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News from UMass Lowell for Week of Nov. 5, 2018

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First-generation college students crowded into a lecture room for the River Hawk Scholars Academy's welcome day. Photo by K. Webster
First-generation college students who participate in UMass Lowell's River Hawk Scholars Academy -- a program dedicated to fostering their success on campus -- will be part of an event on Thursday marking National First Generation College Students Day.


Contact: Nancy Cicco: 978-934-4944, and Christine Gillette: 978-934-2209,

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Sources of the week 
UMass Lowell faculty experts are available to discuss expectations before and results of tomorrow's midterm elections, including:
  • How who wins control of Congress could shape the country’s future;
  • How business and the economy may be affected by the outcome of races for office and ballot questions;
  • Next moves for women in politics and the #MeToo movement.
 Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

Cutting-Edge Faculty Research Takes Center Stage

When and where: Tuesday, Nov. 6. Keynote addresses from 3:30 to 4 p.m. UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

What: Pioneering research being conducted by UMass Lowell faculty from all of the university’s schools and colleges will be on display at a free event for the campus and community. Deborah Finch, winner of the 2018 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching and a professor in UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business, will share how she approaches working with students in the first of two keynote addresses at 3:30 p.m. at the annual Faculty Symposium on Teaching, Learning, Research and Creative Works. The second keynote, which follows, will explore pioneering new research on how the body moves and performs by Pei-Chun Kao and Yi-Ning Wu, both professors of physical therapy and kinesiology. 

UMass Lowell Celebrates First-Generation College Students

When and where: Thursday, Nov. 8, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Allen House, South Campus, 2 Solomont Way, Lowell

What: UMass Lowell’s River Hawk Scholars Academy will celebrate National First-Generation College Student Day at an event for students and faculty. The academy, which has more than 280 participants this fall, is focused on the success of first-generation college students and offers a wide range of support, from academic advising and experiential learning to events and a living-learning community in university housing. This event will bring together first-year students in the program with faculty, including those who were first-generation college students themselves.

Public Event Shines Light on Autism’s Myths and Realities 

When and where: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m. UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill 

What: “Understanding and Dispelling the Myths about Autism Spectrum Disorder,” a free program for the public, will be presented at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, part of the university’s new downtown Haverhill satellite campus. Rocio Rosales, a UMass Lowell psychology professor who leads the university’s Autism Studies program, will share effective treatment methods for people with autism and talk about support services for parents and caregivers available through UMass Lowell's Center for Autism Research and Education (CARE). The event is one in the iHub’s Cultural Speaker Series. Members of the public who would more information or to attend should email

Free Concert Spotlights Centuries of European Music

When and where: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Durgin Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell 

What: Works from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras will be performed by UMass Lowell’s Early Music Mixed Chamber Ensemble and Chamber Singers at a free concert for the public and campus. Madrigals, chants, choral and instrumental works by composers including J.S. Bach, Henry Purcell and Hildegard von Bingen will showcase the richness and diversity of music from these periods. The event is presented by UMass Lowell’s Medieval and Renaissance Studies program and Music Department. No tickets are required and free parking is available across the street from the venue. Members of the public who would like more information should email