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What it’s like to be a Black autism researcher (Spectrum): Autism research is an overwhelmingly white field — one in which Black researchers say they experience both overt and covert racism. Summer 2020 took an especially heavy toll on many scientists of color as protests erupted in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Jacob Blake, Daniel Prude, and other victims of police violence. Spectrum podcast host Chelsey B. Coombs spoke with four Black women who are autism researchers — Mary Agyapong, Desi Jones, Cliona Kelly and Termara Parker — about their experiences leading up to and during summer 2020, and what they hope will happen next.
How the cerebellum is linked to autism (Spectrum): In this video, professors Sam Wang and Peter Tsai explain the role of the ‘little brain’ in cognition, social skills, emotion control and repetitive behaviors.
Life in lockdown with autism (Spectrum): Podcast host Chelsey B. Coombs talks to clinicians and people with autism about their experience of the pandemic, how their routines have changed and some of the unexpected benefits. 

Oklahoma Teachers Are Fed Up And Walking Out On April 2. Here’s Why. (VICE NEWS): Lyndsey Stuart is a history and leadership teacher at Bartlesville High School in Oklahoma. She’s been teaching for 10 years. And she’s never had a raise. “I don’t think any teacher goes into the profession and thinks, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to be a millionaire,’’’ Stuart said. “But we also don’t think that we’re going to be that close to poverty.” In March 2018, the state teachers’ union, the Oklahoma Education Association, called for teachers to walk out of their classrooms on April 2, the day after the state legislature is required to pass an education budget.