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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Dec. 10, 2012

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists


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.” In case of inclement weather, call UMass Lowell’s weather hotline at 978-934-2121; if the university is closed, all events are canceled. Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: A UMass Lowell professor who is a national expert on the effectiveness of sex-offender registries and related policy can discuss the potential ramifications of the case in Wakefield in which a convicted sex offender is accused of abusing children in his care. Is the congressional filibuster unconstitutional? As a federal court takes up that issue, a political science expert can provide analysis of the case. 

What:           The Fall 2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition will display senior thesis projects produced in UMass Lowell’s art and design studios by bachelor of fine arts students. The show, which is free and open to the public, will be held at both the Dugan and University galleries on campus. A Dec. 13 reception beginning at 5 p.m. at both galleries will allow the public to meet the artists.

Where:         University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, First Floor, South Campus, 71 Wilder St., Lowell. Dugan Gallery, Dugan Hall, South Campus, 883 Broadway St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Michele Gagnon, 978-934-3941 or or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,

What:           People looking to make their great business ideas a reality will find valuable assistance during a Social Innovator Mixer networking night hosted by the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Initiative, which works to develop entrepreneurs and startup ventures. The event’s theme will be “Image and Access to Opportunity: Empowerment of Elders and People with Disabilities.” Featured speakers are slated to include Robin Ellington of the Citizen’s League for Adult Special Services (CLASS) and Jeffrey Gentry of Triangle, Inc. – two organizations that provide employment and support services to people with disabilities – and Henry Winkelman of the Clark Cos., and Trisha Blanchett, an early-stage entrepreneur who founded Operation Canine, which rescues homeless dogs and trains them to be service dogs for military veterans. The Sandbox was established by the Deshpande Foundation through the Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell.  A collaborative effort between UMass Lowell, Merrimack College, and Middlesex Community and Northern Essex community colleges, the Sandbox – one of three such initiatives in the world – works to strengthen economic and social development in local communities including Lowell and Lawrence.