News from UMass Lowell for Week of Oct. 15, 2012

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

10/15/2012


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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell political science faculty can provide analysis about Tuesday’s debate between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney. UMass Lowell foreign policy experts can discuss the causes behind the unrest in the Middle East and the region’s hopes for the future.


Anti-Apartheid Activist to Share Work with Students, Public
Expert Discusses Internet’s Effect on American Life
High-Profile Panel Judges $10K Contest for Best Business Idea
Environmental, Occupational Health Experts Discuss Worker Safety
‘Dickens’ Women’ Caps Author’s Bicentenary Festival
Student Radio Station Showcases 60 Years of Broadcasting
Former Gov. Michael Dukakis Among 2012 Presidential Election Panelists
‘Townie’ Author, Faculty Member Andre Dubus III to Talk About Memoir
Foreign Policy Experts Share Views on Middle East

 

Anti-Apartheid Activist to Share Work with Students, Public

When:        Tuesday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. 
 
What:         South African human-rights activist Eddie Daniels, who fought against apartheid, will talk about his work and his 15 years imprisoned on Robben Island, where he became friends with Nelson Mandela. Daniels is the author of “There & Back: Robben Island, 1964–1979.” The talk is presented by the UMass Lowell Peace and Conflict Studies Institute, Senior Vice President of UMass for Academic and Student Affairs and International Relations Marcellette Williams and the UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas with support from the Greeley Scholar for Peace Endowment. The event is free and open to the public.

Where:       O’Leary Library Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 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 
 

Expert Discusses Internet’s Effect on American Life

When:        Tuesday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m. 
What:         Lee Rainie, the director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, will share the project’s latest findings about how people use the Internet, smartphones and social media such as Facebook and Twitter in the talk “The Networked Way.” The presentation will explore how revolutionary changes in technology have affected the way people use their social networks to learn, solve problems and socialize. Rainie will highlight how students and workers can adopt networking skills and behaviors that will assist them in their lives. The event is the first in UMass Lowell’s new Provost Speaker Series.

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 
    

 

High-Profile Panel Judges $10K Contest for Best Business Idea

When:        Thursday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m. 
 
What:         Budding entrepreneurs will present their ideas for new products and services during the Merrimack Valley Sandbox’s Winners Showdown Pitch Contest. These finalists from the contest’s previous rounds – including two UMass Lowell undergraduate students – will vie for a chance to win $10,000 in business seed money. Guest judges are scheduled to include Jack Clancy, chief executive officer of Enterprise Bank; Desh Deshpande, chairman, A123 Systems and Sycamore Networks; Tom First, founder of Nantucket Nectars; Ira Jackson, former dean and professor of management at Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University; Bill O’Donnell, chief architect of Kayak; and Julia Silverio founder of Julia’s Travel and Silverio Insurance Agency. UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan will offer an introduction to contestants.  

Where:       Cumnock Hall, North Campus, 31 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 
    

 

Environmental, Occupational Health Experts Discuss Worker Safety

When:       Friday, Oct. 19, symposium – 1:30 p.m., dinner keynote address – 6 p.m.

What: Advancing occupational and environmental health and safety around the world is the aim of UMass Lowell’s Department of Work Environment, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. A symposium to mark this milestone will feature Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The symposium’s alumni panel discussion is slated to include James Giordani, manager of health, safety and environmental at Genzyme Corp.; Joel Garrett, president of Summit Lubricants at Quaker Chemical; and Leslie MacDonald, captain of the U.S. Public Health Service of NIOSH. Roger McFadden, Staples vice president and senior scientist, will discuss environmentally sustainable industries and their futures. A keynote address during dinner will be given by U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso, who is a UMass Lowell emeritus professor of Work Environment.

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

 

 

‘Dickens’ Women’ Caps Author’s Bicentenary Festival 
 
When:        Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. 
What:         In her Olivier Award-nominated one-woman show, British actress Miriam Margolyes brings to life two dozen of Charles Dickens’ most memorable male and female characters. Perhaps best known for playing Professor Sprout in the “Harry Potter” film series, Margolyes reveals everything from the raucous humor of Dickens’ characterizations to the darker aspects of his life and work. She wrote the play with the show’s director, Sonia Fraser, with original music by Michael Haslam. Her performance is the centerpiece of the closing weekend of Dickens in Lowell, a seven-month celebration of the author’s bicentenary and his travels in Massachusetts, which included a stop in the Mill City. Tickets are $10 for the public and $5 for students and seniors, and are available at the door and through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Where:       Durgin Hall, South Campus, 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 
    

Student Radio Station Showcases 60 Years of Broadcasting

When:        Saturday, Oct. 20. Station tours – 4 p.m., reception and dinner – 5:30 p.m. 
 
What:         UMass Lowell alumni who served as disc-jockeys, on-air talent, audio engineers, producers and staff at the campus radio station will gather for a reunion to mark 60 years of underground radio broadcasting under the call letters WLTI, WJUL and WUML. The station’s forerunner, WLTI, began in a student’s dorm room. Tours of the station will be followed by a reception for alumni and friends and dinner. The evening is a fundraiser for the radio station.

Where:       Station – Lydon Library basement, North Campus, 84 University Ave., Lowell. Reception and dinner – 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 
    

Former Gov. Michael Dukakis Among 2012 Presidential Election Panelists

When:        Monday, Oct. 22, 11:45 a.m.  
What:         Former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis will be among the experts to discuss the 2012 presidential election during the Lunchtime Lecture “Picking the President.” Dukakis will provide a Democrat’s perspective on the race while fellow panelist state Rep. Dan Winslow will share a Republican’s views. Boston Herald political reporter Hillary Chabot will discuss the race from a media perspective and Paul Jorgensen, Edmond J. Safra fellow at Harvard University, will discuss the role money plays in the election with an emphasis on super-PACs. UMass Lowell Political Science Prof. Frank Talty, who is the co-director of the university’s Center for Public Opinion, will moderate the discussion. The event is one in the Lunchtime Lecture Series co-sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Center for Arts and Ideas and the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures, with support from Prof. Bill Mass of the UMass Lowell Center for Industrial Competitiveness and Middlesex Community College. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For reservations, contact artsandideas@uml.edu.

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 
    

 

‘Townie’ Author, Faculty Member Andre Dubus III to Talk About Memoir

When:        Wednesday, Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m.  

What:         Acclaimed author and UMass Lowell English Prof. Andre Dubus III will discuss his memoir “Townie,” the department’s Fall 2012 book in its Common Text series, which encourages members of the university community to read the same book in order to share the experience. “Townie” a best-seller named on many top non-fiction book lists for 2011, chronicles the author’s youth. Dubus will talk about how he came to write the book and will explore its themes about writing, art, truth, beauty and violence. The event is free and open to the public.   

Where:       O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 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 
    

Foreign Policy Experts Share Views on Middle East

When:        Thursday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. 
What:         “Middle East Confrontation: A Clash of Politics and Culture?” will explore the reasons behind the unrest in the region and the hopes for its future. Panelists will include UMass Lowell Political Science Prof. Deina Abdelkader, an expert on Egypt and the democratization of the Middle East, and Gregory Aftandililan, an associate with UMass Lowell’s Middle East Center, a senior fellow at the Center for National Policy and former adviser to Sen. Edward Kennedy. The talk will be moderated by Prof. Paula Rayman, director of UMass Lowell’s Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture. UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal and journalism and media studies Prof. Wael Kamal will introduce the discussion.        

Where:       O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 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