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News from UMass Lowell for the Week of March 26, 2012

Story and source ideas from UMass Lowell's Office of Public Affairs

The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) is participating in two upcoming programs for entrepreneurs.


March 26, 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 experts are available to discuss the Supreme Court’s consideration of the health care reform plan, the public’s fascination with “The Hunger Games,” and effects of rising gas prices on the economy. 

La Boniche Chef Dishes Out Meals for University, Community

Medical Device Incubator Holds Best New Ventures Competition

Innovators to Coach Next Generation of Leaders

Music Students Present Free Concert of Jazz, Popular Songs

State Housing, Economic Development Secretary Speaks

Special Olympians Play in Game Organized by Student

‘Dickens in Lowell’ Explores City’s Impact on Author, Legacy
      Two hundred years after his birth, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) remains one of the world’s best-loved writers. Dickens’ love for Lowell goes way back – to 1842, when the young literary sensation visited the city as part of his first American tour, calling it “the most pleasant” day he spent in the country. “Dickens in Lowell” is the largest bicentenary event in New England, and an official part of the Dickens 2012 Worldwide Bicentenary Celebration. The festival features seven months of programs for all ages, including the landmark exhibit “Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation,” curated by UMass Lowell English Prof. Diana Archibald and David Blackburn, chief of cultural resources and programs, Lowell National Historical Park. Most events are free and open to the public, including:

Beth Brosnan, 603-205-4344,, Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,

Criminal Justice Department Celebrates Anniversary, New Ph.D

‘Disable the Label’ Week Raises Awareness, Promotes Services

Human Rights Activist is 2012 Greeley Scholar for Peace
What:         Fresh off testimony on Capitol Hill and arrest at an embassy in protest to conditions in Sudan and South Sudan with actor George Clooney, human rights activist John Prendergast will visit UMass Lowell as its 2012 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies. Last year’s honoree, Leymah Gbowee, went on to win the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Prendergast has spent 25 years working to stop human rights violations around the world and foster peace in Africa. Co-founder of The Enough Project, he also serves as a board member and adviser to Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle’s international advocacy and humanitarian aid group, Not on Our Watch. Prendergast previously worked for the Clinton administration, the U.S. Department of State, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the National Intelligence Council, the International Crisis Group and the U.S. Institute of Peace, among others. His visit to UMass Lowell will include the following free programs for the public:
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,

Explore the ‘Sonic Signature of U2’ with Music Faculty