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NEWS FROM UML - June 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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Can Springfield Be Saved?

Lowell Talks Trash

Groups that Reduce Toxic Chemicals to Be Honored at State House

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 this week 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 next week 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

Groups that Reduce Toxic Chemicals to Be Honored at State House


When:  Thursday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

Where:  Massachusetts State House, Great Hall, Boston


The Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell will recognize Massachusetts companies and community grant project teams for reducing the use of toxic chemicals throughout the Commonwealth.

State Sen. Pamela P. Resor and Rep. Frank Israel Smizik, co-chairs of the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee, and Prof. Michael Ellenbecker, director of TURI, are expected to participate in the ceremony.

Honorees include: Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Dorchester; New Ecology, Inc., Cambridge; Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, East Longmeadow; Town of Westford Water Department; Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences; Solutia, Inc., Springfield; Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc., Marlborough; Raytheon Corp., Waltham; M/A-COM, Lowell; and AlphaGary, Leominster.

The event will begin with a reception and exhibit of community grant recipients at 11 a.m., followed by the recognition ceremony at noon.


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

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