News from UML March 19, 2007

03/19/2007
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 Communications Office, 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.

Click on the following links to learn more about what’s in this issue:
 
Robots Go Hawaiian at UML Competition
Promoting Health and Safety in Our Immigrant Communities
March into May
Ribbon Cutting for "Uri"

Internet Safety and Bullying Explored at GearUp Event
Who Cares? The Politics of Carework
“A Proactive Path Toward Sustainability”

 Robots Go Hawaiian at UML Competition
 
When:  Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Where:  UMass Lowell Costello Gym, UML North
What:   Fourteen high school and two middle school teams will participate in a high-tech, high-energy competition, as UML hosts the regional competition of the national Botball program. Student teams had just eight weeks to create completely autonomous robots, using kit materials, that must “save” crops and homes before a volcano explodes in this year’s Hawaiian-themed competition. 

Botball times: 10 a.m. ߝ noon: seeding rounds; robots show capabilities
      1:30 ߝ 4 p.m.: double-elimination tournament of head-to-head competition 
      
Botfest exhibit: 
11 a.m. ߝ 1 p.m.: an exhibition of robotics and animatronics by young inventors, includes projects by Girls Inc. and Lowell’s Daley Middle School.

Contact for Media: Sandra Seitz, University Communications, 978-934-3225 or Sandra_Seitz@uml.edu.

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Promoting Health and Safety in Our Immigrant Communities

When:  Monday, March 26, 1:30 to 3 p.m. 
Where:           Coburn Hall, Room 205, 850 Broadway Street, UML South
What:              The School of Health and Environment presents this seminar on eliminating health disparities and promoting health and safety in our immigrant communities. 

Contact for Media: Jennifer Hanson, University Communications, 978-934-3108 or Jennifer_Hanson@uml.edu.

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March into May
When:   The kick-off to a seven-week walking program will start on March 27 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Where:  Cumnock Hall on North Campus to Weed Hall on South Campus 
What:   UMass Lowell’s School of Health and Environment, through its partnership in the Greater Lowell Health Alliance, will kick off a seven-week walking challenge to promote physical activity.  Interim Chancellor David MacKenzie and other members of University leadership will participate in the first 1.25-mile mile walk.
Contact for Media: Jennifer Hanson, University Communications, 978-934-3108 or Jennifer_Hanson@uml.edu.

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Ribbon Cutting for “Uri,” the RandomArts Inaugural Project
When:   Wednesday, March 28, 4 p.m.
Where:  The west hallway, adjacent to the Southwick Dining Hall, University Ave., UML North

What:   UMass Lowell will kick-off the newly developed RandomArts program with a ribbon-cutting at the inaugural exhibit installation site. RandomArts is a public art initiative designed to introduce the visual arts to UML North.

Contact for Media:  Jennifer Hanson, University Communications, 978-934-3108 or Jennifer_Hanson@uml.edu.

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Internet Safety and Bullying Explored at GearUp Event

When:  Wednesday, March 28, 6 to 8 p.m. 
Where:            Lowell High School Auditorium
What:              GearUp presents a family resource night at Lowell High School, exploring two tough topics that should interest parents:  internet safety and bullying.  Local police officers will share tips with parents.  Additional parenting resources such as information on child care and summer programming will also be available. 

Contact for Media: Jennifer Hanson, University Communications, 978-934-3108 or Jennifer_Hanson@uml.edu.

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Who Cares? The Politics of Carework 
 
When:  Thursday, March 29, 8:30 a.m to12:30 p.m., followed by lunch  
Where:  Alumni Hall, University Ave, UML North
 
What: The people involved in eldercare -- the legislators who set policy, the faculty who teach and students entering the field -- all will share information and discuss broad, statewide policies in Massachusetts.
* 10:30 ߝ policy and action panel
* 11:30 ߝ featured speaker 

Sponsored by the Center for Women and Work. Donation of $25; students free.
 
Contact: Sandra Seitz, 978-934-3225, or sandra_seitz@uml.edu.

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 “A Proactive Path Toward Sustainability”

When:  Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m. 
Where:            O’Leary Library, Room 222, 61 Wilder Street, UML South
What:             Industrial activities and consumption have caused considerable damage to ecosystems and human health during the last century.  Dr. Joel Tickner, project director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, will show how we can build bridges in our communities to find a proactive path to sustainability.  This event is part of the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture series.

Contact for Media: Jennifer Hanson, University Communications, 978-934-3108 or Jennifer_Hanson@uml.edu.


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