New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

NYU's Sustainability Task Force to Host a Lecture "Junk: A Plastic Odyssey," Oct. 21

October 17, 2008
N-103, 2008-09

MEDIA ADVISORY/LISTINGS EDITORS

Marine Researchers Discuss Plastic Debris in Our Oceans, its Health Risks, and Possible Solutions for its Clean-up

New York University’s Sustainability Task Force and NYU’s Earth Maters! Club are sponsoring a lecture presentation of “Junk: A Plastic Odyssey” on Tuesday, October 21, 2008, at 5pm in Kimmel Center for Student Life, (60 Washington Square South) room 804. Join Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation as they discuss the impact disposable plastics have had on our world’s oceans, the health risks to marine life and humans, and solutions for its clean-up.

The event is free and open to the public.

Seats are limited-RSVP to: http://www.nyu.edu/rsvp/event.php?e_id=1103

  • WHAT: “Junk: A Plastic Odyssey”
  • WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday, October 21, 2008, at 5pm in Kimmel Center for Student Life, Room 804,60 Washington Square South, NYC

Marine researchers estimate that in the North Pacific Gyre, north of Hawaii, there is now more plastic, by weight, than plankton. The Gyre, a huge region of circling currents, which concentrate the “plastic soup” of floating debris, is nearly twice the size of the United States, thousands of miles from land. Eriksen and Cummins have been gathering evidence of this problem on a research expedition aboard the Junk, a raft built from plastic bottles.

“No Impact Man” Colin Beavan will introduce the speakers.

For more information, visit: http://www.algalita.org or http://junkraft.blogspot.com


NYU’s Sustainability Task Force is an advisory body composed of students, faculty, administrators, and staff, who develop recommendations for new policies and practices that advance NYU’s long-term future as a sustainable university. For more information on the Sustainability Task Force, go to http://www.nyu.edu/sustainability

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Events and Traditions

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Christopher James | (212) 998-6876

logo

Search News



NYU In the News

CUSP Unveils its “Urban Observatory”

Crain’s New York Business profiled CUSP’s “Urban Observatory” that is continuously photographing lower Manhattan to gather scientific data.

Post-Sandy Upgrades at the Langone Medical Center

NY1 reported on the major post-Sandy upgrades and renovations made at the Medical Center to protect the hospital from future catastrophic storms.

Steinhardt Research Helps Solve Tough Speech Problems.

The Wall Street Journal reported on research at Steinhardt’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, including an interview with Assistant Professor Tara McAllister Byun, that uses ultrasound to help solve tough speech problems.

Times Column Lauds Professor Stevenson’s New Memoir

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a column about “Just Mercy,” a new memoir by Law Professor Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, whom he noted has been called America’s Nelson Mandela.

Entrepreneurship Lab Opens at NYU

Crain’s New York Business covered the opening of the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurial eLab, which will be the headquarters for NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute and all of the University’s programs aimed at promoting innovation and startups.

NYU Footer