December 16, 2012 |
Among the details to emerge in the aftermath of the Connecticut elementary school massacre was the possibility that the gunman had some form of autism. Adam Lanza, 20, had a personality disorder or autism, his brother reportedly told police. Former classmates described him as socially awkward, friendless and painfully shy. While those are all traits of autism, a propensity for premeditated violence is not. Several experts said that at most, autism would have played a tangential role in the mass shooting -- if Lanza had it at all. FULL COVERAGE: Connecticut school shooting “Many significant psychiatric disorders involve social isolation,” said Catherine Lord, director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
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July 10, 2006 |
Eric Schopler, 79, a University of North Carolina psychologist who recognized that autism was a brain disorder and developed effective ways to treat it, died Friday of cancer at his home near Mebane, N.C. "He influenced tens of thousands of people," said Catherine Lord, a prominent University of Michigan psychologist who worked with Schopler early in his career.
December 30, 1991
Catherine Lord, 42, new chairman of the UC Irvine fine arts department, already has begun to shake up a low-profile corner of campus that hasn't been in the news since the early '70s. This fall, the former dean of the School of Art at Cal Arts in Valencia has revved up the UCI art gallery program with richly personal and political work by Carrie Mae Weems.
November 11, 1997 |
In 1971, shortly after graduating from UC Irvine, Chris Burden had himself shot in the arm for a piece of performance art that drew international attention to Orange County. The shot heard around the world grooved UCI a niche in art history lore, and Burden, one of today's art novas, never lost his shine.
June 14, 2001 |
Children as young as 2 should be routinely screened for autism, just as they are for vision and hearing problems, a national committee of experts recommended Wednesday. Early diagnosis is crucial because prompt intervention using various educational programs greatly improves the chances that very young autistic children will learn to communicate properly and develop appropriate social skills, according to a report by the National Research Council panel.