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Amy Standen is a radio reporter for QUEST, KQED's science and environment show. She was born and raised in San Francisco, but cut her teeth in public radio at New York City's KPFA. Since then, she's been a producer on Pulse of the Planet, editor of Terrain Magazine and an editor at Salon, and a "roving reporter" for KALW's Philosophy Talk. These days, she reports features and news spots for KQED News and QUEST and contributes frequently to NPR.
A recipient of the James Madison Freedom of Information Award, Amy's work has also been recognized by the National Association of Public Radio News Directors and Northern California's Society of Professional Journalists.
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Stories (241 archives)
More than 34 million people live with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Only one person has, apparently, been cured of the virus. As the International AIDS Conference returns to the U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years, we speak with two individuals: the man known in some research circles as "the Berlin Patient," and one of the California researchers trying to replicate his HIV cure using gene therapy.
Imagine you're a scientist, trying to cure brain cancer. One thing you'd probably want to be sure of is that the samples you're working with actually came from a brain tumor, and not some other kind of cancer. This sounds like a simple problem to solve, but it's been nagging scientists for years, causing the waste of precious research dollars.
Blind people are consistently underrepresented in the workforce, but especially in the sciences. Experts say that's partly due to the fact that so much of early science education -- from labs and dissections to the periodic table of the elements -- is learned through visual-spatial lessons. The Lighthouse for the Blind held a first-ever chemistry camp for blind kids. The goal was to engage blind kids in the sciences by teaching chemistry through other senses, like touch and smell.
Later this year an iconic instrument of science returns to the sea. Alvin, the submersible that found the Titanic and discovered countless new species at the bottom of the ocean will soon be exploring deeper depths. Ocean technology has come a long way since Alvin made its first dive in 1964. Increasingly, scientists are relying on robots, rather than manned submarines to explore the ocean. But when humans no longer put themselves at risk in the ocean depths, do we lose the thrill of exploration?
By one recent estimate, just 1 percent of technology entrepreneurs were African-American. Only 8 percent of tech companies were founded by women. Now, a program called NewME -- or New Media Entrepreneurship -- hopes to change those stats.