On March 5th, Dr. Ghasideh Pourhashem, Assistant Professor in the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at North Dakota State University, presented a Science Café in Stoker’s Basement at Hotel Donaldson on The Secret Life of Things: A voyage into an environmentally conscious consumption.
In her abstract, she summarized her talk as follows:
Everyday new products that are designed to serve us better and make our lives easier enter the market. All products, during their life time, directly or indirectly, interact with their surrounding environment and people. These interactions can potentially result in short- and long-term harmful (or beneficial) effects, which may also lead to socio-economic consequences. Many of the unwanted health and environmental impacts of products can be avoided or mitigated if elements of sustainability are considered in their design and life cycle. But when designing new products, what tools scientists/engineers and producers have to ensure that on a bigger scale making and consuming those products is not harming people and the environment? How this information can help us make better choices when selecting products? Are there any tools for consumers to make informed and responsible decisions?
Information on faculty Science Cafés at Stoker’s Basement, Hotel Donaldson, 101 N Broadway, Fargo, ND, can be found at http://earth.physics.ndsu.nodak.edu/
Information about faculty Science Cafés at Half Brothers Brewing Company, 17 N 3rd St, Grand Forks, ND, can be found at http://faculty.atmos.und.edu/kennedy/STEM/index.html