NEWS FROM UML - April 26, 2005

04/26/2005
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:

 

Eight Area High Schools to Compete at Model UN

Decoding the Culture of Happiness at Disney

Chemicals Conference Brings EU Leaders, American Business to the Table

Healthy Healthcare Workers Promoted at PHASE Conference

UMass Bioinformatics Conference Showcases New Research

Invention2Venture: A Must-Not-Miss Event!

"Bobby Pins Up Your Nose" to Be Performed for Asian Heritage Month

 

 

Eight Area High Schools to Compete at Model UN

 

When:  Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to noon

(Award ceremony Thursday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.)

 

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

 

What:

Some 140 area high school students will have an opportunity to assume the roles of international diplomats at a Model United Nations this week at UMass Lowell.

Eight high schools - Central Catholic, Greater Lowell Regional Vocational Technical, Haverhill, Lowell, North Andover, Tewksbury, Westford and Whittier Regional Technical - will participate in five committees, including the Security Council, at the mock UN session. They will tackle issues such as the situation in North Korea, rainforest degradation, sustainable energy, reconstruction of post-war Iraq and the militarization of outer space.

It is sponsored by the UMass Lowell International Relations Club, which also will have 32 undergraduate and graduate students participating, and the Political Science Department. For more information, visit www.uml.edu/proj/un.

 

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

 

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Decoding the Culture of Happiness at Disney

 

When: Wednesday, April 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. (Lunch will be served.)

 

Where: Coburn Hall 205, 850 Broadway St., UML South

 

What: 

John Van Maanen, Erwin Schell professor of organizational studies at the Sloan School at MIT, will speak at the next symposium of UML's Qualitative Research Network. His talk is titled, "More Tales from the Field."

Van Maanen studies the work worlds of people in varied organizations - from patrol officers on city streets to fishermen in the North Atlantic and park employees in Disneyland. He has authored numerous books and articles on occupational and organizational sociology.

The meeting is sponsored by the Center for Public Health Research and Health Promotion.

 

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

 

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Chemicals Conference Brings EU Leaders, American Business to the Table

 

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

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

              Friday, 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 this week at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston.

Tomorrow, 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 State Sen. Steven Panagiotakos.

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, University Communications, 978-934-3225, sandra_seitz@uml.edu.

 

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Invention2Venture: A Must-Not-Miss Event!

 

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

 

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

 

What:

All would-be technology entrepreneurs are invited to register at www.invention2venture.org for a one-day, intensive workshop. Participants will

learn how to turn a good idea into a new venture and will network with the experts and venture capitalists who can help. General admission is $75 and $55 for members of the Merrimack Valley Venture Forum.

            Local sponsors are MVVF, Nutter McClennen & Fish, and the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center. Invention to Venture (I2V) is a program of the

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance with sponsorship from the Lemelson Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation.

 

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

 

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"Bobby Pins Up Your Nose" to Be Performed for Asian Heritage Month

 

When:  Monday, May 2, noon to 1:30 p.m.    

 

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

 

What:             

One reviewer has called Bobby Pins up Your Nose "a humorous rendition of the real life stories of Asian American women who try to manipulate their bodies to fit white culture's idea of beauty."

The Council on Diversity and Pluralism is bringing the Asian-American duo, Christina R. Chan and Judy Tso, to campus for this event, in celebration of Asian Heritage Month. A reception will follow. The performance is free and open to the public.

 

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

 

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