NEWS FROM UML - May 26, 2005

05/26/2005
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications and Marketing Office, 978-934-3224. For more stories on UML, visit www.uml.edu and click on "UML in the News."

 

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Forum to Address Southeast Asian Experience in Lowell

European Vice President to Speak at UML Commencement

Speaker to Tell How Green Chemistry Keeps Businesses in the Black

 

 

Forum to Address Southeast Asian Experience in Lowell

 

When:  Thursday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Where:  McGauvran Student Union, Room 410, 71 Wilder St., UML South

 

What:

            Professors and community leaders will share studies and research about the influx of Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants into Lowell at a forum next week at UMass Lowell.

            "Learning from Diverse Voices:  Seminar on Southeast Asian Refugees in the Mill City:  Changing Families, Communities, Institutions" marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, which resulted in the exodus of people from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam to the U.S.  The forum is also open to those interested in reviewing the historical background of the resettlement and discussing current issues related to education, health and welfare of the refugees and immigrants.

            The seminar, which is partially funded by the UMass Lowell Council on Diversity and Pluralism, is free and open the public.  For more information, contact Prof. Jeffrey Gerson at 978-934-4255.

 

Contact:  Patti McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238, patricia_mccafferty@uml.edu

 

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European Vice President to Speak at UML Commencement

 

When:  Sunday, June 5 at 10 a.m.

 

Where:  Tsongas Arena, downtown Lowell

 

What:

The first vice president of the European Commission will deliver the commencement address next week at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Margot Wallström, who also will receive an honorary degree, will speak to the nearly 2,000 graduates expected to receive bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the Tsongas Arena.

            Wallström, who also is the European commissioner for institutional relations and communications strategy, previously served as European commissioner for the environment and as a member of the Swedish Parliament.

The ceremony provides the opportunity to recognize students for outstanding academic and service achievements. Among those receiving degrees will be the first group of master's degree recipients completing multi-campus degree programs. In addition, degrees conferred will include 70 doctorates - up from the annual average of 55.

            In addition to Wallström, others receiving honorary degrees include geneticist and microbiologist John Beckwith, who is currently working in the Genetics Screening Study Group in Boston; and Eric S. Lander, former leader of the Human Genome Project and current director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.  James V. Dandeneau, vice president of Memry Corporation, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

            Following the University-wide commencement ceremonies, receptions for each college will be held in locations on the arena grounds. Additional information, including a complete schedule of commencement day activities, is available at www.uml.edu/commencement/.   

 

Contact:  Patti McCafferty, University Communications, 978-934-3238, patricia_mccafferty@uml.edu

 

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Speaker to Tell How Green Chemistry Keeps Businesses in the Black

 

When:  Thursday, June 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

 

Where:  Alumni Library, University Avenue, UML North

 

What: 

Dr. Berkeley "Buzz" Cue will speak about the business reasons for incorporating Green Chemistry into a company's operations at the second evening seminar series.  Cue argues that, in addition to the very real cost savings that can result from a Green Chemistry approach, businesses also see improvements in public relations,  attracting and retaining talented employees, and improving worker and environmental health and safety. Cue will share examples and data based on his 29 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry - most recently at Pfizer's Groton site - as a champion of Green Chemistry.

            Cue also will be awarded the UML Center for Green Chemistry's Seldon Award. The award is given each year to someone who has furthered the works of Green Chemistry internationally and helped with the mission of the center. It is named for the fictional character Hari Seldon from Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.

 

Contact:  Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233, renae_lias@uml.edu

 

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