News from UML for Week of April 13, 2009

04/13/2009
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

April 13, 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:

Students Bring ‘Poetry of Home’ to VNA Centennial Celebration
Novelist David Daniel Discusses Lowell as a Setting for Fiction
Experts Share Tips on Running for Office in Massachusetts
Summit Showcases Nanomanufacturing Revolution
Faculty, Staff Don Dance Shoes for ‘Dancing with the UML Stars’
Hellenic-Themed Performance Combines Film, Improvisation
Author, Medical Professionals Discuss Sports Injury Prevention
University Joins Community for ‘Take Back the Night’


Students Bring ‘Poetry of Home’ to VNA Centennial Celebration

When:             Tuesday, April 14, 4 p.m.

What:              In collaboration with the UMass Lowell English Department, the Visiting Nurse Association is hosting “Poetry of Home.” The VNA’s centennial celebration, supported by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, will feature poetry readings from UMass Lowell’s Director of Community Relations Paul Marion and students from Prof. Gigi Thibodeau's poetry class. An anthology of the students’ work will also be available.

Where:            Mogan Cultural Center, 40 French 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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Novelist David Daniel Discusses Lowell as a Setting for Fiction

When:             Wednesday, April 15, 3:00 p.m.

What:              Novelist and UMass Lowell adjunct faculty member David Daniel will read from his book and present “Mill City Tales: Lowell as a Fictional Setting.” Daniel, who has published nine novels and more than 80 short stories, has also served as the university’s Kerouac Visiting Writer in Residence. This presentation is sponsored by the  Honors Program and the English Department’s Literary Society.

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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Experts Share Tips on Running for Office in Massachusetts

When:             Thursday, April 16, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

What:              Political consultants Michael Goldman and John Walsh will discuss “How to Run For Office in Massachusetts” as part of a series sponsored by Prof. Jeff Gerson’s state and local politics course and the UMass Lowell Political Science Club. This 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; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Summit Showcases Nanomanufacturing Revolution

When:             Thursday, April 16, 2 to 6 p.m.

What:              Nanotechnology research is creating scientific breakthroughs, including a wide range of new materials, miniaturized electronics, more sensitive methods for diagnosing diseases and detecting chemical and biological threats, and controlled drug delivery techniques. The annual Nano Summit hosted by UMass Lowell’s Nanomanufacturing Center helps businesses and others understand the benefits of the university’s nanomanufacturing-related research. More than 30 faculty members will present displays on their work. U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas will deliver this year’s keynote address on the importance of collaboration on this revolutionary technology. Tsongas and UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan are scheduled to speak at 4 p.m. George Kachen, director of the center’s Research and Technology Development, will discuss opportunities for research partnerships and collaboration with the university.

Where:            Wannalancit Mill, UML East, 600 Suffolk 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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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 dancers 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 students with a 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; 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 and 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; 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 2008 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 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; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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University Joins Community for ‘Take Back the Night’

When:             Tuesday, April 28, 5:30 p.m.

What:              Take Back the Night is a national effort organized in local communities with the purpose of unifying women, men and children to speak out against sexual assault and domestic violence. This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Wendy Murphy, a leading victims’ rights advocate and attorney who is also the author of “And Justice for Some.” Sponsors include FOCUS, Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell Police Department, Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell, United Teen Equality Center, Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Merrimack Valley Legal Services, UMass Lowell, Middlesex Community College, Community VOICES, Alternative House, MSPCC, MAPS, Arts League of Lowell and Lowell General Hospital.

Where:            Lowell City Hall, 375 Merrimack 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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