Petri Dish: Fantastic plastic you

Come hear about the impact of plastic on living things at Urban Growler Wednesday, November 15!
July 27, 2023

Once upon a time, plastic was a symbol of modernity and social progress. No longer. Now, plastic is everywhere we look, from the bottoms of ocean trenches, to distant Antarctic ice, and more intimately, even flowing through your blood. Yet, we depend on plastic for everything from medical equipment to food packaging. Despite plastic bag fees and bans on straws, we are far from abandoning our dependency on plastics any time soon. How do we navigate this complicated reality? What does it mean for our environment and our health? Our panelists will discuss the ubiquity of plastics in our environment and in ourselves.

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  • Emilie Snell-Rood, Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences
  • Matt Simcik, Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
  • Boya Xiong, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering, College of Science and Engineering