality and entrenched conflicts of interest within the field.

By Rachel Zamzow
14 April 2022 | 11 min read
Spectrum Microphone

New autism clinicians reflect on skill gaps, gains after remote training

The pandemic has forced many health-care students to train online, raising concerns about their readiness.

By Peter Hess
15 March 2022 | 6 min read

Explore more from The Transmitter

Brain organoids overgrowth; DSCAM gene; sleep issues in autism

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 24 June.

By Jill Adams
25 June 2024 | 2 min read
Close-up image of a dead fly with visible growths protruding from its abdomen due to Entomophthora fungus infection.

Mind control in zombie flies: Q&A with Carolyn Elya

A parasitic fungus compels its insect host to behave in strange ways by hijacking secretory neurons and circadian pathways.

By Shaena Montanari
25 June 2024 | 5 min read
Illustration of a canyon landscape with an orange clock face in place of a sun.

How to teach this paper: ‘Behavioral time scale synaptic plasticity underlies CA1 place fields,’ by Bittner and Milstein et al. (2017)

Katie Bittner, Aaron Milstein and their colleagues found that cellular learning can happen over longer timescales than Hebb’s rule predicts. How long should we wait to teach students about this phenomenon?

By Ashley Juavinett
24 June 2024 | 11 min read