News from UML for Week of April 6, 2009

04/06/2009
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

April 6, 2009: 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 about UMass Lowell, 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:

Threat of Flooding, Water Quality Examined in Community Issues Series
Biomanufacturing Lab Named for Millipore Corporation
Author Presents ‘Gaza: Behind the Massacre’ at UMass Lowell
‘Lowell Seniors Count’ Helps Connect Community with Resources|
Students Bring Poetry of Home to Visiting Nurse Association’s Centennial
Experts Share Tips on Running for Office in Massachusetts
Summit Showcases Nanomanufacturing Revolution


Threat of Flooding, Water Quality Examined in Community Issues Series

When: Tuesday, April 7, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

What: Lynnda Ignacio and Paul Belley of the Pawtucketville Citizen Council will present “Preventing the Threat of Local Flooding,” followed by “Developing Public Awareness about Water Quality” with Christine Tabak of the Merrimack River Watershed Council. The discussions are part of a series sponsored by the UMass Lowell graduate program in community social psychology. Each evening focuses on a specific community issue, with the goal of discussing practical resolutions with the audience. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Where: Coburn Hall, Room 205, UML South, 850 Broadway St., Lowell

Contacts for Media: Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Biomanufacturing Lab Named for Millipore Corp.

When: Thursday, April 9, noon

What: Massachusetts leaders in life sciences fields will join top Millipore Corp. executives and UMass Lowell officials to celebrate a robust Millipore-UMass Lowell partnership aimed at growing the life sciences talent in the region. Several recently installed pieces of equipment donated by Millipore will be displayed at the lab dedication. Speakers will discuss the equipment's relevance to training and keeping the pipeline of employees available for the growing biotech manufacturing sector, as well as release details of an innovative intellectual property licensing agreement expected to benefit UMass Lowell. Speakers will include Jean-Paul Mangeolle, president of the Bioprocess Division at Millipore. Millipore is a $1.6 billion company providing leading-edge technologies, tools and services for bioscience research and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Headquartered in Billerica, the company employs approximately 1,100 people in Massachusetts, with a worldwide work force of 5,900.

Where: Engineering Building, Room 219, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

Contact for Media: Renae Lias Claffey, Public Affairs, 978-934-3233 or Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Author Presents ‘Gaza: Behind the Massacre’ at UMass Lowell

When: Thursday, April 9, 5:30 p.m.

What: World renowned scholar and author Norman G. Finkelstein discusses what he describes as "Israel's latest massacre in Gaza" in the context of the historical Israel-Palestine conflict. Finkelstein, who received his doctorate from Princeton University, is the author of five books on anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. This event is free and open to the public.

Where: Ball Hall, Room 214, UML North, 185 Riverside St., Lowell

Contacts for Media: Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu  

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‘Lowell Seniors Count’ Helps Connect Community with Resources

When: Saturday, April 11, kickoff from 10 a.m. to noon

What: Volunteers with “Lowell Seniors Count,” a project spearheaded by Prof. Andrew Hostetler of UMass Lowell, will be going door to door throughout the Pawtucketville neighborhood of Lowell to conduct brief interviews with seniors as part of a city-wide, comprehensive health needs assessment. Volunteers will meet with seniors, collect basic information and provide resource bags with safety and health-related items and information. The campaign will continue for several weeks to reach all residents in the neighborhood over age 60. To date, resource bags have been delivered to more than 2,000 seniors and approximately 1,200 seniors have been interviewed. The effort, which started with the large housing complexes in the downtown region, will be conducted in all 11 of the city’s neighborhoods. Volunteers have all been trained and screened with extensive background checks, and are identified by official badges, T-shirts and tote bags with the Lowell Seniors Count logo.

Where: Kickoff event at Lowell General Hospital Courtyard, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell

Contacts for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu; Christine Scaplen, Lowell General Hospital, cscaplen@lowellgeneral.org

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Students Bring ‘Poetry of Home’ to Visiting Nurse Association’s Centennial

When: Tuesday, April 14, 4 p.m.

What: In collaboration with the UMass Lowell English Department, the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is hosting “Poetry of Home.” The VNA’s centennial celebration, supported by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, will feature poetry readings from UMass Lowell’s Director of Community Relations Paul Marion and students from Prof. Gigi Thibodeau's poetry class. An anthology of the students’ work will also be available.

Where: Mogan Cultural Center, 40 French St., Lowell

Contacts for Media: Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Experts Share Tips on Running for Office in Massachusetts

When: Thursday, April 16, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

What: Political consultants Michael Goldman and John Walsh will discuss “How to Run For Office in Massachusetts” as part of a series sponsored by Prof. Jeff Gerson’s state and local politics course and the UMass Lowell Political Science Club. This event is free and open to the public.

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

Contacts for Media: Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Summit Showcases Nanomanufacturing Revolution

When: Thursday, April 16, 2 to 6 p.m.

What: Considered the next industrial revolution, nanomanufacturing is quickly evolving as a leading research field. More than 30 faculty members will present their research on the production of nanoscale materials. U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas will deliver this year’s keynote address, with UMass Lowell’s Nanomanufacturing Center directors hosting the program. Topics include the environmental and industrial health and safety of nanoparticles; sensors for detecting chemical and biological threats; and innovative nanomaterials for life sciences, flexible electronics and energy and packaging. The summit will also feature the University’s nanomanufacturing and characterization capabilities and discussions on research partnerships and collaboration opportunities with the university. The summit is free and open to the public.

Where: Wannalancit Mill, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

Contacts for Media: Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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