News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Oct. 14

10/14/2008
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

Oct. 14, 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:

‘Politics Matter’ Presented as Part of Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Blake Shirley Art Exhibit Opens with Reception
Students, Therapists to Mark National Physical Therapy Month at City Hall
Nobel Laureate Craig Mello Delivers Tripathy Memorial Lecture
Human Rights Activist Shares Experiences in the Killing Fields
UMass Lowell Theater Group Presents ‘The Pillowman’
‘Off-Shoring’ Discussion Focuses on U.S. and India
‘Hip Hop Live!’ Tour Comes to UMass Lowell
U.S. Rep. Tsongas and Former Lt. Gov. Murphy Honor ‘Everyday Advocates’


‘Politics Matter’ Presented as Part of Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

When:            Wednesday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to noon

What:            As part of UMass Lowell’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, a civic engagement forum will be held on the topic of “Politics Matter,” with presentations on the Latino middle class and politics, the politics of Brazil, community politics, and media and the law. Speakers include Yoel Carnayd-Freixas, Lindolfo Carballo, Alvaro Lima, Giovanna Negretti, Judge Jose Sanchez and Alberto Vassallo.

Where:          O’Leary 222, 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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Blake Shirley Art Exhibit Opens with Reception

When:            Artist reception is Wednesday, Oct. 15, 3 to 5 p.m.; exhibit runs through Thursday, Nov. 6. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What:            The University Gallery welcomes “Selected Works” by Blake Shirley, an exhibit featuring large-scale paintings. The art connects figuration’s story telling and abstraction’s waves of paint, creating a sense of impermanence that references the history of painting. The series evolved as the artist’s reaction to the complexities of life.

Where:          University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Michele Gagnon, University Gallery, 978-934-3491 or Michele_Gagnon@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Students, Therapists to Mark National Physical Therapy Month at City Hall

When:            Wednesday, Oct. 15, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

What:            UMass Lowell physical therapy doctoral students and professors will staff an information booth at Lowell City Hall to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month. Educational materials, including the American Physical Therapy Association “Benefits of Walking” brochures, and pedometers will be given away. Therapists will evaluate shoe fit and make recommendations. A new walking map of Lowell will be available, which has been developed in partnership with the Greater Lowell Health Alliance.
 
Where:          Lowell City Hall, 375 Merrimack St., Lowell

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

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Nobel Laureate Craig Mello Delivers Tripathy Memorial Lecture

When:            Thursday, Oct. 16, 3:30 p.m.

What:             Nobel Prize winner Craig C. Mello, a professor of molecular medicine at UMass Medical School, will deliver this year’s Konarka Sukant K. Tripathy Endowed Memorial Lecture on “RNAi: From Mechanism to Medicine.” His discovery of this fundamental mechanism for controlling the flow of genetic information ߝ RNA interference (RNAi) ߝ won him the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The method has shown success in “silencing” specific genes in human and animal cells, and plans are underway to develop this approach to treat viral infections, heart disease, cancer, thyroid disorders and other conditions. 

Where:           Alumni Hall, One University Ave., UML North, Lowell

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

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Human Rights Activist Shares Experiences in the Killing Fields

When:            Speaking program is Thursday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m.; Honors Program Gala follows at 5:30 p.m.

What:             The UMass Lowell Honors Program presents a free talk by Loung Ung, survivor of the Cambodian killing fields, international human rights activist, national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World and winner of the Asian Pacific American Award for literature. Following the program, which is open to the public, Ung will be named the first UMass Lowell Community Honors Fellow at a gala at Allen House. Seven others will also be recognized, all UMass Lowell retirees: Mary Beaudry, Rudy Deanin, May Futtrell, Jon Hellstedt, Braxton Hinchey, Thaddeus Osmolski and William Phelan. Tickets to the dinner gala are $150 per person, and the proceeds will support Honors Fellows Scholarships for UMass Lowell students. For tickets, contact  Jacqueline Ledoux at 978-934-2236.

Where:          Program: Comley-Lane Theater, Mahoney Hall, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell. Gala: Allen House, Two Solomont Way, UML South, Lowell.

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

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UMass Lowell Theater Group Presents ‘The Pillowman’

When:            Thursday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 19. All performances are at 8 p.m. except Sunday, Oct. 19, which is at 2 p.m.

What:            The university’s theatrical group, the Off-Broadway Players, present Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman.” The award-winning play follows the tale of Katurian, a writer who is interrogated by police when it’s found his stories are suspiciously similar to bizarre murders happening in his hometown. Tickets are $10 for the public and $5 for UMass Lowell students with ID for all performances except Thursday, Oct 16, when student admission is $1.

Where:          Comley-Lane Theater, Mahoney Hall, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell

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

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‘Off-Shoring’ Discussion Focuses on Manufacturing in U.S. and India

When:            Monday, Oct. 20, noon

What:            Sue Helper, a professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, will present “Viewing Off-Shoring Through a Relational Lens” with a special focus on manufacturing in the United States and India at the latest program in the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development’s lecture series, sponsored by the Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Program and the UMass Lowell Labor Extension Program.

Where:          O’Leary Library, Room 500M, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

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

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‘Hip Hop Live!’ Tour Comes to UMass Lowell

When:            Wednesday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m.

What:             UMass Lowell’s Campus Activities Planning Association presents “Hip Hop Live!” featuring Talib Kweli, David Banner and B.O.B. backed by the 10-piece band Rhythm Roots All-Stars. For more on the tour, see www.hiphoplive.com. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door for students, and $30 for the public. Advance tickets are available at the Student Information Centers on UML North and South or online at www.umltickets.com.
 
Where:  
        Campus Recreation Center, UML East, 1 Pawtucket St., Lowell

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

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U.S. Rep. Tsongas and Former Lt. Gov. Murphy Honor ‘Everyday Advocates’

When:           Thursday, Oct. 23, 8 to 10 a.m.  Speaking program begins 8:45 a.m.

What:            UMass Lowell’s Center for Women & Work will honor U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy and other community and business leaders, as well as recognize several “Everyday Advocates for Working Women” ߝ those who have had an extraordinary impact on the lives of women through their ordinary everyday actions. This 10th anniversary fundraising breakfast will also feature a silent auction, the proceeds from which will help the center continue its mission of addressing gender inequities in the workplace.

Where:         Wannalancit Mill, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

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

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