News from UMass Lowell for Week of Nov. 5, 2012

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

11/06/2012


Nov. 5, 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.” In case of inclement weather, call UMass Lowell’s weather hotline at 978-934-2121; if the university is closed, all events are canceled. Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell political experts can offer Election Day analysis of Massachusetts races and referendum questions and the race for the White House. Workplace health experts can discuss findings released this week that explore the link between worker job duties and obesity. The university’s economic, climate-change and engineering experts can discuss Hurricane Sandy’s long-term impact. 

Award-Winning Artist Exhibits ‘Terrible Beauty’
‘Islam Explained’ Series Explores Religion’s Facets
Club Introduces High-Schoolers to Nursing Careers
Acclaimed Percussionist Teaches Students, Performs with Trio
Veterans Week Honors Service, Sacrifice of Military Members
River Hawks Host NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship
Law Enforcement Personnel Look at How to Ease Recidivism
Study Findings Examine Link Between Work and Obesity
Industry Day Unites UMass Lowell Partners, Showcases Collaboration
Hunger Banquet Sheds Light on Poverty
Experimental Music Ensemble Wired.to.the.Edge in Concert
Competition for Natural Resources Examined at Lunchtime Lecture

Award-Winning Artist Exhibits ‘Terrible Beauty’

When:        Exhibit runs through Friday, Nov. 30. Artist reception and talk – Thursday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; evenings and Saturdays by appointment.

What:         Award-winning artist Jennifer Nuss will display her latest large-scale, figurative paintings in the exhibition “Terrible Beauty” presented by the UMass Lowell art department. Using gouache on textured, Japanese-style paper, Nuss chronicles the mischief and misbehavior of her female protagonists. Her characters and visual narration are drawn from a variety of allegorical and mythical heroines. Nuss is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in 2002 and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in 2000.

Where:       University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, South Campus, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Michele Gagnon, 978-934-3491 or Michele_Gagnon@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu  
    

'Islam Explained’ Series Explores Religion’s Facets

When:        Wednesdays, Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6 p.m. 
 
What:         The UMass Lowell Muslim Student Association will present a comprehensive study of Islam, covering topics such as articles of faith, worship, purpose of creation and economics. The series, part of International Education Week, will be presented by Prof. M. Riaz Khan of the UMass Lowell Operations and Information Systems Department. The workshop series is free and open to the public.

Where:      Ball Hall, Room 210, North Campus, 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  
    

Club Introduces High-Schoolers to Nursing Careers 

When: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 3:10 p.m.

What: Faculty from UMass Lowell’s Department of Nursing are launching “Nurse of the Future Clubs” to give high school students an inside look at the nursing profession. These clubs will help students see if the career is a good match for them and understand the academic requirements. The clubs are part of the university’s Bring Diversity and Leadership to Nursing program that conducts outreach with students in Lowell and Lawrence and supports enrolled nursing students with scholarships, stipends and mentoring programs. The program addresses the growing national need for nurses who understand the cultural and linguistic barriers patients from divergent backgrounds face.

Where:       Lawrence High School, Health and Human Services Campus, Room 206, 70-71 North Parish Road, Lawrence 
 
Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu  
 

Acclaimed Percussionist Teaches Students, Performs with Trio

When:        Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. – concert; Thursday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m. – student workshop 
 
What:         World-renowned Flamenco percussionist and composer Nacho Arimany brings his band, Nacho Arimany & Trio, to UMass Lowell for a free, public concert that explores his music’s Afro-Cuban, Flamenco, African, Indian and jazz influences. On Nov. 8, Arimany will offer a workshop for UMass Lowell students on percussion techniques.     

Where:       Durgin Concert Hall, 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  
    

Veterans Week Honors Service, Sacrifice of Military Members

When:        Thursday, Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m. – Flag-Raising Ceremony 
                  Saturday, Nov. 10, 7 pm. – Military Appreciation Night 
 
What:         Capt. John Ogonowski, pilot of American Airlines Flight No. 11 killed on Sept. 11, 2001 and a UMass Lowell alumnus, will be honored as part of the university’s Veterans Week, which pays tribute to the service of the 10 alumni being inducted into the UMass Lowell Veterans Hall of Fame, the university’s 1,200 student veterans and veterans throughout the community. Events include:

* Flag-Raising Ceremony – A flyover of U.S. Air Force F-15 jets from the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing is scheduled to begin the observance, weather permitting. Speakers are scheduled to include Chancellor Marty Meehan and Tech Sgt. Ryan Green of Lowell, president of UMass Lowell’s Student Veterans Organization and a meteorology major who is a member of the Air National Guard and Air Force ROTC. Ogonowski, a Vietnam veteran from Dracut who graduated from the university in 1972, will be honored as a Hall of Fame inductee. His family is scheduled to attend, as is Hall of Fame inductee Airman 1st Class Robert Page of Lowell, a Korean War veteran.

* Military Appreciation Night – Hockey fans will support the troops as the UMass Lowell River Hawks and University of Maine Black Bears square off in Division I Hockey East play. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Germain, who recently returned from Afghanistan, will do a ceremonial puck-drop. The first 1,000 fans to arrive will receive River Hawk dog tags. Tickets for any military member with ID will be $5. On Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m., Green will co-captain UMass Lowell’s hockey club in a game against Norwich University presented by the Student Veterans Organization. 
 
Where:       Flag-Raising Ceremony – Cumnock Hall lawn, North Campus, 31 University Ave., Lowell (in case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside Cumnock Hall). Military Appreciation Night – Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

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

River Hawks Host NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship

When:        Friday, Nov. 9, semi-final games at 1 and 4 p.m.  

                 Saturday, Nov. 10, NFHCA Division North-South All-Star Game, 2 p.m. 
                 Sunday, Nov. 11, championship game, 1 p.m. 
 
What:         UMass Lowell secured the No. 1 seed and will host the 2012 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship. The River Hawks – who have hosted the championship in 2003, 2004 and 2007 – will meet either No. 2-seeded Merrimack College or No. 3 Bentley College in semi-final play on Friday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. The No. 1 seed in the South Region, Shippensburg University, will meet the winner between No. 2-seeded West Chester University and No. 3 Indiana University of Pennsylvania in a 1 p.m. game the same day. Winners of each game will vie for the championship on Sunday, Nov. 11. The weekend will also include the All-Star Game on Saturday, Nov. 10. For ticket information, visit http://goriverhawks.com.

Where:       Cushing Field Complex, North Campus, 261 Riverside St., Lowell 

Contacts for media: Christopher O’Donnell, 978-934-2306 or Christopher_ODonnell@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu

Law Enforcement Personnel Look at How to Ease Recidivism

When:        Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.   
 
What:         In a partnership between UMass Lowell and the University of Glasgow, Prof. Fergus McNeill will discuss “The Road from Crime: Discovering Desistance” and the process and outcomes of the Discovering Desistance project, an initiative that brought together researchers, ex-offenders, criminal-justice practitioners and policy makers to explore how and why people stop offending and how criminal-justice institutions can better support that process. The documentary “The Road from Crime” will be screened as part of this forum that will include Probation Commissioner Ron Corbett, Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, corrections personnel, UMass Lowell students and faculty. McNeill is a professor of criminology and social work from the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. The presentation is sponsored UMass Lowell’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, in conjunction with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office and the state Department of Probation. 

Where:       Allen House, South Campus, 2 Solomont Way, Lowell

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

Study Findings Examine Link Between Work and Obesity

When: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

What: UMass Lowell’s Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) will release a new report on how the work environment affects weight gain and obesity among lower-income workers. While most studies examine office work and other seated jobs where weight loss tips such as taking the stairs and walking to work might apply, housekeepers, janitors and other blue-collar workers who do repetitious physical labor all day don’t benefit from these recommendations. Exhaustion, injuries, time pressure, stress and lack of access to healthy food were all identified as roadblocks to healthy living. To help inform public health officials and policymakers and to develop interventions, UMass Lowell, MassCOSH and the Boston Workers Alliance are presenting the research results to leading community, municipal, state and federal obesity program specialists.

Where:       SEIU Local 888 Headquarters, 52 Roland St., Charlestown

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

Industry Day Unites UMass Lowell Partners, Showcases Collaboration

When:        Thursday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m. 
                    
What:        UMass Lowell industry partners from across the country, alumni and researchers will come together at the university’s new, $80 million Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center. Industry Day will feature presentations about research and development and tours of the laboratories and other facilities sponsored by industry and alumni donors. The 84,000-square-foot ETIC is a hub for advances in life sciences, engineering, nanotechnology and medical-device development. Speakers are scheduled to include leaders of the Society of the Plastics Industry and the Society of Plastics Engineers, partners and UMass Lowell representatives.

Where:      Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, North Campus, 40 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  
    

Hunger Banquet Sheds Light on Poverty

When:        Thursday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m. 
 
What:         The UMass Lowell student community-service organization U-Serve will host “Lest We Forget,” an Oxfam hunger banquet that raises awareness about hunger in the community. At the dinner, the place where guests sit and the meal they will be served depend on the luck of the draw, mirroring how some individuals in society are born into relative prosperity, others are born into poverty. The meal is free but guests are asked to bring a canned good as a donation to support Lowell food pantries. Oxfam is an international organization that works to eradicate poverty.

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  
    

Experimental Music Ensemble Wired.to.the.Edge in Concert

When:        Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. 
 
What:         The experimental music ensemble Wired.to.the.Edge combines traditional acoustic and electronic instruments, computer programming, found audio and video clips to create original music. The ensemble is comprised of UMass Lowell alumnus percussionist Abe Finch; UMass Lowell music faculty member, audio engineer and keyboardist Mike Testa; and audio engineer and performer Nick Giarratani. The group’s sound draws on diverse influences such as the music of composers Milton Babbit and Steve Reich and the quartet So Percussion. The concert is free and open to the public.

Where:       Durgin Concert 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  
    

Competition for Natural Resources Examined at Lunchtime Lecture

When:        Monday, Nov. 19, 11:45 a.m. 
 
What:         “The Global Scramble for Resources” will be the focus of a talk presented by Michael Klare, a natural-resources expert and author who is a professor of peace and world security studies in the Five College Program based at Hampshire College. He will discuss global competition amid the world’s resource depletion. He is the author of “Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Petroleum Dependency,” among several other books. The Lunchtime Lecture, part of International Education Week, is co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas, the university’s Climate Change Initiative, the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and the Political Science Department, with support from Prof. Bill Mass of the UMass Lowell Center for industrial Competitiveness; the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures; and Middlesex Community College. The program is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, 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