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Amy Standen

Amy Standen


Amy Standen is a science reporter for KQED whose work also appears on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace and other shows. She was a 2013-14 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Reporting and lives in San Francisco with her family.

Her email is and you can follow her on Twitter at @amystanden.

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The California Report | May 8, 2013 8:50 AM
Toxins Law May Get Overhaul

A law intended to protect Californians from toxic chemicals may be getting an overhaul. Proposition 65 requires business owners to post warning signs anywhere consumers could be exposed to chemicals -- from lead to car exhaust. State regulators hoping to reform the law say the law has created a cottage industry for unscrupulous lawyers.

The California Report | Apr 10, 2013 8:50 AM
Strawberry Growers Struggle to Replace Methyl Bromide

After scientific research at UC Irvine tied certain chemicals to the loss of ozone in the earth's atmosphere, nearly 200 nations pledged to phase out their use with the signing of the Montreal Protocol. But in California, where the state's $2.3 billion strawberry industry has come to rely on the chemical methyl bromide, a new report by the state's Department of Pesticide Regulation suggests strawberry growers will be using it for years to come.

The California Report | Nov 21, 2012 8:50 AM
Ambitious Nuclear Fusion Project Hasn't Delivered Yet

It's been called a modern-day moonshot, "revolutionary science" and "the mother of all boondoggles." It's the National Ignition Facility in Livermore. NIF is a $5 billion taxpayer-funded super laser project whose goal is to create nuclear fusion inside a laboratory. But so far that hasn't happened.

The California Report | Sep 27, 2012 8:50 AM
Perceptions of Science at Heart of Prop. 37 Battle

Proposition 37 could make California the first state in the country to require labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients. It's shaping up to be one of the most contentious and expensive battles on the state's November ballot. The ballot measure raises a host of issues -- but at the heart of it there are questions about science, and how it's perceived.

The California Report | Sep 21, 2012 4:30 PM
Nail Biting: More Than Just a Bad Habit?

In the updated "Bible of psychiatry," the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, there's a new category called the Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum. It includes not just OCD, but other behaviors that are far more common.

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