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NEWS FROM UML March 28, 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.”

Former Governor Paul Cellucci to Speak

Thursday, March 30, 11 a.m.

Where: O’Leary 222, UML South, 61 Wilders St., Lowell

What:  Former Governor and Ambassador to Canada A. Paul Cellucci will speak to students in a state and local politics class and others from the UMass Lowell community.

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

Author of New Book on Boston’s Irish Mob Reads and Signs

When:  Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m.

Where: O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

What:  Rich Farrell, former instructor at UMass Lowell and author of A Criminal and an Irishman: The Inside Story of the Boston Mob-IRA Connection will celebrate the publishing of his book by offering a reading book signing.  The book offers the story of Patrick Nee, an ex-Marine from Southie who was active in Boston’s Irish Mob, an associate of Whitey Bulger, as well as being a weapons smuggler for the Irish Republican Army.  His story takes the reader into the criminal world of Boston as he recounts his life from a street kid to dangerous criminal. The English Department and the Friends of UML Libraries are sponsoring the talk and a reception for the author.

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

Doctors Explore How Social Injustice Affects Public Health

Wednesday, April 5, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Coburn Hall, Room 205, UML South, 850 Broadway St., Lowell 
  Barry S. Levy, M.D., M.P.H. and Victor W. Sidel, M.D., authors of the book Social Injustice and Public Health (Oxford University Press), will examine the affect of social injustice on public health. The authors say that social injustice increases hazardous exposures and other risk factors, which, in turn, lead to higher rates of disease, injury, disability, and premature death. The seminar will explore what needs to be done to reduce social injustice and its impact on health in the U.S. and throughout the world.
        Dr. Levy is an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Tufts and a consultant in occupational and environmental health. Dr. Sidel is Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Cornell. Sidel was one of the founders of both Physicians for Social Responsibility and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which was the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.  The event is sponsored by the Center for Public Health Research and Health Promotion and the School of Health and Environment.

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

National Bereavement Teleconference Explores End of Life and Pain
Wednesday, April 5
           1:15 p.m. - Registration & Welcome
           1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Teleconference
Where: Wannalancit Mills, 600 Suffolk Street Lowell,
What:  What is it that prevents effective pain management at the end of life? What can each of us do to improve the way we define and respond to the pain of our patients and loved ones? This “live-via-satellite” teleconference will feature a distinguished panel of experts who will discuss these issues and more. The teleconference is produced by the Hospice Foundation of America and is sponsored locally by UMass Lowell’s School of Health & Environment and Center for Public Health Research & Health Promotion and by the Visiting Nurse Association/VNA Hospice of Greater Lowell.
        The event is free and open to the public; nurses and certain other occupations can receive CEUs (for a fee) from the Hospice Foundation of America.

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

2006 Physics Nobel Laureate Will Speak on Quantum Theory of Light

When:              Wednesday, April 5, 4 p.m. (refreshments at 3:30)

Where:            Alumni Hall, UML North, One University Avenue, Lowell

What:              Roy J. Glauber, Mallinckrodt professor of physics at Harvard University and this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, will speak at the physics colloquium. Glauber will deliver his Nobel Prize lecture, “100 Years of Light Quanta.” Glauber’s appearance is sponsored by the Department of Physics and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Sandra Seitz, 978-934-3225,

Women Ask: Does Slavery Still Exist?

When:  Thursday, April 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Alumni Lydon Library, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

What:  This year, the Center for Women and Work’s 8th Annual Gathering at the Well Forum poses a question many Americans would never think to ask: Does slavery still exist?
        The forum will explore trafficking of women and children. Keynote speaker Professor Emerita Jean L. Pyle, senior associate for the Center, will define trafficking and discuss what it entails. Topics include sex workers, sweatshop workers, child labor, and domestic and agricultural issues, as well as solutions to these issues. The forum will also feature Carol Gomez, from Trafficking Victims Outreach and Services of Cambridge, and Harvard graduate student Kyla Mitsunaga, head of her own student anti-trafficking group.
        The event is funded in part by the UMass Lowell Council for Diversity and Pluralism and the Graduate Student Association.

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

GearUp Families Play ‘Survivor’

When:              Friday, April 7, 6 - 8 p.m.

Where:            Lowell High School cafeteria, Father Morissette Blvd., Lowell

What:             Seventh grade students from five middle schoolsߞ;Rogers, Robinson, Butler, Stoklosa and Sullivanߞ;each with a parent or guardian, will compete against other families in the GearUp version of “Survivor.” Each challenge involves hands-on and mind-bending math games for the teams to advance to the next level: fast, furious and fun! GearUp is a program funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education to encourage minority and disadvantaged students to set their sights on a college education.

Contact: Sandra Seitz, 978-934-3225,

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