Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Student Showcase: Confronting the Plastics Crisis Through Applied Research and Outreach

Date and Time
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET
Ahmadieh Family Grand Hall (Gross 330) OR via Zoom
Student Showcase: Confronting the Plastics Crisis Through Applied Research and Outreach


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Curious about how Duke University undergraduate and graduate students are contributing to applied research and outreach on the plastics crisis? Join us for snacks and a compelling program featuring insights from students in engineering, biology, law, economics, environmental management, and fine arts.

This event will be moderated by (soon-to-be-Dr.) Zoie Diana (she/her), a doctoral candidate in the Nicholas School of the Environment’s marine science and conservation division and integrated toxicology and environmental health program. Diana is the founder of the Plastic Pollution Working Group, an interdisciplinary group of more than forty scholars across Duke who are working on this issue.

Presentations will include:

  • Is Plastic Clean-Up Technology Working? Gaps in Measures of Clean-Up Effectiveness and Ecological Impact (Madison Griffin T '23, she/her)
  • Strengthening the Evidence Base for Local Interventions to Reduce Plastic Pollution: The Plastic Pollution Intervention Evaluation Tool (Coral Lin T '25, she/her; Deven Stewart T '24, he/him; Anne-Elisabeth Baker MEM '24, she/her)
  • Reducing Single-Use Plastics in North Carolina (Christian Laspada MEM '23, they/he)
  • The Dumpster Dive Short Documentary: Using Humor to Talk about Microplastics (Laura Asherman MFA ‘23, she/her)
  • Duke Advanced Recycling Center: Recycling Plastic On Duke’s Campus (Rushil Yerrabelli E ‘25, he/him; Arnav Singh E'25, he/him)

TIP: You might also be interested in registering for From Enzymes to Art, From Fashion to Policy: Generating Transdisciplinary Solutions to the Plastics Crisis on Thurs., March 23, 12-1:30 p.m. ET.

This event is organized by the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability and Duke University’s Plastic Pollution Working Group, which includes more than 40 researchers across numerous disciplines at Duke.