Tuesday, December 17, 2019

OMSI Science Pub

Ocean Plastics

Kennedy School - Kennedy School Theater

5:30 pm doors, 7 pm Presentation

$5 suggested donation

Minor with parent or guardian

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About Ocean Plastics

Ocean Plastics

NEW LOCATION! We are excited to announce that we are moving one of our regular Science Pub events to the Kennedy School Theater! We will be there every 3rd Tuesday of the month!

with Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway, Britta Baechler, PhD Candidate, Portland State University, and Chanel Hason of Portland Chapter of Surfrider Foundation

We’ve all seen the video of a sea turtle with a straw up its nose, but there’s a lot more to the story of plastic pollution than we all think. For instance, did you know that plastic pollution in the ocean was first reported in research articles in the early 1970s? Or that micro plastics have been found in clams and oysters right here in Oregon? What about that straws and stirrers are the third most common item found in beach cleanups?

Come for a unique presentation blending science, art, and activism from three people working to change the story of plastic here in the Pacific Northwest.  We’ll be hearing from Nancy Judd, Britta Baechlor, and Chanel Hason, who will be sharing how plastics are impacting some of our smallest critters, and what is being done to raise awareness of plastic pollution both here and across the US. Nancy will also lead audience members in an arts integration activity to reflect upon Britta’s research in creative ways.


Nancy Judd is an internationally recognized artist, environmental advocate and teaching artist. For over 20 years she has been creating art exhibitions made from trash that engage people in conversations about how we live on the earth. Nancy exhibits her work in public airports and museums and one of her pieces is in the Smithsonian Museum’s permanent collection. In her work as a teaching artist, Nancy provides arts integration to students in classrooms and adults in training settings. www.NancyJudd.com.

Britta Baechler is a graduate student in the Applied Coastal Ecology lab at Portland State University conducting research on microplastics in razor clams and Pacific oysters on the Oregon Coast. She became concerned about the state of the marine environment after encountering marine debris and trash while studying and working in the Caribbean, Aleutian Islands, Northern Mariana Islands and here in the Pacific Northwest.

Chanel Hason is the volunteer Chair and Communications Lead of the Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation for over 2 years. She graduated from CSU Monterey Bay with a B.S. in Environmental Science Technology & Policy, focusing on Marine and Coastal Ecology. More recently, she attended PSU earning a M.S. in Leadership for Sustainability Education. Her background in marine conservation and environmental education are what drives her to be an active citizen scientist.

About OMSI Science Pub


OMSI Science Pub

Science Pub Kennedy School is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone. No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: sciencepub@omsi.edu.

Dinner and drinks will be available throughout the presentation. Please visit the McMenamins Kennedy School website for a dinner menu and venue information.

Suggested donation of $5 all goes to OMSI.