Biodesign researcher leads community discussion on plastic in the ocean
Charlie Rolsky's talk is second event in Biodesign Institute's "A Sip of Science" series
Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute hosted the second event of its new series, “A Sip of Science,” Sunday afternoon at the Tavern Americana restaurant in Scottsdale. Biodesign researcher Charlie Rolsky described his work, explained the growing threat of plastic pollution in the ocean and took questions from a standing-room-only crowd.
Guests from the community snacked on hors d’oeuvres as Rolsky explained how he got involved in this research at ASU. Rolsky is a doctoral student in biology, a researcher in Rolf Halden’s lab at the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering, a teaching assistant and a proprietor of science-themed T-shirts. He was also recently featured in an ASU advertising campaign.
Rolsky was thrilled to share his area of expertise with the public. “This is really, really awesome. As scientists, we rarely have the opportunity to meet people and have a conversation, especially because most of our life is talking to other scientists,” he said. His talk covered topics from microplastics in our seafood to giant gyres of floating plastic, one of which is the size of Texas.
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Biodesign Institute researcher Charlie Rolsky speaks with guests at the second "Sip of Science" event Sunday afternoon at the Tavern Americana restaurant in Scottsdale.Photo by Ben Petersen/Biodesign Institute
Several lucky guests won special Biodesign Institute coffee mugs at the event.Photo by Ben Petersen/Biodesign Institute
The "Sip of Science" series is sponsored by the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University.Photo by Ben Petersen/Biodesign Institute
Biodesign's Charlie Rolsky speaks with guests at the second "Sip of Science" event about the growing threat of plastic pollution in the ocean.Photo by Ben Petersen/Biodesign Institute
Biodesign scientist Charlie Rolsky described his passion for research to help the Earth's oceans.Photo by Ben Petersen/Biodesign Institute
Rolsky's talk is one of six science events held at restaurants across metro Phoenix through May.Photo by Ben Petersen/Biodesign Institute
Members of the community mingle during Biodesign's second "Sip of Science" event, which are designed to allow the public to mingle with notable researchers and scientists and learn about some of the world’s most fascinating scientific issues.Photo by Ben Petersen/Biodesign Institute
Biodesign's Charlie Rolsky presents about his work at the second "Sip of Science" event. Read more about his journey here.Photo by Ben Petersen/Biodesign Institute
The event was one of six science chats to be held this spring at restaurants in the Phoenix area. “A Sip of Science” is a new outreach program that allows the general public to mingle with notable researchers and scientists and learn about some of the world’s most fascinating and current scientific issues. The series runs through May 8; more information is available on the Biodesign website.