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NEWS FROM UML 11-22-05


Nov. 22, 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.”

Harvard’s Richard Freeman to Speak on China and the Labor Market

When:           Monday, Nov. 28, 12 noon
Where:         Room 500M, O’Leary Library, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

What:     Harvard University Prof. Richard Freeman will speak on “The Labor Market Comes to China.” He has consulted for the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the World Bank, among others. He first advised on Labor Reform in China in 1990 and currently is a co-coordinator of the Chinese Labor Market Survey
         Freeman is faculty co-chair of the Harvard University Trade Union Program; director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and co-director of the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance. His forthcoming books include The Labor Market Comes to China and Visible Hands: Labor Institutions in the Economy.  
        The talk is co-sponsored by the Regional Economic and Social Development Department, the Center for Industrial Competitiveness and the Center for Industrial Theory and Assessment.
Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

Alumnus to Speak on Development of Zero-Emissions Vehicles
Peter Hughes from Vectrix USA is Second Speaker in Senior Executive Forum

When:   Tuesday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m.

Where:   Falmouth 313, UML North, One University Avenue, Lowell

What:     Alumnus Peter Hughes will speak on new product development at his company, Vectrix USA, a maker of zero-emission, scooter-like vehicles that provide clean, efficient, reliable and affordable inner-city executive transportation.
 Hughes, who graduated in 1972, is vice president of technology for Vectrix USA and manages all technology development activities for Vectrix. He has over 31 years of engineering management experience in the fields of electrical energy generation and distribution, renewable energy products and power electronic drive systems.
 This is the second talk in the Senior Executive Forum, a series of talks sponsored by the Office of University Advancement and the College of Management that brings corporate leaders to campus to discuss their experiences and share insights on future workforce requirements.
Contacts:  Kristen O’Reilly, University Communications,
  Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

Massachusetts and Bird Flu: Should We Be Worried?
When:     Wednesday, November 30, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Where:    O’Leary Library, Room 222

What:  Alfred DeMaria, Jr., M.D., assistant commissioner for the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, will be talking about the avian and pandemic influenza (bird flu) and the state’s response. The talk is part of the School of Health and Environment’s fall Environmental Health Seminar Series.
Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

University Orchestra Dedicates Concert to Prof. Ogasapian

When:  Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.

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

What:  The members of the University Orchestra and Director Kay George Roberts will dedicate their fall concert to revered teacher, colleague and fellow musician, the late John Ogasapian, who passed away unexpectedly this past summer.
        Dr. Ogasapian specialized in the history of American organs, organ construction and church music. A gifted organ player, he gave many concerts throughout the eastern United States. Locally, he had a great following as organist and choirmaster of St. Anne's Church in Lowell's historic district.
        The program will begin with the New England première of Calvin Taylor's "Inner-city Sunrise." Taylor was one of Dr. Ogasapian’s favorite composers of organ music.
Contact:  Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

Art History Club to Hold Annual Arts and Crafts Fair
When:   Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where:   Campus Recreation Center, UML East
             Perkins and Aiken Streets, Lowell

What:     The UMass Lowell Art History Club will hold its annual arts and crafts fair. The public is invited to enjoy music, treats, hot cider and great raffle prizes. For more information on participating, contact Therese O’Donnell at 978-934-3329.
Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

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