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News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Oct. 14, 2013

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

10/15/2013

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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 ongoing effects of the federal government shutdown and the effort to avoid a U.S. Treasury default; 
  • Today’s primary in the Fifth District race for Congress and the upcoming vote for Boston mayor.
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.



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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 explore these and related topics 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

Where:    NERVE Center at UMass Lowell, 1001 Pawtucket  Blvd., Lowell 

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu



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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 presentation of the Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and is sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Office of University Advancement and the Center for Arts and Ideas. 

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

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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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 to strengthen the fabric of the city’s diverse neighborhoods. Along with his service to Boston, he served as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors from 2002 to 2003. After 20 years at Boston’s helm, he 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.

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

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu



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What:      Prospective freshmen, transfer and graduate students thinking about enrolling at UMass Lowell will learn about the breadth and depth of the university’s academic programs and exciting campus life during the Fall Open House, the largest on-campus information event of the year. Attendees and their families may meet with faculty, staff and students and tour UMass Lowell’s campus, where in the past year the university has constructed six new buildings, including new residence halls and academic facilities. Exhibits, resource and financial-aid information and academic presentations will also help illustrate why PayScale.com recently rated a UMass Lowell education as providing the 10th best return on investment among the country’s public universities, based on the cost of attending and graduates’ lifetime earning potential, and why Forbes ranked UMass Lowell 10th among the nation’s Top 25 Best Value Colleges. 

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

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu