Videos

  • August 7, 2014

    About one in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to recent CDC estimates—and the global prevalence of autism has increased 20- to 30-fold since the earliest epidemiologic studies of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Clearly, the number of individuals diagnosed with autism has gone up significantly, although the reasons aren’t entirely clear. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill recently were invited to hear about the latest science on autism diagnosis and treatment. The event was co-sponsored by AAAS and the DANA Foundation. »

  • August 7, 2014

    We need faster, easier and cheaper methods for identifying children with ASD, said Catherine Lord, a licensed clinical psychologist with specialties in diagnosis, social and communication development and intervention in ASD. Lord is renowned for her work in longitudinal studies of children with autism, as well as her role in developing the "gold standard" diagnostic tools (the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R)) used today. »

  • August 7, 2014

    While behavioral interventions are the standard treatment for autism, targeted drug treatment could someday reverse the effects of autism. Wayne State University researcher Diane Chugani is using pediatric PET imaging to study the effects of buspirone (an anxiety drug) on children with autism. »

  • August 4, 2014

    Renée and Barry Gordon are the parents of Alex, 22, a low-functioning autistic man. According to his mother, Alex can't do any of the daily tasks we often take for granted (he can't dress himself, or write his name with a pen or pencil, for example). "He has never spoken a word," said Renée Gordon. Alex does however, have some "savant-like" skills. He can read, and he can type and operate a computer and mobile device. 
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  • June 2, 2014

    Post-traumatic stress (PTS) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can afflict individuals after a trauma or life-threatening event. It affects more than 5 million adults per year, according to the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, and is a particular concern for the military. AAAS and the DANA foundation co-sponsored an event in Washington, D.C., for lawmakers about how PTS/PTSD affects service members and veterans and how researchers are treating PTS through different styles of therapy. »

  • June 2, 2014

    Post-traumatic stress (PTS) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can afflict individuals after a trauma or life-threatening event. It affects more than 5 million adults per year, according to the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, and is a particular concern for the military. AAAS and the DANA foundation co-sponsored an event in Washington, D.C. for lawmakers about how PTS/PTSD affects service members and veterans and how researchers are treating PTS through different styles of therapy. »

  • June 2, 2014

    Don Rea, the AAAS/SSE program leader, kicked off the 2014 AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program Annual Meeting by announcing that it was the 10th anniversary of the program, which he founded back in 2004, together with colleagues Dave Weiss and Dave Richman, both of whom are still actively involved in the program. »

  • June 2, 2014

    Heidi Schweingruber, deputy director of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Board on Science Education, talks about a two-year study and report published by a combined National Academy of Engineering/NRC Committee (NAE/NRC), entitled “STEM Integration in K-12 Education,” as the guest speaker for the 2014 AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program Annual Meeting. »

  • June 2, 2014

    The 2014 AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program Annual Meeting concluded with a panel of five STEM volunteers and their teachers talking about their collaborations in the classroom. The partnerships represented two elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools located throughout Fairfax, Arlington, and Montgomery Counties. The discussion covered a range of  educational disciplines and teaching strategies outlined in the NAE/NRC report, including problem-based learning, Project Lead The Way, applications of knowledge in real-world environments, and active engagement of students in scientifically meaningful tasks. The pairs talked about their classroom activities, which centered on topics such as environmental issues, marine science, engineering design processes and industrial chemistry. »

  • May 13, 2014

    This video features a talk by O. Roger Anderson, a professor of natural sciences at Columbia University Teachers College, and a senior research scientist in biology and paleoecology at Columbia University. Anderson's research areas include microbial ecology in the oceans, estuaries and Arctic tundra. He has published widely on radiolaria—microscopic protozoans that are now migrating from the tropics into Arctic waters—as the oceans warm. »