News from UMass Lowell for Week of Oct. 19, 2009

10/19/2009
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

Oct. 19, 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.

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U.S./Ireland Emerging Technologies Conference Continues
More than 50 Companies to Attend Engineering Career Fair
Learn, Take Action about Climate Change
Young Alumni to Gather at Boston Networking Event

Fall Festival Includes Family Day, Hockey Opener, Alumni Event
Professor Honored for Work in Lowell, Lawrence
Expert Presents View of Financial Meltdown, Outlook

Free Performances of ‘The Rivalry’ to Recreate History
20 Years of Improving Health of the Public, the Environment

U.S./Ireland Emerging Technologies Conference Continues

When:      Tuesday, Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What:               UMass Lowell, along with partners Queen’s University of Belfast and Dublin City University, presents the first U.S./Ireland Emerging Technologies Conference. Featuring experts in areas from medical devices and nanotechnology to biopharmaceuticals and medical diagnostics, the conference is a draw for hundreds of researchers and businesspeople from across the region interested in cutting-edge new research and real-world applications. For more, visit www.uml.edu/emergingtech.

Where:             UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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More than 50 Companies to Attend Engineering Career Fair
 
When: 
           Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.

What:             More than 50 companies hiring for full-time jobs, co-ops and internships are scheduled to attend the 2009 Engineering and Technology Career Fair for UMass Lowell students.  Students will have the opportunity to connect with companies such as Brooks Automation, Comcast, EMC Corp., MITRE Corp. and Millipore Corp. Note: This event is only for UMass Lowell student job-seekers.

Where:           Campus Recreation Center, UML East, 1 Pawtucket St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Learn, Take Action about Climate Change 
 
When:
            Thursday, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m.

What:             As the only site in Massachusetts participating in the National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions, UMass Lowell’s Climate Action Coalition is hosting a “Teach-In and Action Fest.” The morning session offers faculty and other “green” experts on the science and economic of global warming. In the afternoon, the outdoor action fest will feature live music by the student band The J.B.C. as well as speakers including faculty and Lowell Mayor Edward “Bud” Caulfield on green jobs, local efforts to make buildings more environmentally friendly, and the health effects of climate change. The coalition will also represent the 350.org International Day of Climate Action at this weekend’s Fall Festival.
 
Where:           Morning session: Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell. Afternoon session: UML South Campus Quad (rain location is McGauvran Student Center, Second Floor, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell).

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net


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Young Alumni to Gather at Boston Networking Event
 
When:
            Thursday, Oct. 22, 6 to 9 p.m.

What:             UMass Lowell is hosting a Recent Alumni Night in Boston for recent graduates interested in reconnecting with friends and networking. There will be door prizes, raffles (prizes include a tour of WBZ-TV’s studios with meteorologist and UMass Lowell alum Sarah Wroblewski), an art auction, as well as a job board and resume- and business card-sharing. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at www.umltickets.com. For details or to RSVP, e-mail Heather_Makrez@uml.edu.

Where:           Grand Canal, 57 Canal St., Boston

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Fall Festival Includes Family Day, Hockey, Alumni Event

When:     Thursday, Oct. 22 through Saturday, Oct. 24

What:               UMass Lowell welcomes alumni, faculty, staff and friends to the annual Fall Festival/Homecoming weekend with Family Day, the first home hockey game of the season against Colgate University, followed the next night by a rematch of last year’s Hockey East semifinal against Northeastern, won in overtime by the River Hawks. Events include:

  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m., Comedy Show featuring Bo Burnham (details at www.umltickets.com);
  • Friday, Oct. 23, 4 to 6 p.m., Hockey First Night with barbeque, live music and games;
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m., Jennifer’s 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Jennifer D’Amour Scholarship Fund;
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Family Day with Chancellor Marty Meehan addressing families at noon;
  • Saturday Oct. 24, 2:30 p.m., Riley Reunion Night is a pre-game reception and ceremony celebrating the 2009 induction class into the UMass Lowell Hockey Hall of Honor;
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m., Pre-hockey game alumni reception at the Tsongas Arena. Admission is $10 and includes game ticket, hot dog and drink. River Hawks vs. Northeastern Huskies at 5 p.m.

Where:            The complete schedule of events with locations and registration information for fall festival weekend can be found on www.uml.edu/fallfestival/default.html. Pre-registration is required for most events.

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Professor Honored for Work in Lowell, Lawrence

When:            Friday, Oct. 23, 5 to 8 p.m. (program starts at 6 p.m.)

What:            Prof. Linda Silka, founding director of the UMass Lowell Center for Family, Work and Community, will be honored for her leadership in community-based research and other work in Lowell and Lawrence. The center’s work has had significant positive impact through projects including community-policing grants, the Southeast Asian River Festival and GEAR-UP ߝ a collaborative effort to improve access to higher education by local youths. Speakers at the event will include Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, former Lowell police chief; Chancellor Marty Meehan; and community representatives and university faculty. The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the UMass Lowell Savouen Chea Scholarship established by Silka for students who are immigrants or refugees and are involved in community service.

Where:         Wannalancit Mills, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net.

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Expert Presents View of Financial Meltdown, Outlook 

When:             Monday, Oct. 26, noon

What:             “Preventing Future Financial Meltdowns: What’s Needed? What’s Likely?” will be presented by UMass Lowell’s Regional Economic and Social Development Department and the Center for Industrial Competitiveness fall seminar series. Gerald Epstein, a professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst, offers an expert’s analysis.
 
Where:           UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Free Performances of ‘The Rivalry’ to Recreate History 

When:            Thursday, Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

What:             UMass Lowell’s Center for Arts & Ideas presents “The Rivalry” by Norman Corwin. The critically acclaimed play, which will be presented by a professional theatrical company, recreates the 1858 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Admission is free and open to the public. For details or to reserve seats, call 978-934-4450.
 
Where:          UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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20 Years of Improving Health of Public, the Environment
 
When:
            Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

What:             The 20th anniversary symposium on the state Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) includes presentations and sessions on the theme of “Improving the Health of the Public, Workers and the Environment.” The act, signed into law in July 1989, has encouraged Massachusetts businesses to reduce the use of toxic chemicals by nearly half. The 20-year milestone will be celebrated with a look back and forward with more than a dozen sessions on science, pollution prevention, policy, and community and environmental health. Speakers include Paul Schulte of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Marjorie Alt of Environment America, and UMass Lowell Profs. Ken Geiser and Michael Ellenbecker, both involved from the origin of the act and the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell. For a full agenda and registration information, visit www.turi.org/content/view/full/6645.

Where:           DoubleTree Hotel, 44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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