Bachelor, Smith College, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, 1979.
Postdoctoral fellow department biology Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1979-1981. Congressional science fellow United States House of Representatives, Washington, 1981-1983. Special assistant American Chemical Society, 1983-1984.
Special consultant Environmental Corporation, 1984-1985. Research associate Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1985-1986, research affiliate, 1986-1992. Senior associate Gradient Corporation, 1986-1988.
President H. Strauss Associates, Inc., Natick, Massachusetts, since 1988. Executive director Silent Spring Institute, Inc., 1994-1995. Adjunct associate professor School Public Health, Boston University, 1990-1994.
Lecturer School Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, 1988-1995. Member steering committee Boston Risk Assessment Group, 1986-1995.
Active Institutional Biosafety Committee, Army Research Laboratory, Natick, 1989—1994, Army Science Board, 1994—2001. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, Association for Women in Science (chairman committee New England chapter 1986-1988, co-chairman legislation committee 1985-1993), Biophysics Society (chairman committee 1983-1984, Congressional Science fellow 1981-1983), Society for Risk Analysis (president New England chapter 1991-1992, president-elect 1995-2000).