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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Oct. 7, 2013

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

10/08/2013

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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.Sources of the week are available to discuss: 
  • The political and economic ramifications of the federal government shutdown;  
  • A United Nations report issued last week on global climate change and how to engage students and the public in learning about the science behind it.
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

What:      Lawyers who are helping to shape the marriage-equality movement will discuss the achievements and setbacks of the past 20 years, share how this year’s historic Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage came to fruition and talk about what lies ahead. Panelists will include Vickie Henry, a senior staff lawyer at Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) who leads its youth initiative; Mark Mason, a Springfield District Court associate judge; and Maura Healey, chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, who has tried cases on marriage equality. The session will be moderated by Frank Talty, assistant dean of UMass Lowell’s College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Free and open to the public, the event is presented by the UMass Lowell’s Pre-Law Society and the Pride Alliance.    

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What:      River Hawk Nation will be out in full force when UMass Lowell men’s hockey team unveils its Hockey East 2012-2013 championship banners in a special ceremony before dropping the puck on the team’s new season in the home-opener against the Pioneers of Sacred Heart University. To thank the fans, the first 1,000 ticket-holders through the gate will receive a replica mini-banner. After capturing last season’s Hockey East regular-season and tournament championship titles, winning the NCAA Division I Tournament Northeast Region championship, and landing a first-ever appearance at the Frozen Four, the River Hawks are a top-ranked team in the country. This season, the team hopes to continue last year’s success with Coach Norm Bazin, the Hockey East and Spencer Penrose Division I Men’s Coach of the Year, once again behind the bench. The game is just one event in UMass Lowell’s annual Fall Festival Weekend. For tickets, visit www.goriverhawks.com or stop by the Tsongas Center box office. 

Where:   Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell 

Contacts for media: Christopher O’Donnell, 978-934-2306 or Christopher_ODonnell@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu  

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What:      How are robots reshaping the workplace? How are they affecting the regional economy? Entrepreneurs, emerging-technology professionals and industry leaders will find out during robot demonstrations and a roundtable discussion at UMass Lowell’s New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center, the country’s leading robotics testing facility. Speakers are scheduled to include UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan; Computer Science Prof. Holly Yanco, the center’s director and an internationally known robotics expert; Lowell City Manager Bernie Lynch; and Pamela Goldberg, chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The event is presented by the Merrimack Valley Venture Forum, Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council, Middlesex 3 and UMass Lowell’s NERVE Center. 

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What:      The Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Lowell will present “Sounds of Portugal,” a night of fado music featuring singer Rodrigo Costa Félix with virtuoso guitarist Marta Pereira da Costa and special guest Nathalie Pires. Traditional Portuguese folk music, fado is marked by melancholy melodies and lyrics that describe such topics as everyday life, the sea, unrequited love and longing. Félix is a singer, composer and lyricist whose recent single “Amigo Aprendiz” was named one of the 12 best ballads of 2012 by The Atlantic Monthly. Pires has developed a national and international reputation for her stirring, soulful performances. A reception before the show will benefit the center. Tickets for the donor reception and show are $100. General admission for just the 7 p.m. performance is $30. Tickets are available at http://alumni.uml.edu/fado. The event is a production of the Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture is sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Office of University Advancement and the Center for Arts and Ideas. 

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What:      A national champion for cities and Boston’s longest-serving mayor, the Honorable Thomas Menino will reflect on his multi-faceted career as part of the university’s Lunchtime Lecture Series. Menino, who served five terms as a Boston city councilor before becoming mayor in 1993, is known for his tireless work strengthening the fabric of the city’s diverse neighborhoods. Along with his service to Boston, from 2002 to 2003, he served as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. After 20 years at Boston’s helm, the Democrat has decided not to run for re-election. Boston voters will elect the next mayor on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Lunchtime Lecture Series is co-hosted by the UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas and the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures with support from community partners.