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Janet Raloff

Senior Editor, Science News For Kids

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

  • Feature

    Squirt Alert

    A sea animal of unknown origins and lacking any known predator has begun commandeering ecosystems in cool coastal waters throughout the world.
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    Food for Thought

    Breathing Easier with Vitamin D

    Making sure that our bodies have ample vitamin D slows or limits a number of degenerative changes, including diminished lung function.

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    Food for Thought

    Academic Cost of Food Insecurity

    Grade school children who come from households where food supplies are not always adequate exhibit more behavioral problems and poorer reading and math skills than do kids who have ample access to nutritious food.

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  • News

    Feminized cod on the high seas

    Male cod in the open ocean are producing an egg-yolk protein ordinarily made only by females, signaling their potential exposure to estrogen-mimicking pollutants.
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    Food for Thought

    Fruits and Veggies Limit Inflammatory Protein (with recipe)

    Diets rich in fruits and vegetables reduce signs of chronic inflammation, which has been linked to heart disease and other serious health problems.

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    Food for Thought

    Organic Doesn't Mean Free of Pesticides

    Even organic produce, especially root crops, can carry trace residues of long-banned pesticides.

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