NEWS FROM UMASS LOWELL, May 11, 2004

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May 11, 2004: 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.

Click on the following links to learn more about what's in this issue:

University-Community Writing Collaborations To Be Presented

UMass Lowell to Dedicate Student-Designed 9/11 Memorial

BFA Candidates Showcased in Spring Exhibit

High School Students Engineer Help for the Disabled

UMass Lowell Institute to Tell Legislators What They Should Know About Toxic Chemicals

String Project Plays Spring Concert

University-Community Writing Collaborations To Be Presented

When: Tuesday, May 11, 3:30 p.m. (Reception) and 4 p.m. (Presentations)

Where: Coburn Hall, Room 205, UMass Lowell South, Broadway and Wilder Streets

What:

Students of UMass Lowell's Writing in the Community course will present the results of their work with fifteen community organizations, from Lowell's House of Hope to the Mill City All-Americans professional baseball team on Tuesday, May 11 at 4 p.m. in Coburn 205 on UMass Lowell South. A reception begins at 3:30 p.m.

The class provided real services to these organizations this semester as volunteer writers working on grant applications, newsletters and quarterly reports. They will discuss this valuable service-learning experience and make policy recommendations.

For information, contact Prof. Diana Archibald, (978) 934-4199 or Diana_archibald@uml.edu.

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232 or rick_sherburne@uml.edu

UMass Lowell to Dedicate Student-Designed 9/11 Memorial

 

When: Friday, May 14, 2004 at 2 p.m.

Where:  Along the Riverwalk beside Leitch Hall, 111 Pawtucket St., Lowell

What:

The University of Massachusetts Lowell next week will dedicate Unity, a commemorative artwork in remembrance of those from the University community who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.  The ceremony is Friday, May 14 at 2 p.m. along the Riverwalk beside Leitch Hall, 111 Pawtucket St.  The circular memorial was designed by art students Rebekah Hermans, Gail Milligan and Janet Wittlinger to be a place for meditation and remembrance.  It was funded by the University and the Student Government Association.

Speakers at the event will include Chancellor William T. Hogan, U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan, State Sen. Steven Panagiotakos and Mayor Armand P. Mercier.

Among those remembered are Douglas A. Gowell, '71, Methuen; Robert J. Hayes, '86, Amesbury; Brian K. Kinney, '95, Lowell; John Ogonowski, '72, Dracut; Patrick Quigley IV, husband of Patricia Quigley, '86, Wellsley; Jessica Leigh Sachs, former student and daughter of alumni Stephen R. and Karen D. Sachs, both '69, Billerica; and Christopher Zarba, Hopkinton, who studied at Lowell in the 1970s.

The design was selected last year from six proposals developed by students in an art course taught by Prof. Jim Coates.

Contact:  Patti McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238

BFA Candidates Showcased in Spring Exhibit

When: Saturday, May 15 through June 12, Reception: May 15, 2-5 p.m.

Where: University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, UMass Lowell South, Wilder St.

What:

The UMass Lowell Art Department BFA Candidate Exhibit will be on display at the University Gallery in the McGauvran Student Center on Wilder Street from May 15-June 12. An opening reception will take place on May 15 from 2-5 p.m.

For information, call (978) 934-3491.

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232 or rick_sherburne@uml.edu

High School Students Engineer Help for the Disabled

When: Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Ball Hall 210, UML North, Riverside Street near University Ave

 

What:

At the UMass Lowell High School Assistive Technology Design Fair 2004, six teams of high school students will show the devices that they have invented to help specific disabled individuals improve their daily living. Tyngsboro and Lawrence high schools are participating.

The Design Fair is sponsored by UMass Lowell's Assistive Technology program and directed by Doug Prime, director of educational outreach for engineering.

 

Why:

Joe, a sixteen-year-old boy with spina bifida who needs help turning pages in a book. Mr. Smith, an elderly man who has trouble taking his medicines on time. Danny, age five, with cerebral palsy and a useless right arm, wants to play video games.

Real people with real needs inspire the young inventers to apply all the science and technology skills they can muster. Each team will present a working prototype and information on their design process, alternate solutions and costs.

 

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

 

UMass Lowell Institute to Tell Legislators What They Should Know About Toxic Chemicals

When: Tuesday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.

Where: The State House, Room 222

What:

Dr. Michael Ellenbecker, director of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell, will present "What You Should Know About Toxic Chemicals" to members of the Legislature's Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee, co-chaired by Rep. William Greene and Sen. Pamela Resor. A House line item in the FY05 budget requires the Institute to assess the feasibility for manufacturers to adopt alternative substances in place often "toxic or hazardous substances." An environmental coalition, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT), has advocated for alternatives assessments of these chemicals in separate legislation. Ellenbecker will look at three of these chemicals, providing current information on:

  • The health and environmental risks associated with them
  • The options available to industry for replacing these toxic chemicals with alternative substances or processes
  • The gaps in information about alternatives and how these gaps can be addressed through alternatives assessment. 

Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, Office of Communications, Renae_Lias@uml.edu, (978) 934-3233

String Project Plays Spring Concert

When: Sunday, May 23, 3 p.m.

Where: Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, Wilder  Street

What:

The UMass Lowell String Project presents its Spring Concert Sunday, May at 3 p.m. in the Durgin Concert Hall, UML South. The concert is the culmination of a year of string-instrument lessons for more than 100 Lowell Public Elementary School Students.

The String Project is coordinated by Prof. Susan Turcotte-Gavriel, master teacher, and Dr. Kay George Roberts, project director.

For more information, call (978) 934-3850 

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232 or rick_sherburne@uml.edu

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