UML News for the Week of Oct. 28, 2008

10/28/2008
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Oct. 28, 2008: This is a notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Office of Public Affairs, 978-934-3224. For more stories, visit www.uml.edu and click on “UML in the News.” Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not intended to be published.

Click on the following links to learn what else is going on at UMass Lowell:

University Community Takes Part in Mock Presidential Election
An Evening with Best-Selling Author Andre Dubus III
Students Present Forum on Candidates’ Positions on Health Issues
‘We May Be On to Something Here’ Panel Features Sci-Fi Author
Residence Halls Host Safe Zone Trick-or-Treating
Professor Discusses ‘Living with Robots’ at Parker Lecture
‘Green’ Growth, Jobs and Economic Revival is Topic of RESD Lecture
Humanitarian Working on Reconciliation in Iraq Headlines Morse Lecture

University Community Takes Part in Mock Presidential Election

When:            Voting is held online through Thursday, Oct. 30; winners announced that evening at 7 p.m. UMass Lowell hockey game

What:            Will the nation go as the university goes? UMass Lowell is holding a campus-wide mock election this week. Voting is being held online and the winner will be announced as part of the “Election Night” events at the Thursday, Oct. 30 River Hawk hockey game against Quinnipiac University. To purchase hockey tickets, check out www.goriverhawks.com.

Where:          Tsongas Arena, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

Contact for Media:    Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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An Evening with Best-Selling Author Andre Dubus III

When:            Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.

What:            The Department of English and the Concord Festival of Authors host a reading and book-signing by Andre Dubus III, best-selling author and UMass Lowell professor. Dubus will read from and discuss his new novel, “The Garden of Last Days.”

Where:         Comley-Lane Theatre, Mahoney Hall, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell

Contact for Media:    Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Students Present Forum on Candidates’ Positions on Health Issues
 
When:
            Thursday, Oct. 30, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

What:            Students in the Department of Community Health and Sustainability’s Contemporary Health Problems course will hold a forum discussing the positions on health issues of the presidential candidates representing the Democratic, Republican, Green and Libertarian parties. 

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

Contact for Media:    Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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‘We May Be On to Something Here’ Panel Features Sci-Fi Author

When:            Thursday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.

What:            Science fiction and fantasy fans will look to the future at “We May Be On to Something Here,” a panel discussion sponsored by the Department of English and the Concord Festival of Authors and moderated by sci-fi author Jeffrey Carver.

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

Contact for Media:    Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Residence Halls Host Safe Zone Trick-or-Treating

When:  
          Friday, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

What:            UMass Lowell’s Office of Residence Life is holding its annual Safe Zone Trick-or-Treating event for faculty and staff and their children at two residence halls. Halloween-themed activities will be offered as part of the event.

Where:          Sheehy and Concordia halls, UML South, Lowell

Contact for Media:    Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Professor Discusses ‘Living with Robots’ at Parker Lecture

When:            Sunday, Nov. 2, 2 p.m.

What:            UMass Lowell Robotics Prof. Holly Yanco will talk about how robots are being used today and how they will be part of the future, as well as how systems are being designed to help robots work better with people. Her talk is part of the Parker Lecture Series.

Where:           Lowell National Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St., Lowell

Contact for Media:    Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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‘Green’ Growth, Jobs and Economic Revival is Topic of RESD Lecture

When:            Monday, Nov. 3, noon

What:            Robert Pollin, economist and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst, will present “Green Growth, Good Jobs and U.S. Economic Revival” in the latest in the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development’s lecture series, sponsored by the Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Program. Pollin recently presented a similar program as one of four Distinguished Faculty Lectures at UMass Amherst.

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

Contact for Media:    Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Humanitarian Working on Reconciliation in Iraq Headlines Morse Lecture

When:            Monday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.

What:            Padraig O’Malley, director of the Iraq Project and recipient of the International Association of University Presidents Peace Award, will serve as keynote speaker at the second F. Bradford Morse Distinguished Lecture. UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College are among the partners presenting the program. Morse, a Lowell native, was a leader on humanitarian issues who served in a variety of roles with the United Nations. O’Malley is the John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor for Peace and Reconciliation at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at UMass Boston, and will discuss his recent efforts at reconciliation in Iraq against the background of his work in Northern Ireland and South Africa. A panel discussion will follow the presentation. The event is open to the public; those interested in attending should contact Paul Marion at UMass Lowell, paul_marion@uml.edu, or Pat Cook at Middlesex Community College, pcook@middlesex.mass.edu no later than Friday, Oct. 31.

Where:          F. Bradford Morse Federal Building, 50 Merrimack St., Lowell

Contact for Media:    Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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