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A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications and Marketing Office, (978) 934-3224. For more stories on UMass Lowell, visit and click on "UML in the News."

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TURI Hosts Fire Safety and Flame Retardants Seminar

Superintendents to Discuss China Experiences

Francis Cabot Lowell and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards to be Presented

Festival Marks Composer's 150th Birthday


TURI Hosts Fire Safety and Flame Retardants Seminar

When:  Thursday, Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where:  Crowne Plaza, 10 Lincoln Square, Worcester


The UMass Lowell Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) will host a seminar to help Massachusetts businesses discover alternative solutions to flame retardant chemicals used in manufacturing.  Companies are facing regulation deadlines from other states and countries that forbid the use of certain brominated chemicals suspected of causing health and environmental problems.

The Fire Safety and Flame Retardant Workshop will run this Thursday, Nov. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, Worcester.

      The interactive workshop will feature guest speakers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), representatives from the manufacturing supply chain and TURI, and researchers from UMass Lowell. Keynote speaker Robert Varney, EPA New England Region administrator, will address issues and concerns regarding fire safety, health and the environment at 11:30 a.m.  Tom McDonald, a toxicologist with the California EPA and an international expert on PBDEs (flame retardant chemicals found in human breast milk and the environment) will discuss human health and environmental issues.

      The full agenda is attached and available online at:

Contact: Patti McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238 or


Superintendents to Discuss China Experiences


When:  Friday, Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where:  UMass Lowell O'Leary Library, Room 540, 61 Wilder St., Lowell


            UMass Lowell this week will kick off its 2004-05 Superintendents' Forum with a presentation on "China:  Modern and Ancient."

            Elizabeth Keroac, Malden assistant superintendent, and Maureen LaCroix, Bedford superintendent, will relate their experiences from last summer's educators' study tour in China.  The talk, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session, is this Friday, Nov. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in O'Leary Library on UML South.

            This is the first of five Friday forum sessions for area superintendents run by the University's Center for Field Services and Studies under the theme, "Expanding Opportunities for Learning."

            The China session will enable the superintendents to discuss ways that teachers and students can broaden their understanding of diverse cultures in our global society.  For more information, call 978-934-4650.

Contact : Patti McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238 or


Francis Cabot Lowell and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards to Be Presented

When:  Saturday Nov. 6 from 6 to 9:30 p.m., presentations begin at 8 p.m.

Where:  American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton St., Lowell


The 2004 Francis Cabot Lowell Awards this week will be presented at a dinner celebration to alumni, faculty, staff and friends of UMass Lowell who have provided distinguished service to their profession, their community and/or the University. The Athletic Hall of Fame Awards will recognize a group that has achieved an extraordinary level of athletic success while representing the University. 

Among the recipients are State Sen.  Steven C. Panagiotakos; alumna Bonnie Comley, a three-time Tony Award winner; alumnus L.Donald LaTorre, chairman of the National Engineering Advisory Board at Mercer University; Sheila Riley-Callahan, director of the UML Centers for Learning; alumnus William Traynor, executive director of Lawrence CommunityWorks Inc.; Dr. May Futrell, chair of the Nursing Department; Dr. Jon Hellstedt, professor of psychology; and members of the 1988 UMass Lowell Men's Basketball Team. 

The awards ceremony is sponsored by the University's Alumni Relations Council and is open to the media.

*Editor's Note:  Photos available upon request

Contact : Patti McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238 or

Festival Marks Composer's 150th Birthday


When: Saturday, Nov. 13, events throughout the afternoon and evening

Where: Locations throughout downtown Lowell


To mark the anniversary of the birth of Lowell native, George Whitefield Chadwick, the University's Department of Music and its community partners will celebrate with a day-long festival on Saturday, Nov. 13 throughout downtown Lowell.

The celebration begins with a 2 p.m. chamber music concert at the Whistler House Museum of Art.  The performance will be the debut of the Lowell String Quartet, a newly formed ensemble comprised of string faculty Elliott Markow, Anita Sulski, Peter Sulski and Mark Schroeder. The quartet will perform Chadwick's String Quartet No. 4 in E minor followed by a traditional English Tea and museum tour. 

The music continues at 4 p.m. at Saint Anne's Episcopal Church, where organist Thomas Handel of the New England Conservatory and the UMass Lowell Choirs, led by Prof. Christopher McGahan, will present selections displaying Chadwick's organ and choral works.

The day's grand finale will take place in the Smith Baker Center across from city hall at 8 p.m. The New England Orchestra, Lowell's first professional chamber orchestra, under the direction of Prof. Kay George Roberts, will perform The Miller's Daughter. According to Roberts, the selection hasn't been heard anywhere since 1892.

For schedule and ticket information, visit or call the Cultural Office of Lowell at 978-446-7162. 

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, 978- 934-3232 or

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