News from UMass Lowell for the Week of April 23, 2012

Story and source ideas for journalists

04/23/2012


April 23, 2012: 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 www.uml.edu. Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available to discuss a new report on the 2010 Health Care Law’s estimated savings of $408 billion to Medicare beneficiaries and Medicare; findings that cite a decline in childhood obesity rates; and Federal Drug Administration tentative guidelines to use nanotechnology particles in packaging.



Experts, University Chart Entrepreneurial Approach to Education

When:         Tuesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. 

What:          UMass Lowell leaders, students, faculty and business professionals will come together to share ways to expand entrepreneurial thinking on campus. Business and economic development leaders will participate in an “Opportunities for Building an Entrepreneurial Mindset in Higher Education” as part of this symposium. Moderated by UMass Lowell Associate Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Steven Tello, forum participants are scheduled to include Jacqueline Smith, executive director of the Office of University Initiatives at Arizona State University; Tony Medhurst, president of Harrow College, Brookshill, England; Raj Melville, executive director of the Deshpande Foundation; and Todd Fry, executive director of the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, which promotes leadership and entrepreneurship in Lowell and Lawrence. The Sandbox was founded by the Deshpande Foundation in partnership with UMass Lowell, Merrimack College and Middlesex and Northern Essex community colleges.

Where:        Lydon Library, Multi-Purpose Room, North Campus, 84 University Ave., Lowell    

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu


More than 500 Students to Showcase Research at 15th Annual Event

When:         Tuesday, April 24, 1:30 to 5 p.m.

What:          The 15th annual Student Research and Community Engagement Symposium will showcase the work of more than 500 UMass Lowell students from each of the university’s six schools and colleges and allow students to present their findings before peers, faculty and guests. Presentations will cover thesis research, overseas study, service learning in the community, internships and cooperative education, and creative pursuits during this two-day event. Undergraduate students may submit their research to vie for the C. Daniel Cole Undergraduate Research Award to win $500 and membership in Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. After the event, the university will publish student research at http://digitalscholarship.uml.edu/researchsymposiums/.

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

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu

Genocide’s Causes, Consequences Explored at Program

When:         Tuesday, April 24, 2 p.m. 

What:          Panelists versed in history’s ethnic genocides will explore the factors that give rise to these deaths and the far-reaching consequences of such violence. Speakers will include Khatchig Mouradian, who will speak on the Armenian genocide; Jasmina Cesic, who will speak on the Bosnian genocide; Sayon Soeun, who will speak on the Cambodian genocide; and James Vanderpol, who will address the Holocaust. The panel will be moderated by Gregory Aftandilian, who is an associate at the university’s Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture and a former Middle East analyst for the U.S. Department of State. The program is sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Peace and Conflict Studies program and the Sociology Department.
 
Where:        Alumni Hall, North Campus, 84 University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu


Al Gore Adviser Among Lawyers to Share Careers with Students 

When:         Tuesday, April 24, 4 p.m.

What:          Lawyers whose careers in public service took divergent paths will share their work with students in this forum organized by UMass Lowell Political Science Prof. Frank Talty. Panelists are scheduled to include lawyer Dennis Newman, an expert in Massachusetts election law, who in 2000, worked for Vice President Al Gore’s presidential election campaign and later served as Gore’s lead counsel during the Palm Beach County, Fla., vote recount operation. Newman went on to serve as special counsel to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley from 2007 to 2010. He will be joined by Lt. Col. Catherine McSwain, a reserve judge advocate general (JAG) at Hanscom Air Force Base; and Gina Kwon, an assistant district attorney who prosecutes major felony cases for the Massachusetts Superior Court’s Lowell region.

Where:        O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu


Solar Park Opening Event Features Governor, UMass Lowell Chancellor
 
When:         Wednesday, April 25, 2:30 p.m.

What:          Gov. Deval Patrick will officially flip the switch on Massachusetts’ largest privately owned solar park, a 22-acre site that features 14,000 solar panels. UMass Lowell will be an off-taker of power generated at the park. Patrick will be presented with a Solar Champion Award from the Solar Energies Industry Association (SEIA) for his support of solar energy in the Commonwealth. Along with Patrick, speakers at the event are scheduled to include state Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan, Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia, UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, SEIA Vice President of State Affairs Carrie Hitt, Cathartes Private Investments Principal Jim Goldenberg and Nexamp CEO John Malloy. (Note: This event is not open to the general public but is open to media who secure credentials in advance.) 

Where:        Westford Solar Park, 540 Groton Road, Westford

Contacts for media: Becky Brown, Montagne Communications, 603-644-3200 ext. 25 or BBrown@montagnecom.com or Christine Gillette, UMass Lowell, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

  
Celtic Warriors and Roman Soldiers Square Off in Battle Demonstration

When:         Wednesday, April 25, 3 p.m.

What:          Celtic warriors and Roman soldiers represent two ancient cultures, two ancient enemies and two very different styles of warfare. What made each a mighty fighting force? Why did they fight each other, often to death? UMass Lowell undergraduate students studying warfare in the ancient world through the History Department will find out as they witness a combat demonstration by members of the Higgins Armory Museum Outreach Program. The Worcester museum preserves major examples of arms and armor from around the world. 

Where:       Sheehy Hall lawn, South Campus, 889 Broadway St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu


Entrepreneurs, Professionals, Educators and Students Unite for Dialogue 

When:          Wednesday, April 25, 4 to 9 p.m.; Thursday, April 26, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What:           A little over a year ago, the Merrimack Valley Sandbox – one of only three programs of its kind in the world – was launched at the first Development Dialogue at UMass Lowell. Since then, the Sandbox has worked in Lowell and Lawrence to promote entrepreneurship and leadership among students and members of the community. Development Dialogue 2012 will unveil the initiative’s next step: seeding innovation and launching startups in the region. More than 300 people are expected to attend this conference. The Sandbox was founded by the Deshpande Foundation in partnership with UMass Lowell, Merrimack College and Middlesex and Northern Essex community colleges. For a full schedule of events and presenters, see www.merrimackvalleysandbox.org.

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

Contacts for media: Emil Kuruvilla, 949-294-3125, emil@merrimackvalleysandbox.org or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu  

Labor Union President Headlines Bread and Roses Centennial Symposium

When:         Saturday, April 28, noon

What:          Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, will deliver the keynote address during the Bread and Roses Centennial Symposium in Lawrence to be attended by students, scholars and educators, labor activists and the general public. The event will include performances, workshops and panel presentations inspired by the themes that informed the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 at the American Woolen Co. in Lawrence. The strike saw some 25,000 mill workers – many of them women and children – walk off the job in an effort to gain better pay and working conditions. Many historians consider the strike to be the catalyst for U.S. and worldwide labor movements. The symposium is just one of a series of events presented by the Bread and Roses Centennial Committee, headed by UMass Lowell History Prof. Robert Forrant, who received UMass President’s Office creative economy grant funding for the initiative. For a schedule of symposium events, visit www.lawrencehistory.org and http://breadandrosescentennial.org.

Where:        Everett Mill, 15 Union St., Lawrence
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu