News From UMass Lowell for Week of April 21, 2009

04/24/2009
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

April 21, 2009: 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 about UMass Lowell, 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:

Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies Addresses Conflict Resolution
Kenyan Expert on Grassroots Peace-Building, Violence Prevention to Speak
Faculty, Staff Don Dance Shoes for ‘Dancing with the UML Stars’  
Annual Exploring Faith Forum Looks at Science, Religion 
Swing Into Spring with the Compaq Big Band, University Jazz Ensemble
Celebrate National Poetry Month with Kerouac Writer-In-Residence
Hellenic-Themed Performance Combines Film, Improvisation
Author, Medical Professionals Discuss Sports Injury Prevention
Research on Re-Growing Human Limbs Presented by University Professor
Justice Examined: Event Features F. Lee Bailey, Sebastian Junger


Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies Addresses Conflict Resolution

When:   
          Wednesday, April 22; “Making Peace City by City” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Lowell; “Paths to Peace in Lebanon and the Middle East” at 7 p.m. in Concord

What:              UMass Lowell’s 2009 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies and world-renowned peace activist Padraig O’Malley will give two lectures before heading to Iraq to assist in peace negotiations: “Making Peace City by City: Belfast, Mitrovica, Nicosia, Kirkuk and Others” at Middlesex Community College and “Paths to Peace in Lebanon and the Middle East” at Temple Kerem Shalom. The Greeley Scholar Program, affiliated with the university’s Peace and Conflict Studies Institute, is funded by the Greeley Endowment for Peace Studies.

Where:            Middlesex Community College event at 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. Temple Kerem Shalom is located at 69 Elm St., Concord.

Contact for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu


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Kenyan Expert on Grassroots Peace-Building, Violence Prevention to Speak

When: 
            Wednesday, April 22, 3 p.m.

What:              UMass Lowell’s Peace and Conflict Studies Institute (PACSI) presents “Violence Prevention and Grassroots Peace Building in Kenya,” featuring Getry Agizah Anguva, the 27-year-old coordinator of Friends in Peace and Community Development and Alternatives to Violence Project, and the head of Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities Workshops at the Friends Peace Center in Kenya. The event is free and open to the public.

Where:            O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu



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Faculty, Staff Don Dance Shoes for ‘Dancing with the UML Stars’

When: 
            Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m.

What:              Based on the hit TV show, “Dancing with the UML Stars” pairs UMass Lowell faculty and staff with members of the university’s Ballroom Dance Club. After 10 weeks of training, the pairs will compete for top honors in styles that include cha-cha, tango, waltz and more. To track the progress of each pair, visit the Ballroom Dance Club’s Web site at www.umlballroom.org. Admission is free for UMass Lowell students with valid ID, and $10 for the general public.

Where:            Cumnock Hall Auditorium, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu



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Annual Exploring Faith Forum Looks at Science, Religion

When: 
            Thursday, April 23, 4 to 5:15 p.m.

What:              Do scientific insights into the evolution of the universe and of life conflict with faith about our origins in this world? This topic and more will be discussed at the annual “Exploring Faith Forum,” featuring faculty members from the Philosophy Department and the Graduate School of Education.

Where:            O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu



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Comedy Show Comes to Spring Carnival

When:   
          Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m.

What:              Comedian Deon Cole and comedic magician Derek Hughes will take the stage for Comedy Night at UMass Lowell’s Spring Carnival, a weekend of activities for students and friends. Cole has done stand up for Comedy Central, BET NBC, HBO and more, and Hughes has performed on several network TV shows, and appeared in several movies.

Where:            Campus Recreation Center, UML East, 290 Pawtucket St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu orChristine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


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Swing Into Spring with the Compaq Big Band, University Jazz Ensemble

When:
             Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.

What:              Jazz Night at UMass Lowell features the university’s Jazz Ensemble and Compaq Big Band, the internationally acclaimed, 20-piece big band. Now in its 34th year, the Compaq Big Band plays everything from the traditional songs of the 1930s and 1940s up to the top swing hits of today. This event is free and open to the public.

Where:            Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


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Hellenic-Themed Performance Combines Film, Improvisation

When:
             Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.

What:              Composer and performer Demetrius Spaneas presents a multimedia performance of his compositions based on Greek philosophy and mythology in an event co-sponsored by the Hellenic Culture Society of Lowell and UMass Lowell, through the Office of the Provost. Spaneas, who grew up in Lowell, combines improvisation with electronics, video and world music. The performance is accompanied by a short film made in collaboration with filmmakers from around the world. Provost Ahmed Abdelal will introduce Spaneas and speak briefly about the university’s work with the community and plans for international programs.

Where:            O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Kerouac Writer-In-Residence

When: 
            Monday, April 27, 3 p.m.

What:              To celebrate National Poetry Month, UMass Lowell’s Kerouac Writer-In-Residence Gigi Thibodeau, who teaches composition and literature in the English Department, will read selections from her various works and hold a discussion. Thibodeau co-edited the anthology “Where the Road Begins,” and has received many awards, including the Judith Seigel Pearson Fiction Award. Sponsored by the English Department, the event is free and open to the public.

Where:            O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


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Author, Medical Professionals Discuss Sports Injury Prevention

When:    
         Monday, April 27, 7 to 9 p.m.

What:              Author Michael Sokolove will discuss his book, “Warrior Girls: Protecting Our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women's Sports.” Sokolove, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, will be joined by Dr. Scott Sigman and Dr. Samuel Gerber of Lowell General Hospital and Artie Poitras, head athletic trainer at UMass Lowell, for a post-presentation discussion.

Where:            O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu



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Research on Re-Growing Human Limbs Presented by University Professor

When:
             Wednesday, April 29, 3 p.m.

What:              Salamanders, starfish and lobsters share the ability to spontaneously re-grow lost limbs. UMass Lowell Prof. Susan Braunhut and a team from the Biological Sciences Department are researching how to regenerate limbs in adult mammals, a process that only a short time ago was thought to be impossible. Braunhut will present their findings at her first lecture as University Professor, “To Grow Back a Lost Human Limb: The Challenges and Promise of Regenerative Medicine.” To learn more about Braunhut’s work, visit www.uml.edu/research_labs/susanbraunhut. The event is free and open to the public.

Where:            Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave. Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


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Justice Examined: Event Features F. Lee Bailey, Sebastian Junger

When:  
           Thursday, April 30; Panel from 5 to 6:30 p.m., reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

What:              As part of the Superior Court 150th Anniversary Celebration, a panel discussion at UMass Lowell will examine the case of "Commonwealth v. Roy Smith," the subject of Sebastian Junger’s best selling work, "A Death in Belmont." Junger’s book explores a murder that occurred in a quiet Belmont neighborhood in 1963. It considers whether Albert DeSalvo, also known as the Boston Strangler, and not the convicted Roy Smith was responsible for the Belmont murder. Panelists, including legal legend F. Lee Bailey, the Hon. Kenneth Fishman and District Attorney Gerard T. Leone, Jr. will join Junger to discuss changes in the law and the forensic sciences and how such changes would impact a similar case today. A reception will follow at the university's Allen House.

Where:            Panel at O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell; Reception at Allen House, UML South, 2 Solomont Way, Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu


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