NEWS FROM UML - May 10, 2005

05/10/2005
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 UML, visit www.uml.edu and click on "UML in the News."

 

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Gottsegen to Exhibit at Whistler House

Museum Passes, Downtown Stroll to Benefit Dean's Scholarship Fund

Duke Researchers Explore Health and Work Issues of Rural South Women

Expert to Address Challenges of Brownfields Development

Save Our History Student Project Unveils Guide of Historic Sites

Design Fair to Showcase Student Projects to Benefit the Disabled

 

 

Gottsegen to Exhibit at Whistler House

 

When:  Thursday, May 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. - opening reception

              Exhibit runs through June 24

 

Where:  Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St.

 

What: 

Paintings and works on paper by Art Department faculty member Dan Gottsegen will be exhibited. This event is free, open to all and wheelchair accessible.  The Whistler House's hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

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

 

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Museum Passes, Downtown Stroll to Benefit Dean's Scholarship Fund

 

When:   Sunday, May 15 from 2  to 5 p.m.                 

 

Where:  Downtown Lowell, starting at Whistler Park, 243 Worthen St.           

 

What:             

For a $25 donation, participants in a "downtown stroll" can tour six of Lowell's premiere museums and galleries, all to benefit UMass Lowell's Division of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Dean's Scholarship Fund.  A kickoff wine and cheese reception will take place at the newly completed Whistler Park, where there is free parking. The day's events will take place, rain or shine.

            Passes entitle participants to visit the Whistler House Museum of Art, the Brush Art Gallery and Studios, the Revolving Museum, the New England Quilt Museum, the American Textile History Museum and Evos Arts Institute.

            The scholarship supports students in the division, which is within the College of Arts and Sciences at UMass Lowell.

            For reservations, call the Division of Fine Arts at 978-934-3850

 

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

 

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Duke Researchers Explore Health and Work Issues of Rural South Women

 

When:  Tuesday, May 17 from noon to 2 p.m.

 

Where:  Alumni Lounge, University Avenue, UML North

 

What:             

Researchers from the Duke University Medical Center will speak about the health effects of employment in poultry processing on African-American women in the South.

 The research is part of the Safety and Health of Working Women project, under the auspices of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Health Disparities Research Program.  The talk also will feature an exhibit of photos of African-American women working in the poultry-processing industry, accompanied by their own descriptions.

The talk is sponsored by UMass Lowell's PHASE (Promoting Healthy and Safe Employment) in Healthcare project, the Center for Women and Work and the Center for Public Health Research and Health Promotion.

 

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

 

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Expert to Address Challenges of Brownfields Development

 

When:  Thursday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to noon

 

Where:  UMass Lowell Center for Family, Work and Community,

   Wannalancit Building, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

 

What:

            Lavea Brachman, a lawyer and city planner, next week will discuss the "Challenges of Community-Based Brownfields Development."

Brachman is associate director of the Delta Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit which helps improve environmental quality and promote community and economic development in the Great Lakes region.  She has worked and taught in the area of community involvement in Brownfields redevelopment projects for the last decade.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University's Department of Regional Economic and Social Development (RESD).  It is part of the monthly speaker series sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Work Study Program at RESD.

 

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

 

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Save Our History Student Project Unveils Guide of Historic Sites

 

When: Thursday, May 19, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

 

Where: Bartlett Middle School, 79 Wannalancit St., Lowell

 

What:

Eighth-grade students at the Bartlett School have been working on the "Save Our History" project, funded by a grant from the History Channel and awarded to the school in partnership with UMass Lowell's Tsongas Industrial History Center. The students worked after school with Center and National Park staff to create and publish a 20-page activity book about historic sites in their Acre neighborhood. The guide will be unveiled at a celebration and awards ceremony on May 19.

            The project has also won a grant to send a team of two students and two teachers on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete for a $10,000 national prize. Student participants will be chosen randomly and the team will travel to the competition at the end of May.

 

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

 

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Design Fair to Showcase Student Projects to Benefit the Disabled

 

When: Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Where: Cumnock Hall, One University Ave., Lowell

 

What:

Nearly 150 high school students who have tackled real-world engineering design problems to help people with disabilities or special needs will showcase their solutions next week at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

The third annual high school Assistive Technology Design Fair (ATDF) is sponsored by UMass Lowell's College of Engineering, with major grants from Tyco Electronics, M/A-COM and 3M.

            Working with a teacher-adviser, each team of four to six students had to find a client whose life would be improved with an assistive device - from a five-year-old with cerebral palsy who wants to play video games to a 90-year-old who needs help holding the phone.

            The 34 teams brainstormed alternative solutions, worked within a budget and built a working prototype to demonstrate at the design fair. M/A-COM engineers assisted with the on-site design reviews partway through the process.

 

Teams: Dracut (2 teams), Fitchburg (2), Hanover (4), Lawrence (1), Greater Lawrence Technical (1), Medford (10), Tyngsboro (4), and Westford Academy (8)

 

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

 

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