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News from UML Nov. 1, 2005


Nov. 1, 2005: A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications Office, 978-934-3224. For more stories on UML, visit and click on “UML in the News.”

Gear Up Brings MatheMagic! to Seventh Graders and Families
When:             Thursday, Nov. 3, 7-8 p.m.
Where:            Lowell High School Auditorium
What:              MatheMagic! is coming to Lowell, courtesy of the Gear Up Lowell Partnership. Celebrated magician Bradley Fields captivates audiences with his mind-bending illusions then engages their brains with math skills and problem solving. Lowell’s seventh grade students from the Butler, Sullivan, Rogers, Stoklosa and Robinson Middle Schools are invited, along with their families, for a fun-filled hour of magic, comedy and math. Gear Up is a federally-funded partnership among UMass Lowell, Middlesex Community College and the Lowell Public Schools that encourages students to aspire to college.  
Contact:  Sandra Seitz, 978-934-3225, or

In Katrina’s Wake: Would We Be Ready?

When:  Monday, Nov. 7, 11:45 a.m. lunch; 12:30 ߝ 2 p.m. speaking program

Where: Alumni Library, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

What:  Environmental Health Prof. Dr. David Ozonoff of Boston University, Lowell Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director William Desrosiers, and Director of Greater Lowell Paramedics Benjamin Podsiadlo will evaluate the Northeast Region’s readiness to respond to natural disasters, public health threats and potential acts of terrorism.
 Lunch begins at 11:45. At 12:30, Dr. Ozonoff will look at biodefense, followed by Desrosiers and then Podsiadlo, who will examine how prepared our region is for emergencies and disasters.
        The event is sponsored by The New England Consortium (TNEC), headquartered on the UMass Lowell campus. TNEC is one of 20 national programs administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). 

Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

Tannenwald Asks: Water, Water Everywhere ߝ Dare I Drink a Drop?
When:        Monday, November 7, 12 noon

Where: Room 500M, O’Leary Library, UML South, Wilder St., Lowell 

What:  Robert Tannenwald, director of the New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, will look at water as a New England resource.  Given New England’s ample rainfall, especially this fall, some question the notion that the region faces potentially severe water shortages. Yet, parts of the region already confront such shortages. As this seminar will explain, these shortages are likely to spread without corrective action.
        Tannenwald specializes in state and local public finance and publishes a newsletter, Fiscal Facts, on the fiscal condition of the New England states. He has served as research director of the Massachusetts Special Commission on Business Tax Policy and as research director of the New Hampshire Commission on Education Funding.  The seminar is offered as part of the RESD Seminar series and is co-sponsored by the Regional Economic and Social Development Department, the Center for Industrial Competitiveness and the Committee on Industrial Theory and Assessment.
Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

Common Text Film Series Presents Is Wal-Mart Good For America?

When:   Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

Where:   O’Leary Library Room 222, UML South, 66 Wilder St., Lowell

What:   The 2004 film that began the current political debate over Wal-Mart’s business and labor practices, Is WalMart Good for America?, will be aired and followed by discussion as part of the Common Text Film Series.  The Series has been offered by the English Department as part of the new Common Text Program, for which all freshman are reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.  The documentary from the PBS series Frontline explores the relationship between U.S. job losses and the American consumer’s insatiable desire for bargains. Filmmaker Rick Young takes you through interviews with retail executives, product manufacturers, economists and trade experts as correspondent Hedrick Smith examines the growing controversy over the Wal-Mart way of doing business and asks whether a single retail giant has changed the American economy.
        All screenings in the Common Text Film Series are free and open to the public.

Contact:  Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

Internationally Recognized Magician Brings Career Magic to Campus

When:  Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Alumni Library, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

What:  Magician and UMass Lowell alumnus George Saterial, ’84, will bring his out-of-the-box thinking to campus, using magic to demonstrate the ways in which people can expand opportunities by looking at their careers creatively.
 UMass Lowell’s Office of Career Services is sponsoring the event.

Contact:   Elizabeth James, University Communications, 978-934-3226


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