NEWS FROM UML - April 20, 2005

04/20/2005
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 UML, 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:

 

A Portrait of the Artist, and Many Others, Is Topic of Art Symposium

Hollywood Film Based on UML Author's Book Opens Friday

Wheelchair Basketball Game to Benefit Special Olympics

Mayor to Proclaim National Medical Laboratory Week on April 26

Chemicals Conference Brings EU Leaders, American Business to the Table

Healthy Healthcare Workers Promoted at PHASE Conference

UMass Bioinformatics Conference Showcases New Research

 

 

A Portrait of the Artist, and Many Others, Is Topic of Art Symposium

 

When:  Friday, April 22 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

 

Where:  O'Leary Library, Room 222, 61 Wilder St., UML South

 

 What: 

"American Portraiture and the Construction of Identity" will be discussed by Liana Cheney, UML professor of art history; Deborah Varat, assistant professor of art history at the University of Southern New Hampshire; John Christ, visiting professor, Tufts and UMass Lowell; and Paul Master-Karnik, director of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park.

Sponsored by the Art History Club and Friends of the UMass Lowell Library, the event is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow.  For more information, contact Marie Frank at (978) 934-3482 or Marie_Frank@uml.edu.

 

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

 

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Hollywood Film Based on UML Author's Book Opens Friday

 

When:  Friday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m.

 

Where:  Alumni Library and Cumnock Hall, University Avenue, UML North

 

What:

            A $26 million Hollywood feature film, based on the book by UMass Lowell Adjunct Professor and Writer Geoffrey Douglas, will debut in theatres nationwide on Friday April 22.

            The University will host an invitation-only premiere of The Game of Their Lives, featuring an introduction and book-signings by Douglas, beginning with a red-carpet reception at 6 p.m. at Cumnock Hall.  (Author press availability is scheduled for 5:30 to 6 p.m. in Alumni Library directly across the street.)

            Based on Douglas' book of the same name, The Game of Their Lives tells the true story of the 1950 U.S. National Soccer Team and the greatest upset in the history of the World Cup.  For more information, visit www.gameoftheirlivesmovie.com.

Douglas, the author of three books, has been an adjunct instructor of English and staff writer at UMass Lowell since 1998. 

 

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

 

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Wheelchair Basketball Game to Benefit Special Olympics

 

When:  Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

 

Where:  Costello Gymnasium, UML North

 

What: 

The UMass Lowell Physical Therapy Club will compete - in wheelchairs - versus the Baystate Wheelers to raise money for Special Olympics. The cost of admission is the $1 cost of a raffle ticket that could win entrants hundreds of dollars in prizes.

 

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

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 Mayor to Proclaim National Medical Laboratory Week on April 26

 

When:  Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m., during the City Council meeting

 

Where:  Lowell City Hall, Council Chamber

 

What:

Personnel in clinical laboratories nationwide play a critical role in more than 80 percent of medical decision-making.  There are 12,000 clinical laboratories in Massachusetts and a shortage of qualified professionals entering the field.

UMass Lowell's chair of the Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences Department, Prof. Kathleen Doyle, will speak to the City Council and hear Mayor Armand Mercier's proclamation of National Medical Laboratory Week, April 24th to 30th in the City of Lowell. Area medical professionals and UMass Lowell students also will be on hand for the ceremony.

 

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

 

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Chemicals Conference Brings EU Leaders, American Business to the Table

 

When:   April 27, pre-forum training workshop, 1 to 4 p.m.

              April 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

              April 29, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Where:  Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston

 

What:            

With 40 percent of Massachusetts' exports going to Europe, the European Union's environmental decisions hit home. The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMass Lowell is bringing together Massachusetts industry, cutting-edge thinkers in chemicals policy, European Commission members and Charles Auer, head of toxics for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The conference, "Framing a Future Chemicals Policy," will be held April 28 to 29 at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston.

On April 27, the Center is offering a training workshop offering an overview of European, U.S. and international chemicals policies. Among those presenting will be Eva Sandberg of the European Commission and Joel Tickner of UMass Lowell's Center for Sustainable Production. For more information, visit www.chemicalspolicy.org/framing.php

 

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

 

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Healthy Healthcare Workers Promoted at PHASE Conference

 

When:  Thursday, April 28, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Where:  Boston University Corporate Education Center, 72 Tyngsboro Rd., Tyngsboro

 

What:

"Worker Health and Safety in Healthcare: Learning from the Past, Best Practices for the Future" is the topic of the third annual Promoting Healthy and Safe Employment in Healthcare (PHASE) conference.

At the opening panel (9 a.m.) Asst. Prof. Craig Slatin of UMass Lowell's School of Health and Environment will join Carolyn J. Murray of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Carol Bates of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in presenting preliminary findings of the multi-year PHASE project.  

An early afternoon session (1:30 - 2:45 p.m.) features UMass Lowell's Work Environment Prof. Laura Punnett, Tucker O'Day of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Lori Peasley of UMass Memorial Medical Center, who will share "best practices" in workplace ergonomics, covering topics such as carpal tunnel syndrome and back injury prevention. For more information, visit http://www.uml.edu/phase/conference.html.

 

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

 

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UMass Bioinformatics Conference Showcases New Research

 

When: Friday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 

Where: Ball Hall 214, UML North

 

What: Top researchers from across New England will gather at the University of Massachusetts Lowell to compare notes on one of the fastest growing fields in the life sciences - bioinformatics. The Lowell campus will host the third University of Massachusetts bioinformatics conference, "Laboratories of Innovation," to highlight the innovative work in bioinformatics taking place on the five UMass campuses.

Opening the conference will be UMass Lowell Chancellor William T. Hogan, University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson and Ranch Kimball, the Massachusetts Secretary for Economic Development.

Researchers from each of the five campuses (including the Medical School) will present current research findings and two prominent scientists will make keynote speeches. John N. Weinstein, MD, Ph.D. in biophysics and head of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Group of the National Cancer Institute, will speak at 9 a.m. The noon keynote will be delivered by Mark Gerstein, associate professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University and director of the research lab Bioinformatics: Large-scale Analysis of Gene Sequences and Protein Structures.

 

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

 

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