UML News for Week of Feb. 9, 2009

02/10/2009
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Feb. 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, 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:

Biotech, Academic Leaders Discuss $1 Billion Life Sciences Initiative
Former State Treasurer Shannon O’Brien to Speak
‘Post-Traumatic Slavery Disorder’ Performance for Black History Month
New ‘Downtown Dialogues’ Program Features UMass Lowell Professor
‘Around the World in 90 Minutes’ With Author Marty Essen

Biotech, Academic Leaders Discuss $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
 
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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Former State Treasurer Shannon O’Brien to Speak

When:     Tuesday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.
 
What:     Shannon O'Brien, former Massachusetts Treasurer and Democratic Party candidate for governor, will discuss “The Politics of Good Decision Making” as part of a series sponsored by Prof. Jeff Gerson’s state and local politics course and the Political Science Club. This event is free and open to the public.
 
Where:    
O’Leary 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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‘Post-Traumatic Slavery Disorder’ Performance for Black History Month

When:     Wednesday, Feb. 18, 3 p.m.
 
What:     In celebration of Black History Month, the UMass Lowell Art Department hosts “PTSD (Post-Traumatic Slavery Disorder),” a performance by Rhode Island-based artist, James Montford, who created the title phrase to explore “what it is like to be a neo black in a post-colonial world.” Discussion and refreshments will follow the performance. This event is free and open to the public.
 
Where:    O’Leary 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
 
Contacts for Media:     Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Michele Gagnon, gallery coordinator, 978-934-3491 or Michele_Gagnon@uml.edu

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New ‘Downtown Dialogues’ Program Features UMass Lowell Professor

When:     Thursday, Feb. 19, 4 to 6 p.m.
 
What:     John Wooding, professor and chair of the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development will discuss “The Point of Production Revisited” as part of the Downtown Dialogues. The dialoguesߞ;a series of UMass Lowell authors speaking on work, health and environmental issuesߞ;are presented by the Paul E. Tsongas Center. These events are free and open to the public.
 
Where:     Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St., Lowell
 
Contacts for Media:     Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; John Wooding, 978-934-4257 or John_Wooding@uml.edu

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‘Around the World in 90 Minutes’ With Author Marty Essen

When:     Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
 
What:     Award-winning author Marty Essen presents his high-energy digital slide show, “Around the World in 90 Minutes,” which features interesting facts, humorous stories and the best of thousands of photos he took while traveling the world for his book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.” Essen has won multiple honors for travel and essay writing, including the National Indie Excellence Award. In addition, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet” a top-10 “green” book. This event is free and open to the public.
 
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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