News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Feb. 28, 2012

Story and source ideas for the media from UMass Lowell Public Affairs

Jack Kerouac, Lowell native and Beat icon, would have been 90 this month. UMass Lowell and others in the community are celebrating with a series of events.

Jack Kerouac, Lowell native and Beat icon, would have been 90 this month. UMass Lowell and others in the community are celebrating with a series of events.

02/27/2012


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 “News.” Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication. In case of inclement weather, call 978-934-2121 to learn whether the UMass Lowell campus is closed.

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews about the hotly contested presidential primary races; the enduring influence on the arts of Jack Kerouac; and the economics of rising gas prices.

State Official Speaks on Economic Recovery Plan
Hellenic Expert Explores Women’s Roles in Byzantine Culture
Climate Action Plan Helps Campus Continue Efforts to Go Green
High-Schoolers Flex Their Wits at Annual Science Bowl
Acclaimed Tuba Player, Conductor Highlight Wind Ensemble Concert
University, City Salute Kerouac’s Life, Legacy with 90th Birthday Party
Students, Faculty Present Events During Lowell Women’s Week
Award-Winning Poet David Ferry Reads as 2012 Writer on Campus
Journalist Shares Reporting on Presidential Pardons
One-Woman Show Contemplates Selfhood and More
Biopharmaceutical Summit Looks to Drive Innovation in Industry


State Official Speaks on Economic Recovery Plan

When: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 5:30 p.m.

What:  Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki will meet with more than 100 medical-device entrepreneurs and economic development professionals from throughout the region to talk about the Commonwealth’s strategic plan for economic development, which was recently submitted to the Legislature. The plan outlines five initiatives — including increased support for innovation and entrepreneurship — that build on the Patrick-Murray administration’s job creation and economic development strategy. Bialecki will take questions from the audience as part of his presentation. The event is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), a joint venture of UMass Lowell and UMass Worcester, and the Merrimack Valley Venture Forum.

Where: M2D2 Innovation Hub, Wannalancit Mills Office & Technology Center, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media:
 Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

Hellenic Expert Explores Women’s Roles in Byzantine Culture

When:  Thursday, March 1, 4 p.m.

What:  The Hellenic Studies Center of UMass Lowell will present a talk by Prof. Ioli Kalavrezou, who will share perspectives on maidenhood and motherhood in Byzantine culture. A guest reception will follow her presentation. Kalavrezou is an authority on Byzantine culture and a senior fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Center in Washington, D.C., an internationally renowned institute for scholarship in Byzantine studies. Her visit to UMass Lowell is made possible through the university’s Zamanakos Endowed Lectureship in Hellenic Studies. The Hellenic Studies Center forges partnerships between UMass Lowell and the Hellenic-American community throughout the Merrimack Valley. This annual lecture showcases the historical and cultural contributions made by Greece and Hellenes around the world. 

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

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

Climate Action Plan Helps Campus Continue Efforts to Go Green

When:  Thursday, March 1, 6 p.m.

What:  “UML Goes Green!” will bring together students, faculty, staff and members of the community to discuss the university’s Climate Action Plan and how UMass Lowell can continue to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, cut energy use, reduce waste and use sustainable energy to improve the environment. The university has made significant progress in the last five years to reduce its carbon footprint and cut energy costs, including introducing electric-powered vehicles to its fleet, replacing hundreds of old lighting fixtures with more energy-efficient models, initiating the installation of solar-energy systems on campus buildings and tracking energy use of all buildings. The event is organized by the UMass Lowell Student Environmental Alliance.

Where: Lydon Library, Multipurpose Room 010, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell 

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 

High-Schoolers Flex Their Wits at Annual Science Bowl

When:  Saturday, March 3. Competition starts at 9 a.m. with the final round scheduled for approximately 5 p.m. Snow date is Sunday, March 4.

What:  High-school science and math students from throughout the region will show off their brainpower during this year’s Massachusetts Regional Science Bowl. Modeled after a “Jeopardy!” style of play, teammates in this annual, high-spirited academic competition will try to outscore their opponents in the areas of astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, general science, mathematics and physics. Thirty-three high-school teams from communities including Bedford, Braintree, Boston, Brookline, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Deerfield, Duxbury, Lexington, Lowell, Newton, North Andover, North Reading, Sudbury and Westford are scheduled to participate in the event, sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. UMass Lowell faculty and staff members will be on hand to discuss the university’s academic programs and offer tours of department facilities and research centers. The winning team from each of the state’s regional tournaments is eligible to participate in the National Science Bowl finals, to be held in Washington, D.C., from April 26 through April 30.

Where: Elimination rounds – Kitson Hall, UML North, 21 University Ave., Lowell; final round – Ball Hall, Room 214, UML North, 185 Riverside St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 

Acclaimed Tuba Player, Conductor Highlight Wind Ensemble Concert

When: Monday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.

What: The UMass Lowell Wind Ensemble welcomes guest conductor Daniel Lutz during this performance, which will include the Vaughan Williams Concerto for Tuba, performed by Concerto Competition winner Liam Sheehy. A composer and arranger, Lutz is the director of university bands at UMass Lowell and was inducted into the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Hall of Fame in 2008 The wind ensemble, under the direction of Prof. David Martins, will also perform music by Hindemith, Holsinger and Margolis. The concert is free and open to the public.

Where: Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 

University, City Salute Kerouac’s Life, Legacy with 90th Birthday Party

When: Monday, March 5 through Sunday, March 11

What: UMass Lowell and Lowell Celebrates Kerouac take an in-depth look at quintessential beat writer Jack Kerouac with events that showcase his iconoclastic work, his times and his cultural impact. Kerouac, a Lowell native, would have turned 90 on March 12. For the complete list of events, visit www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org/. Events presentedby UMass Lowell include:

  • “Lowell Blues” – Filmmaker Henry Ferrini, UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas’ artist-in-residence for Spring 2012, will screen “Lowell Blues,” his 30-minute film that features passages from Kerouac’s novel “Doctor Sax.” After the showing, Ferrini will discuss his work, films and his approach to directing. Monday, March 5, 3 p.m., Coburn Hall, Room 210, UML South, 850 Broadway, Lowell. 
  • “The Sea is My Brother” book signing and discussion – Inspired by his stint in the Merchant Marine as a 20-year-old, Kerouac wrote the “The Sea is My Brother” in 1942. Known as his “lost” novel, the manuscript was not published until 2011. Dawn Ward, the editor of the Penguin-published edition of the manuscript, will visit UMass Lowell to sign copies of the book and share how the work illuminates Kerouac’s development as a writer. Thursday, March 8, 4 p.m., O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell.
  • “An Evening with John Sampas” – UMass Lowell English professors Todd Tietchen and Michael Millner sit down with Sampas — Kerouac’s brother-in-law and the executor of Jack and Stella Kerouac’s literary estate — to talk about the estate and Sampas’ recollections of Kerouac. Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St., Lowell
  • “Kerouac at 90” panel – Moderated by UMass Lowell English Prof. Todd Tietchen, a beat-literature expert, this discussion will explore Kerouac’s life and cultural influence. Panelists are scheduled to include author Steve Edington, former president of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac; scholar John McHale and artist Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell, who is editing Kerouac’s poetry for a Library of America edition. Saturday, March 10, 1 p.m., Boott Cotton Mills Museum and Event Center, Lowell National Historical Park, 115 John St., Lowell.

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 

Students, Faculty Present Events During Lowell Women’s Week

When: Monday, March 5 through Saturday, March 10

What:  Now in its 16th year, Lowell Women’s Week explores women’s creativity, well-being and influence with events that empower them and celebrate their achievements. The week’s events are timed to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8 as part of Women’s History Month, observed each March. All of the week’s events are free unless otherwise noted and all are open to the public. UMass Lowell is a sponsor of an Evening with the Mill Girls of Lowell on Tuesday, March 6 at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St., Lowell and an InterPlay session on Wednesday, March 7 at Girls, Inc. 220 Worthen St., Lowell, along with the events highlighted below. For a complete list of Women’s Week activities, visit www.lowellwomensweek.org. Events presented by members of the UMass Lowell community also include:

  • Mothers of Rock benefit concert – Performers from the university and community will present songs written or originally performed by female artists. The concert is free but donations will be accepted, with proceeds to be divided between UMass Lowell’s chapter of the Music & Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA) and Girls Inc. of Lowell. Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m., Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
  • Understanding How Heart Disease Develops – New research shows that for many women, damage to blood vessels manifests differently than in men, which may cause different symptoms of heart disease. UMass Lowell Prof. Kay Doyle, who teaches clinical laboratory and nutritional sciences, will discuss how heart disease risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity cause damage to blood vessel walls. She will describe how the body responds to such damage, discussing the different issues that contribute to cardiovascular problems. Wednesday, March 7, 5:30 p.m., UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell.
  • “WORD! Women Organizing Real Differences” – This conference will unite women of all ages for a day to raise awareness about Lowell’s history and women’s movements, along with social justice issues. The event is presented by UMass Lowell’s Women’s Leadership Exchange, which is housed in the university’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program, and Lowell Community Health Center. Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave, Lowell.

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

Award-Winning Poet David Ferry Reads as 2012 Writer on Campus

When:  Wednesday, March 7, 5:30 p.m.

What:  Acclaimed American poet and translator David Ferry will read his work and conduct a book-signing as part of UMass Lowell’s 2012 Writers on Campus Series. Ferry won the Lenore Marshal Poetry Prize for “No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations.” He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Academy of American Poets.
 
Where: O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

Journalist Shares Reporting on Presidential Pardons

 

When: Thursday, March 8, 9:30 a.m.

What: Dafna Linzer, a senior reporter at ProPublica, will present “Presidential Pardons and Race in America,” which will delve into her investigative reporting on the process behind receiving presidential pardons. She has been named a 2012 finalist for the Goldsmith Prize in journalism for her work on this topic. Linzer has appeared on PBS’ “NewsHour” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC to discuss her reporting. Her visit to campus is presented by UMass Lowell’s Sociology Department.

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

Contacts for media:  Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

One-Woman Show Contemplates Selfhood and More

 

When:  Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m.

What:   In her one-woman show, actress Obehi Janice uses incredible wit and inventive prose to explore her multiple identities — Nigerian-American, black female and Christian — while reflecting on depression and faith. “Fufu & Oreos” amply shows the power of one’s voice in the search for self. Free and open to the public, the performance is produced by the student organization S.I.S.T.E.R.S. (Sisters of Integrity Striving Toward Empowerment, Respect and Success) and UMass Lowell’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. 
 
Where: Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

Biopharmaceutical Summit Looks to Drive Innovation in Industry

 

When: Friday, March 9, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What:  This workshop will unite scientists and engineers from biopharmaceutical manufacturers, technology and system providers, raw material suppliers and related agencies to talk about the challenges behind creating medications using biotechnology and to share breakthroughs and success stories. Professionals from companies such as Genzyme, Pfizer, General Electric, Millipore and more are expected to attend. Welcoming these professionals to the conference with opening remarks will be UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and Vice Provost for Research Julie Chen, who works with faculty researchers in cutting-edge fields including biopharmaceuticals and biomanufacturing. The event will mark the first summit of the Biopharmaceutical Process and Quality Consortium established last October. The BPQC is a research, development and education collaborative based at the Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center at UMass Lowell that assists biotechnology companies in bringing their scientific discoveries to market. For a conference agenda, visit www.uml.edu/centers/Biomanufacturing/BPQC/Workshop/Workshop-Agenda.html.
 
Where:  UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu