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News from UMass Lowell for Week of March 27, 2017

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UMass Lowell will honor K-12 students from across the state for their efforts to educate the public about climate science at an event on Friday, March 31 at O'Leary Library.

03/27/2017

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 Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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: 

  • How the defeat of Republicans’ health-care proposal may influence President Trump’s agenda and what he can do to recover from the political loss;
  • World Autism Day on Sunday and how educators, parents and others can support the 1 in 68 U.S. children with autism; 
  • Major League Baseball’s Opening Day next week, and how UMass Lowell’s Baseball Research Center works with MLB to evaluate the effectiveness of bats and balls and to enhance the game’s safety.

Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

Law School Hosts Open House at UMass Lowell

Former White House Chief of Staff to Headline Lunchtime Lecture

Raymond Ewing, Former Ambassador to Cyprus, to Share Insight

Climate Science Program to Honor Schoolchildren

‘Showing Off!’ Concert to Spotlight Talents of Music Students

Advocate Against Human Trafficking to Lead Day Without Violence Program

LawLaw School Hosts Open House at UMass Lowell

When:     Wednesday, March 29, 4 p.m.

What:      Representatives from the University of the Massachusetts School of Law will host a free open house at UMass Lowell for prospective students interested in earning a law degree. Eric Mitnick, the school’s dean, will teach a sample class and talk about courses of study. The law school’s Assistant Dean Daniel Fitzpatrick and Julie Cahill, director of student engagement, will also be on hand to explain the admissions and advising processes, along with career opportunities after graduation. Accredited by the American Bar Association, the institution is the state’s only public law school. The event is presented by UMass Lowell’s Prelaw Society. Members of the public interested in more information should contact Frank Talty at Francis_Talty@uml.edu.

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

SununuFormer 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.” One in UMass Lowell’s Lunchtime Lecture Series, the event will offer Sununu’s view that his former boss was at times underrated. Also a former governor of the Granite State, Sununu is the father of current New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu. The free event is presented by UMass Lowell in partnership with Moses Greeley Parker Lectures with support from community partners. Members of the public who would like to attend 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

ZamanakosRaymond Ewing, Former Ambassador to Cyprus, to Share Insight 

When:     Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m.

What:      Raymond Ewing, a former U.S. ambassador to Cyprus and Ghana, will draw on his 36-year career in foreign affairs to present “The United States and Cyprus: A Personal Odyssey” at UMass Lowell’s annual Zamanakos Lecture. Ewing served as ambassador to Cyprus under President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1984 and then as ambassador to Ghana under President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1992. The event, a free program for the campus and community that celebrates Greek history and culture, is presented by UMass Lowell’s Hellenic Studies Program. 

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

ScienceClimate Science Program to Honor Schoolchildren

When:     Friday, March 31, 3 p.m.

What:      Cool Science will honor K-12 students from across the state for creating award-winning artwork that depicts concepts behind climate change. The artwork can be seen on and inside Lowell Regional Transit Authority buses, where it raises awareness about climate science among thousands of passengers and others daily. The program, now in its fifth year, is led by a UMass Lowell School of Education professor who is researching alternative ways to teach people about climate science, in and outside the classroom. The artwork will be on display at the event, including on an LRTA bus. Students to be honored are from Acushnet, Billerica, Boston, Chelmsford, Dedham, Holyoke, Lakeville, Medford, North Andover, Norwell, Rehoboth, Roslindale, Tyngsborough and Warren.

Where:    O’Leary Library Learning Commons, 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

Concert‘Showing Off!’ Concert to Spotlight Talents of Music Students

When:     Friday, March 31. Reception at 6:30 p.m. Concert at 8 p.m. 

What:      The UMass Lowell Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Rock Big Band, Chamber Singers and University Choir will be among the groups and soloists that will perform “Showing Off!,” a concert of large-scale musical works designed to spotlight the talents of the university’s music students. Proceeds from the event will help fund UMass Lowell music scholarships. Tickets, which are $15 per person for the concert and $40 per person for the concert and a reception with the artists, are available at the door or online at www.uml.edu/celebratemusic. 

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

GreeleyAdvocate Against Human Trafficking to Lead Day Without Violence Program

When:     Tuesday, April 4, 12:30 p.m.

What:      Noy Thrupkaew, an advocate against human trafficking who is UMass Lowell’s 2017 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies, will discuss how to counter economic injustice and labor exploitation at the university’s Day Without Violence program. Observed on college campuses across the country, the annual Day Without Violence was launched in 1996 by the Peace Studies Association – of which UMass Lowell is a founding member – and pays homage to the legacy and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As this year’s Greeley Scholar, Thrupkaew joins a distinguished list of other humanitarians, including a Nobel Prize winner, honored by UMass Lowell. Information about other programs she will lead for the campus and community throughout April is available at www.uml.edu/Research/PACSI/Day-Without-Violence.aspx.

Where:    O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, 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