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Spring Into Science

Spring into Science:
A Celebration of Discovery, Innovation, and Education in the Sciences

The Kennedy College of Sciences invites you to participate in the 1st Annual “Spring into Science” showcase, which will highlight cutting edge research and educational opportunities within the college and from across the broader scientific community.

The colloquia, symposia, demonstrations and social events will be held between April 1 and April 12; and are open to all members of the college and campus community as well as alumni, friends of the college, and the general public.

Please note that some events may require registration.

When: Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 12, 2019
Where: Various location across campus, check individual events for specific location and time.

College-wide / Headlining Events

Close up of a lizard's eye with rainbow colors across it. Did you know that numerous birds, insects, reptiles and aquatic animals perceive colors in the ultraviolet region of the spectrum—literally “over the rainbow?”  Join Charles W. Clark as he applies these discoveries to measurement science and discusses how the ultraviolet influences the science of physics, astronomy and climate change.

Over the Rainbow: The Other World Seen by Animals

The Kennedy College of Sciences Lecture Series on Science and Society sponsored by Eric and Lola Chaisson

Did you know that numerous birds, insects, reptiles and aquatic animals perceive colors in the ultraviolet region of the spectrum—literally “over the rainbow?”

  • Speaker: Charles W. Clark, Ph.D. - Joint Quantum Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology and University of Maryland
  • Date: April 4, 2019
  • Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Moloney Hall, Room 260, University Crossing

Free and open to the public.

For more information please email:

Learn More About The Over the Rainbow Event

Watch The Over the Rainbow Livestream

President John F. Kennedy and astronaut John Glenn look inside the Friendship 7 capsule on Feb. 23, 1962. Photo by John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Moonshot: UMass Lowell and JFK Library Celebrate the Legacy of JFK and Apollo 11

Join us on April 5 for a symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic first moon landing.

Presented by UMass Lowell and the JFK Library, the event will honor the legacy of the Apollo 11 mission and President John F. Kennedy’s lasting impact on science, research, engineering and space exploration.

The symposium will be moderated by Prof. Megan Donahue, president of the American Astronomical Society.

Free and open to the public.

Register Online

Learn More About Moonshot

Stock image - illustration showing stick figure people eating at a cook-out.

“Spring Into Science” Cookout

Department-specific Events

April 3: Biological Sciences Colloquia

April 4: Chemistry Colloquia

  • Speaker: David Kaplan (Tufts, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering)
  • Title: Functionalization of Silk Proteins - New Materials and Functions
  • Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Olney 518

April 8: EEAS Colloquia

  • Speaker: Juliette Rooney-Varga (UMass Lowell)
  • Title: Renewable Energy or Worse than Coal? The Real Climate Impacts of Wood Bioenergy
  • Time: 2-3 p.m.
  • Location: Ball 208

April 8: Mathematical Sciences Colloquia

  • Speaker: Ben Orlin (Author and Blogger)
  • Title: Math with Bad Drawings
  • Time: 1-2:30
  • Location: Dandeneau 321

April 10: Physics

April 10: Biological Sciences -
Steven R. Williams Research Award Competition

April 12: Chemistry Colloquia

April 12: EEAS Colloquia
(in conjunction with Space Physics)

  • Speaker: Chris Skinner (UMass Lowell)
  • Title: How Plants Shape High-Impact Weather in a Changing Climate
  • Time: 3-4 p.m.
  • Location: Wannalancit 405