About Amanda @AmandaGrennell
Amanda Grennell is PBS NewsHour’s 2018 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow. She recently earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Outside of the lab, Grennell acted as senior editor for the graduate student blog Science Buffs, artistic director for the first annual ComSciCon Rocky Mountain West and a writer and social media manager for Chembites.
Amanda’s Recent Stories
Science Aug 29Does formaldehyde cause leukemia? A delayed EPA report may hold the answer
An EPA report on formaldehyde, more than a decade in the making, still hasn't been released to the public.
Science Aug 07CDC says 1 in 7 babies exposed to Zika have health problems
One in seven infants exposed to Zika in utero experienced microcephaly, seizures, hearing deficiencies or other health problems during their first year of life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.
Science Aug 02A child lost a sixth of his brain, then made an amazing comeback
A child's major brain surgery could have sacrificed key skills, including the ability to recognize faces. Instead his brain shifted the jobs elsewhere.
Science Jul 24California wines contain Fukushima radiation, and it’s not a bad thing
In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, cesium-137 made its way through the atmosphere to vineyards in Napa Valley. But the small amount of radiation poses more of a threat to wine counterfeiters than to your body.
Science Jul 16Why 96 million plastic ‘shade balls’ dumped into the LA Reservoir may not save water
In 2015, officials poured 96 million "shade balls" into the Los Angeles Reservoir to improve water quality and save water. The video went viral, but those shade balls may have used more water than they saved, MIT scientists reported Monday.
Science Jul 12What is a blazar? Its high-energy flares could unlock the foundations of the universe
How 300 scientists in 12 countries across four continents detected one of the universe's most elusive particles.
Science Jul 06What happened to Zika?
Two summers ago, Zika virus infected more than half a million people and caused more than 3,700 birth defects in the Americas. Then, the virus nosedived. With the weather warming and mosquitoes out, how much do we need to worry…
Science Jul 05Spiders fly on the currents of Earth’s electric field
Spiders don’t have wings, but they can fly across entire oceans on long strands of silk. For more than a century, scientists thought it was the wind that carried them, but a new study shows the Earth’s electric field can…
Science Jun 22To beat Vegas bookies at the World Cup, these statisticians turned to artificial intelligence
After cleaning up at the 2014 World Cup, statistician Andreas Groll is enlisting machine learning to keep his lucky streak going…
Science Jun 13Antarctica is losing ice twice as fast as anyone thought
Over the last 25 years, melting Antarctic ice has added nearly 3 trillion tons of water to the ocean, enough to fill Lake Erie six times over.