UML News for Week of Feb. 2, 2009

02/02/2009
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Feb. 2, 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, 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:

Panel Explores State and Local Politics With Beckwith, Henning, Schneider
Black Inventors Tour: UMass Lowell Celebrates Black History Month
University Gallery Features Works by Millee Tibbs
Winterfest Warms Visitors With Music, Fireworks, Human Dogsledding
Destination World Presents Chinese Lantern Festival
Conversation On State’s $1 Billion Life Sciences Initiative
Flu Study Recruiting New Participants

Panel Explores State and Local Politics With Beckwith, Henning, Schneider

When:     Tuesday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

What:     Several guest speakers will kick off a semester of presentations focusing on state and local politics in Prof. Jeff Gerson’s political science class. The first panel features Geoff Beckwith, executive director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, former member of the state House of Representatives and former director of UMass Lowell’s Work Environment Program; John Henning, veteran TV reporter, political analyst and senior adviser to Denterlein Worldwide; and John Schneider, vice president of MassINC. The series will continue on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. with a presentation by Christy Mihos, former member of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and former gubernatorial candidate. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Where:     O’Leary Library 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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Black Inventors Tour: UMass Lowell Celebrates Black History Month

When:     Wednesday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
What:     The Black Inventor Exhibit is a multimedia, traveling museum that pays tribute to black inventors and scientists. This year’s theme is “The Untold Story: Black Inventors Worldwide.” From the fastest computer to the Super Soaker, black inventors have played a large role in creating our modern world. This event, sponsored by the UMass Lowell Association for Students of African Origin, is free and open to the public. Other events in recognition of Black History Month are scheduled throughout February.
 
Where:     McGauvran Student Center, UML South, 71 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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University Gallery Features Works by Millee Tibbs

When:     Artist talk on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m.; gallery reception immediately following until 5 p.m. This exhibit runs through Feb. 19. The gallery’s hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment.

What:     The University Gallery welcomes artist Millee Tibbs with her exhibit, “This is a picture of me,” which includes a self-portrait series and other ink-jet photographic prints. “This is a picture of me” uses the artist’s childhood snapshots alongside a digitally altered image of her as an adult.

Where:     Artist talk in O’Leary Library 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell; gallery reception in the University Gallery, McGauvran Student Union, UML South, 71 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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Winterfest Warms Visitors With Music, Fireworks, Human Dogsledding

When:     Thursday, Feb. 5 to Sunday, Feb. 8

What:     Lowell’s annual Winterfest is back with fireworks, live music and more. Sponsored in part by UMass Lowell, this year’s festival also features a progressive dinner, a winter cocktail competition, bonfires and the annual North Bowl Soup Competition, culminating with the National Human Dogsled Competition. For a full schedule of events and maps, visit www.lowellwinterfest.org

Where:     Locations throughout Lowell

Contact 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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Destination World Presents Chinese Lantern Festival

When:     Saturday, Feb. 7, 3 to 6 p.m.

What:     The UMass Lowell Chinese Student Association is collaborating with the Cultural Organization of Lowell and Winterfest to present the 2009 Chinese Lantern Festival. With a display of elaborate lanterns and Chinese New Year’s cake and dumplings, the festival also features traditional Chinese folk music, dancing and workshops on paper cutting. For more, visit www.cultureiscool.org/destination-world.  

Where:     ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market St., Lowell

Contact 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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Conversation On State’s $1 Billion Life Sciences Initiative

When:     Tuesday, Feb. 10, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
 
What:     MassBio, MassMEDIC and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) are hosting a conversation on the opportunities within the state’s $1 billion life sciences initiative. UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and MassBio President and CEO Robert Coughlin will join MLSC President and CEO Susan Windham-Bannister, who will provide an update on the programs available through the Life Sciences Center. A panel discussion on the opportunities available to industry will follow. 
 
Where:     Wannalancit Mill, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell, MA
 
Contacts for Media:     Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Renae Lias Claffey, Public Affairs, 978-934-3233 or Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Flu Study Recruiting New Participants

When:     Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., through April 1
 
What:     The Work Environment Department is recruiting people with the flu to participate in a federal research study. The results are critical in helping to measure the effectiveness of surgical masks and design ways to prevent an influenza epidemic. Anyone with flu symptoms such as fever, headache or body aches is encouraged to stop by Olney Hall 510 or call 978-729-8477. Participants who do have the flu will fill out a survey and exhale into a breath collector. The process will take 60 to 90 minutes and participants will be paid $80.
 
Where:     Olney Hall 510, UML North, 265 Riverside St., Lowell
 
Contact 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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