News from UML

10/30/2007
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

This is a notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Office of Public Affairs, 978-934-3224. For more stories on UML, visit www.uml.edu and click on “UML in the News.” Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not intended to be published.

Breast Cancer Environmental Risks Project

UML Students Discuss Dia de Los Muertos

Dukakis to Speak on Foreign Policy and the ’08 Presidential Election

UMass Lowell Kicks Off Boathouse Renovations

Best-Selling Authors to Speak at UML’s Comley Lane Theater

Annual Garba-Raas Dance Event Set For Nov. 2

Climate Change in the Region is Focus of Seminar

Breast Cancer Environmental Risks Project

When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Cumnock Hall, Trustees Room, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell
Who: Chancellor Marty Meehan, state legislators, and UMass Lowell, Silent Spring Institute and Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition officials.
What:  As Breast Cancer Awareness Month closes, researchers at UMass Lowell and partner institutions are seeking to raise awareness of environmental risks for the disease. Breast cancer lifetime risk has increased from one in 20 women in 1940 to one in eight women in 2007. Massachusetts has one of the five highest incidence rates nationally, and Concord, Westford and Andover are among the communities that have breast cancer incidence rates well above the state average. Research partners UMass Lowell, the Silent Spring Institute and the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition have received $250,000 from the state to look into these statistics and examine environmental factors.

Contacts for Media: Renae Lias Claffey, Public Affairs, 978-934-3233 or Renae_Lias@uml.edu; Erin Boles, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, eboles@mbcc.org.

UML Students Discuss Dia de Los Muertos
 
When: Thursday, Nov. 1, 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Coburn Hall, Room 205, UML South, 850 Broadway St., Lowell 
What: Cultural Studies students discuss the history and significance of Dia de los Muertos.  Translated to "day of the dead," the traditional Mexican holiday includes an ancient ritual in which living people commune with the dead.  The celebration lasts two days ߝ the first honors deceased infants and children, the second, adults.  People prepare a feast with many of the favorite dishes of lost loved ones.  Pan de Muertos ("bread of the dead") is eaten during the celebration, and family graves are visited and decorated.  Music and fireworks are used to enhance the graveside picnic party atmosphere.
 
Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu.

Dukakis to Speak on Foreign Policy and the ’08 Presidential Election

When:  Friday, Nov. 2, noon to 1 p.m.
Where:  O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
What:  Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis will speak to International Relations students on “The significance of American foreign policy in the 2008 presidential election.” Admission is free.
Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu.

UMass Lowell Kicks Off Boathouse Renovations

When: Friday, Nov. 2, 3 p.m.
Where: Bellegarde Boathouse, Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell
What: Chancellor Marty Meehan, Rep. Thomas Golden, Sen. Steven Panagiotakos, Lowell High School and University officials, and crew team members will be on hand to announce the recent transfer of $1 million to UMass Lowell for renovations to the Bellegarde Boathouse. University officials will announce the scope of work that will be undertaken to improve the facility so it can be used by the University, Lowell High, Merrimack River Rowing Association and potentially other crew programs, as well as for educational purposes and recreational events.

Contacts for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu, and Public Affairs, 978-934-3233 or Renae_Lias@uml.edu.

Best-Selling Authors to Speak at UML’s Comley Lane Theater

When:  Friday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Comley Lane Theater, Mahoney Hall, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell
What: Readings by authors Augusten Burroughs (“Running With Scissors,” “Possible Side Effects”) and John Elder Robison (“Look Me in the Eye: Life with Asperger’s”) held by the UMass Lowell English Department and Barnes & Noble at UMass Lowell as a program of the 2007 Concord Festival of Authors and funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Admission is free.

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


Annual Garba-Raas Dance Event Set For Nov. 2
 
When: Friday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m. to midnight
Where: Cumnock Hall Auditorium, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell
What: UML's South Asian Student Association presents its seventh annual evening of traditional dance. Garba is a form of dance that originated in India. Raas is performed with a pair of colorfully decorated sticks known as dandias, which will be provided to the first 50 participants to arrive. Admission is $5 at the door. Previous Garba-Raas evenings have attracted crowds of about 200 people comprised of students and members of the community.

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

Climate Change in the Region is Focus of Seminar

When: Monday, Nov. 5, noon
Where: Olney Hall, Room 204, UML North, 201 Riverside St., Lowell
What: John Rogers, senior energy analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists, will lead “Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast: Science, Impacts and Solutions,” in the latest installment of this fall’s Regional Economic and Social Development Seminar Series.

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu