News from UML for Week of Nov. 10, 2008

11/10/2008


Nov. 10, 2008: 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, 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 what else is going on at UMass Lowell:

Medical Device Entrepreneurs Seek Venture Capital Support
Talk About Toxic Toys at the Revolving Museum
International Art of Record Production Conference Comes to UMass Lowell
Forum Looks at Economic, Social Consequences of Inadequate Education
Parker Lecture on 19th Century Lowell Artists Presented by Professor
Lecturer Explores Urban Development
D’Youville Foundation to Honor UMass Lowell for Helping Senior Citizens
Environmentalist Dave Cooper Brings National Tour to Campus
Local, Statewide Groups Partner for Healthy Community Conference

Medical Device Entrepreneurs Seek Venture Capital Support
 
When:            Wednesday, Nov. 12; 2:45 to 5 p.m. ߝ Medical Device Entrepreneur Pitch Session and  5 to 8 p.m. Merrimack Valley Venture Forum meeting
 
What:             Entrepreneurs from startup medical device companies that have submitted proposals to the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) will make 10-minute pitches to area venture capital firms and other early-stage funders. Following the session, the Merrimack Valley Venture Forum (MVVF) holds its monthly meeting. This month’s theme is the life sciences workforce and features keynote speaker Susan Windham-Bannister, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal will also speak. M2D2 is a joint project between the Lowell and Worcester campuses of UMass. Entrepreneurs from Dartmouth, Leominster, Lowell, Westford and Wayland are among those scheduled to present.
 
Where:           Wannalancit Mill, MIL Conference Room, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

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

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Talk About Toxic Toys at the Revolving Museum 
 
When:            Thursday, Nov. 13, 7 to 9 p.m.
 
What:             Sally Edwards, research associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, and Paul Morse, project director for the New England Consortium at UMass Lowell, present an engaging and informative talk about toy products and potential hazards. Before you start shopping for the holidays learn about what to avoid when choosing gifts for young ones, plus hear about the efforts being made to prevent injury and illnesses due to toys.
 
Where:           The Revolving Museum, 22 Shattuck St., Lowell

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

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International Art of Record Production Conference Comes to UMass Lowell

When:            Friday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 16

What:            The 2008 Art of Record Production’s fourth annual international conference ߝ the first ever held in the U.S. ߝ will be hosted by UMass Lowell’s Sound Recording Technology Program and Prof. Will Moylan, and headlined by Grammy-winning record producer Phil Ramone. Ramone has worked with artists such as Madonna, Paul McCartney and Frank Sinatra, and produced the first CD ever pressed, Billy Joel’s “52nd Street.” Ramone is also an Emmy winner and has produced TV, film and Broadway from “Flashdance” and “Ghostbusters” to “Seussical the Musical.” Ramone will be interviewed before an audience on Friday at 6:30 p.m. by Maureen Droney, executive director of the Producers and Engineers Wing at the Recording Academy. Top industry professionals from around the world will participate in workshops, roundtable discussions, industry panels and presentations on the art and science of record production. For information and a full schedule, visit http://www.artofrecordproduction.com/content/view/59/109.
 
Where:         Various locations on campus and around Lowell

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

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Forum Looks at Economic, Social Consequences of Inadequate Education

When:            Saturday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m. to noon

What:            Henry M. Levin, professor of economics and education at Columbia University, will present “The Price We Pay: Economic and Social Consequences of Inadequate Education” at the annual Mary Bacigalupo Educational Forum. The event, in its third year, brings together diverse community members and educators to explore critical issues in urban school districts and strategies for addressing those issues. The forum is named for Mary Bacigalupo, a UMass Lowell alumna and employee who set a high standard for involvement in community and educational initiatives before she passed away in 2001.

Where:          Kathryn P. Stoklosa Middle School, 560 Broadway St., Lowell

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

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Parker Lecture on 19th Century Lowell Artists Presented by Professor

When:            Sunday, Nov. 16, 2 to 4 p.m.

What:            UMass Lowell Prof. Liana Cheney presents “The Lowellian Painters of the 19th Century” as part of the Parker Lecture Series. Cheney, chair of the Department of Cultural Studies, will discuss some of the major painters of the region, who were important in their own right and contributed to many aspects of the artistic community in the Merrimack Valley region, including as founders of art schools and arts societies.

Where:          Lowell National Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St., Lowell

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

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Lecturer Explores Urban Development
 
When:            Monday, Nov. 17, noon
 
What:             Heike Mayer, assistant professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Institute of Technology, will be presenting “Alternative Regional Development Strategies and Hidden Assets: Slow Cities, Lacking Universities and Women Entrepreneurs” as part of the Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Program and the RESD seminar series. Mayer is currently examining the evolution of second-tier high-tech regions in the absence of world-class universities and women high-tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Boston, Portland and Washington D.C.
 
Where:
           O’Leary 500M, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

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

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D’Youville Foundation to Honor UMass Lowell for Helping Senior Citizens

When:            Monday, Nov. 17, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

What:            The D’Youville Foundation will honor UMass Lowell for its contributions to helping seniors in the Lowell area and partnerships with D’Youville Senior Care at the organization’s sixth annual Lasting Impressions Celebration. Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation. For ticket information, contact the foundation at 978-569-1055.

Where:         Vesper Country Club, 185 Pawtucket Blvd., Tyngsboro

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

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Environmentalist Dave Cooper Brings National Tour to Campus

When:            Monday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

What:            Dave Cooper, a member of the Sierra Club and the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, is on his fifth annual national “Mountaintop Removal Road Show.” Cooper will discuss mountaintop removal ߝ a process that involves blowing off the tops of mountains to get to the coal beneath ߝ that explores the social, environmental, economic and political effects of coal mining and mountaintop removal. Cooper also discusses energy conservation and what would happen to coalmining communities should the mines cease operation.

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

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

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Local, Statewide Groups Partner for Healthy Community Conference

When:            Tuesday, Nov. 18, 8 to 11:30 a.m.

What:             The Greater Lowell Health Alliance, the Massachusetts Partnership for Healthy Weight and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will sponsor a regional conference, “Promising Best Practices for a Healthier Community,” at UMass Lowell. The event will include a keynote presentation by Ed Poirier, a youth fitness specialist with the Attleboro YMCA, and an expert panel moderated by UMass Lowell Asst. Prof. Deirdra Murphy of the Physical Therapy Department and co-chair of the alliance’s Healthy Weight Task Force.

Where:           MIL Conference Center, Wannalancit Mills, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

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

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