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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Oct. 28, 2013

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

10/28/2013

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. In case of inclement weather, call UMass Lowell’s weather hotline at 978-934-2121; if the university is closed, all events are canceled. 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 testing process performed in UMass Lowell’s Baseball Research Center on baseballs used during the World Series;
  • Advice on Halloween-related parenting issues;
  • The environmental factors that gave rise to Superstorm Sandy and what scientists and researchers know one year later in terms of predicting and mitigating future storms’ impact. 
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

What:      When a baseball traveling 90 mph hits a bat, it’s more than a feat of science and athletics – it’s a work of art. Just in time for the Boston Red Sox’s World Series run, digital artwork created by Ellen Wetmore, a member of UMass Lowell’s art faculty, and Patrick Drane, co-director of the university’s Baseball Research Center, will debut on the 80-foot-tall, multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The premiere is part of Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s “Art on the Marquee” project, which solicits public art for the largest digital canvas in New England. Wetmore and Drane’s piece, “The Bat Lab Test” – one of nine to be featured in rotation on the marquee this fall – illuminates the work of UMass Lowell’s Baseball Research Center, which tests bats and baseballs used in Major League Baseball for durability and performance. 

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What:      One tweet at a time, social media is reshaping relationships, commerce, politics and activism. Entrepreneur and author Nicco Mele will explore these issues and share the insights found in his book, “The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath,” which was published earlier this year. Mele is the former Internet operations director for Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. His presentation is one in the 2013 Lunchtime Lecture Series, co-sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Center for Arts and Ideas and the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures with support from community partners, including Prof. Bill Mass of the UMass Lowell Center for Industrial Competitiveness. Free and open to the public, the event includes a complimentary buffet. For reservations, which are required, e-mail artsandideas@uml.edu or call 978-934-3107.  

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What:      Young women from New England colleges and universities will gather to develop their leadership skills for roles on their campuses and in the community. From sessions on interpersonal style to career advancement, community activism to starting a business, participants will meet peers and mentors who will share success stories. Keynote speakers are scheduled to include UMass Lowell Executive Vice Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, who oversees the university’s operations, fundraising, capital and strategic planning and is an award-winning national pioneer in online education, and fellow UMass Lowell graduates Christine Cournoyer, chief executive officer of health-care company N-of-One Inc.; Colleen Brady, UMass Lowell’s government relations associate; and Amsi Morales, a lawyer who established an educational scholarship foundation that supports Merrimack Valley students. Free to UMass Lowell students and $30 for students from other higher-education institutions, the conference is presented by the Women’s Leadership Committee at UMass Lowell. To register for the conference, visit www.uml.edu/student-services/Student-Activities/Leadership-Programs/Womens-Leadership-Conference.aspx.

Where:    Cumnock Hall, North Campus, 31 University Ave., 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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