Véronique LaCapra

Science Reporter

Véronique LaCapra first caught the radio bug while writing commentaries for NPR affiliate WAMU in Washington, D.C. After producing her first audio pieces at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies in N.C., she was hooked! She has done ecological research in the Brazilian Pantanal; regulated pesticides for the Environmental Protection Agency in Arlington, Va.; been a freelance writer and volunteer in South Africa; and contributed radio features to the Voice of America in Washington, D.C. She earned a Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology from the University of California in Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in environmental policy and biology from Cornell. LaCapra grew up in Cambridge, Mass., and in her mother’s home town of Auxerre, France.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:32 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

We’re not alone: healthy humans have more microbes than cells

Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture

The bacterium Enterococcus faecalis, which lives in the human gut, is just one type of microbe that was studied as part of the Human Microbiome Project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Researchers have completed the first comprehensive census of the human “microbiome” — the trillions of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that live in and on our bodies.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:30 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Phone line could play role in cancer prevention

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 5:27 pm

A new study out of Washington University has found that the 2-1-1 phone information system could be an effective tool to fight cancer in low-income and minority communities.

Across the U.S., people can call 2-1-1 to get help with housing, food, and other social service needs.

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Agriculture
5:40 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

FERC approves Lake of the Ozarks boundary

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved Ameren Missouri's plan to reduce the land it owns and manages along the shore of the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:09 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Washington University study compares short- and long-term birth control methods

A new study out of Washington University suggests that women who use short-term birth-control methods like the pill are 20 times more likely to have an unintended pregnancy than those who use longer-term options like intrauterine devices or implants.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:52 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Report: frequency of severe storms in Midwest doubled over past 50 years

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 4:45 pm

A new report from the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that the frequency of severe storms across the Midwest has doubled over the past 50 years.

The report analyzed precipitation data from more than 200 weather stations in eight Midwestern states.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:20 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Report suggests new way to handle Missouri River flooding

A new report by the advocacy group American Rivers says when it comes to managing flooding along the Missouri River, the US Army Corps of Engineers should rely on floodplains and wetlands, not levees and dams. But the Corps doesn't see flood management as an "either/or" proposition.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:45 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Warmer temperatures may cause unhealthy air

Warming temperatures may have you wanting to spend more time outdoors. But warm weather can mean more unhealthy air.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:26 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Pioneering scientist reflects on distinguished career

At 82 years old, Edward O. Wilson continues to work and publish in the fields of ecology and evolution.
Véronique LaCapra St. Louis Public Radio

Biologist Edward O. Wilson is an emeritus University Research Professor at Harvard. Through his life-long research on the behavior of ants, he has transformed the disciplines of ecology and evolution, developing new theories and pioneering the field of sociobiology.

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Education
3:16 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

UMSL to host interdisciplinary conference

Starting on Thursday, the University of Missouri-St. Louis is hosting a conference on “consilience.”

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Science, Health and Technology
9:20 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Ameren shareholders reject proposals dealing with environmental concerns

Ameren Missouri shareholders met in St. Louis on Tuesday.
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Ameren shareholders have voted against three proposals that sought to push the company to do more to address environmental risks from its coal-fired power plants.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:15 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Ameren shareholder proposals voted down

 

Ameren shareholders have voted against three proposals that sought to push the company to do more to address environmental risks from its coal-fired power plants.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:16 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Insects deal with unusually warm temperatures

This year's mild winter and early spring has plants flowering and putting out leaves about three weeks sooner than usual. Some insects are out early too, but that may not mean it's time to stock up on extra bug spray.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:00 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Environmental groups sue EPA to limit nutrient pollution

A coalition of environmental groups has filed two lawsuits against the EPA on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, seeking to limit nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico.
Christine Karim Creative Commons

A coalition of environmental groups has filed two lawsuits against the EPA, seeking to limit nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Scientists say pesticide not fending off corn rootworm

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Insect scientists say biotech corn is losing its ability to fend off a major insect pest known as the corn rootworm.  The scientists say continued widespread use of genetically-modified corn will only make the problem worse.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:20 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Interview with author Michael Pollan

Author and self described "food advocate" Michael Pollan.
Photo by Ken Light

Michael Pollan considers himself a writer, a professor and eater.  

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