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News from UMass Lowell for Week of April 22, 2013

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

04/22/2013

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 “Media” at the top of the page. Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: In recognition of Earth Day, UMass Lowell faculty experts can discuss the challenges climate change poses to scientists and the public. A UMass Lowell anti-terrorism and security expert can discuss the Boston Marathon bombing case and what lies ahead for investigators.  


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:      River Hawk hockey fans will join with the UMass Lowell community in a Celebration of Champions to salute the team at the close of its most successful season in program history. The River Hawks captured the Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles before winning the NCAA Division I Northeast Regional tournament and advancing to the team’s first appearance in the Frozen Four national tournament, held in Pittsburgh. The winning season also saw Head Coach Norm Bazin receive the Spencer Penrose Division I and Hockey East coach of the year awards. Speakers at the celebration are scheduled to include Bazin, university leaders and a team member, followed by a reception in the LowellBank Pavilion. To thank fans, team members will sign autographs and be available for photos with the Hockey East regular season and Lamoriello trophies. Players will also join in a free public skating session on the Tsongas Center ice. A limited number of skates will be available for use; members of the public are encouraged to bring their own. The event is free; River Hawks fan attire and gear will be available for purchase along the arena’s concourse.

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What:      More than 100 youth and student entrepreneurs – many from UMass Lowell – will present their innovative ideas for new products and services in the food, fashion, education and technology sectors during the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Catalyst Showcase. The entrepreneurs will participate in a pitch contest to generate support for their ideas and Jeffrey White, chief creativity officer of Rightside Shirts, will speak during the event. The program provides support and seed grants to young innovators to support their goal to launch startup enterprises and to fuel the region’s economy. Since its inception in 2011, it has funded more than 600 student and youth entrepreneurs. The program is operated by the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Initiative, which works to boost the economic and social vitality of the Greater Lawrence and Lowell communities by advancing innovation and entrepreneurship. The initiative, based at UMass Lowell’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is a project of the Deshpande Foundation.

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What:     UMass Lowell Prof. Stephen McCarthy, a medical-device innovator and pioneer in plastics engineering, will present the annual University Professor lecture. UMass Lowell named McCarthy its University Professor for the 2012-2013 academic year in honor of his exemplary teaching, nationally significant research and exceptional service to the university. His presentation will focus on his dynamic work in plastics engineering, chemistry and mechanical engineering and his partnerships with industry, UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business and UMass Medical School as the co-director of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) at UMass Lowell. He will highlight success stories of startup and spinoff companies that benefitted from the services offered by the center, which is housed at the university in partnership with UMass Medical Center in Worcester. McCarthy also serves UMass Lowell as director of the university’s Biodegradable Polymer Research Center and co-director of the Center for Irish Partnerships.  

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What:     The new Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Lowell will present scholar Cristiana Bastos, who will explore what makes Lisbon a cosmopolitan hub during her talk, “Old Trends, New Routes: Lisbon at the Crossroads of Global Migrations.” Bastos of the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon in Portugal will discuss how the city became a destination for people from around the world throughout history, including during the “Euro-euphoria” of the late 20th century. She will also touch on the transformations in the urban landscape of Southern Europe as they relate to the European financial crisis. The program is presented by Luis Falcon, dean of UMass Lowell’s College of Fine Arts Humans, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Center for Arts and Ideas in collaboration with the Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Lowell.