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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Nov. 12, 2013

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

11/12/2013

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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 Obamacare rollout;
  • How to handle stressful situations at Thanksgiving gatherings;
  • How to stick to your diet and exercise routine during the holidays.
  Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.



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What:      The public, along with researchers and developers, will see how robots are being developed with the help of the New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center at UMass Lowell, the country’s most advanced robotics testing facility. The open house will showcase the center’s many state-of-the-art obstacle courses that challenge robots’ capabilities and durability. Robots from VGo Communications, Adept MobileRobots, Aldebaran Robotics, KTS Associates and the UMass Lowell Robotics Lab will be demonstrated. Robotics professionals and students of the field may bring their robots to see how the center can contribute to their work. While admission is free, reservations are required and may be made at http://nerveopenhouse2013.eventbrite.com/. Those who wish to bring a robot to demonstrate should contact NERVE Center Manager Adam Norton at anorton@cs.uml.edu.

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 Massachusetts premiere of “Unacceptable Levels,” a documentary about society’s exposure to toxic chemicals, will be followed by a panel discussion with experts from UMass Lowell who appear in the film, along with representatives of Beyond Benign and Massachusetts Clean Water Action. The movie examines the ramifications of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of filmmaker and father Ed Brown. For the documentary, he interviewed environmental advocates, lawyers and scientists, including UMass Lowell Associate Prof. Joel Tickner, program director of the Department of Community Health and Sustainability, and Richard Clapp, a faculty member in the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMass Lowell. The screening is free and open to the public; reservations are required by contacting Malinda_Buchannan@uml.edu. The event is presented by UMass Lowell’s College of Health Sciences and the Environmental Health Program. 

Where:    O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder 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:      The University Orchestra, under the direction of UMass Lowell music faculty member Mark Latham, will present a free concert to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy. The program, which is open to the public, will honor JFK’s legacy with works that reflect his life and death, including “Symphony No. 1” by Beethoven, the funeral march from Brahms’ “Requiem,” which will be performed with the University Choirs, and Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.” Written in homage to Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency, the Copland piece will include spoken text from the “Gettysburg Address” that will be narrated by special guest state Sen. Eileen Donoghue of Lowell. The selection will evoke the many parallels between the Lincoln and Kennedy administrations.