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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Oct. 11


This 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 News.  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews on social activism, anti-terrorism efforts and climate change. 

‘Art Law’ Workshops Teach Artists to Protect Their Work

When:         Tuesday, Oct. 11 and Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
What:    Visual artists throughout the region who wish to learn more about contracts, copyrights, reproduction rights, trademarks, gallery commissions and museum lending will benefit from these two Art Law workshops hosted by UMass Lowell Prof. Michael Jones and his students. Jones, a professor of legal studies, attained his law degree at the University of Miami. A part-time district court judge, he is an expert in the fields of entertainment, Internet, art, sports and intellectual property law.  

Where: Western Avenue Studios conference room, 122 Western Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,


Common Text Program’s Book, Film Series Involves Community

When:         Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.

What:          The public is invited to a screening of “Waltz with Bashir,” Ari Folman’s 2008 animated film that explores his experiences during the 1982 Lebanon War. The film is featured as part of UMass Lowell’s “Common Text” Book and Film Series, through which the public and students read the same book and share their experience of it. This semester, the university’s first-year students are reading Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel, “Persepolis,” about life in Iran during and after the 1979 Revolution. Tuesday night’s film is one in a series of screenings and discussions about issues related to “Persepolis.” These events are open to all, are handicapped-accessible and free. 

Where:        O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,

Cutting-Edge Polymer Science, Molecular Biology Focus of Tripathy Event

When:         Thursday, Oct. 13, 3 to 5 p.m.
What:   Synthetic meets organic in a discussion about cutting-edge advances in the interface between polymer science and molecular biology by guest lecturer David A. Tirrell. A professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at the California Institute of   Technology, Tirrell is the guest of UMass Lowell’s Center for Advanced Materials, which hosts an annual lecture in memory of UMass Lowell Professor Sukant Tripathy each year. Tripathy, a professor of chemistry, was recognized as a world leader in research in polymers in electronics and optics. An award-winning researcher, he published more than 200 research articles and held two dozen patents. Tripathy also served the university as a provost and vice chancellor before his death in 2000. 

Where: Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,


Tsongas Industrial History Center Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Celebration

When:         Friday, Oct. 14, 4 to 6 p.m.

What:          Lowell’s rich and significant history as an industrial engine for the country comes alive through the Tsongas Industrial History Center, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a series of special events. The birthday party begins Oct. 14 with free tours, commemorative displays and the unveiling of a special anniversary quilt. The center is a partnership between the UMass Lowell Graduate School of Education and Lowell National Historical Park. Find out why nearly one million students and teachers have come to the center over the past decade to learn about Lowell’s industrial history, culture and role at the forefront of technology and engineering. Registration is required. To reserve your spot, call 978-970-5080 or e-mail 

Where:        Tsongas Industrial History Center, Third Floor, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,


UMass Lowell Hosts Third Annual Climate Change Teach-In

When:         Thursday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What:          Geoffrey Haines-Stiles, writer and producer of the media project, “Earth: The Operators’ Manual,” will be the featured guest during UMass Lowell’s third annual Climate Change Teach-In. This year’s theme is “Old Media, New Media: the Promise and Perils of Communicating Climate Change.” “Earth: The Operators’ Manual,” hosted by geoscientist Richard Alley, and funded by the National Science Foundation, explores climate-change science and sustainable energy solutions in accessible, innovative ways. The event will also feature short films on climate change by UMass Lowell students. The event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Register at For more, visit

Where:       Cumnock Hall, UML North, 31 University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,


Man Exonerated Through Innocence Project Brings Story to UMass Lowell

When:         Friday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What:         Dennis Maher spent 19 years in prison for crimes he did not commit after being convicted of two attacks on women in 1984 and sentenced to life in prison. He was later exonerated by DNA evidence and is now married with two children. Maher will tell his story and talk about his work with the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization that strives to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and judicial-system reform. The event is co-sponsored by UMass Lowell’s departments of Psychology and Criminal Justice and the Office of the Dean of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Pizza will be served after Maher’s talk.

Where: O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,