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NEWS FROM UML April 26, 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.”

Great Minds Think Small: Industry to Hear About UML Nano Efforts

When:  Friday, April 28, 9 a.m. ߝ 4 p.m.
9 ߝ 9:45 a.m., Opening and Overview: Chancellor William T. Hogan and Prof. Julie Chen 
11 a.m. ߝ 12 p.m., Nanomanufacturing, Prof. Joey Mead

Where: Alumni Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

What:  The UML Nanomanufacturing Centers’ “Industry Day” will feature 25
UMass Lowell faculty presenting on nanodevices, nanomedicine, nanomanufacturing and environmental health and safety issues in the morning sessions.  A poster session opens the afternoon, followed by lab tours from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Organizers expect dozens of businesses from greater Lowell and beyond to attend.
Contact: Sandra Seitz, 978-934-3225,

UML Seniors Invited to a Graduation Celebration
Raffles, Food, Information Available at Annual Event
When:  Tuesday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:  Cumnock Hall Auditorium, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

What:    Graduating students will be treated to a brunch served by volunteer staff and faculty members at this yearly event. Raffle prizes awarded throughout the event include a free college ring, a certificate from Kaplan Test Prep for a free GMAT or GRE prep course, cash and many other prizes donated by local organizations. Students can also buy tickets for Senior Week, receive career advice and pick up their caps and gowns. The event is organized by the offices of Career Services, Public Affairs and Alumni Relations, Students Activities, Athletics and Multicultural Affairs.
Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233 or

University Police Department Receives Two Defibrillators
Trinity EMS, Phi Kappa Sigma Honored at Ceremony

When:  Wednesday, May 3, 10 a.m.

Where:  Southwick 240, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

What:    Representatives from Trinity EMS Inc. will present UMass Lowell Police Chief Brian Pray with two automated external defibrillators (AED), valued at over $3,000 each. Trinity donated one of the defibrillators and provided the second unit at a significant discount. The UML service fraternity Phi Kappa Sigma raised money to pay for the discounted unit. Student Michael Fletcher will represent Phi Kappa Sigma at the ceremony, along with Christopher Chernicki, EMT student supervisor
 AEDs are used by first responders, such as firefighters, police or athletic personnel, to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233 or

Students Offer a “Really Big Show”

Wednesday, May 3, 3 p.m.

Dugan Art Gallery, UML South, 883 Broadway St., Lowell

What:  Art and Design students will be feted at a reception for the The Big Show, the 16th annual juried exhibition of student artwork. The show, which features a variety of media in fine arts and graphic design, is on display through May 11.
        A panel of jurists will hand out awards such as Best of Show, Award for Excellence, Best Two-and Three-Dimension, and Students' Pick. Refreshments will be provided. The gallery is free and open to the public Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The reception is sponsored by the Fine Arts Department.
Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233 or

Novelist and Physicist Alan Lightman to Speak

When:  Wednesday, May 3, approx. 7 p.m.
        (dinner begins around 6:30; speech is after dinner)

Where: Alumni Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

What:  Internationally famous, award-winning, and best-selling author of Einstein’s Dreams and other books, Dr. Alan Lightman will speak on “The Physicist as Novelist: The similarities and differences in the way scientists and artists view the world.”
  The talk is offered as the dinner speech at an end-of-year banquet for members of Sigma Xi, the UMass Lowell chapter of the national science and engineering research society.
        Einstein’s Dreams, published in 1993, was an international bestseller. It has been translated into thirty languages and was a finalist for the 1994 PEN New England/Boston Globe Winship Award.
Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233 or

Environmental Health of Schools is Topic for Area Superintendents

When:  Friday, May 5, 11:30 a.m. ߝ 1 p.m.

Where: O’Leary Library Room 528, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

What:  About 10 area superintendents and assistant superintendents will gather at the UMass Lowell campus to discuss environmental health and safety in their schools. Madeline Snow, expert in environmental management systems, will speak.
  UMass Lowell’s Center for Field Services and Studies convenes area superintendents several times during the school year to learn more about issues affecting K-12 schools in the Merrimack Valley and beyond.
Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233 or

High School Students Help the Disabled With Inventions

When:              Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 12 noon; see details below.

Where:            Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave.,  Lowell

What:              UMass Lowell’s Assistive Technology Design Fair is a unique program for high school students to tackle real-world engineering design problems aimed at helping people with disabilities or special needs.
        More than 35 teams composed of nearly 160 students from 14 high schools across Massachusetts will show their design projects. Student teams started in Januaryߞ;to find a client, consider alternative design solutions, and hold a design review meeting with engineers from industry. Working prototypes will be presented, and many of the projects will be delivered to clients.
        Sponsors include Tyco Electronics, 3M Touch Systems, Philips Medical Systems
and the UMass Lowell Francis College of Engineering.

  Opening remarks
   9:20 Poster Session 1: half of teams display their work
10 Poster Session 2: other half of teams show work
10:40 UML engineering student seniors present assistive tech projects
11:10 Five best projects are presented and demonstrated

Contact: Sandra Seitz, 978-934-3225,

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