UML News for Week of May 26, 2009

05/26/2009
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May 26, 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:

Commencement Eve Event Celebrates Student Leaders, Honorees 
National Political Leader to Address Record Number of Graduates
Clean Energy is Focus of Workforce Development Program
UMass Lowell Hosts First East Coast NSF Summer Institute on Nanotechnology

Commencement Eve Event Celebrates Student Leaders, Honorees

When:
             Friday, May 29, event begins at 5 p.m.; program is at 6 p.m.

What:              UMass Lowell’s Commencement Eve Celebration will give the public a chance to meet this year’s speaker, Harold Ford Jr., chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council and former congressman from Tennessee, as well as honorary degree recipients, Distinguished Alumni Award winner and student leaders in community service and academic achievement. The gala event also serves as a fundraiser for student scholarships and features brief remarks from the honored guests and event chairman alumnus John Kennedy ’70.

Where:            Allen House, UML South, Two Solomont Way, 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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National Political Leader to Address Record Number of Graduates

When:             Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.

What:              Harold Ford Jr. ߝ chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, MSNBC/NBC News analyst, former Tennessee Congressman, speaker at the 2000 Democratic Convention ߝ will address a record number of graduates at UMass Lowell’s commencement. About 2,200 students, the largest graduating class in university history, are expected to receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Following the ceremony at the Tsongas Arena, individual colleges will host receptions for graduates and their guests. The University will recognize four honorary degree recipients: Bernard Amadei, founder of Engineers Without Borders; George L. Duncan, founding chairman of Enterprise Bank and several local organizations; artist and humanitarian Chaz Maviyane-Davies; and Robert C. Pozen, chairman of MFS Investment Management, former top executive with Fidelity Investments and former state secretary of economic affairs. The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Kathleen Beaumont Allen, retired executive of Billerica-based Millipore Corp.

Where:            Paul E. Tsongas Arena, 300 Arcand 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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Clean Energy is Focus of Workforce Development Program

When:             Thursday, June 4, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What:              This interactive forum will explore what will be needed to develop a workforce to support Massachusetts’ leadership in the clean energy sector and move forward toward the “green” economy of the future. Clean energy industry representatives, policymakers, green jobs advocates, educators and workforce development professionals will discuss these issues and related topics. Anyone interested in participating in the forum should contact Madeline Snow at Madeline_Snow@uml.edu or David Turcotte at David_Turcotte@uml.edu or 978-934-4682. The forum is funded by a grant from the University of Massachusetts President’s Creative Economy Initiatives Fund.

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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University Hosts First East Coast NSF Summer Institute on Nanotechnology

When:             Monday, June 15 through Thursday, June 18

What:             The National Science Foundation will hold its Summer Institute on Nanotechnology on the East Coast for the first time at UMass Lowell. The program will offer a rare opportunity to hear some of the world’s top experts on nanotechnology speak at the same event. Nanoparticles are a rapidly growing market; projections indicate production could quadruple from 23 million pounds just four years ago to 95 million pounds by 2011 with commercial applications in packaging, energy, coatings, automotive and other consumer goods. Speakers will include Richard Vaia, technology adviser of the Nanostructured and Biological Materials Branch at the U.S. Air Force Research Lab; Michael Rubner, professor and director of the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Derk Brouwer, a senior exposure and assessment scientist from the Netherlands; and Alan Lesser, professor of polymer science and engineering at UMass Amherst. UMass Lowell’s team of nanotechnology experts will also participate in the institute, including co-organizers Prof. Julie Chen of Mechanical Engineering and Assistant Prof. Daniel Schmidt of Plastics Engineering. For a full list of speakers, check out www.uml.edu/nano/events/summer_institute/.

Where:            Various locations on campus and around Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, Public Affairs, 978-934-3233 or Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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