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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Nov. 7


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  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 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  
When:         Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12:30 p.m.
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.
Where:        O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

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

‘Astronaut’ Exhibit Touches Down at University Gallery  

When:         Opening artist talk, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 3 to 5 p.m. Exhibit runs through Friday, Dec. 2. The University Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday by appointment.

What:          Boston-based artist Scott Listfield’s paintings feature a lone astronaut lost in a landscape filled with pop-culture icons, corporate logos and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references, inspired by the futuristic cartoons and movies of his youth. But as this thought-provoking exhibit illustrates, “the future” hasn’t turned out exactly as he expected it would. The exhibit at the University Gallery is free and open to the public.
Where: Artist talk – O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. Exhibit – University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

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

High School Students Get Hands-On Experience in Bio-Tech Careers 

When:         Wednesday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.   

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, 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.

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

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

Veterans Events Honor Military Service of Students, Alumni 

When:         Wednesday, Nov. 9 – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., flag-raising ceremony and military jet flyover; 12:30 to 2 p.m., veterans panel

What:          UMass Lowell’s Veterans Day observance and flag-raising ceremony will pay tribute to the sacrifices and service of the university’s more than 600 student veterans, alumni who served and Veterans Alumni Hall of Fame inductees. The event will feature a flyover by U.S. Air Force F-15 jets. Among the scheduled speakers are U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas; UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan; Col. Gregory Boyle, former commander of the Marine Wounded Warrior Regiment; and student veterans. Students and alumni will talk about their military experience during a veterans panel discussion after the ceremony. 

Where:        Flag-raising ceremony and flyover – Cumnock Hall lawn (rain location for ceremony: Cumnock Hall Trustees Room). Veterans panel – Cumnock Hall Trustees Room, second floor, UML North, 31 University Ave., Lowell. 
Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Alumnus to Speak on Career as Police Chief, International Adviser 

When:         Thursday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m.
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.
Where:        Weed Hall, Lecture Hall 3, UML South, 3 Solomont Way, Lowell
Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944

Irish Delegation Visits Lowell for Tourism Summit 

When:         Friday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m.

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. 

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

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

Fulbright Scholar to Speak on Middle East Relations 

When:         Monday, Nov. 14, noon

What:          Melinda Negrón-Gonzales, an assistant professor of politics and society at the University of New Hampshire, will discuss “Turkey and the Arab Spring: Building Civil Society and Soft Power,” as part of UMass Lowell’s Peace and Conflict Studies program. Negrón-Gonzales’ received a Fulbright Scholar award in 2006 to support her research on relations between secularist and Islamist activists in Turkey’s human rights movement. Her talk is part of UMass Lowell’s seminar series, “Instability, Fragility and Sustainable Recovery: From Global to Local,” and is co-sponsored by the Economic and Social Development of Regions program, the Center for Industrial Competitiveness and the Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture.

Where:        O’Leary Library, Room 500M, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

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

Local Entrepreneurs Share Stories Behind Their Ventures 

When:         Monday, Nov. 14 and Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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.

Where:        Monday – Northern Essex Community College, Building 9, Entry K, third floor, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence; Tuesday – Middlesex Community College, Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell

Contact for media:  Emil Kuruvilla, Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 978-934-6620