Anchorage Science Pub: Can We Use Common Alaska Fungi to Grow Green Biomaterials? [VIDEO]

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Title: Can We Use Common Alaskan Fungi to Grow Green Biomaterials?
Presenter:
Dr. Philippe Amstislavski
Recorded:
 November 12, 2016
Location: Tap Root Public House

“From underneath the Alaska Pipeline and roads to inside our homes insulation is everywhere in Alaska. The problem: traditional plastic foam board we use to keep the cold out is energy-intensive to produce, generates toxic waste streams, and often ends up as plastic litter in oceans and waterways. A group of researchers at the University of Alaska Anchorage are working to develop an environmentally friendly alternative. Dr. Philippe Amstislavski will discuss his team’s efforts to use local Alaskan fungi to produce thermally insulating foams that are both renewable and biodegradable.

Dr. Amstislavski is a professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His focus of study is on the interactions between climate change and community adaptation and resilience in the Circumpolar North and on sustainable biomaterials development.”

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Heather Aronno is a Journalism & Public Communications graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her passion is community involvement, which has found a place within most of the work and projects with which she is involved. A transplant from the lower 48, Heather has lived in Anchorage, Alaska since the summer of 2005. Fortunately, it was a nice summer, and she’s considered Alaska her home ever since.

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