News from UMass Lowell, May 1

05/01/2003
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

May 1, 2003: A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications and Marketing Office, (978) 934-3224. For more stories on UMass Lowell, visit www.uml.edu and click on NEWS.

 

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Scholar and Human Rights Leader to Discuss Cambodia

Psychology Donates Welcome Packs to the Department of Social Services

Healthy Homes Build Healthy Communities

Grad Students to Give Lowell Third Graders Interactive Geography Lesson

Celebrating Lewis and Clark

DOE History Grant Kicks-Off at Tsongas Center Event

Click on the Web to Access UMass Lowell Summer Camp Info

 

 

Scholar and Human Rights Leader to Discuss Cambodia

 

When: Saturday, May 3, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Where: O'Leary Library, Room 222, UMass Lowell South, Wilder Street, Lowell

 

What:

Dr. Lao Mong Hay will speak about human rights and education in Cambodia on Saturday, May 3, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the O'Leary Library, Rm 222, UMass Lowell South on Wilder Street. Parking is available across the street.

Dr. Lao is a scholar who survived the genocide era of 1975-79 by not returning to Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge took over the country. In 1988, he left England to work and live with fellow refugees at a camp on the Thai-Cambodian border. His work in human rights has been recognized nationally; he was awarded the international Human Rights Watch Honor in 1997 and the Nansen Medal from the UN Commissioner of  Refugees in 2000. He is visiting professor of political science at the University of Toronto.

The event is sponsored by the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association and Cambodia's Children of Light in cooperation with UMass Lowell. For information, contact Vesna Nuon at (978)740-6427 or Paul Marion, Director of Community Relations, UMass Lowell, (978) 934-3107.

 

Contact: Paul Marion, Community Relations, (978) 934-3107

 

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Psychology Donates Welcome Packs to the Department of Social Services

 

When: Monday, May 5, 5-6 p.m.

 

Where: MIL Conference Room, 1st Floor, Wannalancit Mills, UMass Lowell, Suffolk Street, Lowell

 

What:

The Psychology Club will present Welcome Packs to representatives of the Department of Social Services at the Psychology Spring Banquet, May 5 at 5 p.m. in the Wannalancit Mills conference area. The packs provide well-needed supplies to children entering foster care.

 

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232

 

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Healthy Homes Build Healthy Communities

 

When: May 6, 7:30 to 9:00 am

 

Where: Wannalancit Mills, UMass Lowell East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

 

What:

A community breakfast discussion about different community-based approaches to building healthy homes will be held in conjunction with World Asthma Day. Community and University staff will describe their work in programs that deal with asthma, the environment and home health.

            Many families in Lowell rent older housing, built before the 1978 ban on lead paint. Besides lead, the houses may have high levels of mold and mildew, a problem compounded by poor ventilation. Electrical systems are often inadequate for the load placed on them by extended families sharing a living space.

            In addition, families from different countries are using their homes in ways that are unfamiliar to inspectors from local agencies. What does one do about cooking grills used indoors, exotic bedding materials or strange methods of food storage? How does one communicate about the dangers of solvents used in a home business or the potential asthma triggers?

            The Healthy Homes Project plans to develop culturally sensitive educational materials and will train home visit providers. Project leaders will also develop methods for tracking observations on home environmental quality. Healthy Homes is sponsored by New Ventures and the Center for Family, Work and Community, and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Contact: Sandra Seitz, 978/934-3225/sandra_seitz@uml.edu.

 

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Grad Student to Give Lowell Third Graders Interactive Geography Lesson Celebrating Lewis and Clark

 

When: Thursday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m.

 

Where: McAuliffe School, 570 Beacon Street, Lowell

 

What:

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark's journey, graduate students from UMass Lowell's elementary education program will perform an interactive play for Lowell third graders. The play, written by the six UMass Lowell students, is an interactive geography lesson while detailing Lewis and Clark's experience. The UMass Lowell students are from Billerica, Chelmsford, Lowell and Westford.

 

Contact: Elaine Hays Keough, University Communications, (978) 934-3325 or elaine_keough@uml.edu

 

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DOE History Grant Kicks-Off at Tsongas Center Event

 

When: Wednesday, May 7 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

 

Where: Tsongas Industrial History Center, Boott Cotton Mills, 400 Foot of John St., Lowell

 

What:

A kick-off workshop and reception for the Teaching American History Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, will welcome grant participants to the program. The $1 million grant was awarded to the Lowell Public Schools, which will partner with the Tsongas Industrial History Center, UMass Lowell's Graduate School of Education and History Department, and the Lowell National Historical Park for a professional development program for Lowell's fifth- and eighth-grade history teachers. The first phase of the program will take place over the summer.

 

Contact: Elaine Hays Keough, University Communications, elaine_keough@uml.edu or 978-934-3325

 

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Click on the Web to Access UMass Lowell Summer Camp Info

 

When: Anytime

 

Wherewww.uml.edu/summercamps/

 

What:

Getting the latest information about summer camps at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is as easy as logging onto the internet.  The University's website, www.uml.edu/summercamps/, offers up-to-date information on a variety of camps for youth, ranging from sports activities to designing electronic creations, and contact information for those interested in signing up.

Athletic camps include the National Youth Sports Program, free for eligible Lowell youth, and sports camps in basketball, baseball, softball, ice hockey, field hockey, soccer and volleyball.  For kids not interested in sports fare, the popular Design Camps offer opportunities to build robots, prop-driven planes, electric guitars and other devices in nine different areas for middle and high school students.  And, students who want to fine-tune their musical skills can participate in the summer band camp.

The UMass Lowell website also includes information about summer offerings at the Tsongas Industrial History Center, a collaboration between the University and the Lowell National Historical Park, which enables campers to explore several national parks, build a canal system, investigate water pollution, weave cloth on a four-harness loom and other activities. Details on other camps will be added to the website as information becomes available.

Those without internet access can call 978-934-3224 to receive printed materials.

 

Contact:  Patti McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238/patricia_mccafferty@uml.edu

 

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