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NEWS FROM UML April 11, 2006


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.”

 UML Hosts Live Broadcast of Cambodian-American National Town Meeting

When:  Monday, April 17, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Coburn Hall, Room 112, UML South, 850 Broadway St., Lowell

What:  The national Cambodian-American community is holding a National Town Meeting at the Killing Fields Memorial in Chicago. Lowell’s Coburn Hall will be one of five sites in the U.S. to be linked via video teleconference.
        Associate Prof. Jeffrey Gerson is one of the event’s 10 national commissioners, and Michael Lucas, coordinator of distance learning, is providing assistance.
        The National Town Meeting is the result of the National Cambodian-American Health Initiative’s declaration that the Cambodian community is in a state of emergency. Organizers are billing the meeting as a first step in a plan of action to prevent the unnecessary deaths and disabilities, that have plagued Cambodian survivors of war, torture and genocide. The event’s local sponsor is Sonith Peou, director of the Metta Health Center, Lowell Community Health Center.

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

Green-Rainbow Party Gubernatorial Candidate to Speak

Tuesday, April 18, 11 a.m.

Where: O’Leary Library, Room 327, UML South, 66 Wilder St., Lowell

What: Grace Ross, Green-Rainbow Party candidate for governor of Massachusetts, will speak to Associate Prof. Jeffrey Gerson’s class on state and local politics.
Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233 

 Public is Invited to View “Paintings on Paper”

When:  Wednesday, April 19, 3-5 p.m.

University Gallery, McGauvran Hall, UML South, 71 Wilder Street, Lowell

What:  The University Gallery and UML Art Department invite the public to the reception of a new exhibit “Paintings on Paper” by Masako Kamiya, on display April 12-May12. The exhibit features Kamiya’s small, intricate paintings, containing thousands of tiny nodules of color, creating complex landscapes of subtle shadows and changing values.
        The Boston-born artist describes her artwork as having dimension. “My intention is to challenge the way painting is conventionally perceived. The sculptural surface moves viewers across the field of the painting.” Kamiya currently teaches at Monserrat College of Art. The gallery is free and open to the public Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Physical Therapy Club Sponsors Annual Wheelchair Basketball Game           Proceeds Will Benefit the Lowell Healthcare Center
When:  Wednesday, April 19, 7 ߝ 9 p.m.

Where: Campus Recreation Center, corner of Pawtucket and Aiken sts., Lowell

 What:  The UMass Lowell Physical Therapy Club will take on the Baystate Wheelers, a team made up of wheelchair-bound athletes, in an annual basketball game. Cost is only $3 and the proceeds will benefit the Lowell Healthcare Center. Raffles include prizes from Dunkin’ Donuts, Ben & Jerry’s and many restaurants.

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

“Justice and Reconciliation” Follows Cambodian Genocide
Professor Discusses Aftermath in Cambodia and in Greater Lowell

When:  Thursday, April 20, 6 ߝ 7 p.m.

Where: O’Leary Library, Room 237, UML South, 66 Wilder St., Lowell

What:  Political Science Prof. George Chigas offers a talk titled, “After the Cambodian Genocide: Justice and Reconciliation.” Chigas will discuss problems, programs and possibilities, both in the Merrimack Valley and in Cambodia.
  The Peace & Conflict Studies Institute and the departments of Political Science, Regional Economic & Social Development, and Sociology are sponsors.

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

 Green Chemistry Celebrates Earth Day at the Revolving Museum

When:              Saturday, April 22, 6 ߝ 10 p.m.

Where:            The Revolving Museum, 22 Shattuck St., Lowell

What:             Green Chemistry is pollution prevention by designߞ;to give us products that do no harm in the making, do no harm in the using and do no harm in the disposing. Join UMass Lowell researchers from the Center for Green Chemistry and learn how scientists are inventing new green technologies in medicines, electronics, textiles and alternative energy. The Revolving Museum is hosting 20 exhibits for the eveningߞ;interactive, educational and just plain fun for the curious-minded. Meet the researchers, try the experiments and see how Green Chemistry can help to solve important problems in the world.
Contact: Sandra Seitz, 978-934-3225,

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