Environmental Justice Conference will be held remotely

The 2020 Earth Day Environmental Justice Conference will be held, but with a twist: this year’s event will be a “virtual conference.”

The conference is April 18, beginning at 9 a.m. and will be presented using a Zoom webinar format.

A tradition on the East Liverpool Campus, the annual research conference leads students to study issues that impact the environment and prompt them to be stewards of the Earth.

The theme for this year’s conference is “The Birds and the Bees.” Committee members hope students’ research will show how important these creatures are in maintaining an ecological balance in our world.

The conference will feature essays, posters, slide presentations and videos submitted by students, as well as three TED talk presentations.

The Agenda

8:50 – 9 a.m. Attendees log onto the conference via Zoom

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9 - 9:15 a.m. Conference Committee Chair’s address – Dr. Darryl Hancock

9:10- 9:15 a.m. Environmental Club’s address- President, Sydney Hill

9:15- 9:30 a.m. Dean’s address - Columbiana Campuses Dean Dr. David Dees

9:30- 9:45 a.m. TED talk: “For the Love of Birds” TED Global 2017 - Washington Wachira

9:45- 10 a.m. “Citizen Science” conceptual discussion - Dr. Lydia Rose

10:00- 10:45 a.m. “Break out” sessions for Student Research presentations

10:45- 11 a.m. Yoga for your anti-Viral Bunker- Amy McCormack

11-1 1:10 a.m. Break

11:10- 11:25 a.m. TED Talk: “Why bees are disappearing” TED Global 2013 – Marla Spivak

11:26- 11:45 a.m. TED Talk: “Stunning photos of the endangered Everglades” TEDx UF - Mac Stone

11:45- 11:55 a.m. Conference Committee members Discussion and Q & A

11:55 a.m.- noon Winners announced for Poster and Paper competitions

To Participate

  • The deadline to submit research materials is April 10
    • Full essays should be eight to 10 pages (include cover page with name, tile and identifying information);
    • One-page statements or presentations must be a minimum of 150 to 400 words (include a cover sheet with name, title and identifying information;
    • PowerPoint presentations should be five to 10 slides;
    • Videos should be five to 10 minutes;
    • Posters should be virtual PDF submissions.

Upload all presentations onto the Conference online link by April 10.

All who register on time and present their work at the conference will each receive a certificate.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Darryl Hancock at dhancoc@kent.edu or to Dr. Lydia Rose at lrose17@kent.edu.


The 2020 Earth Day/Environmental Justice Conference Committee would like to thank you for attending our virtual conference in this most difficult of times.

A big “thank you” to Kent State University Columbiana Campuses Dean, Dr. David Dees for encouraging us to bring this conference to the virtual platform when social distancing orders were enforced.

Thanks to all who participated to make this conference possible:
Maegan Richards, Coordinator Academic learning Commons, Salem
Wendy Atkins, Coordinator Academic Learning Commons, EL
Clayton Gellatly, Manager IT, Columbiana campuses
Moneeka Pelley, IT User Support Associate EL campus
Jordan Steele, IT User Support Analysis, EL campus
Rachael Esterly, Instructional Designer, Columbiana campuses
Amy McCormack, adjunct Yoga Instructor, EL
Ali Erritouni, Associate Professor of English, Columbiana campuses
Tina Smith, Public Relations Coordinator, Columbiana campuses
Sydney Hill, President of the East Liverpool campus Environmental Club,
All active student members of the Environmental Club
All participating presenters of their undergraduate research

And a special thanks goes out to all our Conference Planning Committee members:

Dr. Lydia Rose, Associate Professor of Sociology, Director Social Science Research Lab
Interdisciplinary Research Leader, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow, EL

Dr. Qunxing Ding, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, EL

Megan Rogers, Laboratory Assistant, Staff Advisor Environmental Club, EL

Dr. Haiyan Zhu, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, EL

Mathew Stewart, Associate Lecturer, English, EL

*Dr. Darryl Hancock, Associate Professor, PTA Tech EL

* Indicates Chair of the committee


POSTED: Thursday, April 9, 2020 09:55 AM
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2024 04:15 PM