UML News for the Week of March 16, 2009

03/16/2009
By


March 16, 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:

Future of Green Technology and Jobs Discussed by Industry Panel
Solar Energy Film Kicks Off Environmental, Sustainable Movie Series
Sweatshops and Social Justice Examined in ‘Behind the Swoosh’
Diverse Panel of Alumni Discusses Culture in Careers
Urban Village Arts Series Joins Revolving Museum in ‘Show and Tell’
Robots Go Head-to-Head in New England Botball Competition
Learn How to Photograph the Stars the Easy Way

Future of Green Technology and Jobs Discussed by Industry Panel

When:             Wednesday, March 18, 5 to 9 p.m.

What:              One of President Barack Obama’s campaign pledges called for creating 5 million “green jobs” over the next 10 years, and Gov. Deval Patrick has been promoting green initiatives throughout the state. Philip Giudice, the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, will head a panel of green industry representatives addressing these issues and more, including what makes a “green job” and opportunities for updating existing job skills to address green technology needs. The panel will also explore the federal government’s stimulus package and jobs in green technology in Massachusetts.

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 

TOP

Solar Energy Film Kicks Off Environmental, Sustainable Movie Series

When:             Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m.

What:              Breakthroughs in materials and designs for solar power are transforming the technology into a cheaper, more efficient alternative, powering everything from lights to cars and more. In “Solar Energy: Saved by the Sun,” NOVA presents innovative research developments and theories from solar enthusiasts and skeptics. The film introduces viewers to the scientists and businesspeople who are racing to make solar power practical-for lighting, heating and running power plants. “Solar Energy” is the first in a series of films sponsored by the Lowell Green Building Commission and the Lowell Film Collaborative. The commission is a partnership of industry and academic experts, including several centers from UMass Lowell, that promote and advocate Lowell as a green city. The Lowell Film Collaborative, of which the university is also a sponsor, is a grassroots film organization bringing the community and artists together. For information on upcoming films, visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org.

Where:            Pollard Memorial Library, 401 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 

TOP

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 employees, 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 

TOP

Diverse Panel of Alumni Discusses Culture in Careers

When:             Thursday, March 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

What:              A panel of alumni from diverse backgrounds will share their stories of how multicultural environments and history have impacted their career paths, experiences and opportunities. The alumni represent the UMass Lowell College of Engineering, the School of Health and Environment and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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 

TOP

Urban Village Arts Series Joins Revolving Museum in ‘Show and Tell’

When:             Friday, March 27, 7 p.m.

What:              The Revolving Museum and the Urban Village Arts Series (UVAS) present “The Show and Tell UVAS Fundraiser,” featuring food, art, readings and music by local artists. Featured readers include poet and publisher Paul Marion, the UMass Lowell executive director of community relations, university staff member and author Dave Robinson and poet Matt Miller. Co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell Office of Community Relations, the event will raise money for UVAS, which presents shows throughout the year in downtown Lowell.

Where:            Revolving Museum, 22 Shattuck 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 

TOP

Robots Go Head-to-Head in New England Botball Competition

When:             Saturday, March 28; competitions run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Botfest exhibition from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

What:              Witness high-tech, high-energy robotics in the 2009 New England Botball competition. Beginning with a workshop in January, students are taught the basics of robotics and are then given seven weeks to construct their own team of autonomous, competitive robots. Teams from 15 local schools will go head-to-head in this year’s competition. Also on display will be the Botfest robotics exhibition, featuring interactive and creative robotic works from UMass Lowell and K-12 students from Lowell, Lawrence, Boston, Haverhill, Methuen, Westford and Wakefield.

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 

TOP

Learn How to Photograph the Stars the Easy Way

When:             Sunday, March 29, 2 to 4 p.m.

What:              You don't need a telescope to capture wide-field shots of the moon, planets and the stars. Husband and wife astrological photographers Imelda B. Joson and Edwin L. Aguirre of UMass Lowell’s Public Affairs Office will show you how you can obtain such celestial portraits using only a camera mounted on a tripod. This presentation is part of the Parker Lecture Series.

Where:            National Park Visitors Center, 246 Market 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 

TOP

For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224