• Rachel Le interviews a research participant

    New Study Analyzes How Neighborhoods Impact the Likeliness of Falls

    A new study led by Prof. of Public Health Wenjun Li, with funding from a $4 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging, will analyze how older people move and use the outdoor space in their communities.
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  • Two men have a conversation while standing in a room with a mural on the wall behind them

    Learning in Retirement Association Embraces Hybrid Era

    The Learning in Retirement Association, a UML partner organization that offers educational courses and social events to retired and semi-retired people, has embraced a hybrid learning model that has allowed it to reach more members and guest speakers.
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  • A young man in glasses smiles while listening to someone talk in a conference room

    New Program Helps First-Gen Students Find Career Paths

    The River Hawk Scholars Academy’s new Pathways to Career program helps first-generation college students in their junior year take advantage of resources available to them in the Career and Co-op Center.
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  • Two young men dressed as pirates pose for a photo in front of a pirate ship vehicle

    Ahoy! Swashbuckling Engineering Students Put Skills to Test

    Mechanical engineering majors Giancarlos Jaime-Guzman and Chris Jorge-Rosario competed against teams from across the country in the annual Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race, a carnival-like spectacle that blends science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
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  • Cool Science Alice Lobel

    Local K-12 Students Use Art to Teach Public About Extreme Weather

    The National Science Foundation-funded project Cool Science hosted its 10th annual Extreme Weather Art Competition for students in grades kindergarten through 12th. The winning posters are now displayed on transit buses in the Merrimack Valley and Worcester areas.
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  • UML art major Urdilinya Smith helps paint a mural on South Campus

    New Campus Murals Are Part of Citywide Arts Collaboration

    When students arrived back on campus, they were greeted by two colorful murals: a “chrome” hermit crab by internationally known artist “Bikismo” and six endangered species painted by New England muralist Sophy Tuttle. The murals were sponsored by ArtUp Lowell, a citywide coalition that brought nine muralists to the city in August.
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  • Three women in black shirts pose for a photo next to a display for their equestrian team

    Student Clubs Regain Their Memberships — and Mojo

    Thousands of River Hawks flocked to the Campus Recreation Center for the Engagement Fair, where more than 200 student clubs and organizations continued to rebuild memberships and executive boards following the pandemic.
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  • Three women look at papers and chat while standing outside an office

    ‘Searcher to Researcher’: UML Library Meets Evolving Needs

    The UMass Lowell Library is taking steps — including hiring new staff members and introducing additional services — to help the university reach its goal of becoming a top-tier national research institution.
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  • Chris Carlsmith and Deirdre Hutchison

    Pieces of the Past: Students Dig Up History in Lowell

    At a dig site at 509 Market St. in Lowell, students from UMass Lowell, UMass Boston and Queen’s University Belfast searched for artifacts from a grocery store and dwelling that was operated by Irish immigrant Patrick Keyes in the mid-1800s.
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  • A woman wearing glasses holds a microphone and speaks outdoors

    River Hawks Swoop in on ‘September in the City’

    The university celebrated Lowell’s culture, diversity and history at “September in the City,” a festival that drew hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members to JFK Plaza for free food, music and more.
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  • Dean Melikechi and his postdoc in the lab

    Sciences Dean’s Research Uses Lasers to Help Diagnose Serious Illnesses

    Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the Kennedy College of Sciences and professor in the Department of Physics and Applied Physics, is helping to advance the use of laser technology to diagnose serious illnesses, ranging from cancers and COVID-19 to Gulf War illness.
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  • Four people smile while posing for a photo outside of a brick building

    Honors College Begins New Era at Allen House

    With a new dean in Jenifer Whitten-Woodring and an elegant new home at Allen House, it’s an exciting time of transition for the growing Honors College, which has nearly 2,000 undergraduate students enrolled this fall.
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  • Student working in a UMass Lowell laboratory

    Students Find Research, Internship Opportunities on Campus

    Students didn't have to go far over the summer to gain valuable experience for their future careers — many stayed right here at UML to take advantage of opportunities for research, co-op work and community engagement. Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Collaborations (UROC), a program that is now part of the Career & Co-op Center, helps connect students of every major with experiential learning opportunities — many through the Immersive Scholars program. Here’s what some of the students had to say about their experiences.
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  • A student uses their laptop outside while seating in a green Adirondack chair

    Changing Campus Landscape Greets River Hawks this Fall

    New homes for the Honors College, Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy and Asian American Center for Excellence and Engagement highlight a busy summer of campus improvements by Facilities Management.
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  • A man leans out the driver's window of a white and blue bus to pose for a photo

    New and Improved Buses Rolling Out on Campus this Fall

    The university is introducing eight new ADA-compliant buses this fall featuring audio announcements, automatic passenger-counting technology and a more modern exterior design.
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  • A woman and three men pose for a photo in front of a lobby full of people

    In a Data-Rich World, Business Analytics Students Gain Upper Hand

    To keep up with the rising demand for data scientists, the Manning School of Business’ Master of Science in business analytics program continues to grow, adding a sixth track in health care business analytics.
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  • Seven Greer and Daniel LeCain

    Science Students Put Concepts into Practice

    Field experience courses offered during the summer allowed students to explore New England, Montana and Idaho while gaining new skills in ecology and geology.
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    Does a Common Food Additive Harm the Gut?

    Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences Assoc. Prof. Kelsey Mangano has received a three-year $496,885 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to examine whether high consumption of titanium dioxide is related to poor gut health.
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  • A woman takes a group photo of people in green T-shirts gathered around a sign for Coburn Hall

    Education Doctoral Students Savor Summer Residency Week

    More than 100 doctoral students in the School of Education’s online Leadership in Schooling Ed.D. program worked on their dissertations, took qualifying exams and built a sense of community with their cohorts as Summer Residency Week returned in-person to campus for the first time in three years.
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  • A group of students pose with their professor in front of Big Ben in London

    Students Steeped in History in England and Scotland

    Sixteen students joined Visiting Lecturer Lauren Fogle for the History Department’s first study abroad course, “Topics in History,” a two-week trip to England and Scotland.
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  • A student looks at their phone while sitting in a red chair outside surrounded by trees

    Already a Tree Campus, UML is Blooming into an Arboretum

    UMass Lowell was once again designated a Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation — and is on track to become classified as an arboretum this fall by the nonprofit organization ArbNet.
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  • Two men stand next to research equipment and a radiation area caution sign

    Radiation Safety Program Earns Brand-New International Accolade

    UMass Lowell has been recognized with the first Outstanding Radiation Safety Program award by the Health Physics Society, an international nonprofit organization of more than 5,000 scientists, physicians, engineers and other professionals.
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  • Biology Asst. Prof. Teresa Lee in the lab

    Biology Professor’s Genetics Research Awarded $374K NIH Grant

    Biology Asst. Prof. Teresa Lee’s research to understand what information is passed between generations, from parent to child, has been awarded a three-year, $374,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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  • Monument and cathedral entrance at the Valley of the Fallen in Spain

    Honors College Expands Study Abroad Programs

    The Honors College expanded its study abroad options this year with new courses on Shakespeare’s London and the history of Madrid. Honors College Dean Jenifer Whitten-Woodring is looking for faculty partners to offer even more.
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  • Portrait of Psychology Assoc. Prof. Stephanie Block

    Professors Study Aids and Barriers to Prosecuting Child Sexual Abuse

    What are the best predictors that child sexual abuse cases will be investigated and prosecuted? Professors in psychology and criminology analyzed hundreds of cases and found that support from a child’s parent or other caregiver was the clearest factor. 
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  • Michele Fox, Justin Cormier and Becky Glass

    DPT Students Crack the Hard Cases

    Doctor of physical therapy students solve complex patient cases during their final clinical rotations.
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  • Christopher Mendillo with researchers

    NASA Selects Mendillo for Fellowship Program, Awards Him $7M Grant

    NASA appointed Asst. Research Prof. Christopher Mendillo to its Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowship program one month after awarding him a $7 million, five-year grant to develop technology for a high-altitude balloon mission that could lead to the discovery of new planets.
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  • An image of falling creatures from the Minecraft musical video "Chicken Hero, Villager Hero, Cow Hero" created by Assoc. Teaching Prof. Ramon Castillo

    Students Make Electronic Music with Minecraft

    Music students in the Contemporary Electronic Ensemble and Technology in Music Education class created music videos in Minecraft – and even invented their own instruments. They performed on Twitch and displayed their work in the UMass Lowell “building” at the 2022 Maker Music Festival.
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  • A professor in a polka dot top sits at a table and speaks with two female students

    Professor Adds Element of Diversity to Chemistry Lessons

    To help students in her Chemistry I and II courses understand the diversity of those working in STEM fields, Asst. Teaching Prof. Suzanne Young has created brief lessons on Black, brown and indigenous scientists not mentioned in their textbook.  
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  • Two young women smile in Days of Giving frame

    UMass Lowell Alumni Pay it Forward

    Grateful UML alumni have stepped up with generous gifts to the university to help create even more opportunities for students now and in the years ahead.
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  • Yanfen Li's research team

    New Program Aims to Foster Diversity in Future Engineering Faculty

    A team of faculty researchers led by Biomedical Engineering Asst. Teaching Prof. Yanfen Li has been awarded a six-year grant totaling nearly $1.5 million by the National Science Foundation to create a diverse and competitive pool of students who could become future faculty candidates in engineering.
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  • Student workers kayaking with Kate Ford and Kevin Soleil

    Paddling through Summer at the Kayak Center

    Preparations are underway to reopen the Kayak Center for the season with student workers excited to bring water sports to the public.
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  • First-year teaching artist Emma Michaud plays with the Prelude ensemble of the UMass Lowell String Project

    Take a Bow: String Project Turns 20

    More than 20 years after it began, the UMass Lowell String Project is bringing accessible, high-quality music education on violin, viola and cello to Lowell-area schoolchildren – and giving UML music students teaching experience. 
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  • Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, Dr. Ashish Jha, and Vice Chancellor Julie Chen share the Commencement 2022 stage.

    For Class of 2022, ‘Normal’ Never Felt So Extraordinary

    UMass Lowell’s first fully in-person Commencement in three years marked a return to normalcy for the Class of 2022 — the largest in school history — and also the end of an era for Chancellor Jacquie Moloney.
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  • Two young women talk to each other in a room with people milling around in the background

    Business Students Give Restaurants Something to Chew On

    Mill City Consulting, a student-run venture created last fall in the Internship in Entrepreneurship course, helped two Lowell restaurants as they continue to recover from the pandemic.
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  • A woman has her hand over the shoulder of another woman as they walk down a hallway

    ‘Chancellor Chen’ Greeted with Cheers from UML Community

    After 25 years of empowering UMass Lowell students and communities through education and innovation, Julie Chen was unanimously approved as the university’s next chancellor — a move that received sweeping praise from students, faculty, staff and alumni.
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  • A man holds a microphone while standing at a podium and speaking to a crowd

    UML’s Entrepreneurial Muscle Puts Squeeze on Digital Divide

    UMass Lowell’s Innovation Hub in Haverhill hosted the Digital Equity Challenge, where entrepreneurs and nonprofits pitched their ideas and projects for increasing digital access and literacy in Essex County.
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  • Students from four area high schools listen to a UML admissions presentation during a field trip sponsored by UTeach

    UML Teacher Candidates Host 130 High School Students on Campus

    Students in the UTeach program who are getting early teaching experience in high school math, science and engineering classrooms hosted their high school students on North Campus for a day of hands-on activities.
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  • A man speaks to a crowd while holding a certificate in a wood-paneled room with an American flag

    S.E.E.D. Fund Recipients All About the Green

    Seven projects led by students, faculty and staff received a share of the university’s annual $50,000 Sustainability Encouragement & Enrichment Development (S.E.E.D.) Fund. 
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  • Asst. Prof. Yuzhang Lin

    Electrical Engineering Professor Wins $500K NSF CAREER Award

    Asst. Prof. Yuzhang Lin was recently awarded a five-year, $500,000 faculty early-career development grant by the National Science Foundation to conduct a study that will help better predict and visualize power distribution capacity and consumers’ power demand in real time.
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  • UML economics major Emily Sayler won the top prize in the 2022 Student Symposium for research in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

    New B.S. in Quantitative Economics Focuses on In-Demand Skills

    Starting this fall, UML will offer a new B.S. in Quantitative Economics. The degree is highly sought after by employers. It also better prepares students for graduate school, Economics Chair Monica Galizzi says.
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  • Chancellor Jacquie Moloney holds the hand of theatre arts student Lucas Bermudez, as philanthropist Nancy L. Donahue and theatre arts students Raphaela Pereira and Cristian Ramos Delgado look on

    Nancy L. Donahue Celebrates the Arts with $2 Million Gift

    This year, the Nancy L. Donahue Celebration of the Arts celebrated the Lowell philanthropist’s $2 million donation to renovate Durgin Concert Hall. It is only her latest gift to the university.
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  • River cleanup

    Students, Volunteers Celebrate Earth Day with River Cleanup

    UML’s Society of Environmental Scientists teamed up with two local organizations for a cleanup along the riverbank behind LeLacheur Park. Together, they filled more than 30 60-gallon bags with trash.
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  • Archana Kamal writes on a whiteboard

    Into the Quantum Realm: Harnessing the Power of Uncertainty

    Quantum physicists and computer scientists have begun to harness the power of quantum computing, which has the potential to reshape computing as we know it. Asst. Prof. of Physics Archana Kamal is leading UML’s quantum research efforts.
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  • Nishant Agarwal

    Understanding the Origins of the Universe

    With support from a $360,000 Department of Energy Grant, Asst. Profs. Nishant Agarwal and Archana Kamal are investigating the role of quantum fluctuations in the evolution of the universe.
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  • Gerson SCORE

    SCORE Aims to Bring Disciplines Together Through Sports

    Through a common interest in sports, the campus cluster initiative Sports Collaborative for Open Research and Education (SCORE) is bringing disciplines across UMass Lowell together.
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  • James Heiss

    Students, Faculty ‘Spring into Science’

    The Kennedy College of Sciences hosted its fourth annual “Spring into Science” showcase, featuring educational and social events to highlight the importance of the field.
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  • U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan, UML Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey hold a ceremonial check for $500,000 for the RHSA

    UMass Lowell Gets $500,000 to Support First-Gen Students

    U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey visited campus to announce $500,000 in federal funding for the River Hawk Scholars Academy, which serves first-generation college students at the university.
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  • A cat and a dog sit together on a wooden floor

    Does the Pet You Own Influence What You Buy?

    People’s experiences with dogs and cats can influence their decisions as consumers, according to Asst. Prof. of Marketing Lei Jia’s recently published research in the Journal of Marketing.
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  • Shawsheen Valley Technical High School students

    High School Students Learn about Cybersecurity Field

    Sixty-five students from Greater Lowell and Shawsheen Valley technical high schools and their teachers got an overview of UML’s computer science and cybersecurity programs and some hands-on experience at the university’s Cyber Range during a recent visit to campus.
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  • Manning School of Business honors students and faculty at an Honors College mixer

    Honors College Matches Students with Faculty Mentors

    With mixers that follow a speed-dating format, the Honors College is matching more honors students with faculty mentors for research opportunities and final honors theses and projects. The college offers $1,500 fellowships to support student researchers, who may also be paid through faculty grants.
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  • A faculty member holds a small plastic trophy while speaking at a podium while three people stand behind her

    Students Thank Faculty for Cost-Saving Efforts

    To thank faculty members who help save them money by using free or low-cost textbooks and open educational resources in their courses, students hosted the second-annual “OERscar” awards at Moloney Hall.
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  • Myanmar journalist in exile Soe Myint

    Greeley Peace Scholar Tells Students of Myanmar’s Struggle Against Military Regime

    Soe Myint, this year’s Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies, is co-founder of an independent, Myanmar-based news organization that has operated clandestinely since the military coup last year. He spoke about his country’s struggle for democracy and the role of media in combating disinformation.
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  • Three student EMTs pose for a photo with their emergency vehicle

    Student EMTs Take Program’s Pulse at National Conference

    Sixteen student EMTs from UMass Lowell Emergency Medical Services recently traveled to Pittsburgh for the National Collegiate EMS Foundation’s annual conference, where they learned the latest in medical and trauma response and networked with peers from across the country.
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  • The first poster in a Blue Mountain Alphabet by Ingrid Hess, with illustrations and information about the Blue Mountain area national parks in Australia

    Professor Educates Children About Environment Through Art

    Art Assoc. Prof. Ingrid Hess is traveling to some of the world’s most beautiful places to make artwork that educates children about the natural world and environmental sustainability. She’s won grants, fellowships and artist residencies to visit national parks in Costa Rica, Australia, the U.S. and more.
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  • A room full of students talk to each other while sitting at round tables

    Students Take the Lead at Sustainability Symposium

    Hosted for the first time by UMass Lowell, the Student Sustainability Leaders Symposium brought together more than 100 students from 18 colleges and universities across the Northeast to share their work and explore opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.
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  • A man in a maroon polo shirt listens as a young man in glasses talks to him at a career fair

    ‘Way Too Many Jobs’ at Spring Career Fair

    The Spring Career Fair returned to the Tsongas Center, where 1,300 students and alumni found 187 employers eager to offer them internships, co-ops and full-time positions in a promising job market.
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  • Jonghan Kim in his lab

    New Study Aims to Predict Heart Toxicity When Patients Receive Chemo Drug

    Research by Assoc. Prof. Jonghan Kim of the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for a study that will help to better predict the impact of doxorubicin on cancer patients’ hearts.
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  • Four people in a room watch a panel of speakers on a TV monitor

    Peace and Conflict Studies Panel Examines War in Ukraine

    The Peace and Conflict Studies program hosted a panel discussion on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine featuring four international scholars, including one living through the invasion in the port city of Odesa.
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  • A young man with dark hair sits on a stoop with his arms crossed wearing athletic bracelets

    River Hawks Cash In on NCAA’s New Endorsement Policy

    UMass Lowell student-athletes are taking advantage of the NCAA’s new name, image and likeness policy, which for the first time allows college athletes to make money from endorsements and appearances.
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  • Political Science Prof. Ardeth Thawnghmung at a reception for the publication of "A Long, Long Time Ago in Southeast Asia"

    Politics Professor Studies Food Scarcity After Myanmar Coup

    Political Science Prof. Ardeth Thawnghmung won a Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship in 2020 to do research on internal migration in her native Myanmar. When it was postponed due to COVID-19 and then canceled after the 2021 military coup, she pivoted to help a nonprofit target food aid.
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  • Photo of model of mostly empty room with window looking onto the walls of another building

    'If These Walls Could Talk'

    Art Asst. Teaching Prof. Pavel Romaniko, who has roots in both countries, is divided by the war between Ukraine and Russia. Yet long before Russia invaded Ukraine, Romaniko was meditating on the diminishment of free artistic and political expression in Russia through his photographs of reconstructed, depopulated spaces.
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  • Two students with long dark hair smile while sitting in orange chairs and posing for a photo

    Business Students Help Low-Income Families File Taxes

    Four Manning School of Business students are preparing taxes for low-income families as part of a new internship program with Community Teamwork, a Lowell-based nonprofit organization that supports the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
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  • A gas station sign showing the price of $4.51 per gallon

    Four Ways River Hawks Can Beat Sky-high Gas Prices

    If you’re spending more on gas to get to campus, the university has several ways to save money on your commute — while decreasing carbon emissions.
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  • UMass Lowell Sociology Assoc. Prof. Mignon Duffy with the Merrimack River in the background

    Sociology Class and Student Government Join Forces on Survey

    Students in a sociology research methods class collaborated with the Student Government Association on a survey of undergraduates. The sociology majors got real-world experience – and the SGA is using the results to assess and advocate for student needs.
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  • Three students hold award certificates while talking to two faculty members on a staircase

    Lights Out! Students’ Energy-Saving Idea Wins CO2 Challenge

    A competition-based initiative to get students thinking about their residence hall energy usage won the third annual Rist Institute for Sustainability & Energy Climate Mitigation Challenge, which asks students to find ways to reduce CO2 emissions by 10,000 pounds in 10 weeks.
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  • Psychology Assoc. Prof. Rocio Rosales is leading a $914,000 grant for master's students in applied behavior analysis and autism studies.

    New Grant to Fund Autism Studies and Special Education Master’s Students

    Psychology Assoc. Prof. Rocio Rosales is leading a $914,000 grant that will train UML master’s students in applied behavior analysis and autism studies to collaborate with special education teams – and master’s students in special education at Lasell University to understand applied behavior analysis.
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  • UML History Prof. Chad Montrie speaking at a conference

    History Professor Studies Racism in the North

    In his newest book, “Whiteness in Plain View,” History Prof. Chad Montrie examines a 200-year history of racism in Minnesota.
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  • UML Sciences Dean Noureddine Melikechi

    ‘River Hawk Review’ Classes Give Students a Second Chance

    “River Hawk Review” classes offer students a second chance to earn a passing grade in some required classes so that they don’t fall behind on their degree pathways. The summer and winter classes in chemistry, business math, computer science and college writing offer lots of individual support.
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  • UML Associate Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies Neil Shortland leads the annual National Security Seminar at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

    Students Learn and Intern in Nation’s Capital

    Students gain professional experience and expert education through UMass Lowell’s close partnership with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.
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  • Four high school students in blazers hand out samples of the energy bar they are pitching to judges

    High Schoolers Get Entrepreneurial Entrée into UML

    Local college-minded high school students discovered how UMass Lowell supports entrepreneurship, innovation and creative problem-solving during recent campus events hosted by the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute.
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  • A student walks across a bridge as a campus shuttle bus approaches

    New Canal Bridges Improve Students’ Commutes to Class

    With construction work complete on two new canal bridges along Pawtucket Street, students are enjoying shorter trips on two of the university’s busiest bus lines — and improved paths for walking and biking.
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  • Mentor Deb Finch and student Adam Basma

    The Mentoring Effect

    For many students, a bond with a professor, an advisor, a coach or another person on campus can make all the difference in their college experience and set them up for future success. We checked in with several River Hawks who talked about their mentors on campus and the impact they’ve had.
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  • A woman speaks into a mic she's holding while a student looks on

    Bigelow CEO Spills the Tea on Leadership with Students

    Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president and CEO of family-owned Bigelow Tea, shared leadership lessons and inspired students to bring out the best in others during a talk at University Crossing.
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  • EEAS Asst. Prof. James Heiss

    Environmental Science Professor Awarded NSF CAREER Grant

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Asst. Prof. James Heiss a $680,000 faculty early-career development award to understand water and chemical exchanges between groundwater and surface water along the land-sea transition zone.
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  • Eyes of net-casting spiders

    Researchers Untangle the Secrets of Net-casting Spiders

    A team of researchers from UMass Lowell, Cornell University and the American Museum of Natural History is examining a family of spiders called Deinopidae to understand how these eight-legged creatures became so adept in detecting and capturing prey.
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  • Photos and books in UMass Lowell's Jack Kerouac Archives

    Happy Birthday, Jack Kerouac!

    Famed Beat writer Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell a century ago this March. The university, the city and Kerouac’s literary estate will be celebrating with an exhibit at Lowell National Historical Park, a festival and more.
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  • a sign of encouragement to students hangs on a tree outside on campus

    UML Recognized for Wellness Initiatives

    UMass Lowell, which ranks No. 1 among colleges and universities for well-being and work according to the Sustainable Campus Index, has created an Office of Student Life and Well-being to better integrate wellness across campus.
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  • CT scan for breast cancer

    UML Researchers Break New Ground

    UML researchers are at the forefront of groundbreaking developments in numerous disciplines, from finding ways to end human trafficking to devising new techniques to detect breast cancer.