Erin Haynes grew up in a no-stoplight town in eastern Ohio and doesn’t care to shake the hint of an accent that lingers around the edges of her conversations.
She didn’t know that people left their homes to get haircuts until she was in 10th grade. She jokingly calls her parents “hippie Quakers,” although they were technically neither hippies nor Quakers. But they did raise her and her siblings without frills, first in Adams County, then in Sardinia, Ohio.
Now the environmental health researcher and assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati returns to the eastern edges of the state with cutting-edge tools and a public health mission.
In small towns and on farms, in church basements and living rooms, she listens to residents who are concerned about the potential environmental and health impacts of industries in their midst.
“I love the culture and the spirit of the people who live in eastern Ohio,” she said.
That includes residents in Carroll County, which sits at the heart of Ohio’s oil and gas company fracking boom.
She will discuss what she's learned during a panel discussion on fracking the Cincinnati Museum Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.
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