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NEWS FROM UML - Feb. 8, 2005


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 UML, visit and click on "UML in the News."

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Chinese Students and Faculty This Week Celebrate Lunar New Year

University Opens Icehouse at Winterfest

MIT, UML Team Up for Clean Energy Competition

TURI Hosts Green Chemistry Seminar for Biotech and High Tech Industries

Chinese Students and Faculty This Week Celebrate Lunar New Year

When:  This Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (Feb. 8, 9 and 11)

Where:  University of Massachusetts Lowell North

What:  The Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important holiday in China, full of tradition, performances, family celebrations and abundant meals. But for the hundreds of Chinese students and faculty at UMass Lowell, the home country is very far away.  The Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) at UML developed a series of activities, called "Chinese Week," to celebrate the traditional festival and share Chinese culture with the campus community and Greater Lowell.  Events include:

Opening Ceremony: Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m., Multi-purpose Room, Lydon Library, UML North. CSSA leaders and advisers, and University officials will speak.

Movie Day: Tuesday, Feb 8, 3 to 8 p.m., Multi-purpose Room, Lydon, UML North. Features Flowers on the Sea, House of Flying Daggers, and more.

Gourmet Tour: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Cumnock Hall, UML North.  Catered by area restaurants, a sampling of Chinese foods.

Celebration Performance:  Feb. 11, 7 - 9 p.m., Cumnock Hall, UML North.

Professional performers showcase acrobatics, dance, singing and music.

Contact: Sandra Seitz, University Communications, 978-934-3225,

University Opens Icehouse at Winterfest

When: Friday, Feb. 11 from 8 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 12 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Where: Smith Baker Center, Merrimack Street, Lowell

What:  New this year to Lowell's annual Winterfest celebration will be the UMass Lowell Icehouse at the Smith Baker Center across from City Hall. The Icehouse will present live musical entertainment on Friday, Feb. 11 from 8 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 12 from 1 to 6 p.m. featuring Jack Ivory's Roadshow, student bands, folk singers, poetry readings and more.

The UML program is organized by the Student Activities Office, Student Government Association and others.

Contact: Paul Marion, University Communications, 978-934-3107,

MIT, UML Team Up for Clean Energy Competition

When:  Kick-Off Event, Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: MIT Tang Center, 2 Amherst St., Cambridge

What:  The University's entrepreneur-in-residence will be the keynote speaker at next week's kick-off event for a $125,000 MIT-UML clean energy competition.  Paul Wormser and panelists will lead a seminar on "How to Write a Winning Investor Presentation" - the first step in the Igniting Massachusetts' Clean Energy Future Competition. 

The MIT Enterprise Forum has invited students, researcher and entrepreneurs to craft a pitch that can sell a business concept to angel investors, venture capitalists, government grant-funding agencies and others.  The submission deadline is March 1. For more information, visit the website at

The UML Commercial Venture Development Center is holding the first round of presentations on March 21; finalists will make presentations on April 27 at MIT.  The first-place winner will receive $15,000 in cash plus a one-year membership in the UML Commercial Venture Development incubator, valued at $20,000.

Other sponsors include the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Cummings Properties, the Massachusetts High Technology Council and Constellation Energy.

Prior to joining UML's Commercial Venture Development incubator, Wormser's entrepreneurial positions included president and co-founder of Konarka Technologies, Inc.; director of technology for Solar Design Associates; president and CEO of Advanced Energy Systems; and vice president of RWE Schott Solar. Wormser began his professional career with the solar energy subsidiaries of Exxon and Mobil.

Contact: Sandra Seitz, University Communications, 978-934-3225,

TURI Hosts Green Chemistry Seminar for Biotech and High Tech Industries

When:  Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.  (Snow Date:  Feb. 28)

Where:  UML Alumni Lounge, 84 University Ave., Lowell

What: The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell will presentGreen Chemistry for the Biotech and High Tech Industries:  What's it All About. This free introductory seminar will help Massachusetts companies integrate green chemistry tools and techniques into their processes to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals at the source.  Lower costs, fewer regulations, and safer and healthier work environments are a few of the business benefits companies can realize by adopting these strategies.

A leader in the field of green chemistry research and education, Dr. John Warner, UML professor and director of the Green Chemistry Center, will introduce the "12 Principles of Green Chemistry" and how companies of any size can get started.

* Editor's Note:  This event was rescheduled from an earlier date because of snow.

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

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