The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
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Sandra Steingraber: Our Water, Our Health: Are We in Danger?
Tuesday Jan 15 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Biologist, author and environmental advocate Sandra Steingraber will discuss water-born toxins and human health.
Networking reception: 5:30 pm
Program: 6:30 pm
Drexel students free with ID
Join noted biologist, environmental advocate, and author Sandra Steingraber as she explores the links between human health and environmental toxins, especially those found in our water. Steingraber, who is also a cancer survivor, skillfully weaves her narrative with hard science as she describes how environmental toxins have intruded into our bodies, our homes, and our daily lives. She suggests that the connections between environmental toxins and cancer are particularly relevant given the increasing threat of new toxins being introduced into our drinking water through hydraulic fracking.
Sandra Steingraber, distinguished scholar in residence in the Ithaca College School of Humanities and Sciences, is an ecologist, author, cancer survivor and internationally recognized authority on environmental links to cancer and human health. Her highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment (1997), was the first book to connect data on toxic releases with that of U.S. cancer registries. Steingraber has keynoted conferences on human health and the environment throughout the United States and Canada and has lectured at many universities, medical schools, and hospitals. She also has testified in the European Parliament and before the President’s Cancer Panel and has participated in briefings to Congress and before United Nations delegates in Geneva, Switzerland.
Photo: © Benjamin Gervais/The PPC
Bicentennial Series: New Questions for an Old Planet
For the past 200 years, Academy scientists have worked to solve many of nature’s great mysteries. As we enter our third century, we face new questions about how human behavior impacts the Earth and its natural systems. Expert panelists and distinguished speakers will explore these questions at our bicentennial series, “New Questions for an Old Planet.” We will inquire about climate change, energy, and population; food and public health; water; and green building, urban design, and the built environment. Join us this year to learn how you can make a difference!
The Academy’s Town Square Series runs through June 2013 and is open to the public. “New Questions for an Old Planet” is sponsored by the Academy and our partners at Drexel University.