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News from UMass Lowell for Week of March 18, 2013

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

03/18/2013

This is a notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Office of University Relations, 978-934-3224. For more stories about UMass Lowell, visit www.uml.edu and click on “News” on the lower right corner of the page. Please note that media contact names below are not for publication.

In case of inclement weather, please call 978-934-2121; if the university is closed, all on-campus events are canceled, unless otherwise noted.  

Sources of the week: As the nation nears the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war, a UMass Lowell security expert can discuss where the United States stands on the war on terrorism. A UMass Lowell criminologist can offer insight into the murder case California prosecutors may bring this week against Karl Gerhartsreiter – the man who posed as “Clark Rockefeller” and kidnapped his daughter in Boston five years ago.
 
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What:      Fifteen medical-device ventures will compete for $20,000 in product-development services during the 2013 M2D2 New Venture Competition Showcase. The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), a joint UMass Lowell and UMass Worcester initiative, is sponsoring the contest to find the best new medical-device startups, product designs and technologies, and award them $20,000 in engineering, business, legal and medical services. Now in its second year, the competition, which promotes entrepreneurship, is sponsored by Nutter, McClennen & Fish and will culminate in an award ceremony at the law firm on April 10.  Admission of $30 includes entry to both the March 27 finals at UMass Lowell and the April 10 awards ceremony at the law firm of Nutter, McClennen & Fish in Boston. For more, visit www.uml.edu/m2d2 and click on “events.”

Where: Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center, Wannalancit Mills, East Campus, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell 

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu
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What:      UMass Lowell will launch its new Center for Portuguese Partnerships, a multifaceted resource for the university and the community to explore and celebrate the history and culture of Portuguese people and immigrants in America. Event speakers are scheduled to include Consul General Paulo Cunha Alves of the Portuguese Consulate in Boston. Author Anthony Barcellos will read from his novel “Land of Milk and Money,” kicking off the center’s speaker series, which will bring Portuguese artists and scholars to UMass Lowell. The center is supported in part by UMass Lowell benefactors Mark and Elisia Saab of Lowell, for whom the university’s Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center is named. The program is presented by Luis Falcon, dean of UMass Lowell’s College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, along with the Office of University Advancement and Center for Arts and Ideas, in collaboration with the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Dartmouth. 
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