News from UMass Lowell for Week of Oct. 7

10/08/2008


Oct. 7, 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:

‘The 2D Show’ at Dugan Gallery Features Student Artwork
Massachusetts Poetry Festival Comes to Lowell This Weekend
Alternative Spring Break Holds Sculpture Contest as Food Drive
‘Politics Matter’ Presented as Part of Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Cultural Economic Development is Topic of Latest Event in Lecture Series
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


‘The 2D Show’ at Dugan Gallery Features Student Artwork

When:            Exhibit is open through Thursday, Oct. 23. Reception is Friday, Oct. 10, 3 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What:            The Dugan Art Gallery opens its doors to lovers of two-dimensional art at a reception for this semester’s exhibit, “The 2D Show,” which features works by students in the UMass Lowell painting and drawing studios. The show is curated by Ellen Miller and organized by Prof. Stephen Mishol of the Art Department.

Where:          Dugan Art Gallery, Dugan Hall, UML South, 883 Broadway St., Lowell

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

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Massachusetts Poetry Festival Comes to Lowell This Weekend

When:            Friday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 12

What:             UMass Lowell is among the sponsors of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which will present poetry-themed events, including an intercollegiate poetry showcase. Other events around Lowell include readings, literary tours, open mikes, workshops, film screenings and more around Lowell. Featured readers are scheduled to include UMass Lowell’s Paul Marion, executive director of outreach, as well as Rhina Espaillat, Regie Gibson, Marjorie Agosin, Ed Sanders, Lucie Brock-Broido, Martin Espada, Nick Flynn and Robert Pinsky. For a full list of events and locations, go to www.uml.edu/community/Poetry_Festival/Schedule.html.

Where:          Locations throughout downtown Lowell; see Web site for details

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

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Alternative Spring Break Holds Sculpture Contest as Food Drive

When:            Tuesday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m.

What:            Alternative Spring Break, a UMass Lowell student group, offers an artistic take on a food drive: “River Hawks Raise Up Rations. As part of National Hunger and Awareness Month, teams are invited to compete in a sculpture contest using only non-perishable food items for materials. All food items used in the contest will be donated to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Anyone from the public may form a team or make a donation. Alternative Spring Break holds service events throughout the year, culminating in a large-scale service project. This spring break, the group will return to New Orleans to perform community service. To register a team or to donate food, send an e-mail to thealternativespringbreak@hotmail.com.

Where:          Fox Hall Multi-Purpose Room, 100 Pawtucket St., UML East, Lowell

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

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‘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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Cultural Economic Development is Topic of Latest Event in Lecture Series

When:            Wednesday, Oct. 15, noon

What:            Meri Jenkins, program manager of the Adams Arts Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, will discuss “Cultural Economic Development in Massachusetts” at the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development’s lecture series, sponsored by the Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Program and the UMass Lowell Center for Family, Work and Community.

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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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:             Jacqueline Ledoux at 978-934-2236 or jacqueline_ledoux@uml.edu.

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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