January 9, 2009
Sandra Steingraber

Sandra Steingraber

"Living Downstream: Health and the Environment"

Underwritten by: Spectrum Health

* note: this presentation will not be archived on the web due to contractual restrictions

"Sandra Steingraber brings poetry to science and makes them dance.  Her lectures open hearts as well as minds. She elucidates. She inspires."

A cancer survivor, author and ecologist, Sandra Steingraber is an internationally recognized expert on environmental links to cancer. Author of "Living Downstream: A Scientist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment", which connected for the first time data on toxic releases and then-recent U.S. cancer registries.

Her other works include "Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood', which discusses fetal toxicology and the environmental hazards that threaten infant development. Steingraber served on President Bill Clinton’s National Action Plan on Breast Cancer and, during international treaty negotiations in 1999, she briefed U.N. delegates in Geneva, Switzerland, on dioxin contamination of breast milk. That year, the Sierra Club dubbed Steingraber “the new Rachel Carson’’ and she has been named a Woman of the Year by Ms. Magazine.

An interdisciplinary distinguished visiting scholar at Ithaca College in New York, Steingraber most recently was a faculty member at Cornell University’s Center for the Environment. She has a doctorate in biology from the University of Michigan, a master’s in English from Illinois State University and has had visiting fellowships at such institutions as the University of Illinois and Radcliffe/Harvard.