News from UML for the Week of Sept. 21, 2009

09/21/2009
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Sept. 21, 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 more about what’s in this issue:

Homeland Security, Bioterrorism Expert to Speak
Middle School Teachers Participate in DesignLab Workshop
Advocate Speaks on Heath Care Reform
Common Text Film Series Features ‘Trading Places’
Forum Discusses Care of Children, Elderly,Disabled
Benefit Concert Set to Help Boston Area Musicians


Homeland Security, Bioterrorism Expert to Speak

When:               Tuesday, Sept. 22, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

What:             Retired Air Force Col. Randall Larsen, executive director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, will speak about the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the road to 9-11 and the aftermath. Larsen served as the founding director of the Institute for Homeland Security, chairman of the Department of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College and as a research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh’s Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. He is the author of “Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions About Security for You, Your Family, and America.” A second talk will follow at 11 a.m. titled “Bioterrorism: Myth or Reality.”

Where:           O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 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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Advocate Speaks on Heath Care Reform

When:               Monday, Sept. 28, noon

What:             Ann Eldridge Malone of the Alliance to Defend Health Care will speak about “Health Care Reform in Massachusetts and the U.S.: Covering Everyone Well While Cutting Costs.”  In her role as executive director of the alliance, she unites health professionals with the public to advocate for health-care reform. Malone has been interviewed regularly on both radio and TV, providing commentary on health-care policy. She is a clinical instructor of community health at UMass Boston. The talk is open to the public and sponsored by the UMass Lowell Department of Regional Economic and Social Development’s Center for Industrial Competitiveness.

Where:           O’Leary Library, Room 500, UML South, 61 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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Common Text Film Series Features ‘Trading Places’

When:               Saturday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m.

What:              The film “Trading Places” will be viewed as the second in a series of movies that relate to the book “Class Matters,” which is required reading for all freshmen as part of UMass Lowell’s Common Text Program. In the movie, two commodity brokers wager that a common criminal can be transformed into a businessman. The intent is to get the audience to discuss ways that class in America is imagined and represented. The event is free, open to the public and the location is handicapped-accessible.

Where:            O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 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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Forum Discusses Care of Children, Elderly, Disabled

When:               Thursday, Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m.

What:             Mignon Duffy, UMass Lowell assistant professor of sociology, will join researchers from UMass Boston and UMass Amherst to take a close look at the policy agenda on care issues in Massachusetts. These include education, health care, social services and the daily care of children, the elderly and the disabled. A report on the collaborative research ߝ called “Counting on Care Work: Human Infrastructure in Massachusetts” ߝ will be shared and discussed. 

Where:           Wannalancit Mills, UML East, 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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Middle School Teachers Participate in DesignLab Workshop

When:             Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  (Rescheduled from Saturday, Sept. 26)

What:             Middle-school science, math and technology teachers from across the state are participating in a workshop on how to teach DesignLab after-school engineering programs. Teachers will learn how to engage students in fun and challenging design projects requiring them to learn and apply key science concepts. UMass Lowell’s DesignLab recently received $50,000 grants from Motorola Innovation Generation and the American Honda Foundation.

Where:           Pasteur Hall, Room 106, UML North, One 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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Benefit Concert Set to Help Boston Area Musicians

When:            Saturday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m.

What:            The Boston Singers’ Relief Fund, formed by Murray Kidd of UMass Lowell’s Music Department, has announced a benefit concert featuring 50 professional performers. Proceeds from “The Singers’ Voice Gala Concert” will help performers who have faced financial hardship as a result of job loss, illness, catastrophic acts of nature, vandalism and other setbacks. Performers include soloists Barbara Kilduff, Michael Calmes and UMass Lowell alumnus Donald Wilkinson. Tickets are $15 to $35 and can be purchased at www.bostonsingersresource.org/bsrf.asp.

Where:           Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury 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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For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224