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

Story and source ideas for journalists


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 For more stories about UMass Lowell, visit Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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
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.

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

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

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

Genocide’s Causes, Consequences Explored at Program

Al Gore Adviser Among Lawyers to Share Careers with Students 
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.

Solar Park Opening Event Features Governor, UMass Lowell Chancellor
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.) 

Celtic Warriors and Roman Soldiers Square Off in Battle Demonstration

Entrepreneurs, Professionals, Educators and Students Unite for Dialogue 

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

Contacts for media: Emil Kuruvilla, 949-294-3125, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,  

Labor Union President Headlines Bread and Roses Centennial Symposium
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 and

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