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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Nov. 7

11/07/2011

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 www.uml.edu 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  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 the presidential primary season, entrepreneurship, and the results of a new UMass Lowell-Boston Herald poll on the Occupy and Tea Party movements.


Occupy Movement is Topic of Student Forum
What:         The Occupy movement has grown from the Occupy Wall Street protest to public encampments around the United States and the world. A panel of UMass Lowell experts will discuss the movement, its goals and impact, and public opinion of the effort with students. The forum comes on the heels of a UMass Lowell-Boston Herald national poll, issued Sunday, which looked at Americans’ opinions on the Occupy Wall Street and tea party movements, as well as how supporters of both feel about the government and other national issues. Speakers at the event will include two UMass Lowell student veterans who have participated in Occupy Boston; Mike Mokrzycki, the independent survey researcher who oversaw the poll; and Jenifer Whitten-Woodring, an assistant professor of political science whose work focuses on protest, repression and media freedom. Chancellor Marty Meehan will moderate the discussion.

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‘Astronaut’ Exhibit Touches Down at University Gallery 

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High School Students Get Hands-On Experience in Bio-Tech Careers
What:          More than 280 high school students from eight communities will hear about careers in biotechnology at Biotech Futures, an event featuring scientists, science demonstrations and visits to UMass Lowell labs and other research space. Students will learn about science, technology, engineering, mathematics and biotechnology through hands-on exploratory experiences. Robert Tamarin, dean of the university’s College of Sciences, is scheduled to participate in the event, as is Alan Marnett, the creator of benchfly.com, a website that serves as a resource to scientists both inside and outside of the laboratory. Students from Concord-Carlisle, Dracut, Greater Lawrence Technical, Greater Lowell Technical, Salem and Wilmington high schools are slated to attend. Now in its second year, Biotech Futures is presented by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation in conjunction with UMass Lowell.

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Veterans Events Honor Military Service of Students, Alumni

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Alumnus to Speak on Career as Police Chief, International Adviser
What:          UMass Lowell graduate Ed Cronin has spent 26 years in law enforcement, including as chief of police in Fitchburg and Gardner. He has worked in several countries of the former Soviet Union, training police and community groups in democratic policing methods and domestic-violence education. He has worked at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo as a police adviser to Egyptian police. Cronin will speak to criminal justice and criminology students about his diverse career. He is the project director for the Condor mobile evidence collection and tracking handheld device at Advanced Response Concepts in Gardner. His work has earned him honors including the Individual Achievement Award in Civil Rights for 2011 from the International Chiefs of Police Association; the Aralia Award for lifetime achievement from Battered Women’s Resources; an award from the Twin City Latino Coalition for improving the status of Latino students in the Fitchburg public schools; and the 2010 Shine Award for his work in the area of mental health in the community.

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Irish Delegation Visits Lowell for Tourism Summit
What:          Leaders from Northwest Ireland interested in building tourism in their region will visit Lowell and meet with leaders from the Mill City. The Irish delegation’s visit is hosted by the UMass Lowell’s Center for Irish Partnerships and is part of the Boston-Northwest Ireland Reception and Showcase, a two-day conference that brings together professionals working to enhance economic development and culture in New England and the Derry/Donegal region of Ireland. “Driving Sustainable Tourism and Economic Revitalization” will be the focus of presentations by Peter Aucella of the National Park Service, who will speak about Lowell’s transformation; UMass Lowell economics Prof. David Turcotte, who will discuss the evolving “green economy”; and plastics engineering Prof. Stephen McCarthy, co-director of the UMass Lowell Center for Irish Partnerships and the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center, will discuss M2D2 and its new business incubator. 

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Fulbright Scholar to Speak on Middle East Relations

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Local Entrepreneurs Share Stories Behind Their Ventures
What:          President Barack Obama has proclaimed November “National Entrepreneurship Month.” Local start-up and established businesses leaders will gather on consecutive nights in Lawrence and Lowell to share their stories about the “Life of an Entrepreneur.” Speakers on Monday will include Priscila Tanaka Keliher of Café Verde; Reinier Moquete of Latino STEM Alliance and Sabrina Boggio of Campus Catalyst and Women’s Path to Employment. Speakers on Tuesday will be Glynn Lloyd of City Fresh Foods; Frank Carvalho of Mill City Community Investments and Espresso Pizza; Jennifer Hashley of New Entry Sustainable farming and Sam Antonaccio of Campus Catalyst and Gizmo. The session will be moderated by UMass Lowell Prof. Steve Tello, who teaches management and entrepreneurship in the Manning School of Business. The sessions will be presented by the Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell.
Contact for media:  Emil Kuruvilla, Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 978-934-6620  

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