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NEWS FROM UML Feb. 14, 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.”

Lowell Experts Discuss Video Blogging and Citizen Journalism
Luncheon Lecture Series Explores Trends in Media
When:  Thursday, Feb. 16, noon

Where:  O’Leary Library, Room 331, UML South, 66 Wilder St., Lowell

What:    An informal lecture series exploring trends in media, information and technology will begin with a talk on “New Directions: I-Media,” presented by Lynne Lupine, of Left in Lowell, and Jason Daniels, of Lowell Telecommunications Corporation and the 100-Second Video Festival. They will discuss video-blogging, citizen journalism and micro media.

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

Turf Without Toxins
When:  Thursday, Feb. 16, and Friday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where:  MIL Conference Room, Wannalancit Building, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

What:    Nationally recognized turf experts Chip Osborne and James Sotillo offer “Growing Your Business the Natural Way,” a two-day course in natural lawn care for area businesses. Topics include: soil testing; soil amendments; mowing, irrigation, aeration and over-seeding; the latest in compost tea technology; natural pest control; municipal fields; and marking and publicity. The course was offered for a fee to area business. Costs are subsidized through a grant offered by UMass Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute.

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

Lowell Planner Speaks at UMass Lowell
When:  Thursday, Feb. 21, 11a.m.

Where:  Room 500, O’Leary Library, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

What:    George Proakis, chief planner for the City of Lowell, will speak about “The Role of a Public-Sector Planner in Community Building and Neighborhood Development.” Proakis’s work has addressed redevelopment and infill projects in Lowell’s traditional neighborhoods and downtown. Proakis has worked on Lowell’s comprehensive Master Plan, on rewriting the city’s zoning code, on improvements to municipal facilities city-wide, and on the redevelopment of the Hamilton Canal District. He has a Master of City Planning from MIT and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. The talk is offered as a part of the Housing and Urban Development seminar series.

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

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