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NEWS FROM UML - March 29, 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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Parker Lecture Asks, "What's the Big Deal about the Very, Very Small?" Workshop Explores Classical Indian and African Music

Poetry Takes Center Stage

CITA Premieres Documentary Film Series

Does that Domed Arena Have a Glass Ceiling?

"Hoop Dreams" Author to Speak at UML

Parker Lecture Asks, "What's the Big Deal about the Very, Very Small?"

When: Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m.

Where: O'Leary Library, Room 222, 61 Wilder St., Lowell


            Nanomanufacturing has been generating quite a buzz on the UMass Lowell campus. A special Parker Lecture will answer the question, "What's the big deal about something very, very small?"

Mechanical engineering Prof. Julie Chen and Plastics Engineering Assoc. Profs. Joey Mead and Carol Barry will present information about current and potential research and business opportunities in nanomanufacturing. They will also demystify the various projects - the state-supported Center of Excellence, the National Science Foundation science and engineering center, and the collaborations with other universities. Chemistry Prof. Emeritus Arthur Watterson will moderate the discussion and describe other nanotechnology research on campus.

            The Moses Greeley Parker Lectures is a Lowell institution, dating from

1917. UML is a partner in the presentation of the series.

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

Workshop Explores Classical Indian and African Music

When: Friday, April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Fisher Recital Hall, Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder St., UML South.


UML Music Prof. Gena Greher will conduct a multicultural music workshop for area music teachers Friday, April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Fisher Recital Hall in UML's Durgin Hall.

In the morning, the workshop will focus on Indian classical music with flutists V.K. Raman playing southern classical and Suresh C. Mathur, former UML physics professor, playing northern classical. UML staffer Chandrika Sharma may join on vocal.

In the afternoon, two musicians from the urban opera Vanqui, Mogauwane Mahloele on percussion and Leslie Savoy Burrs on flute, will participate in an African drumming workshop. Vanqui, composed by Burrs, is being performed at the Smith Baker Center in Lowell on Sunday, April 3 at 4 p.m.

The workshop is being made possible by a grant from the UML Council on Diversity and Pluralism. For information, contact Greher at (978) 934-3893 or Prof. Kay G. Roberts at (978) 934-3867.

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


Poetry Takes Center Stage at UML


When:  Wednesday, Apr. 6 and Thursday, Apr. 7

Where:  Coburn Hall 205, UML South, and Boott Cotton Mills, 115 John St., Lowell


The Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for American Studies will present the inaugural New England Poetry Conference on April 6 and 7 at the Boott Cotton Mills and on campus in Coburn Hall 205. The event will feature readings, panel discussions and a film presentation in conjunction with the CITA film series bring presented on April 7.

Presenters will include David Barber, author of The Spirit Level and staff editor at The Atlantic Monthly; John Burt of Brandeis University, author of Work Without Hope and editor of Selected Poems of Robert Penn Warren; and UML English Prof. Anthony Szczesiul, author of Radical Politics and Robert Penn Warren's Poetry

All events are free and open to the public. Daytime events will take place in Coburn Hall 205. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit  For more information, contact Prof. Hilary Holladay, conference coordinator and director of the Kerouac Center, 978-934-4195 or

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

CITA Premieres Documentary Film Series

When:  Thursday, Apr. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Where:  Events Center in the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St., Lowell.

What: The Committee on Industrial Theory and Assessment (CITA), will present four documentary films in a series entitled "Patterns of Community Development", each Thursday throughout the month of April. The films will begin each evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Events Center in the Boot Cotton Mills Museum in downtown Lowell. Uprooted, a 28-minute film, kicks off the series on April 7. The 65-minute film Monkey Dance will debut on April 14, followed by The Value of Life: AIDS in Africa Revisited on April 21, and Is Wal-Mart Goof for America?on April 28.Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information on the entire series, visit

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

Does that Domed Arena Have a Glass Ceiling?

When:  Thursday, April 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Where:  Campus Recreation Center, Pawtucket Street, UML East


A panel of women who have gotten ahead in the world of sports will discuss "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Road to the Top for Women in Sports."

Speakers include Kristen Kuliga, an NFL sports agent who represents seven active NFL players. She was the first female agent to negotiate a multimillion-dollar contract for an NFL quarterback - Doug Flutie. Other participants include former Olympic rower, Mary Mazzio, founder and CEO of 50 Eggs Inc., an independent film production company. In 2000, Mazzio received the Women's Sports Journalism Award from the Women's Sports Foundation.

Others on the panel include Joanne Merril, Rivier College athletic director; NCAA Division I Women's Basketball official Joanne Aldrich;  Channel 7 Sports weekend news anchor Wendy Nix; and Julie Kahn of WEEI Sports Radio. The event is sponsored by Politics and Sports and the Athletics Department. It is part of the annual recognition of Women, Equality & Sports. 

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


"Hoop Dreams" Author to Speak at UML

When:  Thursday, April 7 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Campus Recreation Center, Pawtucket Street (across from LeLacheur Park)


            Award-winning journalist and author Bill Reynolds, best known for Hoop Dreams, will speak next week at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

            The sports writer for the Providence Journal and acclaimed author of several books on basketball will discuss the state of high school and college basketball in America today. The talk, "Fall River Dreams:  A Team's Quest for Glory, A Town's Search for its Soul," also will focus on the high school basketball team's quest for a state championship which was depicted in his non-fiction book Hoop Dreams. 

            It is sponsored by Politics and Sports and the UMass Lowell Athletics Department and funded by the UMass Lowell Bookstore Committee.  For more information, contact Political Science Prof. Jeffrey Gerson at 978-934-4255.

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

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