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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Sept. 11, 2017

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Working professionals and other prospective students may find out about UMass Lowell's graduate programs at an admissions open house on Saturday, Sept. 23.


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 For more news about UMass Lowell, visit Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 expected U.N. Security Council vote on sanctions against North Korea in response to the nation’s nuclear-weapons testing;
  • The national security implications of the Equifax data breach involving personal information of 143 million people and what the company can do to restore consumers’ confidence;
  • Apple’s iPhone 8, expected to be released this week, and whether its price of $1,000 will continue to attract buyers as the tech giant faces tougher competition;
  • Whether the next Atlantic hurricane, Jose, poses a risk to New England and how climate change is contributing to the enormous hurricanes this season;
  • How corporations are responding the potential repeal of the nation’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and what it could mean for the workforce.
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

‘Welcome Back Night’ for University Community Highlights Downtown Lowell
When:     Thursday, Sept. 14, 5 to 8 p.m.

What:      Downtown Lowell’s Mill No. 5 –  a collection of eclectic shops, eateries and even an independent movie theater tucked inside a reclaimed textile building – will play host to UMass Lowell’s third annual “Welcome Back Night” for new and returning students, faculty and staff. The free event will feature food, music, giveaways and the scoop about Lowell’s cultural and historical attractions.
Where:    Mill No. 5, Fourth Floor, 250 Jackson St., Lowell
Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,

‘One-Man-Band’ Musician Performs Free Concert 
When:     Thursday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m.

What:      Award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Rob Flax, who has opened for acts such as B.B. King and Tower of Power, will perform a solo concert. Flax will use a looper pedal – a device also frequently used by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran – that will transform his acoustic music into an entire symphony of sounds. Presented by UMass Lowell’s Music Department, the free event is open to the public and kicks off the semester’s schedule of performances by students, faculty and guests. 
Where:    Durgin Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell
C ontacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,

‘Rubber and Road’ Exhibit Evokes Cycling Culture 

When:     Artist’s talk is Tuesday, Sept. 19, 3:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 5 p.m. Exhibit runs through Thursday, Oct. 12. University Gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
What:      UMass Lowell’s Art and Design Department presents “Rubber and Road,” an exhibit by artist Katina Huston. The works on display, many of them ink on mylar drawings, depict themes connected to bicycling and explore the interplay between light and shadow. The exhibit, a presentation by Huston at which she will talk about her creative process and a reception with the artist are all free and open to the public. The show was designed to complement the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race that will be held in the city on Saturday, Sept. 23.   
Where:    Artist’s talk – O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. Artist’s reception and exhibit – University Gallery, Mahoney Hall, South Campus, 870 Broadway, St., Lowell
Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, or Deborah Santoro, gallery coordinator, 978-934-3493,

Graduate Open House Welcomes Prospective Students 
When:     Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What:      Working professionals and other prospective students interested in pursuing a UMass Lowell education can speak to university representatives and learn about graduate, continuing education and online offerings, and even register on the spot at this open house. UMass Lowell offers 42 master’s and 36 doctoral degrees, and more than 70 graduate certificate programs, which are available on campus, online or in a blended format that combines both options. New offerings include Ph.D. programs in education and in criminal justice and criminology. UMass Lowell programs are nationally accredited and ranked for quality and return on investment. Members of the public who would like more information or to RSVP for the event may do so at

Where:    University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell
Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,

Ramifications of Historic Irish Hunger Strike Explored at Program 
When:     Monday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m.

What:      In September 1917, 38 Irish rebels incarcerated for defying British rule went on a hunger strike to resist their oppressors and changed the course of Irish history. UMass Lowell’s Center for Irish Partnerships will open its 2017 Speaker Series with a program examining the significance of the what became known as the Mountjoy Hunger Strike – during which prisoner Thomas Ashe died for the cause – and how the protest still resonates in Irish politics today. Leading the talk will be author and oral historian Tomas MacConmara, who has written a book on the subject. The UMass Lowell Center for Irish Partnerships works to deepen understanding between the American and Irish people through programs for the campus and community, joint research with international partners, and faculty and student exchanges. Members of the public who would like to attend the free event should RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 19 by emailing
Where:    UMass Club, 1 Beacon Street, 32nd Floor, Boston
Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,

Innovation Hub to Host Event to Fuel City’s Economic Development  
When:     Thursday, Sept. 28, 4:30 to 7 p.m.

What:      Entrepreneurs and investors will come together at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub (iHub) to talk about funding options and grant opportunities for Lowell businesses and other ventures. The Innovation Hub is a business incubator for startups and offers entrepreneurs a wide range of services to assist them in growing their enterprises. More information about the iHub, which recently opened a second location in Haverhill, is available at

Where:    UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, 110 Canal St., Lowell
Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,