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Shalina Chatlani

Science and Technology Reporter

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Shalina Chatlani covers science and technology for KPBS. Her beat includes issues ranging from alternative energy to STEM education.

Before coming to KPBS, Shalina was a fellow for Nashville Public Radio, covering environmental and education news. While there, she focused on bringing diverse voices to the air and finding stories on issues of diversity and equity. Shalina also created and co-hosted her own weekly show on higher education and social justice for community radio station WPFW in Washington, DC. She also served as associate editor for a business to business online publication called Education Dive. She was also a contributing reporter for the English-speaking online newspaper, The Rio Times, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Shalina earned an undergraduate degree in science, technology and international affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her master's degree is in science communication, also from Georgetown.

Recent Stories by Shalina Chatlani

Paleontologist Ashley Poust inspects the fossil...

San Diego Paleontologist Helps Discover New Species Of Dinosaur

Jan. 15
By Shalina Chatlani

This 120-million-year-old dinosaur is almost twice the age of the T-Rex.

The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silh...

Study Shows Coal Plant Shutdowns Save Lives and Crops

Jan. 8
By Shalina Chatlani

A study by UC San Diego showed that over the course of a decade coal plant shutdowns saved an estimated 26,000 lives and 570 million bushels of crops.

Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oce...

Scripps Scientists Work To Save A Fish Species From Extinction

Jan. 6
By Shalina Chatlani

The Nassau grouper fish, found only in the Caribbean, was on the brink of extinction. Now, the population has increased seven-fold.

A Dang Brother Pizza employee about hand a fres...

Annual Balboa Park Holiday Food Truck Festival Underway

Dec. 27, 2019
By City News Service, Shalina Chatlani

Food trucks will be open for business from noon until 7 p.m. each day.

California Highway Patrol Officer Gary Martens,...

California Still Struggling To Police Stoned Drivers

Dec. 20, 2019
By Shalina Chatlani

Marijuana is hard to police. A small amount may significantly impair a novice user but not a chronic user. So, traditional tools used on drunken drivers — like breathalyzers — don’t work.

A pipe sits next a grinder full of ground marij...

Marijuana Culture Has Arrived, But The Science Is Still Catching Up

Dec. 19, 2019
By Shalina Chatlani

More people are buying marijuana since California legalized its retail sale two years ago. But the scientific research to show consumers the risks and benefits of marijuana use is just starting to accelerate.

A closeup of a beam scale in New York, April 3,...

Time-Restricted Eating Could Lead To Weight Loss, Scientists Find

Dec. 5, 2019
By Shalina Chatlani

A trial including nearly 20 people showed restricted eating windows of about 10 hours helped participants lose weight, among other health benefits.

Jenni Brandon, a researcher at Birch Aquarium, ...

Study: Microplastics A Million Times More Abundant In Ocean Than Previously Thought

Dec. 5, 2019
By Shalina Chatlani

Former estimates only accounted for larger pieces of microplastics.

A photo of a blue whale is pictured in this ima...

Why Blue Whales' Hearts Are Stopping Their Bodies From Getting Bigger

Dec. 4, 2019
By Shalina Chatlani

Blue whales are the largest animals on earth, but their cardiac limitations may be the only thing preventing them from getting any bigger.

Doctors and actors are participating in a simul...

Hackers Welcome: Why Federal Regulators Are Welcoming Simulated Hacks In Hospital Settings

Nov. 26, 2019
By Shalina Chatlani

Hospitals are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. But some people are stepping up to spread awareness of the risks.

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