NEWS FROM UMASS LOWELL- Nov. 16, 2004

11/16/2004
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

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 "UML in the News."

 

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Cammarata Exhibit Now Open at University Gallery

New Prof. to Advocate Green Chemistry for Competitive Industry

Author to Speak on Indian Philosophy and Feminism

UMass Lowell Engineering Leads Lego Robotic Revolution

 

 

Cammarata Exhibit Now Open at University Gallery

 

When: Through Dec. 17, Opening Reception, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 3 to 5 p.m.

 

Where: University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, UML South, 71 Wilder St.

 

What:

Lowell-based artist Kathleen Cammarata is being featured in an exhibit of paintings and prints at the University Gallery, UMass Lowell South, 71 Wilder St. now through Dec. 17. There will be an artist reception on Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.

For information, contact Gallery Coordinator Michele Gagnon at 978-934-3491 or the Art Department at 978-934-3494.

 

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

 

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New Prof. to Advocate Green Chemistry for Competitive Industry

 

When:  Monday, Nov. 22 at noon

 

Where: O'Leary Library, Room 500M, UMass Lowell South

 

What:

New UMass Lowell Prof. John Warner - a world leader in green chemistry - next week will speak on "Green Chemistry: Pollution Prevention and Industrial Competitiveness at the Frontier of Science."  The talk will be Monday, Nov. 22 at noon in O'Leary Library, Room 500M.

Green chemistry is a revolutionary approach to creating products that are compatible with the environment from the start; a movement led as much by industry as by environmentalists. Warner says the giant drug and chemical companies are spending millions to support research on developing toxic-free products, so that pollution will not be generated in the first place.

Warner is director of the University's Green Chemistry Program and the newly formed Community Health and Sustainability Department in the School of Health and Environment.  He is a former Polaroid chemist, founder of the Center for Green Chemistry at UMass Boston and author - with Paul Anastas of the EPA - of the seminal work, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. 

His recent patents in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics and polymeric photoresists are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications. 

The talk is sponsored by the Center for Industrial Competitiveness and the Regional Economic and Social Development Department.

 

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

 

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Author to Speak on Indian Philosophy and Feminism

 

When:  Monday, Nov. 22 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

 

Where: O'Leary Library, Room 327 (Media Center), UMass Lowell South

 

What:

            Ashmita Khasnabish will discuss her book, Jouissance as Ananda:  Indian Philosophy, Feminist Theory and Literature on Monday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. in UMass Lowell's O'Leary Library, Room 327.

            The book seeks to resolve the often-problematic Western concept of the ego by proposing a cross-cultural theory of consciousness that draws on Indian philosophy.

            The talk is free and open to the public.  It is sponsored by the Gender Studies Program, English Department and Philosophy Department.  For more information contact Prof. Julie Nash at 979-934-4191 or Julie_Nash@uml.edu.

 

Contact:  Patti McCafferty, University Communications, patricia_mccafferty@uml.edu

 

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UMass Lowell Engineering Leads Lego Robotic Revolution

 

When:  Saturday, Nov. 27 from 2 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Where:  Costello Gym, UMass Lowell North

 

What:

UMass Lowell's College of Engineering is hosting a FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament, the "James B. Francis Robotic Revolution," on Saturday, Nov.  27 from 2 to 7:30 p.m. in the Costello Gym.

The League is the middle school version of the FIRST Robotics program founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen in 1989.  Each year FIRST develops a new robotic design challenge and theme for the competition, and students use Lego robotics kits and software to accomplish the missions set forth.  This year's challenge, "No Limits," requires teams to design, build and program a robot that can accomplish a variety of missions related to assistive technology and accessibility for people with disabilities.

Students are challenged to design robots that can climb stairs, serve food at a table, feed pets, open a door and identify the correct bus stop sign.  Student teams earn points for robot performance, as well as robot design, teamwork and team spirit.

The tournament features teams from middle schools in Boylston, Chelmsford, Hamilton, Lexington, Longmeadow, Northbridge, Reading, Southborough, Worcester, and Amherst, Bedford and Nashua, N.H.

 

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

 

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