This evening I delivered a short presentation to the UW Campus Sustainability Fund. This was the final step in the process of applying for CSF grant money to support our upcoming work. Now we play the waiting game, and hopefully we hear good news soon. In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed for us.
I'm one of the presenters at this event, and (as you can see below) I'll be talking about the UWGP. Importantly, there's a bar at the venue, so attendees will be able to imbibe adult refreshments while enduring my droning...
Anyways, here's the Burke's announcement:
Short Takes on Plastic
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Neptune Theatre
$5 at the door or online at stgpresents.org (additional fees apply)
Join the Burke Museum at the newly remodeled Neptune Theatre for an evening of fast-paced talks on Plastic; how it changed our lives and challenges our environment. Ten engineers, historians, archaeologists, chemists, activists, and oceanographers each have six minutes and 20 slides to present their view on the benefits, and unwanted side effects, of this omnipresent component of our modern world.
Short Takes speakers & topics:
What We Leave Behind: Plastics and the Archaeological Record
Julie Stein, Director, Burke Museum
What is Plastic?
AJ Boydston, Assistant Professor, UW Department of Chemistry
Plastic in the Global Ocean
Giora Proskurowki, Research Scientist, UW Oceanography
An Inconvenient Shift: My Month Without Plastic
Samantha Porter, Operations Assistant, Burke Museum
The UW Garbology Project: Campus Waste and the Challenges Posed by Plastics
Jack Johnson, UW Archaeologist, PhD Student, Founder of UW Garbology Project
Big Red: The 3D Printer that Turns Scrap Plastic into Composting Latrines
Matt Rogge, Postbaccalaureate Student, UW Mechanical Engineering
The Pre-Plastic Kitchen: Preserving Food in the Victorian Home
Lauren Palmor, PhD Student, UW Art History
The Cutting Edge: The Promise of Plastics
Jim Griffing, President, Society of Plastics Engineers
Garbage to Fuel: Turning Landfill Bound Plastic Into Crude Oil
Todd Pendexter, Business Development Manager, Agilyx Corporation
Plastic Recycling: End of Life Management and Resurrection
Kim Holmes, Principal Consultant, 4R Sustainability, Inc.
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For readers interested in either an archaeology field school or an approach to garbology that has a little more of an intellectual angle than our work, I encourage you to check out the "Urban Garbology: Smoking and Identity in America" field school offered through Connecticut College. Field schools are the best way to see what archaeology is all about, and this looks like an interesting project.
As promised, we were featured on UW 360 tonight. Follow this link to check out our story. (We're at roughly the 4:45 mark.)
Just a quick note to let everyone know that our participation in the Burke's Archaeology Day event went pretty well. We had lots of visitors, only a few hiccups along the way, and a lot of fun. Big thanks are due to Amy, Megan, and Emily, along with a host of Burke volunteers. Thanks are also due to all our visitors, who made our participation in the event enjoyable. In a little while I'll add another post with some photos from the event. For now, you can read below for Carl Sander's (the Burke's Public Programs Manager) summary of the event.
From Carl Sander at the Burke Museum:
Great event on Saturday with 795 in attendance, a surprising percentage of which (273, over 1/3) were Burke members. Membership sold 9 new memberships and 3 renewals, and the shop did $626 in sales. This marks the best attendance on record for an Archaeology Day event.
Our thanks go out to Kelly, Meredith and Ben from the American Institute of Archaeology for the new partners and the great snacks. They corralled participation from The Center for Wooden Boats (including their legendary founder, Dick Wagner), the Washington State History Museum, the Local AIA/Tel Dor project, and Castra Ferrata our Roman, Celt and Greek reenactors who enlivened the lobby and, I dare say, the hearts of many in attendance.
Jack Johnson and his crew from the UW Garbology Project did us a fantastic service by linking the Plastics exhibit to the rest of the event. Their activities and game show drew many more people into the exhibit than we usually see on Family Days, and eased the crowd pressure in the lobby tremendously. Jack will speak about the Garbology Project at our Short Takes event on Feb 5, and him and his crew will be back for our recycling fair in April.
It was great to have Sarah Sterling on hand to offer her insights into Egyptology for visitors drawn by our mummy. Laura brought in participation from the Suquamish Tribe, and they, along with everyone else, expressed great satisfaction with the event and a desire to return. Rodrigo did a wonderful job of coordinating the team from Burke Archaeology, and the new table top timeline of artifacts from around the Puget Sound worked exceptionally well at focusing attention on our collections and research.
Excluding Diane and myself, there were 9 staff and volunteers from the Education Division who helped with set up and tear down, provided reinforcement for Garbology, and showed parents and educators the terrific archaeology education resources the Burke offers throughout the year.
That is my report,
Public Programs Manager
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Look for us this Sunday on UWTV's "UW 360" program at 9:00PM on January 6th. For Seattle area residents, UWTV is channel 27 on Comcast cable. UW 360 also has a website that will post video of our story after it airs, and we'll have a link to the video once it's up.
Update: We've been moved to the same time this coming Sunday, January 13th. Apologies to anyone who tuned in on the 6th and was disappointed!
Below is a little notice sent out by the Burke to advertise the event. If you attend, look for us in the Burke's new Plastics exhibit. We'll be there from 10 to 4.
From the Burke:
Saturday, January 5, 2013
10 am – 4 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke Museum members, UW students, staff, and faculty w/UW ID
The Burke Museum and the Archaeological Institute of America are pleased to present a special Archaeology Day. Discover the exciting world of archaeology through a variety of activities and games.
Attendees can explore multiple aspects of archaeology and participate in activities including:
To help promote our upcoming presentation at the Burke Museum's Archaeology Day on Saturday the 5th, I've been asked to help host the Burke Museum's monthly trivia night this Thursday at the College Inn Pub in the U-District. Trivia starts at 8:00, but I'll be there early to warm up with a few drinks. Stop by, say "Hi," have a beer, and tackle some garbology-related trivia.