NEWS FROM UMASS LOWELL - Nov. 30, 2004

11/30/2004


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 "UML in the News."

 

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

Researchers Capture the Sun on Plastic at Tripathy Symposium

Speaker Explores Environmental Links to Autism

Renewable Energy Is Still a Hot Topic in New England

Students with Disabilities Continue the Struggle against Separate but Equal

Multi-Media Celebration to Honor NH Poet Laureate

Gavin Degraw to Perform at UMass Lowell

 

Researchers Capture the Sun on Plastic at Tripathy Symposium

 

When: Friday, Dec. 3, presentations from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Where: MIL Conference Room, Wannalancit Mills, 600 Suffolk St.

 

What:

Advances in solar power technologies have never been more exciting:  Researchers will discuss the latest and best in photovoltaics and other materials technologies this Friday at the annual Sukant Tripathy Memorial Symposium at UML.

Highlights:

Konarka Technologies of Lowell, recently named to the InnovationWORLD 21 as one of the companies poised for growth in the 21st century, will be featured in a presentation on "Technology and Applications of Low Cost, Flexible Photovoltaics." Konarka is an innovator in developing and manufacturing power plastics that convert light to energy and is based on technology developed in UML's Center for Advanced Materials. The presentation is scheduled for 10:40 a.m.

Green Chemistry aims to design and develop new materials using non-toxic chemical processes - a revolutionary concept being spearheaded by industry. Prof. John Warner, featured in the Nov. 22 issue of USA Today and founder of UML's green chemistry program in the School of Health and Environment, will give a presentation at 3 p.m.

 

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

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Speaker Explores Environmental Links to Autism

When:    Monday, Dec. 6 from 3  to 4:30 p.m.

Where:  O'Leary Library, Room 325, UMass Lowell South, 61 Wilder St.

What: 

            Autism rates have been rising over the past 20 years, and heavily industrial areas show some of the highest rates of the disorder. These data have prompted some doctors and researchers to ask whether or not toxins in the environment play a role in its development.

Dr. Martha R. Herbert, M.D., Ph.D., a clinical pediatric neurologist at Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School professor, will discuss her findings on the environmental links to autism in next week's third seminar in the Environmental Health Series sponsored by the UML School of Health and Environment.

The Nov. 13 issues of Science News quotes a leading psychiatrist as labeling the environment the "missing piece of the puzzle" in identifying the causes of autism.

           

Contact:  Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233 or renae_lias@uml.edu

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Renewable Energy Is Still a Hot Topic in New England

When: Monday, Dec. 6 at noon

Where: 500M, O'Leary Library, UMass Lowell South, 61 Wilder St.

What:

Deborah Donovan of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) will describe the present state of renewable energy in New England next Monday at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Donovan is New England policy project manager for the Clean Energy Program at the UCS. Since 2001, she has overseen the organization's clean energy policy work in the Northeast. Its advocacy focus includes removing market barriers for renewable energy, implementing state and regional climate change programs, and ensuring the effectiveness of state renewable standards.

Donavan's appearance is sponsored by the UML Department of Regional Economic and Social Development and the Center for Industrial Competitiveness. For information, contact Prof. Bill Mass at William_Mass@uml.edu.

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

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Students with Disabilities Continue the Struggle against Separate but Equal

When: Wednesday, Dec 8 from 10 a.m. to Noon

Where: Wannalancit Mills, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

What:

Fifty years after the historic Brown vs. the Board of Education Supreme Court decision, a premise of "separate but equal" continues to underlie the placements of many students with disabilities in the commonwealth. The public is invited to join the UMass Lowell Department of Psychology next week for a free workshop on the challenges facing disabled students.

Special guests will include Robin Foley, director, special education projects, Federation for Children with Special Needs; Julie Walsh, chair, Citywide Parent Council, Lowell Public Schools; and Debbie Westaway, assistant administrator for special education, Lowell Public Schools.

To register or for more information, contact Prof. Doreen Arcus, (978) 934-4377 or doreen_arcus@uml.edu.

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

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Multi-Media Celebration to Honor NH Poet Laureate

 

When:  Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Where:  Fischer Recital Hall at Durgin Hall, UMass Lowell South, 35 Wilder St.

What:

            "Safe Harbor:  A Multimedia Celebration of Music, Art, Poetry and Video," an emeritus tribute to New Hampshire poet laureate Marie Harris, will be presented next week at UMass Lowell's Fischer Recital Hall.

            Performers include Dr. Rawn Spearman, UML professor emeritus; Anthony Mele, UML professor emeritus; Dr. Carlesta Henderson-Spearman, Keene State College professor emeritus; Dr. Bruce Ronkin, Northeastern dean and former UML professor; and Dr. Mitchell Shuldman, UML head of media services.

            The event is based on a series of Harris poems called "Safe Harbor," which feature her experiences and impressions growing up in coastal Maine.  Spearman, an award-winning performer who has appeared on Broadway, organized this performance as a tribute to Harris' work.  It is part of the UMass Lowell Friends of the Library Cultural Series.

Patricia McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238 or patricia_mccafferty@uml.edu

 

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Gavin Degraw to Perform at UMass Lowell

 

When: Thursday, Dec. 9 at 9 p.m.

Where: Cumnock Hall, One University Ave.

What:

Singer/Songwriter Gavin Degraw will perform a live concert next week at the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Cumnock Hall.  Doors open at 8 p.m., while the concert begins at 9 p.m.

            Tickets for the public, at $15 each, can be purchased through Next Ticketing at www.nextticketing.com or by calling 617-423-6000.  Parking will be available in the Riverside Lot.

            Degraw is expected to perform selections from his 11-song debut album, "Chariot," including the popular "Follow Through."  Degraw's "I Don't Want to Be" also is the theme for the WB show, "One Tree Hill."

            Student tickets, at $10 each, can be purchased at the Student Information Centers on campus with a UML student ID.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development at 978-934-5001.

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

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