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Wind Workshop, Medical Device Incubator Opening This Week


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 “UML in the 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  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and the evolving political situations in Libya and Yemen.

Future of Wind Energy Workshop Draws Experts from Across U.S.

When:       Thursday, Sept. 22 and Friday, Sept. 23; programs start at 8 a.m.
What:        Experts from across the country will come to UMass Lowell to examine the latest trends in wind energy and its future during the Wind Energy Research Workshop. More than 120 attendees from academia, private industry and government agencies are expected to participate in sessions and presentations on turbine blade manufacturing, health monitoring, energy storage, offshore wind challenges and workforce development. Speakers include Chancellor Marty Meehan, who will deliver opening remarks on Thursday at 8 a.m., representatives from the Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Sandia National Laboratories, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Massachusetts-NREL Wind Technology Testing Center. A tour of the testing center’s new facility in Charlestown is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m. For more information, go to
Where:        UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
Contacts for media: or 978-934-2209,  or or 978-934-3297. 


Incubator for Medical Device Start-Up Companies Opens

When:         Thursday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to noon
What:          The $4 million Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) business incubator opens officially at this event. The 16,000-square-foot facility is nearly fully occupied by start-up ventures in offices, collaborative work space and wet labs, all of which are located in an historic Lowell mill, which is the setting for the dedication ceremony. The program will include remarks from Massachusetts Administration and Finance Secretary Jay Gonzalez, UMass President Robert Caret, UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, MassMEDIC President Thomas Sommer, M2D2 Co-Directors Prof. Stephen McCarthy of UMass Lowell and UMass Worcester Director of Clinical Research Operations Sheila Noone, and other officials. Several of the start-up companies using the incubator and other M2D2-affiliated entrepreneurs will be on hand to talk about their new product ideas following the speaking program. The event is free and open to the public. M2D2 is a joint initiative of the UMass Lowell and Worcester campuses aimed at helping new medical-device entrepreneurs bridge the gap from invention to production. For more information, go to
Where:        Wannalancit Mills, Second Floor, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell
Contacts for media:, 978-934-3297,  or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, 


Deshpande Foundation Executive to Discuss Social Entrepreneurship  
When:        Thursday, Sept. 22, 6 to 7 p.m.
What:         Raj Melville, executive director of university initiatives at the Deshpande Foundation, will discuss different models for social entrepreneurship. The foundation was co-founded by successful high-tech entrepreneur Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, whose startups include Sycamore Networks and A123 Systems. Melville develops programs to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation through university partnerships.  Melville founded the annual Forum for Social Entrepreneurs and is a veteran of several high-tech startups. He also worked at Microsoft and Booz Allen & Hamilton. UMass Lowell is one of the three institutions around the world that is home to one of the foundation’s signature programs, the “sandbox initiative,” which teaches social entrepreneurship. For more on the Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, check out 
Where:        Pasteur Hall, Room 309, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell
Contacts for media: or 978-934-2209,  or or 978-934-3297. 


UMass Lowell String Project, Revolving Museum Team for ‘Blooming Art’ 

When:         Sunday, Sept. 25, 2 to 5 p.m.
What:          Art and music will come together for this afternoon of artistic expression featuring the UMass Lowell String Project and the Revolving Museum. Performances will include vibrant visual art inspired by dynamic music and dance and powerful spoken word. The String Project is comprised of student musicians from Lowell public schools under the direction of Ben Parisi, assisted by UMass Lowell music education students. Members of the public who wish to attend can call 978-934-2236 or e-mail 
Where:        Appleton Mills Atrium, 219 Jackson St., Lowell
Contacts for media: or 978-934-2209,  or or 978-934-3297. 


The Housing Market and the Macro Economy’ Opens Lecture Series

When:          Monday, Oct. 3, noon to 1:30 p.m.
What:          Karl Case, expert on the national housing market and professor emeritus of economics at Wellesley College, will deliver a talk on the relationship between housing prices and the economy. Case, the co-author of the Case-Shiller Index, a leading measure for the U.S. residential housing market, will speak as part of UMass Lowell’s Lunchtime Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public; to reserve a seat, e-mail
Where:        UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
Contacts for media: or 978-934-2209,  or or 978-934-3297.