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Spring 2018 Workshops

Answering the So What Question for your Research

Presented by Anne Maglia and Beth Mitchneck
February 15, 2018

This hands-on workshop will place laser focus on answering the so what question when writing a grant proposal whether for intra or extra-mural funding. Articulating the broad significance of a research project or creative activity is often the critical missing piece. This workshop will review the myriad of topics that may form the answer to the so what question including intellectual contributions to science or artistic pursuits as well as the social, economic, and political impacts. Come prepared to talk about your research and creative activity and help others focus on the importance of theirs.

How to Write An Effective Project Summary


This hands-on workshop will focus on writing project summaries that stand out and make reviewers want to read your proposal. Come prepared to work in teams to draft your ideas and give feedback to others.

University Crossing, Room 492
March 22, 2018: Noon - 1 p.m.

2017 Workshops

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Fabric Discovery Center

Come and Learn about potential funding for R&D, education and workforce development, and industry partnerships at the UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Center.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 14 at 10 a.m.
  • Location: Saab ETIC 445
  • Topics to be covered:
    • UMass Lowell FDC overview
    • Highlights of UMass Lowell’s current activities in NextFlex and AFFOA

Project examples:

  1. Human monitoring/wearable electronics, smart health, medical textiles and devices, environmental interaction/response monitoring, soft robotics and assistive /rehabilitative care.
  2. Wearables for sports, military and high performance applications including high exertion, fast recovery, extreme environment
  3. Energy harvesting conformable textiles (power source, supply, and management)
  4. Textile integrated data and network management
  5. Advanced automation in textile manufacturing including design of manufacturing equipment, human-robot interaction
  6. Sustainable manufacturing with end-of-life considerations including recycling and repurposing.
  7. Fashion design and technology

How to participate in this exciting interdisciplinary Academic-Industry-DoD Partnership


  • Julie Chen, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation
  • Cheryl Gomes, Technical Program Manager for HEROES and AFFOA programs
  • Claire Lepont, Technical Program Manager for CHN (Nano) and NextFlex program

Target Audience: Faculty Members, Post-doctoral researchers and students

About the UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Center

UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Center is envisioned to be an innovative, design, prototyping, pilot manufacturing and testing facility serving the University and the industry. It is a national model for forming synergistic interactions between Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) and NextFlex (Flexible Hybrid Electronics) Manufacturing USA Institutes. UMass Lowell FDC will enable cross-pollination of ideas between AFFOA, NextFlex, and development of new products for emerging applications. The Massachusetts Manufacturing Investment Initiative (M2I2), a program of Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) and Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), has provided funding to UMass Lowell for the creation of a Fabric Discovery Center.

Approaching Industry for Research Funding

NOVEMBER 8, 2017

Approaching Industry for Research Funding
With Arlene Parquette
Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Saab ETIC 445

Community Engagement: Impact, Scholarship, Community Partnerships and Faculty Support

October 19

Community Engagement: Impact, Scholarship, Community Partnerships and Faculty Support
With Ivy Ho and Robin Toof
Noon to 1 p.m.
McGauvran 315

Are you interested in increasing your impact with your students? Do you wonder about ways you can get your scholarship in the hands of people it can most effect? Are you curious about the supports on campus for faculty community engagement? Are you looking for a community partner and not sure where to start? This ebites session will answer your most pressing questions about community engagement and open up some avenues for your teaching and research.


New Travel Registry
With Rebecca Spanos
Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Crossing 490

The University has launched a new travel registry program, commonly referred to as the Terra Dotta travel registry. Please join us to learn more about the process of completing your Pre-Travel Authorization as well as the Faculty Request for Professional Absence and Export Control documentation for international travel. All UMass Lowell Faculty and Staff are required to pre-register out-of-state domestic and international travel through the system beginning November 1, 2017.

Other 2017 Lectures

Data Management Plans

Presented by Anne Maglia, October, 2017

Strategies for Your Proposal: Writing

Strategies for Your Proposal: Writing

Presented by Anne Maglia, April 6, 2017

Strategies for Your Proposal: Planning

Strategies for Your Proposal: Planning

Presented by Anne Maglia, March 21, 2017

2016 Workshops

Research and Engagement Centers at UMass Lowell

Research and Engagement Centers at UMass Lowell

Presented by Julie Chen and Andy Harris, November 2016

M2D2: Advancing Medical Device and Biotech Innovations

Electronic Personnel Action Form (E-PAC)

Presented by Hillary Clark, Fall 2016

M2D2: Advancing Medical Device and Biotech Innovations

Presented by Steve Tello, October 12, 2016

How to Turn a 30-second Soundbite on NPR into Funding for Your Research

How to Turn a 30-second Soundbite on NPR into Funding for Your Research

Presented by John Feudo, October 5, 2016

NetFlex, the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute

NetFlex, the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Presented by Joey Mead and Claire LePont, February 2, 2016

2015 Lectures

International Service-Learning Opportunities

Thursday, April 9
Presented by Fern MacKinnon (Director, Office of Study Abroad and International Experiences) and sponsored by Campus Service-Learning Coordinators—Faculty interested in learning how to take a service-learning experience on the Road (or more likely – on an airplane). Learn about the many opportunities for you to offer a service-learning course as an international experience.

2014 Lectures

Digital Measures Software For Engineering Faculty

Thursday, September 18
Come learn about all of the advances that have taken place with the Digital Measures Software, view your CV and learn how to use the software.  George Hart (Director of Libraries) and Brita Dean (Consultant) will be presenting.

Overview of Core Research Facilities on Campus

Tuesday, September 23
The Core Research Facilities on campus have greatly increased under the leadership of Teri Hamelin (Business Director), at this workshop she will provide an overview of what currently exists and how you can participate.

Diagnosing the Opportunities for Federal Biomedical Research Funding

Friday, September 26, Noon - 1 p.m.
Dr. Anna Kushnir from Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI) combines technical expertise in life science with a proven track record in assisting businesses acquire federal funds for research and development activities.

Introduction to Summit and Summit Refresher

Thursday, October 2
Maura Shield (Senior Accountant and Financial Reporting Administrator and Danielle DeLuca (Financial Administrator)

Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell

Tuesday, October 7
Do you want to learn more about the rapid-paced entrepreneurial community at UMass Lowell? Join Steven Tello, Associate Vice Chancellor, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development who has had wonderful success with the DifferenceMaker Program and Nancy Saucier (Director, New Venture Development) who paved the way for the Innovation Hub as they discuss:

  • DifferenceMaker Program
  • New Venture Development
  • Mentor Program
  • National Science Foundation Funding
  • ICorp
  • AIT-TT
  • Innovation Hub
  • Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2)
  • APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity Designation
  • And More!

Teaching an International Course (Taking a group of UMass Lowell students overseas)

Tuesday, October 14
Presented by Fern McKinnon (Manager, Office of Study Abroad and International Experiences), and Joanne Talty (Associate Director of Corporate Education and Conferences), Lisa Tarlin (Manager of Corporate Education Conferences)

Service Learning at UMass Lowell

Tuesday, October 21
Linda Barrington (Coordinator of Service Learning, Engineering), Robin Toof (Director Service FAHSS), Connie Seymour (Associate Professor, College of Health Science) Phyllis Proctor, (Program Manager, Computer Science) —Faculty interested in learning more about service-learning & experienced practitioners are encouraged to attend! Plus at this year's event we will announce details for our Service-Learning Mini-Grants! During this workshop participants will:

  • Hear about new service-learning mini-grant opportunities.
  • Review the benefits of service-learning.
  • Identify opportunities and potential community partners.
  • Learn strategies and reflection options.
  • Brainstorm and network with others, including experienced faculty practitioners.

HEROES: What It Is, What We Are Doing and How You Can Get Involved

Thursday, October 30
Lynne Samuelson (Chief Scientist Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center, NSRDEC and Co-Director, Heroes) and Ram Nagarajan (Associate Professor, Plastics and Co-Director Heroes Center)

Since February 7, 2013, UMass Lowell and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, (NSRDEC), have established a unique collaborative R&D partnership initiative called HEROES (Harnessing Emerging Research Opportunities to Empower Soldiers). This initiative involves NSRDEC scientists and engineers sharing over 5000 sq feet of laboratory, office and conference space on site at UMass Lowell, along with UMass Lowell students and faculty having access to the unique Soldier research and testing capabilities at NSRDEC. This partnership is able to effectively combine the best of both organizations (people, facilities and expertise) to work together to find creative and innovative solutions to improve the safety, mobility and sustainability of our Warfighters.

To date, HEROES has numerous broad-based and dual use (military and commercial) areas of collaboration that involve many NSRDEC S&Es and UMass Lowell faculty, post docs and students. These areas of S&T include Soldier Protection (flame and thermal, chem./bio, ballistic and antimicrobial protective materials) and Soldier Sustainability (airdrop parachutes and parafoils, nutrition, power generating nanocomposites, wearable thermoelectrics and combat ration safety, rations and novel packaging).  Ebites discussions will include an overview of NSRDEC S&T, the HEROES Center, faculty and student opportunities and possible mechanisms of collaboration.

State Ethics Law and Conflict of Interest Policies for Public Employees

Tuesday, November 4
Maria Sheehy (Attorney and Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Affairs and Compensation) and Elaine Major (Director, Office of Compliance)

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Thursday, November 6

Institutional Research

Thursday, November 13
Julie Alig (Director Institutional Research) and her team describe what her office does and some of the interesting data and trends about the university.

Creative Economy Award Winners, Their Research and How It Got Awarded

Wednesday, November 19, Noon - 1 p.m.
Creative Economy Award Winners, their research and how it got awarded. Khanh Dinh (Professor, Psychology), Allyssa McCabe (Professor, Psychology), Ivy Ho (Associate Professor, Psychology) and Jana Sladkova (Assistant Professor, Psychology) “Understanding Triumphs and Challenges of Immigration and Adaptation: An Innovative Model for Economic and Social Integration Success”

Gena Greher (Professor, Music) and Alan Williams (Associate Professor “Discovering Cultural Identity and Identity Spaces for Cambodian American Adolescents to Explore Their Cultural Identity Creating Spaces for Cambodian-American Adolescents to Explore Their Cultural and Artistic Heritage”.

Science & Technology Award Winners, Their Research and How It Got Awarded

Thursday, November 20
Supriya Chakrabarti (Associate Dean, Sciences), “Experimental Center for Environmental LIDAR (EXCEL)” David Kazmer (Professor, Plastics Engineering) - “Next Generation Materials & Processes for 3-D Printing”

Other Past Lecture Videos

How to Write Winning Titles and Project Summaries

How to Write Winning Titles and Project Summaries

Anne Maglia, AVC - Research & Compliance

Program Evaluation Workshop

Program Evaluation Workshop

Jill Hendrickson Lohmeir, College of Education,
Center for Program Evaluation (CPE)