merging multiple disciplines or specialties to address a pressing global environmental or societal issue. One session, addressing the topic of fake news, has already inspired action — an April 2019 symposium organized by Department of History faculty. The event featured four speakers who described the historical impact of several key events for which scientific data were intentionally mis-reported for public consumption. This first public symposium may become an annual event, with the potential to forge new collaborative efforts between the Department of History and the Harrington School of Communication and Media.

The most well-attended attended breakout session focused on addressing the remediation of plastics and micro-plastics contaminating the world’s oceans.

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