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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Nov. 9, 2009


Nov. 9, 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 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 more about what’s in this issue:

M2D2 Start-Ups Present New Product Ideas
Professor, Author Speaks at One-Day UMass
Music Scholar Visits for Performances, Instruction
Veterans Welcomed to Appreciation Lunch
International Education Week Celebrated
Recognition for Honor Brought to University

M2D2 Start-Ups Present New Product Ideas 

When:       Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6 to 8 p.m.

What:        “Medical Devices: From Invention to Product” is the topic of this Merrimack Valley Venture Forum meeting that features new product ideas from seven Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) start-up companies. The agenda includes a keynote speech at 6:45 p.m. from Covidien Inc. General Manager John Konsin; and a panel session at 7:15 p.m. featuring, among others, UMass Lowell Prof. Steven Tello, who oversees business assessments for M2D2 and serves as its associate director. The medical device ideas to be presented include a handheld wound-closure device and an innovative new type of stent and an ophthalmic delivery of glaucoma medication through contact lenses, that could replace the widely used eye drops method. M2D2 is a UMass Lowell and UMass Worcester initiative that helps entrepreneurs move new medical device ideas from patent to production.

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

Contact for Media:    Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233. This is a registration-only event. Media should contact Public Affairs  in order to attend.


Professor, Author Speaks at One-Day UMass 

When:       Thursday, Nov. 12, 8:30 to 2:30 p.m.

What:        Best-selling author Andre Dubus III, an assistant professor of English at UMass Lowell, will be among the prominent faculty to teach at “One Day UMass,” a series of short lectures and panel discussions with professors representing several subject areas and each University of Massachusetts campus. Dubus ߝ the author of “House of Sand and Fog,” which was adapted as a movie that earned three Oscar nominations ߝ will talk about the creative process of writing and answer questions from the audience.  Admission is $50, which includes six programs as well as breakfast and lunch.

Where:           Waltham Woods, 860 Winter St., Waltham

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or


Music Scholar Visits for Performance, Instruction 

When:       Thursday, Nov. 12 to Saturday, Nov. 14
What:        Jeanne Bamberger, an expert in the study of the way humans learn music, will share her views on musical intuition, theory and cognition with students, faculty, alumni and local teachers during several events (all are free and open to the public):

  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 1 to 2 p.m., Bamberger will address students in Durgin Concert Hall; 3 to 5 p.m., Bamberger will meet with students in strings projects and ensembles; 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Bamberger lecture, panels response and alumni reception.
  • Friday, Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., professional development for Lowell teachers.
  • Saturday, Nov. 14, 1 to 3 p.m., workshop with Eastern Region Music Education students.

Where:     Durgin Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or


Veterans Welcomed to an Appreciation Luncheon 
      Friday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What:        UMass Lowell honors the service of veterans who are faculty, staff and students with a Veterans Appreciation Luncheon. The program begins at 11:40 a.m. with the Presentation of Colors and a POW/MIA Table Ceremony. Chancellor Marty Meehan will give welcoming remarks.

Where:       Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell
Contacts for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or


International Education Week Celebrated 

When:         Monday, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m.

What:          To celebrate International Education Week, UMass Lowell’s Virtual International Centers present a series of presentations titled “Sharing our International Partnership Experiences.” Faculty, staff and students are invited to come and share their own experiences as well as learn about other partnerships.  The aim of the centers is to strengthen and coordinate ongoing international partnerships to offer students global learning opportunities.

Where:        Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or


Documentary  Sheds New Light on ‘Axis of Evil’ 

When:        Wednesday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m to 2 p.m.

What:          The documentary, “Tea on the Axis of Evil,” will be shown during International Education Week. The film has been screened at the United Nations Film Festival, in Ireland and Italy, and won the Best Documentary award in the Arab Film Festival in Los Angeles. Filmmaker Jean Marie Offenbacher ߝ will attend the screening to answer questions and lead a discussion ߝ lived three years in Syria and got to know the moderate and diverse majority of the Syrian people. Offenbacher. She is available for advance interviews. The screening is free and open to the public.

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

Contacts for Media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or


Recognition for Honor Brought to University 

When:             Thursday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m

What:          They have succeeded in business, advocated for women’s rights around the world, pioneered experiential teaching models and overcome personal struggles to fulfill the American dream. Seven honorees ߝ alumni, retired faculty and one community member ߝ will be recognized for the pride and honor they have brought to the university through their accomplishments at the Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Awards and Honors Fellows Gala. Tickets to the gala cost $75 per person and include a buffet dinner and the award ceremony. Proceeds will benefit students in the UMass Lowell Honors Program. To purchase tickets, visit

Where:         UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or


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