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Schroeder Appointed EHP Science Editor

By Eddy Ball
March 2009

Jane Schroeder, D.V.M., Ph.D.
"It's a great time to be at the center of something like EHP," Schroeder said of her new position, "and to be able to impact the field of environmental health science. I feel like a kid in a candy store." (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

In December 2008, Jane Schroeder, D.V.M., Ph.D., joined the staff of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) ( Exit NIEHS as its new science editor, providing scientific expertise and oversight for virtually every aspect of the NIEHS journal. Schroeder promises to bring a truly cross-disciplinary approach to her duties at the journal - rooted in her experiences as a veterinarian, environmental public health specialist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) epidemiologist, award-winning educator and mentor, and reviewer for epidemiology and cancer journals.

"Jane is an excellent fit for EHP," commented Editor in Chief Hugh Tilson, Ph.D. "She combines the scientific rigor of a specialized investigator with an insatiable curiosity about all the scientific fields represented in the journal's content and among its editorial board and board of associate editors."

"My duties include reviewing news articles, press releases and the scientific content of the papers we've accepted," Schroeder said. "I'm also involved in the process of selecting papers for peer review and with choosing papers for press releases and feature articles." Working with Tilson and the editorial staff, Schroeder will help shape the directions the journal takes and the themes of individual issues, as well as the online modules the journal offers science educators.

Schroeder explained that she considers an important part of her role keeping abreast of developments and trends in the environmental health sciences and "mak[ing] sure that people stay aware of EHP as the premier environmental health journal when they are ready to publish their findings." She pointed to the journal's enviable impact factor of 5.64, making it the first among 160 environmental science journals and second among 100 public, environmental and occupational health journals with its English and international editions ( for readers in more than 190 countries.

Looking to the future of EHP, Schroeder noted that within the next few months the journal will begin offering podcasts on the website, highlighting featured papers and research breakthroughs from upcoming issues as well as interviews with leading figures in the environmental sciences including toxicologist and NIEHS Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. "I'll also be expanding the conferences we attend," she said, "to include, among others, meetings of epidemiologists such as the Society for Epidemiologic Research."

Schroeder began her career in biomedicine as a veterinarian with her doctorate from the University of California Davis. After practicing small animal medicine and surgery for eight years, she transitioned into public health by earning a Master of Public Health in environmental and occupational health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in the mid-1990s. The public health experience, she said, sparked an interest in epidemiology that inspired her to pursue a doctorate and later to teach and research as a professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health at UNC-CH.

Along the way, Schroeder received a long list of honors for her scholarship, research and teaching. She also held postdoctoral fellowships at UNC-CH from the National Cancer Institute and in the Epidemiology Branch at NIEHS. In the course of 16 years as a graduate student and professor at UNC, she conducted several studies and served as the principal investigator on grants from NIH and other sources devoted to better understanding uterine fibroids and several types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and prostate cancer.

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