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News from UMass Lowell for week of Sept. 4, 2012


Sept. 4, 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. UMass Lowell resumes classes this week and welcomes new and returning students to campus with a variety of events. 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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: A UMass Lowell student working at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., is available for interviews to share her participation in the political process. As the nation marks the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, a UMass Lowell expert can discuss where the country stands in the ongoing war against terrorism. With the political platforms of President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney coming into focus in the 2012 presidential race, UMass Lowell economics experts can talk about the country’s economic outlook, including gas prices, jobless rates and the housing market.  


  New Era in Campus Dining Begins   

When:         Tuesday, Sept. 4, noon to 1 p.m. For those unable to attend today’s event, UMass Lowell Public Affairs can arrange interviews at another time.

What:          A new era in campus dining will begin when UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan officially opens the remodeled University Dining Commons in Fox Hall. The redesigned dining area now features exposition-style cooking stations, a brick pizza oven, an in-house bakery, a wide variety of made-to-order foods and comfortable seating in a bright and modern decor. After hours, a portion of the space will become a new café, complete with a fireplace, large-screen TV and view of the city, where students may snack, study and socialize. 

Where:        Fox Hall, East Campus, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell

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

  River Hawks Nation Celebrates Athletics and Clubs

When:         Tuesday, Sept. 4, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

What:          Food, giveaways and music get the party started as students meet and mingle with athletes from UMass Lowell’s sports teams and learn about the university’s clubs and other extra-curricular activities. This year’s barbecue will also introduce students to the university’s “Mission: All In” incentive program, which builds excitement and support for River Hawks teams by awarding points to students for their attendance at sporting events. The points can then be redeemed for prizes.

Where:     Campus Recreation Center, East Campus, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell   

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,
  Greener, Cleaner, Leaner Plastics Manufacturing is Topic of Seminar

When:         Tuesday, Sept. 4, through 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 5, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What:          UMass Lowell professors and plastics engineering experts will be among the speakers at this two-day seminar discussing cutting-edge plastics technology and molding innovations. Topics such as conformal cooling, MuCell, hot runner and sensor technology will be presented with an eye toward making the industry more efficient and environmentally sustainable. The seminar is organized in partnership between UMass Lowell and Moldex3D.  

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

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,
  United Nations to Hear from UMass Lowell Expert on Chemicals Hazards   

When:         Wednesday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m.

What:          Rachel Massey, a policy analyst at UMass Lowell’s Toxic Use Reduction Institute, will present findings to the United Nations Environment Programme that call for urgent action to reduce growing health and environmental hazards from chemicals. The two-year Global Outlook for Chemicals project, which she led, offers a comprehensive assessment of trends and changes affecting the production and use of chemicals throughout their life cycle, their health and environmental effects, economic implications and policy options. The project brought together government, educational and industry leaders from around the world.   

Where:        Press Briefing Room, Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium, United Nations Headquarters, New York, N.Y.

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

  Evocative Work of Visiting Photography Professor on Display 

When:         Artist reception, Thursday, Sept. 6, 5 to 7 p.m., gallery talk, 5:30 p.m. Exhibit runs from Wednesday, Sept. 5 through Friday, Sept. 21. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday by appointment.
What:          The work of photographer and UMass Lowell visiting art professor Chehalis Hegner will be displayed in the exhibit “Re-Visioning in the Garden of Eden.” Hegner, who grew up outside Chicago on her parents’ tree farm in the 1960s, cites her mother’s involvement in the feminist movement as an influence in her work. The exhibit will feature black-and-white photographs and images that incorporate varying media applied and collaged onto archival digital photographs. In 2010, Hegner received the Gjon Mili Photography Prize, an honor named for the famed Life magazine photographer. 

Where:        University Gallery, McGauvran Hall, South Campus, 71 Wilder St., Lowell 

Contacts for media: Michele Gagnon, 978-934-3491 or or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, 
  Activists Share Efforts to Forge Solution to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict   

When:         Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.

What:          Israeli and Palestinian peace activists working to achieve a two-state solution to the conflict will discuss their efforts during “Peace is More than a Handshake: Israeli and Palestinians Building a Non-Violent Future.” The activists, from the grassroots movement OneVoice, will give their perspective on the political atmosphere on the ground, the mobilization of young people toward the cause and offer an account of the human cost of the conflict. The event, which is open to the public, is hosted by UMass Lowell’s Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture, the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and the Political Science Department.

Where:        Dugan Hall, Room 207, South Campus, 883 Broadway St., Lowell

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