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April 4, 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
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Sources of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews on international peace activism, understanding the potential health effects of radiation exposure, and cyber-security.
Bestselling Author to Kick off Women’s Forum
When: Thursday, April 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
What: Bestselling author Mary Catherine Bateson will be the keynote speaker at the UMass Lowell Center for Women and Work’s 13th annual “Gathering at the Well” forum. The author of a dozen books, including the acclaimed bestseller “Composing a Life,” Bateson will address the forum’s theme of women’s roles in creating communities, workplaces and families. Her most recent book, “Composing a Further Life,” addresses the topic of people living longer and transitioning into what she describes as “Adulthood II,” a period of active learning and engagement beyond middle age. The daughter of anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, Bateson has taught at George Mason University, Harvard University, Spelman College and many other universities and colleges.
Where: Alumni Hall, 84 University Ave., UML North, Lowell
FBI Agent Talks to Students about Law Enforcement Careers
When: Thursday, April 7, 2 to 4 p.m.
What: FBI Special Agent and UMass Lowell alum Scott McGaunn will visit campus to talk to students about career opportunities in federal law enforcement. In his 15 years with the FBI, McGaunn has investigated white collar and organized crime and now works with the bureau’s cyber crime squad. He will speak to students in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department. The discussion will focus on how to prepare for a career amid today’s economic uncertainties and the variety of career paths within federal law enforcement.
Where: O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
Former White House Counterterrorism Official, Alum Speaks
When: Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.
: Former National Security Council staff member Roger W. Cressey, a UMass Lowell alumnus, will present the 2011 F. Bradford Morse Distinguished Lecture on International Relations. On Sept. 11, 2001, Cressey was serving as the council’s director for transnational threats and was a key part of forming and carrying out White House counterterrorism policy. Cressey, who majored in political science at UMass Lowell, worked in the White House during the Clinton and Bush administrations, as well as in the Department of Defense, State Department and on United Nations peacekeeping missions. He serves as a regular on-air commentator for NBC News on issues including counterterrorism and security. The founder and former president of a cyber-security firm, he is now a senior vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, a Virginia-based consulting firm and defense contractor. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, followed at 6:30 p.m. by dinner and the lecture. Tickets are $75 ($25 is tax-deductible and benefits the F. Bradford Morse Endowment); for ticket information, check out www.uml.edu/morse
or call 978-934-2236.
Where: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
‘An Evening of Opera Scenes and Art Songs’
When: Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
What: UMass Lowell’s Music on the Merrimack series concludes its season with “An Evening of Opera Scenes and Art Songs.” Faculty members Janice Giampa, Donna Ames, Murray Kidd and Mark Cleveland will perform with Thomas Stumpf on piano. Admission is free and open to the public.
Where: Durgin Concert Hall, 35 Wilder St., UML South, Lowell.
Student Tournament, Exhibition Celebrate Robotics Week
When: Saturday, April 9. Botball runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Botfest from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
: Fifteen middle- and high-school teams from Massachusetts and New Hampshire will test their programming and engineering skills at the annual Botball tournament. Student-built robots race to outperform one another, completing tasks autonomously. Botfest will feature the engineering and technology creations of 10 New England student groups, including teams from Lowell and Lawrence. Both events are free and open to the public. They are part of the second annual National Robotics Week celebration, which runs from April 9 to 17 and is organized by iRobot Corp., the Technology Collaborative and various companies, organizations and universities and the Museum of Science, Microsoft Research and the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, go to www.botfest.org
Where: Costello Gym, Riverside Street, UML North, Lowell
International Women Leaders’ Summit Draws Global Peacemakers
When: Sunday, April 10 through Tuesday, April 12
: Delegations from Egypt, Israel, Africa, Colombia and Northern Ireland will participate in the first-ever summit of women peacemakers at UMass Lowell. The International Women Leaders’ Summit on Security through Economic and Social Development will bring together women who are renowned around the world for their work to bring lasting peace to their home countries. The summit – at which a global network of women, including leaders from Massachusetts, will be formed – includes two events open to the public. On Sunday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m., the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” the story of Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, will be screened, followed by a panel discussion with Gbowee, UMass Lowell’s 2011 Greeley Scholar for Peace, and the filmmaker, former Liberian journalist Janet Johnson-Bryant, who is now a graduate student at UMass Lowell. The screening is free and reservations are not required. On Monday, April 11, UMass Lowell will present an honorary degree to Barbara Hogan, a leader of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement and former official in Nelson Mandela’s government, during a special ceremony starting at 6 p.m. Advance registration is required for members of the public interested in this event and can be made by e-mailing Victoria_Denoon@uml.edu
Where: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
Nanotech Conference Explores Journey From Lab to Commercialization
When: Tuesday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
What: The nanotech industry faces unique challenges as nano-engineered products move from the laboratory to the marketplace. This conference, “The Next Small Step for Mankind — Nanotechnology’s Journey to Commercialization,” will bring together leading researchers, industry executives and government leaders to explore those challenges and discuss potential solutions. Speakers will include Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray, state Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki and UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. The event will be hosted by UMass Lowell’s Nanomanufacturing Center of Excellence and Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, Day Pitney LLP and Bluewater Consulting. Registration fee is $75 per person; $25 for students with valid college ID.
Where: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell.