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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Oct. 17


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  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 to discuss climate change, women in science and technology, and Middle East democracy movements.

Third Annual Climate Change Teach-In Features Expert Presenters
What:          Geoffrey Haines-Stiles, writer and producer of the media project, “Earth: The Operators’ Manual,” will be the featured guest during the third annual Climate Change Teach-In, presented by the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative, a group of faculty and students. This year’s theme is “Old Media, New Media: the Promise and Perils of Communicating Climate Change.” “Earth: The Operators’ Manual,” presented 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

Carbon Smarts to Educate Public About Communicating Change
Man Exonerated Through Innocence Project Brings Story to UMass Lowell

Acclaimed Author Headlines Symposium on Immigrant Identity

Students Hold Second Annual Merrimack River Cleanup

Open House Gives Prospective Students, Families a Look at UMass Lowell 

Women in Technology Day to Inspire Study of Science, Engineering

‘We Are Egypt:’ Documentary and Discussion Features Experts Roundtable

Cartoonist Lynda Barry Presents Two Events
What: Critically acclaimed cartoonist, author and painter Lynda Barry, the Fall 2011 Artist in Residence for UMass Lowell’s Center for Arts and Ideas, will offer a talk, book-signing and creative workshop to the campus community and public. Barry’s syndicated weekly comic strip, “Ernie Pook’s Comeek,” is nationally known. She has published several illustrated novels, such as “The Good Times are Killing Me,” which won the Washington State Governor’s Award. Barry’s bestselling book, “What It Is,” won the Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Graphic Novel. Come find out why cartoonist Matt Groening calls Barry “The Funk Queen of the Galaxy.” During Tuesday’s event, Barry will talk about her creative process and discuss her recent work. Books will be available to be signed after her talk. On Wednesday, a free public workshop will focus on storytelling through words and images. The session is limited to a maximum of 60 people. To reserve a space, contact Tiffany Avilla at Participants are asked to bring a sketchbook or notepad, pens and other writing and drawing implements.