News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Nov. 22, 2010

11/22/2010
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Nov. 22, 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  Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 debunk myths about the origins and traditions of Thanksgiving. They are also available for interviews on toy safety and how to work off the holiday meal with exercise and nutrition.

Hockey Weekend Full of Magic, Mascot Birthday
Professor Researches Prevention of  ‘Sexting’
‘Women’s Works’ Celebrates Creativity
Tripathy Symposium Marks 10th Anniversary

Hockey Weekend Full of Magic, Mascot Birthday

When:     Friday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 27, 4 p.m.
 
What:     After the family Thanksgiving feast, spend the weekend supporting the UMass Lowell River Hawks as they face Minnesota State-Mankato. Bring wands, capes and Gryffindor gear for Friday’s Harry Potter night. Fans will receive Harry’s signature glasses. The Creature Teachers traveling zoo will also be in the lobby prior to the game with their furry friends. On Saturday, Rowdy the River Hawk turns 16. His friends Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog will be there for the birthday celebration. All home hockey games are free to UMass Lowell students with a valid student ID. Tickets for the public are available online at www.uml.edu/tsongascenter, by phone at 866-722-8780 and at the Tsongas Center box office
 
Where:     Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Professor Researches Prevention of ‘Sexting’

When:   Wednesday, Dec. 1, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

What:   Criminal justice Prof. Andrew Harris will speak on “Teens, Technology and Sexting: Capturing the Youth Voice.” Harris has worked more than 17 years in the field of criminal justice, specializing in health and human services. He has written policy research on topics ranging from abuse treatment to behavioral health. Harris is leading a three-state, multidisciplinary team in one of the nation’s first in-depth studies of teen sexting. The research is funded by a two-year, $670,000 grant from the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Where:    O’Leary Library, Room 325, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media:
 Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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‘Women’s Works’ Celebrates Creativity

When:    Thursday, Dec. 2, 2 to 8 p.m.
 
What:     UMass Lowell will celebrate the creativity of women at this year’s “Women’s Works” craft fair. The event will offer unique art work and hand-made crafts created by UMass Lowell women and community members. A silent auction and a number of raffles will also be held. Live musical performances throughout the day will put shoppers in the holiday spirit. This annual UMass Lowell Center for Women & Work fundraiser 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 Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Tripathy Symposium Marks 10th Anniversary

When:   Dinner is Thursday, Dec. 2, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Symposium is Friday, Dec. 3, 8:15 am to 4:30 p.m.
 
What:   The 10th Annual Sukant Tripathy Memorial Symposium will offer talks from industry professionals and presentations from UMass Lowell students. The symposium focuses on trends in a wide range of materials sciences research being conducted at universities and in the industry. Eight experts from companies and universities nationwide will present, including Robert Miller of Genzyme Corp. who will discuss the development of hyaluronan-based medical devices. Organic photovoltaics will be explained by Russell Guadiana of Konarka Technologies, a company formed from the research of the late Sukant Tripahy. On Thursday, Dec. 2, UMass Lowell will hold a dinner reception to honor the legacy of Tripathy, who was a UMass Lowell professor and lead researcher of polymers in electronics and optics. Dr. Alan Heeger, Nobel Prize laureate, chief scientist and co-founder of Konarka, is the keynote speaker. Tickets for the dinner are $90. To purchase tickets, contact Jacqueline Ledoux, Jacqueline_Ledoux@uml.edu or 978-934-2236. For more information, including a complete list of symposium presenters, go to www.uml.edu/tripathysymposium.

Where:   UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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