Two UT Health Northeast faculty members have been honored by the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities.

Larry Lowry, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Occupational Health Sciences, received the 2013 Career Achievement for Distance Learning Award. Lowry is the first recipient of this award.

He was a major factor in the development of a joint master's degree program in environmental science between Stephen F. Austin State University and UT Health Northeast.

In addition, Shannon Cox-Kelley, Ph.D., an assistant professor of occupational medicine and environmental medicine in the Department of Occupational Health Sciences, received one of nine Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Awards for 2013.

Dr. Cox-Kelley joined UT Health Northeast in 2010. She has a master's degree in health education, a master's in biological sciences, and a doctorate in higher education from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The consortium is a partnership of higher education institutions that works to increase Northeast Texans' access to educational and rural health programs. It operates NETnet, a broadband network that serves more than 15 college campuses.


New health care law meeting on Thursday


The Northeast Texas Disproportionality Advisory Board will host a town hall meeting to discuss the Affordable Care Act from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Tyler Junior College's West Campus, 1530 SSW Loop 323. Topics include health benefits, open enrollment for the insurance exchange and how disproportionality affects the community.


Free 5K Saturday at

UT Health Northeast


Improve your health and have fun at the second annual free 5K Hope Run Saturday on the wooded campus of UT Health Northeast, at the corner of U.S. Highway 271 and Texas Highway 155.

More than 750 runners, walkers and ramblers are expected to attend the 5K run, the 1-mile walk, or participate in activities for the whole family, including a car show and bounce house. All events are free.

UT Health President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun will open the 5K race, which begins at 8 a.m., and the 1-mile walk or run, which begins at 8:30 a.m. The 5K will follow a winding course through the forest of pines that cover most of UT Health's 600 acres, while the 1-mile course will take walkers across its campus.

There is no cost to enter the race, but registration is required. Participants may register online at On-site registration begins at 7 a.m.

For more information, call 903-877-7575. Children younger than 10 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.


ETMC offering free seminar on back pain


East Texas Medical Center will offer a free KnowledgeFirst Forum on back pain at noon Nov. 12 in the ETMC Pavilion. It is presented by ETMC First Physician Dr. Kenneth Kemp.

At some point, nearly everyone suffers from back pain that might interfere with normal daily activities. According to the National Institutes of Health, Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on treating lower back pain. Kemp will discuss common causes of back pain, prevention strategies and treatment options.

Lunch will be served. Free parking is available next to the Pavilion, at 801 Clinic Drive. The gate and building for the event will open at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation will begin at noon. To preregister, call 866-333-ETMC and press 6. 



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