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News from UMass Lowell for Week of March 31, 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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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:
  • The business strategy behind Market Basket’s move to online shopping and home delivery;
  • Issues raised by a United Nations report released today that warns global climate change will trigger international security concerns; 
  • How to help young people with autism-spectrum disorders in advance of World Autism Day, Wednesday, April 2.
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

For more information, call 978-934-2957. 

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or

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 competition 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 and terminals. 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.

What:      Four internationally acclaimed human-rights activists honored by UMass Lowell – including the recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize – will come together for a once-in-a-lifetime event to share their work with the public, students, faculty and staff. “Reflections on Peace-Building” will include anti-apartheid champion Albie Sachs, UMass Lowell’s 2014 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies, and past recipients of the honor Leymah Gbowee (2011 honoree), who won the Nobel Peace Prize that same year after helping end the Second Liberian Civil War; Linda Biehl (2008 honoree), who reconciled with two of the men convicted of murdering her daughter and now travels with them to teach reconciliation and restorative justice; and Padraig O’Malley (2009 honoree), who has worked to resolve conflicts in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Iraq. The free public event will be held in UMass Lowell’s Comley-Lane Theatre in Mahoney Hall on the university’s South Campus at 870 Broadway St., Lowell. Other Peace Scholar events throughout the week include:
Visit for a full schedule of events and more information. 

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or