Environmental Pollution, Climate Change and Our Health

Sandra Steingraber

Sunday, 04 Mar 2012 at 7:00 pm – Sun Room, Memorial Union

Sandra Steingraber is a biologist as well as a cancer survivor. She is the author of several books, including Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment and Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood, a memoir of her own pregnancy with her daughter and an investigation of fetal toxicology. Her latest book is Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis. She speaks as both a scientist and a mother about the joys of bringing up her son while searching for ways to shield him - and all children - in a world facing climate change and increased environmental pollution. Steingraber was recently honored with the Heinz Award, given for significant achievements benefitting the environment. She is scholar-in-residence in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Ithaca College and has a doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Michigan. The 2012 Shivvers Memorial Lecture.

Cosponsored By:
  • Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  • UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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