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Johnson City Press • Updated Feb 28, 2017 at 4:19 PM

Climate change topic for Saturday’s program

ELIZABETHTON — A free public education workshop on climate change, featuring Dr. Audrey Depelteau and Samantha Tracey, will be held at the Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library on Saturday, March 4, from 2-4 p.m.

Depelteau and her niece, Tracey, will be discussing the science behind recent climate anomalies such as super storms, droughts, floods, fires, etc. and why they are happening, then come. The speakers will talk about how climate change can impact your health and more importantly how you can be a part of the solution.

Depelteau is a a lifelong environmentalist who did her graduate work in environmental toxicology at Albany Medical College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the 1970s. After a 27-year career in chiropractic, she moved to Johnson City in 2009 to manage a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the department of biological sciences at East Tennessee State University. She has been the director of ETSU's Innovation Lab for the past six plus years. Depelteau trained to be a climate reality leader in 2013.

Tracey is a freshman at Northeast State Community College and also trained to be a climate reality leader.

The program is sponsored by Carter County Democratic Women's Club and Carter County Proud. For information, call 423-474-3438.

Area’s nursing history WHA program topic

The “History of Nursing in East Tennessee” will be the topic for the Thursday, March 2, meeting of the Watauga Historical Association.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Tipton Haynes State Historical Site, 2620 S. Roan St.

Dr. Sharon Loury, an ssistant professor with the graduate nursing program at East Tennessee State University, will be the speaker. Loury teaches theory, concepts and bioethics in the Ph.D. program, inter-professional rural health, and population-based health in the undergraduate program. Along with her research program on Hispanic health, she is collaborating with Dr. Florence Weierbach on a study funded by an ETSU Millennium grant that focuses on oral histories of nurses educated prior to 1960.

Loury’s interest in the history of nursing began with a genealogy research project. She is collecting stories of interest and research for a book concerning community nursing in the early 1900s focusing on East Tennessee and she is especially interested in community nursing prior to 1890. Those with stories of their family’s work in health care are encouraged to come and share them.

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