7th Annual Earth Day Environmental Justice Conference

Fracking, Cancer Research, and Alternative Energy Topics of Earth Day Conference

Kent State University at East Liverpool has announced the speakers for the Seventh Annual Environmental Justice Conference to be held in the Slak Shak, Main Classroom Building, 400 East Fourth Street, on April 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Helene Moncman, Community Research Navigator for the American Cancer Society will speak at 10:30 am about the Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3), a long term study being brought to Columbiana County through a partnership between the American Cancer Society, Salem Community Hospital, Crestview Local Schools, and East Liverpool City Hospital. CPS-3 is a national study that allows participants to enroll in cancer research studies. A grassroots effort of the American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program, Columbiana County is one of the selected areas across the nation to be targeted in the CPS-3 study. Men and women 30 to 65 who have no history of cancer will be able to sign up and participate in this important study.

Moncman became a patient navigator in 2010, assisting patients in several counties with the logistics of care and treatment after working as an income development coordinator with the Cancer Society.

Dr. S. Thomas Bond, an inorganic chemist and long-time farmer, will speak at approximately 1:30 about the very topical subject of fracking, particularly about environmental difficulties experienced from the fracking process.  Dr. Bond received his higher education from Salem College (WV) and Jackson State Teachers College (Alabama), an MA in Science Teaching from West Virginia University, and a Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Kent State University. He has taught every course required for a Bachelor’s degree during a long tenure at Salem College.  Born on a farm, he has also farmed continuously all his life except the years he was in college and while he was with the Biological Warfare Unit at the U. S Army Chemical Corps School, Fort McClellan, Alabama. 

Much of Dr. Bond’s interest in fracking will focus on the water table and problems with water, but will also include information about air and legislation.  Dr. Bond is a member of Guardians of the West Fork, the WV/Pa Monongahelia Area Watershed Compact, and keeps in contact with other central West Virginia watershed organizations.  Locust Hill Farm, the family farm, produces 55 head of quality Red Angus feeder calves each year.

Professor Emeritus Frances Graham will speak at approximately 3:45 p.m. Prof. Graham will discuss energy saving initiatives from the 1970’s and a move forward to 2012. His talk, Strategies of Seventies to the 21st Century will feature some of his own inventions.

Prof. Graham points out that during the Arab Oil Embargo and subsequent times in the 1970s, alternative energy progress and promotion in the USA abounded in solar, wind and other renewable sources. With the return of inexpensive petroleum in the 1980s these schemes were discarded. However, we can uncrumple the old paper and examine them again. What new modifications can be made? Which ideas of the 1970s should be acted upon and which should be let go again? This talk will show that individual choices in alternative energy can make a difference both globally, locally and personally.

Prof. Graham is a planetary scientist and professor emeritus at Kent State University. He has been recognized as the co-discoverer of an extremely tenuous atmosphere on the Moon, and developed the theory of one-winged flying devices called monocopters. He is the founder of the Tripoli Rocketry Association, the largest and premium amateur rocketry society in the world, and is the author of the physics textbook Classical Physics for Allied Health (Kendall-Hunt, 2008) as well as books on monocopters and North Korean missiles.

Student papers and posters are a feature of the conference. Papers will be presented at 9 am and posters at approximately 11:45 a.m. Winners of the essay and poster contests will be announced at 1:15 p.m.

Seedlings will be available for planting to conference attendees. The conference is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided.  Questions should be directed to pswartz@kent.edu