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November 2021
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Technical issues force SfN presenters to improvise

by  /  10 November 2021

Technical issues have plagued the 2021 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, with presenters unable to log in for their virtual poster sessions and battling auto-captioning quirks.

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Despite calls to action, Black scientists remain underrepresented at neuroscience meetings

by  /  8 November 2021

The percentage of Black researchers presenting at neuroscience conferences has increased by only a meager amount since the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020.

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Community Newsletter: Researchers and advocates debate applied behavior analysis

by  /  7 November 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we detail the online conversations swirling around the Autism Science Foundation’s statement of support for applied behavior analysis.

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Six steps to engaging in participatory autism research

by  /  4 November 2021

When scientists successfully partner with autistic people, the autistic community gains a voice in autism research, and the data are more reliable, experts say. Here’s how to build a successful collaboration.

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Rethinking autism assessments in the time of COVID-19: Q&A with Bishop, Zwaigenbaum

by  /  2 November 2021

Moving most clinical assessments online during the coronavirus pandemic has created a digital divide while closing some geographical ones, say Somer Bishop and Lonnie Zwaigenbaum.

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October 2021
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Community Newsletter: Oral histories from autistic adults, how much intervention is enough

by  /  31 October 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at a study that gathered oral histories from autistic adults diagnosed later in life and an opinion article on gauging the right amount of intervention.

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Community Newsletter: Twitter dispatches from the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting

by  /  24 October 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we highlight online conversations about the conference’s technology foibles and scientific tours de force.

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Backlash from autistic community pauses research, exposes communication gaps

by ,  /  18 October 2021

Fallout over two recent studies highlights the potential power of social media to shape science, and the shifting dynamics between researchers and the autistic community.

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Community Newsletter: Conversation analysis, relationship between autism and intellectual disability

by  /  17 October 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at a new proof for a method to understand how social interactions are organized and a philosophical thread on polygenic risk scores for autism and intellectual disability.

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Beyond the bench: A conversation with Mayada Elsabbagh

by  /  13 October 2021

Mayada Elsabbagh talks about her “neurotic scheduling” (and its limits), why she is not active on social media, and her lab’s cookie time.

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