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NEWS FROM UML - Sept. 13, 2005


 A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications Office, 978-934-3224. For more stories on UML, visit and click on "UML in the News."

Click on the following links to learn more about what's in this issue:

Common Text Film Series Kicks off in September

Is the AFL-CIO Split Good or Bad for American Workers?

Nobel Laureate Heeger Will Speak on Plastic Electronics

UML's Famed Photographer Exhibits at DeCordova Museum

Common Text Film Series Kicks off in September

When: Each Thursday throughout the semester, usually at 7 p.m.

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

What: The English Department invites students, faculty, staff and members of the public to a semester-long film series in conjunction with their College Writing course. As part of the new Common Text Program this semester, all incoming freshmen will be reading Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, chronicling her experiences taking three low-wage jobs in different parts of the United States. The films chosen for the series intersect with Ehrenreich's project and represent a wide variety of attitudes and styles.

The series will feature Waging a Living on Sept.15, Norma Rae on Sept. 22, and Belfast,Maine on Sept. 29. Also included in the fall series are Roger & Me by director Michael Moore, 9 to 5 featuring Dolly Parton, and the popular Mike Judge comedy Office Space.

All screenings are free and open to the public.

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

Is the AFL-CIO Split Good or Bad for American Workers?

Steve Early, Communications Workers of America, Speaks at Seminar

When: Monday, Sept. 19, at 12 noon

Where: Seminar Room 500M, O'Leary Library, Wilder St., UMass Lowell South

What: Steve Early, an organizer for the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and a widely published labor journalist, will talk about the recent split in big labor. His presentation will be followed by discussion. Early works with the northeast district of CWA, representing more than 175,000 workers from New Jersey to eastern Canada. He has long been active in organizing, bargaining, and major strikes, and has published articles in more than 35 newspapers and journals. A buffet lunch is available.

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

Nobel Laureate Heeger Will Speak on Plastic Electronics

Annual Tripathy Lecture Features Innovations in Polymer Science

When: Thursday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m.

Where: Alumni Hall, University Avenue, UMass Lowell North,

What: Alan Heeger, 2000 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, will give the Tripathy Endowed Memorial Lecture on "Plastic Electronics and Optoelectronics." The annual lecture features innovative work in polymer and material sciences, in memory of University Professor Sukant Tripathy, founder of the Center for Advanced Materials and renowned researcher in thin polymer films and their electrical and optical properties.

            Dr. Heeger, professor of physics and materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and director of the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids, has done pioneering research in semiconducting and metallic polymers. His research group studies light emitting diodes (LEDs), light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs), and lasers, all fabricated from semiconducting (conjugated) polymers.

            Heeger was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at UMass Lowell in 1999.

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

UML's Famed Photographer Exhibits at DeCordova Museum

When: Sept. 10, 2005 through January 8, 2006

Where: Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln

What: Exhibit of the works of Prof. Arno Minkkinen of UMass Lowell's Art Department titled  "Saga: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Photographs 1970-2005." The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln is the premier location for this 120-print traveling exhibition about Minkkinen's work. DeCordova promotional materials note that, "since the early 1970s, Minkkinen has been photographing his unclothed body in a wide variety of landscape and interior settings. These unmanipulated surreal and timeless black and white photographs are astonishing in the way Minkkinen maneuvers his body so that it echoes or seems to become part of the land formation."

Contact: Elizabeth James, UMass Lowell Communications, 978-934-3226 or

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