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NEWS FROM UML May 17, 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 Presents Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibit

When:             Saturday, May 20, 2-5 p.m., reception
                        Exhibit runs Monday, May 15 through Saturday, May 27

Where:            Reception: Arts League of Lowell Gallery, 67 Middle Street, Lowell
                        Exhibits:   Arts League of Lowell and
                                      Boott Gallery at the Boott Mills Museum, 115 John St.

What:              The artwork of UMass Lowell senior Fine Arts majors will be on view from May 15th through May 27th at the Spring 2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts Candidates Exhibition, sponsored by the Arts League of Lowell and the Lowell Historical National Park. All artwork will be featured at two separate galleries within walking distance in the Lowell Arts District. A reception will be held on May 20
            The multimedia artwork is on display at:
* The Arts League of Lowell Gallery, located at 67 Middle Street, downtown Lowell. Gallery hours are Thursday, 6-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11-4 p.m., and Sunday 12-4 p.m.
* The Boott Gallery at the Boott Mills Museum, 115 John Street, behind Boardinghouse Park. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily.
For more information, contact UML gallery coordinator Michele Gagnon at 978-934-3491.

Contact:          Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233 or

String Project Plays Spring Concert

When:   Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m.

Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

  The UMass Lowell String Project presents its Spring Concert this Sunday. The concert is the culmination of a year of string-instrument lessons for about 100 Lowell elementary school students.
        The String Project is  a collaboration between Lowell Public Schools and the University. It is designed to introduce string instruments to young students, increase diversity among students studying classical music, and apply the children's enthusiasm to an instrument.

Contact:          Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233 or

Science Wars:  What Are the Values That Guide Research? 
When:    Tuesday, May 23, 11:45 a.m. ߝ 2:00 p.m.
Where:    Alumni Lounge, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

What:     A luncheon and panel discussion will consider “Precaution, Prevention and Public Policy,” featuring UML-affiliated faculty Richard Clapp, Molly Jacobs and Polly Hoppin of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. The panelists direct the campus’s Environmental Health Initiative, which seeks to reduce rates of chronic illness associated with environmental factors. The initiative aims to maintain the integrity of science that is used in legal cases and in regulations and when applied to public policy. The event is sponsored by The New England Consortium’s Worker Health and Safety Training Program.

Contact:          Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233 or 

UML Alumni, Faculty and Staff Discuss “Downside UP!”

When:  Wednesday, May 24, starting at 6:30 p.m.

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

What:  “Downside UP!,” an independent film on arts and community development, will be screened, followed by a discussion led by Susan DeMari, UML ’00, downtown coordinator for the City of Lowell; Prof. Robert Forrant; Paul Marion, UML director of Community Relations; and LZ Nunn, executive director of the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL). The film tells the story of how America’s largest museum of contemporary art, MASS MoCA, was built in North Adams ߝ Massachusetts’ smallest and one of its poorest cities ߝ in hopes of revitalizing the city's economy after years of industrial job loss.  The discussion will look at cultural development in downtown Lowell.
Contact:          Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233 or 

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