Sandra Steingraber, PH.D. is the author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment and Post-Diagnosis, a volume of poetry. She received her doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Michigan and taught biology for several years at Columbia College, Chicago. The recipient of several awards for science writing, Steingraber was named a Ms. Magazine "Woman of the Year" in 1997. Recently, as part of international treaty negotiations, she breifed United Nations delegates in Geneva on breast milk contamination. She has been selected as the 2001 recipient of the Rachel Carson Leadership Award from Carson's alma mater, Chatham College. Currently on the faculty at Cornell University, she lives in Ithaca, New York, with her husband the sculptor Jeff de Castro, and their daugher Faith.