News from UMass Lowell for Week of Oct. 5, 2009

10/05/2009
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NEWS FROM UMASS LOWELL

Oct. 5, 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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Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame Educator, Author Speaks
Lt. Gov. Murray’s Roundtable Kicks Off Statewide Series
Former Senator,  Gay Rights Leader Discusses Diversity
Broadway Producer Alum to Screen New Documentary
U.S./Ireland Emerging Tech Conference on Campus

Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame Educator, Author Speaks

When: Monday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m.

What: Gary Karp, who has been a wheelchair user since injuring his spinal cord in 1973 at age 18, presents “Thriving Through and Beyond Trauma.” He is an author and Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame educator who inspires and delights as he explores the innate spirit and life force that arise in the face of traumatic injury. His talk is sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center. 

Where: Weed Hall, Lecture Hall 3, UML South, Three Solomont Way, 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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Lt. Gov. Murray’s Roundtable Kicks Off Statewide Series

When: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

What: Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray will kickoff a series of “STEM Roundtables” with an initial discussion at UMass Lowell about engineering. UMass Lowell participants, including deans and faculty, will highlight the university’s efforts to grow the state’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related work force. As incoming chairman of Gov. Deval Patrick’s STEM Coordinating Council, Murray will hold several such roundtables around the state, targeting different tech sectors at each. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged.  Contact Adam Freudberg in Murray’s office at 617-725-4000 or adam.freudberg@state.ma.us.

Where: Kitson Hall, Room 309, UML North, 100 University Ave., 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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Former Senator, Gay Rights Leader Discusses Diversity

When:  Tuesday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m.

What:  In celebration of “Coming Out, Coming Together Week,” former state Sen. Cheryl Jacques will speak at a dinner event on issues of diversity, civil rights and politics. A national leader in the gay civil rights movement, author and speaker, Jacques was one of the first openly lesbian members of the Massachusetts Legislature, serving six terms in the Senate. She became the first woman and freshman legislator to chair the Judiciary Committee. Before her legislative career, she was assistant district attorney in Middlesex County and assistant state attorney general. She is of counsel to the law firm of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins and Kesten, and a consultant on diversity issues to corporations and non-profit organizations. Reservations for this event have closed. Media interested in attending should contact the Public Affairs Office.

Where: Alumni Library, UML North, 84 University Ave., 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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Broadway Producer Alum to Screen New Documentary

When: Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m.

What: Executive producer Bonnie Comley ’81 and her husband Stewart Lane will screen their documentary “Show Business: The Road to Broadway,” discuss the making of the movie and answer questions from the audience. Comley’s film examines the inner workings of four high-profile Broadway musicals ߝ “Wicked,” “Taboo,” “Caroline or Change” and “Avenue Q” ߝ on their journeys to the Tony Awards. Backstage access reveals a rare view of the creative process from casting to curtain call. The event is the third talk in UMass Lowell’s Power of Possibility Alumni Showcase, which highlights successful alumni as they return to campus to discuss their career paths and offer advice to students.  This event is free and open to the public.

Where: Mahoney Hall, Comley-Lane Theatre, UML South, 870 Broadway 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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U.S./Ireland Emerging Tech Conference on Campus

When:  Monday, Oct. 19 and 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, present the first U.S./Ireland Emerging Technologies Conference. Featuring experts in areas from medical devices and nanotechnology to biopharmaceuticals and medical diagnostics, the two-day conference is expected to attract researchers and businesspeople from across the region to discuss cutting-edge new research and real-world applications. For details or to register, 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

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