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The UC Merced Common Read promotes a greater sense of community among students and faculty and fosters the kinds of open inquiry characteristic of academic life. The common read is required reading in general education and writing courses (Core 1 and Writing 10) and recommended reading in other first-year courses. There are also university-wide events associated with the book, including faculty symposia, guest lectures, and film screenings. For more information, please contact Tom Hothem.
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Living Downstream by
Publication Date: 2010-03-23
The first edition of Living Downstream--an exquisite blend of precise science and engaging narrative--set a new standard for scientific writing. Poet, biologist, and cancer survivor, Steingraber uses all three kinds of experience to investigate the links between cancer and environmental toxins. The updated science in this exciting new edition strengthens the case for banning poisons now pervasive in our air, our food, and our bodies. Because synthetic chemicals linked to cancer come mostly from petroleum and coal, Steingraber shows that investing in green energy also helps prevent cancer. Saving the planet becomes a matter of saving ourselves and an issue of human rights. A documentary film based on the book will coincide with publication.
Sandra Steingraber is an internationally-recognized science writer whose efforts as biologist, activist, and author have shaped public discussion of environmental health for the past two decades. Her work is renowned for its characteristic blend of personal experience (living with cancer), lucid vision (of the literary experience of place), and unflinching analysis (of cancer's environmental underpinnings in ecosystemic pollution). Steingraber is a regular contributor to a host of national news outlets, a recipient of numerous awards, and frequent consultant for national and international environmental policy. She is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where her work has informed local debates about carcinogenic legacies of hydraulic fracturing (i.e., fracking).
For more about Steingraber, visit http://www.steingraber.com.
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