News from UMass Lowell for Week of Jan. 23


This is 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 on the outlook in the GOP primary race, the potentially deadly consequences of sleep deprivation; and what people can do if they are slipping on fitness and diet resolutions.  

Civil War History Expert to Lead Public Discussion Series

When:         Tuesdays, Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 20, April 3, April 24, 7 p.m. 

What:          Civil War expert Michael Pierson, a UMass Lowell history professor, will lead a five-part, public reading and discussion series, “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” on Tuesday nights throughout the spring semester. Pierson is the author of “Mutiny at Fort Jackson: The Untold Story of the Fall of New Orleans” and “Free Hearts and Free Homes: Gender and American Antislavery Politics.” He will lead a discussion of a selected book at each session. For details or to register, visit   

Where:        O’Leary Library Learning Commons, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

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


Investigator for U.S. Chemical Safety Board Shares Findings 

When:         Friday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m.

What:          Rafael Moure-Eraso, chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and a UMass Lowell professor emeritus, will share his experiences with the board’s investigations from the past year. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the board is a federal agency that investigates the causes of industrial chemical accidents and makes recommendations on how best to improve conditions. High-profile cases to be discussed include explosions at Bayer CropScience in Charleston, W.Va., and Kleen Energy in Middletown, Conn. Moure-Eraso was nominated to the board by President Barack Obama in March 2010 and received Senate confirmation in June 2010. Prior to his appointment, he was a professor and graduate coordinator in UMass Lowell’s Department of Work Environment and served as the department chairman for five years. He has been a member of the UMass Lowell faculty for 22 years. Moure-Eraso’s address is hosted by the New England Consortium. Based at UMass Lowell, TNEC is a worker health and safety group offering hazardous waste operations and emergency response training to students. It is one of 20 programs administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Education Program. 

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

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


Work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Honored with Week-Long Celebration

When:         Monday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, Feb. 5

What:          Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work promoting social justice will be honored and advanced in a series of events that will unite UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff, and the public to help kick off Black History Month. Events presented by UMass Lowell’s Office of Multicultural Affairs include a student speech contest on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. at Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell, and an MLK Day of Service for students on Sunday, Feb. 5 at noon at the Campus Recreation Center, UML East, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell. Other events are:
  • Solidarity march: The public and members of the university community will walk from UMass Lowell’s East Campus to South Campus. The event is co-sponsored by student groups the Association of Students of African Origin (ASAO); Males Achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success (MALES); Sisters of Integrity Striving Towards Empowerment, Respect and Success (SISTERS); and the Latin American Student Association. Monday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. The march will begin at the Campus Recreation Center parking lot, UML East, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell and end with a discussion at the O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
  • “Real Talk, Real Time Conversations:” This forum, co-sponsored by the ASAO, will explore class, race, gender and sexual orientation issues and reflect on King’s fight toward equality and how people can work together to make a difference. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell.
  • MLK Celebration Dinner: This event, the centerpiece of the week, will include a keynote address by author, educator and social activist Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, student performances including In Your Company and the UMass Lowell Gospel Choir, and an awards presentation. Public registration for the program is closed but media may cover the event. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 6 p.m., Cumnock Hall, UML North, 31 University Ave., Lowell.

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


Community Groups, Faculty to Meet on Service Learning

When:         Thursday, Feb. 2, 8 a.m.

What:          UMass Lowell faculty and representatives from Greater Lowell’s community organizations will come together during this third annual Community Connections Breakfast to explore ways to create more service-learning opportunities for UMass Lowell students. This networking session will help university faculty shape future course work designed to provide experiential education for students in the community.

Where:        Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell

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


Punk-Rock Illustrator, Musician Exhibits Work at University Gallery

When:         Reception is Wednesday, Feb. 1, 3 p.m. Exhibit runs through Friday, Feb. 17. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday by appointment.

What:          More than 200 works by Raymond Pettibon, a musician, illustrator and early member of the punk-rock group Black Flag, will be on display as part of “Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86.” The show chronicles Pettibon’s time in Los Angeles’ punk-rock scene. Pettibon designed Black Flag’s iconic logo and promotional posters for the band that was formed by his brother. The exhibition is organized by Independent Curators International. The reception on Feb. 1 will feature remarks by UMass Lowell Art Assistant Prof. William Kaizen. 

Where:        Reception – O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. University Gallery – McGauvran Student Center, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell. 

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


Seminar Engages Entrepreneurs to Undertake Philanthropic Causes

When:         Thursday, Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m. 

What:          Twenty-five entrepreneurs from the region will join UMass Lowell professors David Lewis and Ashwin Mehta of the Manning School of Business for a discussion about how to use business principles to advance philanthropic enterprises in the community. The seminar, “Innovative Ways to Transition to a Social Enterprise,” will feature an address by Robert Harris, chief executive officer and president of CLASS (Citizens League for Adult Special Services) of Lawrence, which provides employment and independent living services to individuals with disabilities. The event is presented by the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Initiative, which is supported by the Deshpande Foundation and operated out of the Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell. Sandbox projects promote entrepreneurship, leadership and business ventures in Lowell and Lawrence that enrich these cities and the region.    

Where:        Wannalancit Mills, First Floor, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

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


Fans to Meet NHL Champion Bruins at River Hawks Hockey Games 

When:         Friday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

What:          Boston Bruins and Stanley Cup winners Shawn Thornton and Rich Peverley will greet fans at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Friday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 10 when both will participate in ceremonial puck-drops and sign autographs. Thornton will be on hand on Friday, Feb. 3 as UMass Lowell battles the University of Vermont. Prior to the game, one lucky season-ticketholder and a guest will be chosen to ride from Boston to the Tsongas Center with Thornton. Peverley will be at the Tsongas Center on Friday, Feb. 10 as the River Hawks take on Merrimack College. Youth hockey teams that purchase 30 or more tickets for either game will be entered in a drawing to win the chance to meet either Thornton or Peverley in a private session. Fans who purchase tickets to these games in person while wearing a Bruins logo will receive $3 off box-office ticket prices. A “Two for $20” pack offers admission to both games for $10 each. The appearances are presented by LowellBank. To enter the youth hockey raffle, call 978-934-5751. River Hawk hockey home game tickets are available by calling 866-722-8780 or at
Where:        Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

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