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DR. SANDRA STEINGRABER www.steingraber.com
An internationally recognized expert on the environmental links to cancer and reproductive health, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, international lecturer, and pre-eminent communicator of scientific information. Steingraber's highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment presents cancer as a human rights issue. It was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with newly released data from U.S. cancer registries. Living Downstream won praise from international media, including The Washington Post, the Nation, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Lancet, and The London Times. In 1997, Steingraber was named a Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year. In 1998, she received from the Jenifer Altman foundation the first annual Altman Award for "the inspiring and poetic use of science to elucidate the causes of cancer," and from the New England chapter of the American Medical Writers Association, the Will Solimene Award for "excellence in medical communication." In 1999, the Sierra Club heralded Steingraber as "the new Rachel Carson." And in 2001, Carson's own alma mater, Chatham College, selected Steingraber to receive its biennial Rachel Carson Leadership Award.
Continuing the investigation begun in Living Downstream, Dr. Steingraber's work, Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood, explores the intimate ecology of motherhood. Both a memoir of her own pregnancy and an investigation of fetal toxicology, Having Faith reveals the alarming extent to which environmental hazards now threaten each crucial stage of infant development. Selected as one of Library Journal's best books of 2001, it was featured in 2002 on "Kids and Chemicals," a PBS documentary by Bill Moyers. Dr. Steingraber is also the author of Post-Diagnosis, a volume of poetry, and coauthor of a book on ecology and human rights in Africa, The Spoils of Famine.
An articulate public speaker, Dr. Steingraber has keynoted international conferences on human health and the environment. She lectures at many universities, medical schools, and teaching hospitals-including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. She is recognized for her ability to serve as a two-way translator between scientists and activists. In 1999, as part of international treaty negotiations, she briefed U.N. delegates in Geneva, Switzerland on dioxin contamination of breast milk. She served on President Clinton's National Action Plan on Breast Cancer. Interviews with Steingraber have appeared in Time, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, on National Public Radio, The Today Show, and Now With Bill Moyers.
Steingraber received her doctorate in biology from the University of Michigan and master's degree in English from Illinois State University. Her ecological fieldwork has been conducted in northern Minnesota, East Africa, and Costa Rica. She has taught biology at Columbia College, Chicago, held visiting fellowships at the University of Illinois, Radcliffe/Harvard, and Northeastern University. Formerly on faculty at Cornell University, Dr. Steingraber is currently Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Married to sculptor Jeff de Castro, they are proud parents of daughter Faith and son Elijah.
DR. DANIEL JANZEN www.bio.upenn.edu/faculty/janzen/
Known as a pioneer in tropical biology, Dr. Daniel Janzen is a tireless ecologist, conservationist, and innovator in preserving and restoring tropical wildland biodiversity. At the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Janzen holds the Thomas G. and Louise E. DiMaura Endowed Term Chair in Conservation Biology.
Dr. Janzen has provided much of the creative energy and early impetus to a remarkable number of tropical biology institutions and conservation enterprises. A technical advisor to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG) in Costa Rica, Dr. Janzen's research pioneered key parts of complex contemporary research areas in basic and applied tropical ecology. The ACG was decreed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the working model for the revision of the entire Costa Rica national park system, forest service, and fish and wildlife service. His effective fund-raising efforts and community building have secured the future biodiversity of the Rincon Rainforest in ACG. For information about conservation efforts in the Rincon Rainforest of Costa Rica, visit janzen.sas.upenn.edu/caterpillars/RR/rincon_rainforest.htm.
The recipient of numerous international honors, Dr. Janzen received the Albert Einstein World Award for Science in 2002, where the World Cultural Council conferred this honor for "his valuable and pioneering contributions in the biological sciences field and for his productive trajectory related to the work done in the environmental sciences." The Association for Tropical Biology recognized Janzen as the Honorary Fellow for 2002, and called him "simply, one of the most creative and productive scientists of this century [who] has had an enormous impact on tropical biology." Other select honors include the Kyoto Prize in Basic Science, the Crafoord Prize, a MacArthur Fellowship and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Janzen's work in restoring tropical forest has been featured in several publications and programs, including "BBC Wildlife," "Outside," "Time," "Rolling Stone," "Science," "Life," Business Week," and "National Geographic." He was the subject of a feature length BBC film "Paradise Reclaimed" that aired on PBS in 1987. Dr. Janzen has also received several distinguished teaching awards in recognition of his excellence as an educator.
Janzen received his doctorate in biology from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Minnesota. He has served in the U.S. Military Police, and as professor at the University of Michigan, University of Chicago, University of Kansas, University of Puerto Rico, and the Universidad de los Andes in Venezuela. Janzen grew up along the banks of the Mississippi River while his father, Dan Janzen, Sr., served as regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prior to his appointment as national director.
LUTHER AADLAND, Stream Ecologist and Fisheries Biologist, Stream Habitat Program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Services
IAN CHISHOLM, Stream Ecologist and Stream Habitat Program Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Services
JOAN GALLI, Regional Nongame Wildlife Specialist, Nongame Wildlife Program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Services
J. DRAKE HAMILTON, Science Policy Director for Minnesotans for an Energy Efficient Economy, or ME3
JODIE HIRSCH, Aquatic Biologist, specialist in invertebrate zoology, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Services
BETH KNUDSEN, Wells Creek Watershed Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
GARY MONTZ, Aquatic Biologist, specialist in invertebrate zoology, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Services
NICK McCLURE, young citizen scientist and surveyor (and future ecologist?)
NEAL MUNDAHL, Professor, Winona State University and researcher of American Brook Lamprey
WALT POPP, River Ecologist and Upper Mississippi River Long-term Resource Monitoring Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Services
JACK SKRYPEK, retired Chief of the Section of Fisheries, former Chief of the Section of Ecological Services in Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; consultant on comprehensive lake management policy and watershed-based resource management
WENDELL SNIDER, "Eagle Man", active citizen scientist and local hero in the greater Hastings area of the Upper Mississippi River, Minnesota
KAREN TERRY, River Ecologist and Educator, Stream Habitat Program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Services
ANDREW WEAVER, Science Teacher at Stillwater High School and the students of his environmental biology class. Featured speakers are students: Ryan Hannig, Ashley Niels, and Darin Ostertag
JAN SHAW WOLFF, Ecological Educator and Ecosystem Education Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Services
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