UML News for Week of March 9, 2009

03/11/2009
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March 9, 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:

Author Robert Kuttner Addresses Obama’s Challenge
Presentation Explores Industrial Ecology
‘Nanophotonics for Bio-sensing’ at Physics Colloquium
Lowell Celebrates Kerouac’s Birthday
Congresswoman Tsongas Offers Grant Training
Sweatshops and Social Justice Examined in ‘Behind the Swoosh'


Author Robert Kuttner Addresses Obama’s Challenge

When:             Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m.

What:              Author Robert Kuttner will present “Obama’s Challenge: Getting the Economy Working for Working People” in an event co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell Labor Extension Program and the Center for Women and Work. Kuttner, a former Newsweek columnist, is co-editor of The American Prospect magazine and the co-founder of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. He will speak about the challenges facing the new administration. Kuttner authored the best-seller, “Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency.”

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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Presentation Explores Impacts of Economic Development on Environment

When:             Wednesday, March 11, 11:30 a.m.

What:              Reid Lifset, associate director of the industrial environmental management program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will give a presentation on industrial ecology, which combines principles of economic development and environmental quality. Lifset is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. His research focuses on the global life cycle of metals and the environmental implications of a shift to bio-based materials and fuels. Lifset also serves on the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Where:            Kitson Hall, Room 309, UML North, 21 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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Physics Colloquium Looks at Light on the Nanoscale

When:             Wednesday, March 11, 4 p.m.

What:              Advances in light manipulation can impact fields ranging from biotechnology to printing. Prof. Hatice Altug of Boston University presents “Nanophotonics for Bio-sensing and Communication,” a discussion on the emerging field of nanophotonics, the study of light confinement and its manipulation on a nanoscale.

Where:            Olney Hall, Room 218, UML North, 265 Riverside 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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Lowell Celebrates Kerouac’s Birthday with Events Throughout City

When:             Saturday, March 14, walking tour at 9:30 a.m.; art show opening at 2:00 p.m.; birthday party at 7:30 p.m.

What:              This year’s annual celebration of Jack Kerouac’s birthday will feature several events honoring the literary legend around Lowell:

  • A walking tour of sites in Kerouac’s novel “Doctor Sax” will be led by Kerouac expert and guide Roger Brunelle at 9:30 a.m. at the Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St.
  • “Images of Jack’s Bridge,” an art show featuring works based on the Textile Memorial Bridge, will open at 2 p.m. at the Arts League of Lowell Gallery, 246 Market St.
  • A birthday party for the author will feature music by Alan Crane and readings of Kerouac’s work at 7:30 p.m. at Café Paradise, 46 Palmer St.

The events are sponsored by Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, a partnership between the University and several local organizations.
 
Where:            For a full schedule of events and locations, visit http://lckorg.tripod.com.

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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Congresswoman Tsongas Offers Grant Training

When:             Monday, March 16, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What:              “Getting a Grip on Grants” is being offered by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas to help novice grant writers. A number of workshops are designed to help constituents of the Fifth Congressional District navigate the path to federal, state and private grant funding with a special emphasis on collaboration and regionalization. For information and to register, go to www.tsongas.house.gov and click on the RSVP button on the left side of the home page, under Constituent Services. UMass Lowell participants include Provost Ahmed Abdelal and Prof. Linda Silka, who teaches a course on grant writing.

Where:            Wannalancit Mills, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

Contact for Media:    Renae Lias Claffey, Public Affairs, Renae_Lias@uml.edu or 978-934-3233

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Sweatshops and Social Justice Examined in ‘Behind the Swoosh’

When:             Tuesday, March 24, 6 to 8 p.m.

What:              Jim Keady, founder of the international coalition Team Sweat, will share his stories of living with Nike’s factory workers and his effort to end sweatshop abuses. For one month, Keady went to Indonesia where he lived and worked with factory workers, surviving on a wage of $1.25 per day. In “Behind the Swoosh,” Keady shares his experience using interactive multi-media, role playing, video footage and a question-and-answer session.

Where:            Cumnock Hall, UML North, 31 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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For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224