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Spotted around the web: Week of 11 November 2019

by  /  15 November 2019

WEEK OF
November 11th

Research roundup

Science and society

  • Health insurer UnitedHealthcare paid a $1 million fine to Pennsylvania for denying customers’ mental health claims, in violation of a law that assures parity with other medical claims. Disability Scoop
  • Researchers are recognizing that the brain monitors body movement, even tiny twitches, in sensory regions. Quanta Magazine
  • Stem-cell therapies are oversold, underregulated and often harmful. Texas Monthly
  • The biomedical news site STAT has announced its latest class of ‘Wunderkinds’ — physicians and researchers expected to be trailblazers. STAT
  • Three in four employees at a New York-based engineering startup have autism. University Herald
  • Police departments around the United States have started various initiatives to improve interactions with autistic community members. Ozy
  • An inclusive preschool in New York state has marked 50 years of putting children of all abilities together in one classroom. Spectrum News
  • Kalin Bennett, a first-year student at Kent State University in Ohio, has become the first known autistic athlete to score points in a Division I basketball game. Sports Illustrated 

Autism and the arts

  • A new exhibit at a Hull, England, art gallery features Nnena Kalu, an autistic artist who creates sculptures with repurposed materials such as old VHS tapes and discarded fabric. The Guardian

Job moves

  • Neuroscientist and autism researcher Jonathan Kipnis is moving his laboratory to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Twitter