News from UMass Lowell for Week of Sept. 27, 2010

09/27/2010
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Sept. 27, 2010: This 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  Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.
 
Hot topics of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews about Massachusetts budget and spending, the potential state sales tax cut, and the implications of the texting ban that will be in effect as of Sept. 30.
 
New Cooperative Education Center Holds Opening Reception
See the New-Look Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
Renowned Authors Come to Lowell to Celebrate Kerouac
Fellow Discusses Women and the Economic Crisis
James S. Hirsh Discusses Baseball Legend Willie Mays
Summit and Workshop to Showcase Electric Vehicle Technology
Climate Change Teach-In Features Author Goodell, Other Experts

New Cooperative Education Center Holds Opening Reception   

 
When:  Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2 to 4 p.m.
 
What:   UMass Lowell has renamed and revamped the Career Services and Cooperative Education Center. The campus-wide undergraduate and graduate co-op program will provide students the opportunity to gain professional experience in the workplace while still learning in the classroom. At this event, the university will celebrate the new space, new co-op staff members and the unique program that will help further the education and career opportunities of UMass Lowell students.
 
Where:  Southwick Hall, Room 328, UML North, 11 University Ave., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303, KarenAngelo@comcast.net


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See the New-Look Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell  
 
When:   Wednesday, Sept. 29, 5 to 7 p.m.
 
What:    The media is invited to see the dramatic changes to the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell that will be unveiled at a special event for River Hawk ice hockey season-ticket holders and guests. Changes include the construction of a new premium seating area and pavilion, the installation of a new video scoreboard and the addition of many new concessions, such as Rowdy’s Roadhouse, and other amenities for all fans. This event will feature tours of the Tsongas Center, as well as an opportunity to sample many of the new menu selections. Note: This event is not open to the general public.
 
Where:   Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu
or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303, KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Renowned Authors Come to Lowell to Celebrate Kerouac
 
When:  Thursday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 3
 
What:   The newly expanded Jack Kerouac Literary Festival will offer readings by writers and poets, panel discussions and performances, all of which pay tribute to Lowell’s most famous author. All events are open to the public and most are free. Events taking place on the UMass Lowell campus include:

  • Novelist and physicist Alan Lightman will read from, “Mr.g: A Novel about the Creation.” Thursday, Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m, Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell.
  • Acclaimed author Russell Banks will talk about Jack Kerouac and read from his own fiction. Following the reading, Banks will be available to sign books. Admission is free for students and seniors, and $10 for the general public. Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
  • Author Dennis McNally will discuss “Jack Kerouac and the American Bohemian Tradition.” Friday, Oct.1 at noon, O’Leary Library Auditorium, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
  • Professors from UMass Lowell’s English Department will read and present their original poetry ߝ “Perennial Fall” by Maggie Dietz and “Loveliest Grotesque” by Sandra Lim. Saturday, Oct. 2, 3 to 4 p.m., UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
  • UMass Lowell will host a discussion about “Art and Commerce,” featuring novelists Ann Hood, Tom Perrotta and Anita Shreve. Author and UMass Lowell Asst. Prof. Andre Dubus III will moderate. A book-signing will follow the event. Saturday, Oct. 2, 4:30 to 6 p.m., UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

For a full list of events, including times and locations, visit www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org.
 
Where:    Various locations throughout Lowell (see www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org)
 
Contacts for media:  Suzzanne Cromwell, COOL, SCromwell@lowellma.gov, 978-446-7162 or Christine Gillette, UMass Lowell, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


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Fellow Discusses Women and the Economic Crisis  
 
When:  Monday, Oct. 4, Noon
 
What:   Sadaf Knight, a policy analyst and community leadership fellow at the Massachusetts Budget & Policy Center, will speak to UMass Lowell students about the Massachusetts budget, taxes and the economic crisis. Knight will focus on how these issues affect women in the workforce. His talk is part of a fall seminar series titled, “Recovering from the Bubble Economy ߝ or Not?” organized by UMass Lowell’s Economic and Social Development of Regions Program.
 
Where:  O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media:  Michelle Pagliarulo, 978-934-3597, Michelle_Pagliarulo@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

 
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James S. Hirsh Discusses Baseball Legend Willie Mays  
 
When:  Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m.
 
What:    Willie Mays retired as one of the best baseball players of all time because of his talent, but he became a legend because of his passion. James S. Hirsh, author of the recently published book “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend,” will discuss moments of Mays’ life during a time of race, civil rights and war.
 
Where:  O’Leary Library, Room 325, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303, KarenAngelo@comcast.net 

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Summit and Workshop to Showcase Electric Vehicle Technology
  
 
When:  Wednesday, Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
 
What:    Learn about all-electric vehicles and even test-drive some of them during the “Electric Vehicle Summit and Workshop,” hosted by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) and UMass Lowell. Topics for discussion include electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in the state, UMass Lowell innovations and sustainability, EV safety and hazards and the cost-effectiveness of going green. Panelists are scheduled to include Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles, Chancellor Marty Meehan, Linda Benevides of the EOEEA and Stephen Russell, the Massachusetts co-coordinator of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities coalition. UMass Lowell energy experts as well as electric vehicle and battery manufacturers, industry leaders, and safety experts are also expected to participate. The event is free and open to the public.
 
Where:  UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303, KarenAngelo@comcast.net


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Climate Change Teach-In Features Author Goodell, Other Experts  
 
When:  Friday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (register by Oct. 2 to receive lunch)

 
What:   Leading voices on climate change science, mitigation and adaptation will be speaking at this year’s Climate Change Teach-In. Among them:

  • Jeff Goodell, contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine, and author of  “How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate”
  • Prof. Paul Kirshen of Tufts University, lead author for the United Nations Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change and expert on flood risk assessment in New England and beyond.

The event is free and open to the public. To register and for more information, go to: www.uml.edu/centers/climate-change/

Where:   Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell 
 
Contact:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae LiasClaffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu


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