News from UMass Lowell for the Week of March 7, 2011

03/08/2011
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March 7, 2011: 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  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Hot topics of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews on Irish politics and culture, gasoline prices and alternative energy, and the political situation in the Middle East. 

Climate Change Group Looks At Algae as Alterative Energy Source
Wind Ensemble Concert Features Student Contest Winners

Lowell’s Irish History On Display at Public Forum
Exhibit Showcases Contemporary Egyptian Art 
Lunchtime Lecture Series Examines Diversity in Health Care


Climate Change Group Looks at Algae as Alternative Energy Source
 
When: 
   Wednesday, March 9, 4 p.m.
 
What:     UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative presents “The Role of Algae in Climate Change and our Energy Future,” with Curt Felix, founder and CEO of Plankton Power Inc. Headquartered in Wellfleet, Plankton Power has been working to develop biofuels produced from algae. The Climate Change Initiative is an organization of students and faculty working to raise awareness and understanding of the problem.

Where:   Olsen Hall, Room 503, UML North, 198 Riverside St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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Wind Ensemble Concert Features Student Contest Winners

When:    Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.
 
What:     The UMass Lowell Wind Ensemble, one of the many instrumental ensembles in the Department of Music, will perform a free concert.  The performance will feature student Concerto Competition winners Marissa Broe on flute and Eric Dion on alto saxophone.

Where:    Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media:
 Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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Lowell’s Irish History to Be On Display at Public Forum

When:     Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m.

What:     In August 2010, a team of archaeologists from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland and a group of students from UMass Lowell began excavating the lawn in front of St. Patrick’s Church in Lowell in search of evidence of the city’s first settlement of Irish immigrants. The team unearthed a trove of artifacts, many of which will be displayed at “The Irish Dig: A Forum.”  Panelists will discuss the results of the dig and outline plans for further archaeological work. They include: David McKean, St. Patrick Church historian and archivist, Prof. Frank Talty, co-director of the Center for Irish Partnerships at UMass Lowell, and Colm Donnelly, archaeologist and director of the Center for Archaeological Fieldwork at Queen’s University.  The event is free and open to the public.

Where:    O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell         

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu


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Contemporary Egyptian Art Showcased in New Exhibit

When:     Exhibit runs through Thursday, March 24
 
What:      Works including multimedia displays by artists from Cairo, Egypt will be featured in a new exhibit, “From the Nile to the Merrimack: A Selection of Contemporary Art from Egypt.” The show grew out of partnerships forged during a UMass Lowell delegation’s trip to Egypt in the spring of 2010. The exhibit is curated by UMass Lowell art professors Stephen Mishol and Jim Jeffers, as well as Rasha Ragab, curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Cairo. The show is presented in the University Gallery, which is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where:    University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media:
 Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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Lunchtime Lecture Series Examines Diversity in Health Care

When:     Monday, March 28, noon to 1:30 p.m.

What:     As demographics in the United States continue to shift, delivering health care that meets the needs of an increasingly diverse population is critical to eliminating health disparities, improving access to services and reducing the financial burden associated with care. Prof. Margaret Knight of UMass Lowell’s Department of Nursing will examine these issues and look at what needs to be done to recruit and retain diverse individuals in college and university health-related programs to ensure the health-care workforce represents the patient population.  The talk is part of the Lunchtime Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures, Middlesex Community College, Prof. Bill Mass and the UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas. The lecture is open to the public. To attend, e-mail artsandideas@uml.edu.

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

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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