UML News for Week of May 11, 2009

05/11/2009
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May 11, 2009: This is a notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Office of Public Affairs, 978-934-3224. For more stories about UMass Lowell, visit www.uml.edu and click on “UML in the News.” Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not intended to be published.

Click on the following links to learn what else is going on at UMass Lowell:

University Hall of Fame Inducts Former Coach, Outstanding Alumni
TURI Staff Offers Toxics Use Reduction Act Briefing at State House
Reception Honors Faculty Members with New Books, Publications
‘Storytelling in Lowell’ with University Faculty and Students
Allen House Featured in Doors Open Lowell
High-Schoolers Present Projects at Assistive Technology Fair
String Concert by Local Students Celebrates World Music
M2D2 Holds Company Showcase and Open House
Professor Shares Rich History of City’s Parks

University Hall of Fame Inducts Former Coach, Outstanding Alumni

When:  
           Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.

What:              George Davis, who served as head coach of the cross country and track and field programs at UMass Lowell for 33 years, is among four individuals who will be inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame at the 2009 Athletic Awards Night. Davis joins former hockey standout Shane Henry ’94, softball standout Kristine Botto Drust ’01 and shot putter Heather Oldham ’04, as part of the 2009 induction class. Davis started the men’s cross country/track and field program in 1970 at Lowell Technological Institute and took over the women’s program in 1990. He guided the men’s cross country team to the 1991 NCAA Championship and was named the NCAA New England/Northeast Division II Coach of the Year 19 times before retiring in 2002.

Where:            Costello Athletic Center, UML North, 275 Riverside St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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TURI Staff Offers Toxics Use Reduction Act Briefing at State House

When: 
            Wednesday, May 13, 1 to 2 p.m.

What:              Sen. Anthony Petruccelli and Rep. William Straus, co-chairs of the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee, are hosting a briefing at the State House for new legislators and aides with staff from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute, which is located at UMass Lowell. The agenda includes an overview of how the Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) program works to reduce use of toxic chemicals, the 2006 amendments to the law that extend program benefits to smaller users of high-priority toxic chemicals and grants available to both community organizations and companies. The act, considered a model for environmental policy-making nationally and internationally, has encouraged Massachusetts companies to reduce their total use of toxic chemicals by 41 percent and toxic emissions to the environment by 91 percent. 

Where:            Massachusetts State House, Room B2, 24 Beacon St., Boston

Contact for Media:    Renae Lias Claffey, Public Affairs, 978-934-3233 or Renae_Lias@uml.edu.

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Reception Honors Faculty Members with New Books, Publications

When: 
            Wednesday, May 13, 4 to 6 p.m.

What:              More than 40 faculty members will be honored for their recent publications in a reception hosted by Chancellor Marty Meehan and Provost Ahmed Abdelal. Book topics include issues in New Orleans, metalworking, green electronics and environmental unions, along with several translations and fictional works, including “The Garden of Last Days” by Andre Dubus III, an assistant professor of English at UMass Lowell.

Where:            Cumnock Auditorium, Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


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‘Storytelling in Lowell’ with University Faculty and Students

When:  
           Thursday, May 14, 7 to 9 p.m.

What:              UMass Lowell professors and graduate students will discuss gathering oral histories of immigration, culture and community changes in Lowell. The results are part of a larger project in collaboration with the Lowell National Historical Park on immigration in the city. Members of the community are invited to participate and share their own personal stories of living and growing up in Lowell. 
Where:            Revolving Museum, 22 Shattuck St., Lowell
Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


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Allen House Featured in Doors Open Lowell

When:             Doors Open Lowell, Thursday, May 14 through Sunday, May 17; Allen House open Saturday, May 16, 3 to 6 p.m.

What:              As part of Lowell’s annual Preservation Month activities, UMass Lowell’s Allen House will be featured in the 2009 Doors Open Lowell. Doors Open Lowell invites visitors to explore some of the city’s historic buildings and meet the architects, designers and committees responsible for the buildings’ upkeep. Allen House, built in 1854, is one of Lowell’s earliest surviving Italianate residential buildings. As a Doors Open XTRA, visitors can meet architect Jay Mason and learn about the building’s transformation into gallery, function and office space.

Where:            The full schedule and list of locations is available at www.doorsopenlowell.org. Allen House is located at Two Solomont Way, UML South, Lowell.

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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High-Schoolers Showcase Projects at Annual Assistive Technology Fair

When:             Saturday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What:              More than 100 high school students from around the region will demonstrate innovative projects designed to help physically challenged clients tackle everyday tasks at the seventh annual High School Assistive Technology Design Fair, hosted by UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering. The students’ projects are the culmination of a four-month effort in which the students find a client in their community, develop a project proposal, design and build a product, and present the product to their client and the public at the design fair. The event is an outgrowth of the college’s Assistive Technology Program, founded in 1990.

Where:            Cumnock Auditorium, Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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String Concert by Local Students Celebrates World Music

When:             Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m.

What:              The UMass Lowell String Project, featuring local public school students and master teacher Susan Turcotte Gavriel, will perform “One String at a Time.” Guest conductor Bryan Brash will introduce the Lowell Youth Orchestra with a whirlwind tour of dance music from Europe to Africa to South America. Guest violinist Jesus Florido, founding member of Venezuela’s famous “El Sistema” program, will perform his compositions with the young musicians. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door.

Where:            Durgin Concert Hall, Durgin Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell
Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


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M2D2 Holds Company Showcase and Open House

When:             Thursday, May 21, 3:30 to 8 p.m.


What:              The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), which helps start-up companies and entrepreneurs bridge the gap between the invention and commercial production of new medical devices, will hold a company showcase and open house. Chancellor Marty Meehan will open the event at 3:30 p.m. Posters illustrating two dozen potential new products will be on display, and 12 will be pitched to potential private and public investors from 4 to 6 p.m. Networking and an open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. The event caps off the city of Lowell’s Small Business Week.

Where:            Wannalancit Mill Conference Room and M2D2 Headquarters, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

Contact for Media:    Renae Lias Claffey, Public Affairs, 978-934-3233 or Renae_Lias@uml.edu


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Professor Shares Rich History of City’s Parks

When:             Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m.


What:              Marie Frank, professor of art and architectural history in the UMass Lowell Department of Cultural Studies, will present a history of Lowell’s city parks. More than a dozen sites in Lowell were designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, including Rogers Fort Hill, Shedd Park, Tyler Park and the landscaping around City Hall. Frank’s talk will emphasize the 19th-century purpose of these parks and their characteristic design features. This event is presented by the College Club of Greater Lowell.

Where:            O’Leary Library, Room 327, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


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For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224