Lauren Silverman


Lauren Silverman is the Health, Science and Technology reporter/blogger for KERA News. Before joining KERA, she worked at NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered in Washington D.C. Lauren produced national stories on everything from the politics of climate change to the future of online education, including a piece on neighborhood farms in Compton, Cal., that won a National Association of Black Journalism’s ‘Salute to Excellence Award.’

As a freelance reporter, Lauren has written and recorded stories in English and Spanish for a variety of news outlets, including American Public Media’s Marketplace, NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Latino USA.


9:35 am
Thu January 29, 2015

EPA Holding Public Hearing On Smog In Arlington

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public hearing in Arlington Thursday.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public hearing in Arlington on proposed updates to the national air quality standards for smog.

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Shots - Health News
2:59 am
Mon January 26, 2015

High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion

High school athlete Graham Hill, number 50, suffered a concussion in 2013 while playing football at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas.
Courtesy of Jeffrey McWhorter

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 9:53 am

Nearly half of all reported sports concussions occur during a high school football game or practice. And even when injured bodies are ready to get back on the field, injured brains might not be ready to return to class.

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9:38 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Poetry As A Tool In Dementia Care

Lauren Silverman KERA News

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. But there are people trying to make a difference for the millions of Americans who have the disease. Molly Meyer helps people living with Alzheimer’s rediscover lost memories, and create new ones through poetry.

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Texas News
7:01 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Federal Court To Hear Arguments On Same-Sex Marriage In Texas

Victor Holmes, left, with his partner, Mark Phariss. The Plano couple challenged the constitutionality of the Texas ban on same-sex marriage as plaintiffs in a 2014 case.
Courtesy of Mark Phariss

On Friday, a federal court in New Orleans will hear arguments about Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage. 

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10:17 am
Wed January 7, 2015

A Dallas Startup Banks On The Blood Business

A hospital pays anywhere from $170 to $300 dollars for a pint of blood.

The U.S. is a bloodthirsty place. More than 12 million pints of blood products are used every year. With high demand and limited availability comes challenges, and business opportunities. 

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6:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Ebola-Fighting Robots And Fishing-Line Muscles: Top Breakthroughs Stories Of 2014

UT Dallas researchers showed how ordinary sewing thread can have superhuman power.
UT Dallas

This year in Breakthroughs, we’ve reported on everything from Ebola-fighting robots and high-tech fall prevention to an academic rehab program for concussions. Here's a best of 2014 stocking stuffer for the New Year.

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3:14 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Flu Season Arrives Early In North Texas

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If you’re searching for a stocking stuffer, flu medicine might not be a bad idea. Normally flu cases in North Texas spike after the Christmas holidays. This year, the virus has come early.

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All Tech Considered
6:46 am
Sat November 29, 2014

In 'Disaster City,' Learning To Use Robots To Face Ebola

Since it was built by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service in 1998, 90,000 emergency responders have come to "Disaster City" to climb over mangled steel and through derailed chemical trains.
Lauren Silverman KERA

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 11:05 am

About three hours southeast of Dallas, there's a city that's been hit by almost every disaster you could imagine including earthquakes, hurricanes and even bombs. It's appropriately called Disaster City.

It's a training site for first responders, but the facility is looking ahead to a different kind of disaster — infectious diseases like Ebola, and robots may play a key role.

One of the first things you see when you enter Disaster City is an enormous pile of rubble.

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6:50 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Chaplains For The Factory Floor And Company Cubicle

Hiring spiritual support, in the workplace?

Companies across the country have hired thousands of chaplains to offer spiritual support to employees. They say it's good for workers, and the bottom line.

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1:40 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

This Dallas Startup Just Won $50,000


Dallas startup Rollout walked away from a small business contest with $50,000 Thursday night. The company, founded in 2013, provides mobile tools for architects and construction teams to access digital documents and drawings.

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