Angela Johnston

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6:59pm

Thu October 2, 2014
Technology

Frugal Science: How one lab is using toys to make chemistry accessible to the world

Masai tribe school children building foldscopes to ask questions about science education and sanitation.
Prakash Lab


I am in a lab tucked away in the basement of a Stanford University engineering building. Bioengineering professor Manu Prakash is showing me a tiny music box which plays the song “Happy Birthday.” 

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5:39pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Swimming from Alcatraz to heal body and soul

The seven Pathstar swimmers from 2013
Angela Johnston

The sun is just beginning to rise over the glassy water at San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. Karen Wapato is beaming as she emerges from the Bay and peels off her goggles.

“It was better than yesterday,” she says. “I keep on just telling myself, stay calm don’t panic, keep breathing, try to keep my stroke real smooth, as smooth as I can,” she says as she catches her breath.

Wapato has never swum in the ocean before, and it’s her second day swimming in the San Francisco Bay. 

“I can’t believe I am doing it! I can’t believe I am one of these people that swim in the Bay, I’ve joined this elite group.”

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6:49pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Education

New admissions policy at Mills allows students with diverse gender identities to apply

Sonj Basha stands in front of Mills Hall
Angela Johnston

Skylar Crownover is walking me through the lush tree lined streets of Mills College, and through buildings with red clay roofs.

Students constantly wave hello as we make our way to the center of campus. Crownover is a junior this year, and the current student body president.

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5:50pm

Tue September 2, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Study aims to promote choir singing for healthy aging

The Western Addition Senior Center choir performs at a Christmas concert
photo courtesy of http://sfcmc.org/

Miguel Garcia has tears in his eyes while he’s singing a an old Righteous Brothers tune. This song brings back memories. He’s wearing a red Manchester United jersey, navy blue track pants and bright green flip flops.  Sixty one year old Garcia is  used to having a microphone in front of him, so he begins belting out a medley of his favorite songs. He says that his past was at times, well, unhealthy.

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7:00pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Arts & Culture

3D printed prosthetics are fashion statements for amputees

A selection of different types of Bespoke fairing designs.
Angela Johnston

When Deborah Bevilacqua lost her leg in a motorcycle accident ten years ago, she had to get a prosthetic leg. It’s been functional she says, but it’s not pretty.

“It’s a big black bulky thing with a big black bulky other thing attached to it, and a big grey metal bulbous ball...that's for rotation and shock, but looks kind of like the Epcot Center.”

 

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