Student Showcase: Confronting the Plastics Crisis through Applied Research and Outreach
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)