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News from UMass Lowell for Week of March 24, 2014

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists


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 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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:
  • Why so many potholes happen this time of year and new laser technology that can help transportation agencies address the problem;
  • Innovative programs being developed for teens with autism-spectrum disorders, in advance of World Autism Day, Wednesday, April 2;
  • Changes for the 2014 tax season and tips on filing returns.
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

What:      Fifteen teams of entrepreneurs from early-stage companies will pitch their new product ideas at the M2D2 New Venture Competition. Presentations will focus on new ways to address industry needs in sports medicine, joint reconstruction and trauma. Competitors – who hail not only from Massachusetts but also Ireland, South Africa and other points across the globe – will vie for a share of $50,000 in in-kind services, including facilities, engineering, legal, business and medical-device assistance from the contest’s sponsors, the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), a joint initiative of the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Worcester campuses; Smith & Nephew; and Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, where the competition’s winners will be announced in a ceremony on April 8.  

What:     Fresh off clinching their second consecutive Hockey East tournament championship, the red-hot UMass Lowell River Hawks will face off against the Mavericks of Minnesota State University Mankato in the NCAA Northeast Regional Tournament. The teams will play a semifinal game on Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. with the winner moving on to the next round to face either the Boston College Eagles or the University of Denver Pioneers on Sunday, March 30 at 5 p.m. UMass Lowell’s berth marks the team’s third consecutive year in the regionals on the road to the NCAA’s national championship Frozen Four tournament, where the River Hawks competed last year. Tickets for the regional games are available through Ticketmaster at or through the DCU Center at

Where:    DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester

Contacts for media: Peter Souris, 978-934-3771, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, 

What:      UMass Lowell will honor 24 students from across the state for their contributions to an education project that is teaching thousands of Lowell Regional Transit Authority riders about climate change. Students from Belchertown, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Easthampton, Fitchburg, Holbrook, Lee, Lowell, Mattapoisett, Millbury, Milton, North Andover and Rochester are scheduled to attend a ceremony for the university’s second annual Cool Science Contest winners. The contest asked students in kindergarten through 12th grade to create artwork that addresses climate-change issues; the winning entries are displayed on and in Lowell Regional Transit Authority buses. The project is headed by David Lustick and Jill Lohmeier, professors in the Graduate School of Education. Cool Science is funded by a grant from the UMass President’s Creative Economy Initiatives Fund and UMass Lowell’s Graduate School of Education.