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News from UMass Lowell for the Week of May 16, 2011


  May 16, 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 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  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 national security and counterterrorism, the economic impact of gas prices and entrepreneurship in the medical device industry.

  Mass. Archaeological Society to Hear About UMass Lowell Dig
When:   Tuesday, May 17, 7 p.m.

What:    UMass Lowell Prof. Frank Talty, co-director of the university’s Center for Irish Partnerships, will talk about the ongoing Irish American Heritage Archaeology Project being conducted in Lowell by the center and partners from Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. This free program, which is open to the public, is presented by the Northeast Chapter of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society. 

Where: Phillips Academy, Kemper Auditorium (adjacent to the Andover Inn), Chapel Avenue, Andover

Contacts for media: Suanna Crowley, Massachusetts Archaeological Society, 617-877-6268,  or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,  


  Reception to Preview New Incubator Space for Medical Device Startups
When:   Wednesday, May 18, 5 to 8 p.m.

What:    The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), a UMass Lowell-UMass Medical School initiative that is helping entrepreneurs move medical device ideas from patent to production, is hosting a preview of its new incubator and office space in the Wannalancit Mills Building. It includes six wet lab suites, open collaboration space, offices and other facilities. Representatives of M2D2 and several medical device startups will be on hand to talk about the program and how the new facilities are being used. Admission is $25; tickets are available at the door.

Where:  Wannalancit Mills Building, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233,, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,


  Lowell Celebrates Small Business Week
When:   Thursday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What:   The city of Lowell will celebrate Small Business Week with its Fourth Annual One-Stop Small Business Resource Fair and CEO Luncheon. The event will feature representatives of government agencies, banks and other organizations that can help small businesses grow. The CEO Luncheon will feature speaker Sal Lupoli of Sal’s Pizza. To register, see 

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

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297,


  Release Party Set for ‘The Big Move: Immigrant Voices from a Mill City’ 
When:  Sunday, May 22, 2 to 4 p.m.
What:   Robert Forrant and Christoph Strobel, both UMass Lowell history professors, have completed a new book that is an ethnographic study of immigrant communities, past and present, in Lowell, funded by a grant from the National Park Service. “The Big Move” compiles 35 oral histories that bring to life the individual struggles and larger story of immigrants – those who came more than 100 years ago and those who came in recent years, escaping persecution, seeking a better life and living with all the heartaches, hopes and achievements that typify the American experience. Loom Press of Lowell will hold a release party to celebrate the publication of “The Big Move” and two other new books written by authors who live and work in the Lowell area. 
Where:   O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297,


  Seniors in Art and Design Exhibit Artwork
When:    Through Thursday, May 26; gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment on Friday and Saturday.  

What:     Works created by art and design seniors at UMass Lowell will be showcased at this biannual exhibit of student artwork. The exhibit features works in a variety of media and all are by students in the bachelor of fine arts program.

Where:   University Gallery, McGauvran Hall, 71 Wilder St., and Dugan Gallery, Dugan Hall, 883 Broadway St., UML South, Lowell

Contacts for media: Michele Gagnon, gallery coordinator, 978-934-3491, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,


  UMass Lowell Holds Commencement Activities
When:    Commencement Eve Celebration, Friday, May 27, 6 p.m.
              Commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m.

What:     For the fourth year in a row, UMass Lowell will graduate a record number of students – more than 2,560 – at its annual Commencement ceremony. UMass Lowell leads New England public research institutions in increasing its graduation rate and is No. 24 in the nation, according to a ranking by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Student award winners and honorary degree recipients will be honored at the annual Commencement Eve Celebration, which is open to the public and serves as a fundraiser for student scholarships. Last year’s event raised more than $500,000. To purchase a ticket, call 978-934-3236. For more on all Commencement activities, check out

Where:   Commencement Eve Celebration – UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell; Commencement ceremony – Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297,


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