Science On Tap Saratoga is a monthly series of informal talks led by scientists that explores current research topics and the importance of science in our daily life. Each talk takes place in a relaxed pub atmosphere where communication flows freely between scientists and the public. Co-presented by Skidmore’s Environmental Studies and Sciences Program, Sustainable Saratoga, and Saratoga Performing Arts Center, these monthly opportunities for discussion reflect the unique intellectual culture of the greater Capital Region and promote scientific literacy.

Science On Tap Saratoga typically takes place on the fourth Tuesday of every month at The Parting Glass in downtown Saratoga Springs. Click here for a complete listing of upcoming speakers.


Anne Ernst, Program Coordinator and Lecturer in the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Skidmore College, will present “Plastic Fantastic? A look at a growing environmental problem” at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, February 25th at The Parting Glass.

Talk Synopsis:

Plastic – miracle molecule or environmental scourge? Plastics transformed transportation and electronics, revolutionized medicine, and save lives daily. But plastics have a dark side: they leach toxic chemicals, litter our landscapes, and imperil marine life. Our growing problem with plastic pollution is causing a host of negative human health and ecosystem impacts. Are there any solutions?

About the Speaker:

Anne Ernst is a lecturer in the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program. She teaches both a science course and a first-year seminar on plastics, as well as several introductory ESS courses. Prior to coming to Skidmore, she worked as a research biologist at the US Geological Survey.

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