Judy Steininger

Writer, Scientist

Judy Steininger is a Professor Emerita at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where she teaches chemistry and literature classes, and leads the Great Books Dinner and Discussion Series. She won a 2006 Milwaukee Press Club award for Best Magazine Feature Story. Steininger has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, and describes herself as a never-say-quit golfer.

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Could a molecule composed of one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms ignite Armageddon?

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A provocative obituary ran in the New York Times on March 30, 2013. It began as follows: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children.”

Many of us are rightfully concerned about the safety of what we eat and what might be added to foods along the processing chain from farm to table. But Lake Effect essayist Judy Steininger says a knowing a little basic chemistry might help ease some of our concerns.