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Ecologist to explore environmental links to cancer and health

October 20, 2010
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Sandra Steingraber

Sandra Steingraber, ecologist, author and cancer survivor, will be visiting Drake University for a viewing and public discussion of "Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment" on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

The free event will begin at 7 p.m. in Bulldog Theatre located in lower Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave.

The book, "Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment," discusses the link between environmental links to cancer and human health.

Steingraber has received many honors and awards including Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year, the Jenifer Altman Foundation's first annual Altman Award for the "inspiring and poetic use of science to elucidate the causes of cancer, the Rachel Carson Leadership Award from Chatham College, a Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Fund and the Environmental Health Champion Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles.

Steingraber is currently a columnist for Orion magazine and a scholar in residence at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She and her husband Jeff de Castro live in a 1,000-square-foot house with a push mower, a clothesline, a vegetable garden and two beloved children.

Her presentation at Drake is titled "Living Downstream, an Evening with Sandra Steingraber," and is sponsored by Drake's Environmental Science and Policy Program, Drake's Biology Department and the Iowa Environmental Council.

Additional information on her books and documentary is available online (

For more information contact Alice Fynaardt at 515-271-3924 or at