“Solutions to Plastics” – 11/5/18

Solutions to Plastics
November 5, 2018
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering

Solutions to Plastics addresses the compelling problem of global plastic pollution. Plastic products are very cheap to make from petroleum but extremely difficult to extract from waste streams.Different types of plastics, unlike aluminum cans, cannot necessarily be recycled together.

There is great value for global society from improving recycling beyond reducing waste.  A special section of The Economist for September 29, 2018 reported, for example, that recycling aluminum saves 95 percent of energy compared with smelting new metal, and successfully recycling plastics saves 88 percent from that required to create new plastic.

The magnitude of the challenge is that 90 percent of plastics discharged by waterways comes from only ten rivers, two of them in Africa and the rest in Asia. By way of comparison, 18 tons is discharged from the Thames River in England and 2.5 million tons is discharged by the Yangzi River in China.

The overall purpose of the Solutions to Plastics conference is reflected in the title:  to contribute to cooperative engagement and increased understanding across the institutions of the scientific community, government, business, education and empowered citizens and civil society.


Presented by:
UCI Law Center for Land, Environment and Natural Resources
UCI Newkirk Center for Science & Society
Plastic Solutions Fund

Wrongful Convictions Film and Book Series – 10/17/18

Newkirk Alumni Center

Book Celebration
Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction

In Rectify, a former Innocence Project director and journalist Lara Bazelon puts a face to the growing number of men and women exonerated from crimes that kept them behind bars for years—sometimes decades—and that devastate not only the exonerees but also their families, the crime victims who mistakenly identified them as perpetrators, the jurors who convicted them, and the prosecutors who realized too late that they helped convict an innocent person.

Lara Bazelon, author
Maurice Possley, National Registry of Exonerations
Christy Lucas Sheppard, victim relative
Bill Richards, exonerated after 23 years in prison

Books will be available for purchase.

Learn more about Lara Bazelon and Rectify
Register to attend

McCormick Screening Room
1070 Humanities Gateway

Film Presentation
Crown Heights

Director: Matt Ruskin
Cast: Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Nnamdi  Asomugha,
Natalie Paul, Bill Camp, Nestor Carbonell
Production year: 2017     Rating: R
Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian..

A black teen is wrongly convicted of murder in Brooklyn, and spends the next 20 years in prison as his best friend works tirelessly to exonerate him. Based on true events.

Opening remarks:
Janet Wilson, Director of Special Projects, UCI Strategic Communications & Public Affairs. Covered Crown Heights protests for New York Daily News and was named a Harvard fellow for her coverage of juvenile homicides and incarceration in Detroit.
Matt Ruskin, Director of Crown Heights

See LA Times story on Crown Heights