A Celebration of Discovery, Innovation and Education in the Sciences

The Kennedy College of Sciences invites you to participate in the 4th 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 11 and April 15; 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 11 – Friday, April 15, 2022
  • Where: In-person and virtual. Check individual events for specific location and time.

College-wide & Headlining Events

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The Invisible Flood: Saltwater Intrusion Into Aquifers and Its Effect on Water Resources

James Heiss, UMass Lowell Assistant Professor of Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, will present to us on saltwater, the most widespread groundwater contaminant in the world! Its intrusion into coastal aquifers threatens freshwater resources that are vital for sustaining densely populated coastlines.

  • Speaker: James Heiss
  • Date: April 11, 2022
  • Time: 4-5 p.m.
  • Location: Hybrid in-person (Alumni Hall, North Campus) & Zoom Webinar

This event is free and open to the public.

Learn more about The Invisible Flood: Saltwater Intrusion Into Aquifers and Its Effect on Water Resources.

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Careering Towards Climate Change

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

Simon Buckle will trace his own involvement in climate policy and explore some of the key challenges we face in effectively addressing climate risks. Simon is the former Head of Division responsible for climate change, biodiversity, water and sustainable finance issues at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

  • Speaker: Simon Buckle
  • Date: April 12, 2022
  • Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom Webinar

Additional sponsors: the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy, the Climate Change Initiative and the Cape Cod Alumni Network.

Learn more about Careering Towards Climate Change.

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Where Science Meets Business

Co-hosted by: Kennedy College of Sciences & Manning School of Business.

Your chance to unlock valuable insight on the transferable skills you should acquire to help you make the most out of whatever career path you decide. We will discuss how these two worlds collide, and science meets business. This will be an interactive discussion where you can listen or ask questions of these amazing panelists.

  • Date: April 12, 2022
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • Location: Hybrid in-person and webinar. In-person: Alumni Hall (North Campus)

This event is free and open to the public.

Register for Where Science Meets Business

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Spring Fest

Join us in celebrating the Kennedy College of Sciences at the 4th annual Spring Fest!

Engage in fun games and activities; enjoy live music; tasty food; rock painting; meet KCS faculty, staff, students!

Show your Kennedy College and UMass Lowell spirit as "we science!"

  • Date: April 13, 2022 (rain date, Friday April 15)
  • Time: Noon-2 p.m.
  • Location: Olney Science Center Lawn
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Schueller Observatory Open House

Co-hosted by the Kennedy College of Sciences & Schueller Observatory.

Join us for a lecture by Physics Ph.D. Candidate, Thad Potter: "High Altitude Balloons and the Search for Exoplanets: The PICTURE-C Observatory". After the talk, all are invited to visit the Observatory, where astronomers will be on hand to offer views through the telescopes (weather permitting) throughout the evening, ending at 9 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Register for the Schueller Observatory Open House

Spring Into Science Departmental Colloquia 2022

Department of Biological Sciences

  • Date: April 15, 2022
    • Speakers: Applied Biology Ph.D. student presentations
    • Location: Olsen Hall 503
    • Topic: SARS-CoV-2: Variants, Vaccines, and Boosters, oh my!
    • Time: 3 p.m.

Department of Chemistry

  • Date: April 15, 2022
    • Chemistry Department Colloquium
    • Speaker: Michael S. Strano, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Topic: TBA
    • Time: 5 p.m.

Department of Computer Science

  • Date: April 15, 2022
    • Computer Science Colloquium
    • Speaker: Jesse Hamilton, University of Michigan
    • Topic: MRI and physics-driven deep learning
    • Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Location: Virtual via Zoom (Passcode: cstalks)

Department of Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (EEAS)

  • Date: April 11, 2022
    • Speaker: Klara Ortiz
    • Topic: TBA
    • Time: 5 p.m.

  • Date: April 12, 2022
    • Topic: Curriculum Webinar: Climate Impacts & Solutions with En-Roads
    • Time: 4-4:45 p.m.

Department of Mathematics

  • Date: April 13, 2022
    • Speaker: Arik Wilbert, University of South Alabama
    • Topic: TBA
    • Time: 2-3 p.m.
    • Location: Virtual

Department of Physics & Applied Physics

  • Date: April 13, 2022
    • Speaker: Jacklyn Gates, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
    • Topic: TBA
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