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NEWS FROM UML April 4, 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.”

A League of Their Own: Women's Professional Sports is Roundtable Topic

Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m.

Where: Campus Recreation Center, corner of Pawtucket and Aiken sts., Lowell
  Experts on women in professional sports will gather to discuss the status of women’s professional sports, asking, where are we today and what does the future hold?
Panelists include:    Kristine Botto, New England Riptide softball team
                                Ginger Snow, Massachusetts Mutiny football team
                                Dr. Sherri Russell, Massachusetts Mutiny Football team, Owner
                                Joe Cummings, former GM of WUSA Boston Breakers soccer
                                Peter Mandeau, GM of World Team Tennis, Boston Lobsters

      The event is sponsored by UML Athletics, the Political Science Club and the Student Government Association. It is free and open to the public.

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

Bots Meet the Challenge at Botball and Botfest

When:              Saturday, April 8, starting at 10 a.m.

Where:            Cumnock Hall auditorium, University Ave., Lowell

What:             Botball: Sixteen high school teams will meet the challenge in this year’s Botball tournamentߞ;to save survivors of a flood and bring them supplies. Botball is a nationwide robot education program in which students have seven weeks to build and program a robot that will act independently.
 10 a.m. ߝ 1 p.m.: Seeding roundsߞ;each team’s robot runs alone, allowing teams to show off the best their robot can do without interference.
 2 ߝ 5 p.m.: Double-elimination tournamentߞ;robots go head to head on the game board. Awards ceremony follows.
 Participants: Middle school or high school teams are expected from Arlington, Ashland, Chelmsford, Malden, Revere, Sharon, Southboro, Tyngsboro, Waltham, Wellesley, West Roxbury, West Tisbury and Worcester, Mass; and from Bridgeport, Conn.
 Botfest: Botfest is a robot exhibition open to all ages, from elementary school students through university students to adults.
 11 a.m. ߝ 1 p.m.: Botfest displays will be open, also in Cumnock Hall.
        Both events are free and open to the public. Parking is in the Riverside lot.

Contact: Sandra Seitz, 978-934-3225,

Gender Studies Program Celebrates 30 Years

When:  Monday, April 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder Street, Lowell
Schedule:  11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. UML student panel: 
* Marion de Laubenfels, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”
* Lauren Cerretti, “The Need for Language in a Marginalized World”
* Jessica Pappathan, “Who Was the Ideal Woman of the Renaissance: Looking at Mothers and Scholarly Women”
* Elys Rodriguez, “Male Midwifery in 17-18th Century Europe”

12:15 ߝ 2 p.m.:  Poster session

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.: Center for Women and Work: Faculty Associates Panel
4 p.m. ߝ 6 p.m.:  “Transformation through Interdisciplinary Pedagogy: Gender Studies Teaching Fellows Panel”

The event is supported by a grant from the Provost’s Office.

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

Students Speak Out and Present on April 10, “Day Without Violence”

I.   Honors Students Speak on the Future of Work in a Global Economy

When:  Monday, April 10, 3 ߝ 4:10 p.m.

Where:         206 Mahoney Hall, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell   

What:             The Future of Work in the Global Economy is a short, intense honors course taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty, from economics to engineering. At the last session on Monday, the 10 students will present their observations about trends in work, based on interviews they conducted with older workers. Students asked people where they thought they would be working, where they are working now and where they expect to work in 20 years. From this material, they will discuss the themes of the classߞ;understanding the long trends in economic innovation, public policy, distribution of wealth and provision of services.
Contact: Sandra Seitz, 978-934-3225,

II. Student Perspectives on Peace, Conflict and Social Justice

When:  Monday, April 10, 5 ߝ 7 p.m.

Where: 410 McGauvran Hall, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

What:   Undergraduate and graduate students from UMass Lowell, UMass Amherst and Brandeis University will present papers on various topics related to peace and conflict studies, including:
* conflicts between Native Americans and whites over land use and the nuclear fuel cycle;
* psychological and social impacts of torture in Chile;
* the student campaign to establish a US Department of Peace; and
* relationships between economic inequality and democracy.
The event is cosponsored by the departments of Political Science, Sociology, and Regional Economic & Social Development. For details, see

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

Luggage Executive Speaks on American Tourister

When:  Tuesday, April 11,  2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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

What:  The fourth and final talk in the Senior Executive Forum series will be given by John Pulichino, chairman and CEO of Group III International Ltd, a wholesale travel good company. Pulichino is the former president and CEO of American Tourister, Inc. and the former chairman and CEO of Innovation Luggage, Inc.
 The Forum is sponsored by the Office of University Advancement and the College of Management.

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

City Council to Proclaim National Medical Laboratory Professional Week

When:  Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, Lowell City Hall, Lowell, MA

What:  Prof. Kathleen Doyle, chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences, will speak about the importance of increasing the number of graduates in the medical laboratory profession. Currently, colleges and universities are graduating less than half of the projected need in the field. Representatives of area hospitals will be in attendance as Mayor William Martin proclaims the fourth week in April National Medical Laboratory Professional Week, to bring needed attention to the critical shortage.

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

UML Hosts Second-Annual New England Poetry Conference

When:  Wednesday, April 12, 10 a.m. ߝ 5:30 p.m.
Where:  O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 66 Wilder St., Lowell

What:  The Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for American Studies and the UMass Lowell English Department will host the second-annual New England Poetry Conference.  This all-day poetry event features a group of talented poets including UML’s Kerouac writer-in-residence, Major Jackson.  Visit for more information.
Contact:  Jennifer Hanson, Communications,, 978-934-3108

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