NEWS FROM UMASS LOWELL- Nov. 24, 2004

11/24/2004
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

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 www.uml.edu and click on "UML in the News."

 

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Middle Schoolers Cause a "Robotic Revolution"

UML to Announce $2M Study of Needlestick Hazards in Home Healthcare

Public Forum to Promote Healthy and Sustainable Products

University Hosts Arts and Crafts Fair

Gavin Degraw to Perform at UMass Lowell

 

 

Middle Schoolers Cause a "Robotic Revolution"

 

When:    Saturday, Nov. 27 from 2 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Where:  Costello Gym, UMass Lowell North (off Riverside Street)

 

What:

            Fifteen middle school teams will use robots to complete missions that would help the disabled as part of this Saturday's FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament sponsored by UMass Lowell's Francis College of Engineering.

The "James B. Francis Robotic Revolution" is based on the middle school version of the FIRST Robotics program founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen in 1989.  This year's league challenge, "No Limits," requires teams to design, build and program a robot that can accomplish a variety of missions related to assistive technology and accessibility for people with disabilities.  Students have designed robots that are supposed to climb stairs, serve food at a table, feed pets, open a door, identify the correct bus stop sign and more - all programmed with no remote control.  Student teams earn points for robot performance, as well as design, teamwork and team spirit.

The tournament features teams from middle schools in Boylston, Chelmsford, Hamilton, Lexington, Longmeadow, Northbridge, Reading, Southborough and Worcester, Mass.; and Amherst, Bedford and Nashua, N.H.  Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, N.H. also is providing 20 volunteers.

Each year FIRST develops a new robotic design challenge and theme for the competition and students use Lego robotics kits and software to accomplish the missions. 

 

Contact:  Sandra Seitz, University Communications, 978-934-3225, sandra_seitz@uml.edu

 

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UML to Announce $2M Study of Needlestick Hazards in Home Healthcare

 

When:  Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

 

Where:  Trustees Room, Cumnock Hall, One University Ave.

 

What:

Provost John Wooding and School of Health and Environment Dean David Wegman next week will announce a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for prevention of needlestick injuries and blood exposures among home healthcare providers. The funds will be used to partner with industry, labor and state government to improve the working lives of home healthcare providers throughout eastern and central Massachusetts. 

Under the leadership of Work Environment Prof. Margaret Quinn, the project will involve will identifying working conditions which put home healthcare providers at risk of injuries like needlesticks, working with the partners to set up efficient systems for tracking and analyzing injury patterns, and designing ways to help home healthcare providers work safely while continuing to deliver the best quality care.  The new study is named Project SHARRP - Safe Homecare and Risk Reduction for Providers. NIOSH awarded the grant to the University's newly established School of Health and Environment.

 

Contact:  Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233, renae_lias@uml.edu

 

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Public Forum to Promote Healthy and Sustainable Products

 

When:  Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.

 

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

 

What:

European and American experts will be featured next week at a forum on "Promoting Healthy and Sustainable Products."  The event, sponsored by the UMass Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, is set for Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the American Textile Museum, 491 Dutton St.

The forum, which will include appetizers and desserts, is free and open to the public.

While many chemicals in every-day products pose a threat to human health and the environment, most regulatory programs do little to stimulate the development of safer alternatives.  The forum will show how some leading firms and progressive governments are working to discover safer and cleaner products for a more sustainable future.

The public forum is part of next week's series of meetings of international experts who will discuss tools for designing healthier and sustainable products.

For more information, contact Melissa Coffin, 978-934-2997, melissa_coffin@uml.edu.

 

Contact:  Patricia McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238, patricia_mccafferty@uml.edu

 

 

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University Hosts Arts and Crafts Fair

 

When: Friday, Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Where: Coburn 205, UMass Lowell South, corner of Wilder and Broadway Streets

 

What:

The UMass Lowell Art History Club will hold an Arts and Crafts Fair on Friday, Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Crafters will be selling jewelry, photography, pottery, holiday wreaths and more. There will be holiday cookies, hot mulled cider, holiday music and great fun!! There will be a $1 entrance fee.

For information, contact Therese O'Donnell, (978) 924-3329 or Therese_Odonnell@uml.edu.

 

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232 or Rick_Sherburne@uml.edu.

 

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Gavin Degraw to Perform at UMass Lowell

 

When: Thursday, Dec. 9 at 9 p.m.

 

Where: Cumnock Hall, One University Ave.

 

What:

Singer/Songwriter Gavin Degraw will perform a live concert next month at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  The event is set for Thursday, Dec. 9 at Cumnock Hall, One University Ave.  Doors open at 8 p.m., while the concert begins at 9 p.m.

            Tickets for the public, at $15 each, can be purchased through Next Ticketing at www.nextticketing.com or by calling 617-423-6000.  Parking will be available in the Riverside Lot.

            Degraw is expected to perform selections from his 11-song debut album, "Chariot," including the popular "Follow Through."  Degraw's "I Don't Want to Be" also is the theme for the WB show, "One Tree Hill."

            Student tickets, at $10 each, can be purchased at the Student Information Centers on campus with a UML student ID.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development at 978-934-5001.

 

Contact:  Patricia McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238, patricia_mccafferty@uml.edu

 

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