SHE’S A SURVIVOR
“I am scared to death. It is definitely going to be the hardest challenge of my entire life,” says Noelle Lambert ’19 in the trailer for season 43 of “Survivor,” which began airing in September on CBS. Lambert lost her left leg above the knee following a moped accident in 2016, after earning America East All-Rookie team honors playing lacrosse her freshman year at UML. The Londonderry, New Hampshire, native has since started The Born to Run Foundation, which provides amputees with prosthetics that will allow them to run again. And in a switch from lacrosse to track and field, she joined the U.S. Paralympic National Team and competed on Team USA for the 2021 Paralympics in Tokyo, finishing sixth in the women’s 100m T63 event, and lowering her own national record from 16.31 to 15.97 seconds. We’re guessing she’ll continue to do just fine in Tribal Council.
ELEANOR THE EVISCERATOR
We don’t recommend sharing your favorite stuffed toy with her (thus the nickname) but our students tell us she’s the best snuggler and a great distraction during stressful times like finals week. The pet-in-residence at University Suites may be a rescue (her human is Rae Mansfield, associate director of Honors
scholarship and curriculum, and faculty-in-residence for the Commonwealth Honors Living-Learning Community) — but these days, Eleanor is doing all of the rescuing. Give her a follow on Instagram: @eleanortheeviscerator.
OUR NEW CHANCELLOR IS A BRAINIAC AND AN ATHLETE
She’s got three degrees from MIT and was an Academic All-American in softball and field hockey — but for the last 25 years, Julie Chen
has been at UML. She joined the mechanical engineering faculty in 1997, and since 2016 has been vice chancellor for research and innovation. Chen is UML’s first Asian-American chancellor and the first LGBTQ+ chancellor. Stay tuned for a full intro to our new leader in our winter issue.
WORKING HER MAGIC
Long after classes have ended for the day, there is often a light shining in the window of Chemistry Assoc. Teaching Prof. Khalilah Reddie
’s office. “Dr. Reddie spends more time on the UMass Lowell campus than any other professor,” says David Long, who graduated in 2021 with a degree in biological sciences. In recognition of that dedication, she was recently awarded the Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The annual prize was established by Robert ’84, ’11 (H) and Donna ’85, ’91, ‘11 (H) Manning to honor outstanding faculty members from each of the five UMass campuses “As a minority professor on campus, I thought about what I could do to motivate students who felt insecure about their aspirations of joining the health profession,” says Reddie, who created the Medical Profession Admission Gap Initiative and Collaboration (MAGIC
) program to help prepare students from underrepresented groups for medical school.