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
- NewsAntibiotics shed by livestock in manure can end up in crops or bound to soil, where they can foster disease-resistant germs.
- Food for ThoughtWomen whose diets are rich in vitamin D appear to need less calcium to preserve their bones' health.
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- NewsHigh-fat dairy foods appear to confer protection against colon cancer.
- NewsChemicals in sewage sludge appear to have stunted the testes and fostered other reproductive-system changes in fetal lambs.
- FeatureScientists whose laboratories were devastated by Hurricane Katrina have found help, and sometimes safe havens for their studies, from colleagues around the nation.
- Food for ThoughtWomen whose diets are rich in vitamin D appear to need less calcium to preserve their bones' health.X
- Food for ThoughtChocolates have a dark secret, lead contamination, which generally correlates with a product's cocoa concentrations.X
- Food for ThoughtA constituent of dairy fat may one day serve as a substitute for aspirin and other inflammation-fighting agents.X
- Food for ThoughtShining ultraviolet light on the meal fed to farmed fish could destroy dioxins and limit the amount of those toxic chemicals that people get in the fish they eat.X
- Food for ThoughtA study based on decades of data from the Framingham Heart Study finds that in the United States, the vast majority of people entering middle age already have gained or slowly gain enough weight to be classified as overweight or obese.X