Kathiann Kowalski

Freelance Writer

Kathiann Kowalski loves talking with scientists and engineers about their work and why it matters. And she loves getting into the field — whether that’s at a lab, in a research forest, at a drilling site or on a research boat. She has written more than 700 articles, plus 25 books for young people. “There’s always something new happening — and something new to learn,” she says.


Kathi graduated from Hofstra University in New York and got her law degree from Harvard Law School in Massachusetts. She previously practiced environmental law with a large firm. Kathi enjoys hiking, sewing, reading and travel.

All Stories by Kathiann Kowalski

  1. Archaeology

    Rising seas threaten thousands of world cultural sites

    Sea level rise threatens many thousands of cultural and archeological sites around the world.

  2. Computing

    This printer makes ‘visual’ aids for people with sight problems

    A physicist’s vision loss was the inspiration to develop new printers. They create touch-to-read maps, charts and graphs. Some can even talk to blind users.

  3. Science & Society

    Teens and tweens sue United States over climate change

    Children brought a lawsuit over climate change. It claims the government’s actions on fossil fuels deprived young people of basic rights. Science is key to the claims.

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    Health & Medicine

    Teens’ cell phone use linked to memory problems

    A new study suggests teens who get more exposure to cell-phone radiation — and hold their phones up to their right ear — do worse on one type of memory test.

  5. Computing

    New tech helps deaf-blind people ‘watch’ TV

    An innovative system can let deaf-blind people “watch” television in real time without needing someone right there to interpret for them.

  6. Math

    Supreme Court shies away from test on the math of voting rights

    Mathematicians are taking aim at gerrymandering — drawing election district maps that seek to benefit one party over another. The courts have become involved too.

  7. Physics

    Photons map the atomic scale to help medicine and more

    At a big lab outside Chicago, a gigantic beam of speedy electrons is helping researchers fight diseases, build better electronics and more.

  8. Science & Society

    Hurdling poverty to find a life in science

    In the United States, one in every six kids grows up poor. But here’s why a humble start need not keep them from a career in science or engineering.

  9. Science & Society

    Enriching opportunities can point teens toward a STEM career

    Resources abound to help middle school through college students find what it takes to build successful STEM careers. Check these out.

  10. Science & Society

    Ten tips to prepare for a career in science and tech

    Scientists and engineers who grew up poor share advice on the many paths to a rewarding career in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

  11. Science & Society

    Redrawing political boundaries may alter rates of violent crime

    The way politicians draw boundaries for voting districts could affect not only who wins elections, but also where rates of violent crime may rise.

  12. Genetics

    Explainer: DNA hunters

    Snippets of DNA can be left behind by a passing organism. Some researchers now act as wildlife detectives to identify the sources of such cast-off DNA.