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NEWS FROM UML - June 1, 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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European Vice President to Speak at UML Commencement Sunday

Speaker to Tell How Green Chemistry Keeps Businesses in the Black

Can Springfield Be Saved?

Lowell Talks Trash

European Vice President to Speak at UML Commencement Sunday

When:  Sunday, June 5 at 10 a.m. (Breakfast begin 8:30 a.m.)

Where:  Tsongas Arena, downtown Lowell


The first vice president of the European Commission will deliver the commencement address Sunday at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Margot Wallström, who also will receive an honorary degree, will speak to the nearly 2,000 graduates expected to receive bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the Tsongas Arena.

            Wallström, who also is the European commissioner for institutional relations and communications strategy, previously served as European commissioner for the environment and as a member of the Swedish Parliament.

            In addition to Wallström, others receiving honorary degrees include geneticist and microbiologist John Beckwith, who is currently working in the Genetics Screening Study Group in Boston; and Eric S. Lander, former leader of the Human Genome Project and current director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.  James V. Dandeneau, vice president of Memry Corporation, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

            Following the University-wide commencement ceremonies, receptions for each college will be held in locations on the arena grounds. Additional information, including a complete schedule of commencement day activities, is available at   

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

Speaker to Tell How Green Chemistry Keeps Businesses in the Black

When:  Thursday, June 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Where:  Alumni Library, University Avenue, UML North


Dr. Berkeley "Buzz" Cue will speak about the business reasons for incorporating Green Chemistry into a company's operations at next week's second evening seminar series.  Cue argues that, in addition to the very real cost savings that can result from a Green Chemistry approach, businesses also see improvements in public relations,  attracting and retaining talented employees, and improving worker and environmental health and safety. Cue will share examples and data based on his 29 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry - most recently at Pfizer's Groton site - as a champion of Green Chemistry.

            Cue also will be awarded the UML Center for Green Chemistry's Seldon Award. The award is given each year to someone who has furthered the works of Green Chemistry internationally and helped with the mission of the center. It is named for the fictional character Hari Seldon from Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.

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

Can Springfield Be Saved?

When: Friday, June 10 at 11 a.m.

Where: O'Leary Library Room 500, UML South


Suffering from industrial decline and fiscal crisis, Springfield is in dire straits. Prof. Robert Forrant of the Regional Economic and Social Development Department will talk about his current work in Springfield and draw on his background promoting economic development in Greater Springfield.  Prior to becoming a professor, Forrant worked as a machinist in the Springfield area and served as a union official.

The talk is free and open to the public.


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

Lowell Talks Trash

When:  Tuesday, June 14 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where:  MIL Conference Room, Wannalancit Mill, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell


Professors, students and community members this month will "recycle" stories of how previous recycling projects have worked by recording and "reusing" them. 

            The Environmental Storytelling event is sponsored by the Center for Family, Work, and Community; the Coalition for a Better Acre; Lowell Community Health Center; and the EPA.  It is free and open to the public. 

Contact: Michelle Richards, University Communications, 978-934-2988 or

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