Senior Editor Janet Raloff has been reporting at Science News for more than three decades on the environment, energy, science policy, agriculture and nutrition. She was among the first to give national visibility to such issues as electromagnetic pulse weaponry and hormone-mimicking pollutants, and was the first anywhere to report on the widespread tainting of streams and groundwater sources with pharmaceuticals. Her writing has won awards from the National Association of Science Writers, International Free Press Association and the Institute of Food Technologists. Over the years, Janet has been an occasional commentator on NPR's "Living on Earth" and her work has appeared in several dozen publications. She is also a founding board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Before joining Science News, Janet was managing editor of Energy Research Reports (outside Boston), a staff writer at Chemistry (an American Chemical Society magazine) and a writer/editor for Chicago's Adler Planetarium. Initially an astronomy major, she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (with an elective major in physics). She interned with the Office of Cancer Communications (NIH), Argonne National Laboratory, the Oak Ridger in Tennessee and the Rock Hill Evening Herald in North Carolina.
Janet Raloff's Articles
- Reviews & PreviewsIn about 300 pages, this book sums up the history of all that matters — or at least everything made of matter — from the Big Bang to life on Earth.
- PeopleTim Samaras spent the past twenty years chasing tornados. He was killed in a storm in May.
- Reviews & Previews
“Torture numbers and they will confess to anything,” author Gregg Easterbrook once wrote in a magazine piece on climate change. But his quip could have been thesubtitle for this new book on the abuse of numbers in the courts.
- NewsInfection that recently developed in China shows signs of being easy to spread and hard to kill
- Science & the PublicBarack Obama offered yet another argument about why the current federal-budget stalemate is so risky: “[T]he sequester, as it’s known in Washington-speak — it’s hitting our scientific research.” As things now stand, “we could lose a year, two years of scientific research as a practical matter, because of misguided priorities here in this town.”
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- FeatureThe Antarctica volcano’s long-lived lava lake coughs up clues to the physiology of volcanoes .
- NewsHigh levels of pollutant BPA occur in sickest babies, study finds.
- NewsNew data question whether human blood measurements of BPA reflect sample contamination or just exaggerated exposures.
- NewsFreshwater predator species can prevent the overgrazing of plants that suck up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
- NewsLake buried under 800 meters of ice hosts cells, researchers find.