News from UMass Lowell for Week of Nov. 13, 2012

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

11/13/2012


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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 economics experts can discuss the looming federal “fiscal cliff” and potential effects on taxpayers, government and more.

International Educational Week Celebrates Cultural Engagement, Exchange
Industry Day Unites UMass Lowell Partners, Showcases Collaboration
Hunger Banquet Sheds Light on Poverty
Fourth Annual Food Drive Sets Table for Thanksgiving
Boston Bruins’ Milan Lucic Greets Fans at River Hawks Hockey Game
Experimental Music Ensemble Wired.to.the.Edge in Concert
Grammy Winner Performs for Campus, Public
Award-Winning Artist Exhibits ‘Terrible Beauty’

 

International Educational Week Celebrates Cultural Engagement, Exchange

When:          Programs run through Monday, Nov. 19 
                    
What:           UMass Lowell is celebrating International Education Week with a variety of events and programs. Launched in 2000 by the U.S. departments of State and Education, the week of cultural engagement and exchange observed in more than 100 countries. Free events open to the public at UMass Lowell include:

  •  Immigrant Farming Communities in Lowell – Mindy Dopler Nelson, a UMass Lowell professor of clinical laboratory and nutritional sciences, along with Kate Petcosky of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, will look at community nutrition across diverse cultures and the project’s work in Lowell. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 3 p.m., Kitson Hall, Room 309, North Campus, 21 University Ave., Lowell.
  • “Islam Explained” – The lecture series, held weekly through the month of November, examines various facets of Islam, including the religion’s articles of faith, worship practices, purpose of creation and economics. The series is presented by the UMass Lowell Muslim Student Association. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Ball Hall, Room 210, North Campus, 185 Riverside St., Lowell.
  • “Women: Embraced or Exploited? – A Cross-Cultural Comparison” – Panelists will bring an international perspective to topics involving the role of women in various societies. Audience participation will be encouraged at the event, presented by UMass Lowell’s International Student Ambassadors and International Students & Scholars Office. Thursday, Nov. 15, noon, O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. 
  • Intercultural Celebration – Live performances, international foods, cultural activities and dancing will highlight this fourth annual event, presented by the International Students and Scholars Office and UMass Lowell student organizations. Friday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Cumnock Hall, North Campus, 31 University Ave., Lowell.
  • “The Global Scramble for Resources” – 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, will discuss global competition amid the world’s resource depletion. Part of the Lunchtime Lecture Series, the program is co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas, 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. To reserve a seat, contact artsandideas@uml.edu. Monday, Nov. 19, noon, 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 
    

Industry Day Unites UMass Lowell Partners, Showcases Collaboration

When:          Thursday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m. 
                    
What:           More than 300 industry partners from across the country, alumni and researchers will come together at UMass Lowell’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 research in fields including 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 will 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 and 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 
    

Fourth Annual Food Drive Sets Table for Thanksgiving

When:          Friday, Nov. 16, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
 
What:           UMass Lowell Residence Life and Campus Ministry are working with the Food Pantry of the Merrimack Valley for the fourth annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, during which campus volunteers will pack food baskets that will be distributed to more than 250 local families in time for Thanksgiving. Goods for the baskets have been donated by UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff, and community members at drop-off stations in all residence halls and other buildings at the university. Donations of non-perishable food items, especially apple sauce; canned vegetables; brownie, muffin and stuffing mixes; canned tuna fish; black beans and rice may be made through Nov. 15. 

Where:         UMass Lowell Inn and 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 
    

Boston Bruins’ Milan Lucic Greets Fans at River Hawks Hockey Game

When:          Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. 
 
What:           Boston Bruins bruising left-winger Milan Lucic will swap his hockey stick for a Sharpie when he visits with fans and signs autographs as the UMass Lowell River Hawks take on the University of New Hampshire Wildcats in a Hockey East Division I matchup. Lucic will participate in a ceremonial puck-drop with the team captains and sign autographs for fans. Fans may bring one item for Lucic to sign. Lucic’s visit is sponsored by NMTW Community Credit Union. Tickets to the game are available at the Tsongas Center box office or at www.tsongascenter.com
 
Where:         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 
    

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 
    

Grammy Winner Performs for Campus, Public

When:          Monday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. 
 
What:           Grammy winner Howard Levy and Chris Siebold team up for a free, public concert that displays their distinct musical styles. Levy is a world-renowned pianist and harmonica player. A founding member of the Flecktones, he won a Grammy Award this year for best instrumental composition, “Life in Eleven,” which he co-wrote with Bela Fleck. Siebold is a multifaceted performer and educator who plays guitar, mandolin and percussion.

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

 

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