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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Sept. 17, 2012

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists



Sept. 17, 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 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 foreign policy experts can discuss the political unrest throughout the Middle East. The university’s political science experts can share their views on several unfolding political campaigns including the presidential race. A new climate-change educational program is engaging kindergarten through college-age students across the Commonwealth. The UMass Lowell expert behind the effort can introduce the aims of Cool Science

What:         Career training programs for Lowell and Lawrence residents interested in nursing will expand this year under UMass Lowell’s Bring Diversity to Nursing program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the initiative looks to train individuals from diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds for nursing careers, filling the need for nurses who understand the health beliefs, religious practices and cultural and linguistic needs of diverse patients. This partnership meeting will bring together officials from UMass Lowell’s Nursing Department, the Lowell and Lawrence school systems, Greater Lowell Regional Vocational Technical High School and the Merrimack Valley YMCA to talk about the program’s progress and goals. UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal is among the scheduled speakers.

What:         Gerald Dickens – an actor, producer and the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens – will perform “Doctor Marigold,” a one-man show based on an original public reading Charles Dickens gave during his 1867 tour of America, which stopped in Lowell. A favorite with the author’s Victorian audiences, “Doctor Marigold” tells the heartwarming story of a traveling salesman who adopts a young deaf girl. The performance will be simultaneously interpreted into American Sign Language. Presented by UMass Lowell and the Perkins School for the Blind, the performance is part of Dickens in Lowell, a seven-month celebration of the author’s life, work and his travels in Lowell and throughout America. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $10 for all others at the door or through Gerald Dickens will autograph books after the show. For more, visit
or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,



What:         UMass Lowell’s second annual “Dream of Perfect Games Celebration of Sport” will honor athletic excellence and individuals who use the power and appeal of sports to improve lives and strengthen communities. This year’s awards ceremony will include the presentation of scholarships to students, the induction of four individuals into the UMass Lowell Athletic Hall of Fame and the presentation of the James T. Smith Award for distinguished life achievement. The Smith Award will be given posthumously to Gary Mucica, the university’s former golf coach and director of management graduate programs who lost his battle with cancer in July. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at or by calling 978-934-2310. All proceeds will support the UMass Lowell Athletic Scholarship Fund. 

What:         Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren will participate in a debate sponsored by UMass Lowell and the Boston Herald. Moderated by David Gregory, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the one-hour debate will feature questions from UMass Lowell students and others, along with questions from Gregory. Follow the debate live on Twitter with the hashtag #masendebate. Broadcast live by WHDH-TV and other media outlets, the debate is presented through UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion, which holds events and independent, nonpartisan public opinion polls on political and social issues and sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Division of Online and Continuing Education. Media interested in covering this debate should contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs no later than Friday, Sept. 28 to obtain credentials.