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LOWELL- UMass Lowell nursing professor Stephanie Chalupka of Grafton received this year's President's Award in Public Service from UMass President Jack Wilson. Dr. Chalupka, who was presented the award at a ceremony in the President's Office, was one of five faculty members honored from across the UMass system.
"These professors are exemplars of the UMass faculty member who applies his or her expertise for the purpose of strengthening our Commonwealth and bettering society," Wilson said.
Professor Chalupka has been a leader in building families and strong communities by promoting awareness of environmental issues. Her community activities range from training local firefighters in cardiac life support to serving on the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her project "Cross Cultural Approach to Healthy Homes" has helped more than 1,000 refugee and immigrant families in the Lowell area by identifying home hazards that can damage children's developing bodies.
UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental, and social health of the region. Lowell offers its 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, and the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education.