Kent State to hold annual Environmental Justice Conference

EAST LIVERPOOL — Kent State East Liverpool is preparing for its annual Environmental Justice Conference to be held Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Paul Blair Memorial Library, located in Purinton Hall.

The event will feature guest speakers, student research presentations and information focused on local environmental issues. This year’s theme is Simple Living on the Ohio River.

The featured speaker is Dr. Xiaozhen Mou, associate professor of biology at Kent State University, whose research focuses on bacteria in natural aquatic environments. Her presentation title is “Cyanotoxins and PPCPs: Two Types of Common Contaminants in Freshwater Systems.”

Also during the conference, Randy Schneider, a local riverboat captain with Murray American Transportation, will participate in a question and answer session, titled “Making a Living on the Ohio River.”

Admission to the conference is free and open to the public.