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News from UMass Lowell for Week of March 5, 2018

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March is Women's History Month and UMass Lowell is celebrating the observance with a variety of programs, including a leadership high tea on Wednesday, March 8 and a documentary on women entrepreneurs on Wednesday, March 21.


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 For more news about UMass Lowell, visit Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 UMass Lowell Weather Center’s forecast for an anticipated snowstorm on Wednesday; 
  • The benefits of a diverse workplace, as Oscar winner Frances McDormand in her acceptance speech last night implored actors to seek contracts with “inclusion riders” to compel gender and racial diversity in films;
  • Potential ramifications of President Trump’s plan to impose import tariffs on aluminum and steel, which could go into effect as soon as this week;
  • How daylight saving time, which begins Sunday, affects employee productivity and workers’ perception of time spent on the job. 
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

‘Three Mill Girls’ Weaves Tale of Lowell’s Textile Factories

When and where: Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m. Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St., Lowell 

What: “Three Mill Girls,” a performance that introduces audiences to the life and attitudes of laborers who worked in Lowell’s textile factories during the Victorian era, will be staged by actor Marcia Estabrook. Open to all, the free event is presented by the Parker Lecture Series and the Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership between UMass Lowell’s College of Education and the Lowell National Historical Park that educates thousands of schoolchildren and teachers annually about the American Industrial Revolution. Members of the public who would like to attend should register by calling 978-970-5080 or emailing

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

High Tea Celebrates International Women’s Day

When and where: Thursday, March 8, 3 p.m. University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell. 

What: Women from throughout the Greater Lowell community who are advocates for positive change will discuss their careers and volunteer efforts during “Leadership through Service: Celebrating Women Who Serve,” a high tea and networking opportunity for participants. Speakers are scheduled to include UMass Lowell’s Jenna Vinson, an English professor who specializes in feminist studies; Karen Frederick, CEO of Community Teamwork Inc.; and UMass Lowell civil engineering major Kayla Dooley of Lowell, who leads Engineers for Change, a student-led organization on campus that seeks to remedy infrastructure challenges in developing countries. The event, which is sold out and no longer open to the public, is held in observance of International Women’s Day and presented by UMass Lowell’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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

College of Education Event Shines Light on Hip-Hop Culture

When and where: Thursday, March 8, 4 p.m. UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

What: How hip-hop music helps shape the social, cultural and political beliefs of young people growing up in urban communities will be the centerpiece of the UMass Lowell College of Education’s annual conference on teaching and learning which will unite educators throughout the campus and community. Delivering keynote remarks will be Bettina Love, an award-winning author and educator whose research on the issue is providing new approaches on how to teach young people. Other sessions will focus on social justice and education. Members of the public who would like to attend the free event should contact

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

New Era for Toxics Use Reduction Institute Begins

When and where: Monday, March 12, 1 p.m. The Offices at Boott Mills West, Second Floor, 126 John St., Lowell

What: The Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell will unveil its new headquarters at a program for state, city and university leaders. Established by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act of 1989, the research center collaborates with businesses, community organizations and government agencies to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in manufacturing processes to protect public health and the environment and increase competitiveness among Massachusetts businesses. The event will include a tour of the space, which features new laboratories, a 20-seat training room, a library and work areas for UMass Lowell students and visiting researchers. With the new headquarters, TURI will be able to conduct more trainings in Lowell and work with more representatives of private industry to find safer cleaning solutions and disinfection methods.

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

Film, Forum Track Success Stories of Women Entrepreneurs

When and where: Wednesday, March 21, 5:30 p.m. UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, 110 Canal St., Lowell. Note: This event has been rescheduled from its original date of Wednesday, March 7.  

What: “She Started It,” a documentary that charts the journeys of trailblazing business women in the world of high-tech startups, will be screened at an event presented by UMass Lowell’s Innovation Hub and the Manning School of Business. Following the film, a panel of local entrepreneurs, including UMass Lowell graduate Rajia Abdelaziz, co-founder of invisaWear personal safety system; Nicole Mauro, president of Harmonus medical devices; and Katherine Collins, a director of Prosperity Catalyst, which provides a market for goods made by women in Iraq and Haiti, will share their stories and answer questions from the audience. With locations in Lowell and Haverhill, UMass Lowell’s iHubs are business incubators where entrepreneurs can grow their enterprises while enjoying access to UMass Lowell’s experts and resources. Members of the public who would like to attend the free event should register at

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