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News from UMass Lowell for Week of March 13, 2017

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

University Orchestra
The University Orchestra will be among the ensembles that will perform at the concert "Showing Off," on Friday, March 31 in Durgin Hall.

03/13/2017

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, events are canceled. For more news about UMass Lowell, visit www.uml.edu/pressroom. Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week
UMass Lowell faculty experts are available to discuss: 
  • The American Health Care Act and the consumers, employers, payers and providers who stand to win or lose under the proposal, if enacted;
  • March Madness’ promotional juggernaut and how it cultivates fans and raises the profiles of participating institutions; 
  • Ireland’s political and economic outlook this St. Patrick’s Day.
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.



River Hawks to Play Fighting Irish in Hockey East Semifinal
 
When:     Friday, March 17, 5 p.m.

What:      The UMass Lowell men’s ice hockey team will continue its quest to win the 2017 Hockey East tournament championship when it faces off against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in the semifinal round of the playoffs. The second game in the semifinals, between the Boston University Terriers and Boston College Eagles, will follow at 8 p.m. The winners of Friday’s games will play on Saturday, March 18 in the league’s title game at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the TD Garden box office, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. 
 
Where:    TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston

Contacts for media: Pete Souris, Athletics, 978-934-3771, Peter_Souris@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu 


Graphic Artist to Share Inspiration Behind His Fine Art, Commercial Work
 
When:     Tuesday, March 21, 3:30 p.m.     

What:      Drawing his inspiration from California’s punk rock and skateboarding scenes, graphic artist Russ Pope – who has led marketing efforts for VANS apparel and contributed designs to other retailers – will talk about the creative process behind his portraits and doodles of faces in his fine art and commercial work. His presentation, “Who’s Who,” is free and open to all.
 
Where:    O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Deborah Santoro, gallery coordinator, 978-934-3491, Deborah_Santoro@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu 


Award-Winning Fiction Author to Lead Writers on Campus Event
 
When:     Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 p.m.

What:      UMass Lowell’s Writers on Campus Series will present acclaimed author E.J. Levy, who will read from her debut story collection “Love, In Theory,” winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, among other prizes. Levy will also discuss her latest project, a novel based on Dr. James Barry, a 19th-century physician who was born a woman but chose to live as a man in order to pursue a career as a surgeon. The series invites writers to share their work and creative processes with the university community and public. Presented by UMass Lowell’s English Department, the program is free and open to all.

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, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


Entrepreneurs to Pitch Their Concepts for Medical-Device Innovations 
 
When:     Wednesday, March 22, 6 p.m.

What:      Finalists in the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) $100K Challenge – a nationwide competition that showcases the ideas of early-stage medical device, diagnostic and biotech companies – will pitch their innovations before expert judges. Participants will include creators of a new biopsy system for cancer diagnoses, a portable device to predict heart attacks and a type of cement for bones. Winners, who will be announced next month, will share in $100,000 to advance their products. M2D2, a joint venture between UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School in Worcester, assists entrepreneurs in these sectors with all aspects of the process of moving new products from concept to commercialization.     

Where:    University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell

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


Former White House Chief of Staff to Headline Lunchtime Lecture
 
When:     Thursday, March 30, 11:45 a.m.

What:      John H. Sununu – former White House chief of staff and the patriarch of one of New Hampshire’s political dynasties – will headline “The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush.” During the program, one in UMass Lowell’s Lunchtime Lecture Series, Sununu will offer an insider’s view that his former boss was at times underrated. Sununu is a former governor of the Granite State and the father of current New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu. The free event is presented by the university in partnership with Moses Greeley Parker Lectures with support from community partners. Members of the public interested in attending the free event may RSVP by calling 978-934-5467 or emailing Mehmed_Ali@uml.edu.  

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, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


‘Showing Off!’ Concert to Spotlight Talents of Music Students
 
When:     Friday, March 31. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Concert, 8 p.m. 

What:      The UMass Lowell Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Rock Big Band, Chamber Singers and University Choir will perform “Showing Off!,” a concert of large-scale musical works designed to spotlight the talents of the university’s music students and graduating seniors. Tickets, which are $15 per person for the concert and $40 for the concert and a reception before the show with the performers, are available at www.uml.edu/Chancellor/Celebration-of-Music/march-31.aspx.

Where:    Reception – Allen House, South Campus, 2 Solomont Way, Lowell. Concert – Durgin Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

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