UML News for Week of April 27, 2009

04/27/2009
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April 27, 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:

Student Research Symposium Features Artwork, Presentations, Panels
Neighborhood Participation, Trust Examined in Community Issues Series
Benefit Talent Show Features Music Education Students
Research on Re-Growing Human Limbs Presented by University Professor
Human Rights Activist Addresses Challenges of Democratizing the Middle East
Justice Examined: Event Features F. Lee Bailey, Sebastian Junger
Importance of Play Highlights Third Annual Foster Care Awareness Day

Student Research Symposium Features Artwork, Presentations, Panels

When:             Tuesday, April 28; Poster displays and art exhibits from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; faculty panel from 1 to 2 p.m.; humanities panels from 2 to 5 p.m.

What:              The 12th annual Student Research Symposium will feature a morning of displays from students researching science, social science, business and education. Student artwork will also be on exhibit. A faculty panel will examine C.P. Snow’s lecture, “The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution,” which took a provocative look at the relationship between science and the humanities. Students representing the humanities will give panel presentations after the faculty discussion. A full schedule of events is available at www.uml.edu/honors/Symposium.html.

Where:            Art and poster exhibits at Cumnock Hall and Alumni Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell; faculty and humanities panels at 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; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Neighborhood Participation, Trust Examined in Community Issues Series

When:             Tuesday, April 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

What:              Taya Dixon Mullane of the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group will present “Building Neighborhood Participation and Trust.” The discussion is part of a series sponsored by the UMass Lowell graduate program in community social psychology. Students and community members get together at each event to focus on a specific community issue, with the goal of discussing practical resolutions. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Where:            Coburn Hall, Room 205, UML South, 850 Broadway St., Lowell

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

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Benefit Talent Show Features Music Education Students

When:             Wednesday, April 29, 7:15 p.m.

What:              UMass Lowell’s Music Education program and the university’s National Association of Music Education chapter presents the fourth annual Talent Show, hosted by the Music Department’s Prof. Tim Crain. Billerica band Life on Hold will open the evening, followed by the talent show featuring acts by UMass Lowell students. The show is free and open to the public, and all donations go towards the university's music education program.

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; 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; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Human Rights Activist Addresses Challenges of Democratizing the Middle East

When:             Thursday, April 30, noon to 2 p.m.

What:              Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, professor of political science at the American University in Cairo and director of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies, will discuss the challenges of democratizing the Middle East. Ibrahim, who is also a featured human rights defender at the Carter Center, was a key player in reviving the civil society movement in Egypt and founded the Arab Organization for Human Rights.

Where:            Coburn Hall, Room 205, UML South, 850 Broadway St., Lowell

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

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Importance of Play Highlights Third Annual Foster Care Awareness Day

When:             Thursday, May 7, 1 to 5 p.m.

What:              The third annual Foster Care Awareness Day at UMass Lowell will focus on the importance of playtime in the development of foster children. Along with this keynote presentation, there will be information displays, perspectives from alumni, parents and child welfare representatives. The event ends with the “Shoe Show,” a presentation of shoes that have been donated for foster children. Last year’s “Shoe Show” collected more than 100 pairs of shoes, with the ultimate goal of collecting at least 8,000 pairs of shoes, one pair per foster child in the state. For a full schedule of speakers and information on how to donate, visit http://faculty.uml.edu/darcus/FCAD.

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; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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