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Lenexa Teen's Tech To Help Detect Parkinson's, And Boz Scaggs On Making Meaningful Music

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Luke X. Martin
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KCUR 89.3
Shawnee Mission West senior Erin Smith is developing an online tool that will help recognize the early symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

A typical high schooler's concerns don't usually include developing a method for early detection of Parkinson's disease. Today, we meet a 17-year-old who is using face-recognition technology to do just that. Then, we visit with a musician whose sound helped define "blue-eyed soul." Boz Scaggs reflects on a long career, and shares his thoughts on making music in the modern world.

To help Erin Smith collect facial data for her FacePrint app, take the survey here. A webcam is required.

Boz Scaggs will perform with Michael McDonald at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 17. For ticketing information visit KauffmanCenter.org.

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