News from UMass Lowell for Week of Sept. 28, 2009

09/28/2009
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Sept. 28, 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 more about what’s in this issue:

Irish University Officials Visit UMass Lowell
Musical Group Performs for Children at Local School
Energy Contest Winners to be Named
University Launches Center for Middle East Peace, Culture Common Text Film Series Features ‘Trading Places’
Forum to Discuss the Care of Children, Elderly, Disabled
Music Professor to Perform with Boston Pops, Ben Folds
Middle School Teachers to Attend DesignLab Workshop
School of Health and Environment Participates in Walk
Concert to Feature Kerouac’s Work, Local Performers
Benefit Concert Set to Help Boston Area Musicians
Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame Educator, Author Speaks
Former Senator, Gay Rights Leader Discusses Diversity

Irish University Officials Visit UMass Lowell

When:  Monday, Sept. 28, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

What:   Queen’s University Pro-Vice Chancellor Gerry McCormac and Dr. Colm Donnelly will join Chancellor Marty Meehan, Provost Ahmed Abdelal, UMass President Jack Wilson, as well as Lowell Mayor Bud Caulfield and Middlesex Community College President Carole Cowan to promote partnerships. Donnelly will propose a four-week project that would engage students from Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland and UMass Lowell in social history and archeological exploration of the famine emigration to America and post-famine culture. This event is one example of UMass Lowell’s International Center for Irish Partnerships. A second event on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 ߝ the U.S./Ireland Emerging Technologies Conference ߝ will feature experts from UMass Lowell, Queen’s University and Dublin City University. To register, visit www.uml.edu/emergingtech.

Where:  UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, Belvedere Room, 50 Warren St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Musical Group Performs for Children at Local School

When:   Tuesday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.

What:    The UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas will present the Boston-based musical group Cordis which will perform “Rhythmic Conversations” for children in grades 3, 4 and 5.  The group uses custom-made and ethnic-based instruments to create its signature sound.  Instruments include electric cello, vintage keyboards, drums and electric cimbalom. Students will learn about the importance of rhythmic pulse in our everyday lives. 

Where:   J. G. Pyne Arts Magnet School, 145 Boylston St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:   Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Energy Contest Winners to be Named

When: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 3 p.m.

What:   National Grid and the city of Lowell, in partnership with UMass Lowell, Advanced Building Analysis and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, will name the two Lowell homeowners as the winners of the “Getting to Zero Energy Challenge.” The contest challenged property owners in Lowell to make their homes energy efficient and get them as close to zero net energy consumption as possible. Each winner will receive a $25,000 grant from National Grid and will be recognized at this event.

Where:   Mayor’s Reception Room, Second Floor, Lowell City Hall, 375 Merrimack St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu; Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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University Launches  Center for Middle East Peace, Culture

When: Meital talk ߝ Tuesday, Sept. 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Ben Ze’ev event ߝ Monday, Oct. 5, 4 to 6 p.m.

What:  UMass Lowell officially launches its new Center for Middle East Peace, Development and Culture with two events: a presentation by Prof. Yoram Meital of Ben-Gurion University in Israel for faculty and students; and the signing of a memorandum of understanding with University of Haifa President Aaron Ben Ze’ev to establish a new degree in peace studies and conflict management. The new center will collaborate with institutions throughout the Middle East to further research educational opportunities in science, humanities, engineering, social sciences, health and education.

Where: Meital talk ߝ Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell. Ben Ze’ev event ߝ Allen House, UML South, Two Solomont Way, Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Common Text Film Series Features ‘Trading Places’

When:  Wednesday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m.

What:   The film “Trading Places” will be viewed as the second in a series of movies that relate to the book “Class Matters,” which is required reading for all freshmen as part of UMass Lowell’s Common Text Program. In the movie, two commodity brokers wager that a common criminal can be transformed into a businessman. The intent is to get the audience to discuss ways that class in America is imagined and represented. The event is free, open to the public and the location is handicapped-accessible.

Where:  O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Forum to Discuss the Care of Children, Elderly, Disabled

When: Thursday, Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m.

What: Mignon Duffy, UMass Lowell assistant professor of sociology, will join researchers from UMass Boston and UMass Amherst to take a close look at the policy agenda on care issues in Massachusetts. These include education, health care, social services and the daily care of children, the elderly and the disabled. A report on the collaborative research ߝ called “Counting on Care Work: Human Infrastructure in Massachusetts” ߝ will be shared and discussed. 

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

Contacts for Media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Music Professor to Perform with Boston Pops, Ben Folds

When:   Friday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m.

What:    Prof. David Martins of the UMass Lowell Department of Music will perform with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops and featured soloist Ben Folds at Symphony Hall to a sold-out audience. Martins will play clarinet and bass clarinet. Ben Folds, featured soloist, is best known as a solo artist and as the frontman and pianist of Ben Folds Five.

Where: Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston

Contacts for Media:    Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Middle School Teachers to Attend DesignLab Workshop

When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  (Rescheduled from Saturday, Sept. 26)

What: Middle-school science, math and technology teachers from across the state are participating in a workshop on how to teach DesignLab after-school engineering programs. Teachers will learn how to engage students in fun and challenging design projects requiring them to learn and apply key science concepts. UMass Lowell’s DesignLab recently received $50,000 grants from Motorola Innovation Generation and the American Honda Foundation.

Where:  Pasteur Hall, Room 106, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for Media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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School of Health and Environment Takes Part in Walk

When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.

What:  The School of Health and Environment team including faculty, staff, students and alumnus will participate in the 2009 Merrimack Valley Heart Walk in Lowell. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Visit the American Heart Association Web site at http://heartwalk.kintera.org/merrimackvalley/umasslowell to sign up for the School of Health and Environment team, which is open to anyone. Donations are not required to participate in the walk.

Where: Sampas Pavilion, 500 Pawtucket Blvd., Lowell

Contacts for Media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Concert Highlights Kerouac’s Work, Local Performers

When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.

What:  The concert “Jack and Sebastian: A Celebration in Music and Words” features award-winning composer and renowned world music pioneer David Amram and his trio. He will be accompanied by winners of the Lowell High School Kerouac Competition, the Lowell Youth Orchestra and the New England Orchestra, conducted by founder and UMass Lowell Prof. Kay George Roberts. The event is free and open to the public, and is supported by the Lowell Cultural Council and a grant from the UMass President’s Creative Economy Initiative.

Where: Eliot Presbyterian Church, 283 Summer St., Lowell

Contacts for Media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Benefit Concert Set to Help Boston Area Musicians

When:  Saturday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m.

What:   The Boston Singers’ Relief Fund, formed by Murray Kidd of UMass Lowell’s Music Department, has announced a benefit concert featuring 50 professional performers. Proceeds from “The Singers’ Voice Gala Concert” will help performers who have faced financial hardship as a result of job loss, illness, catastrophic acts of nature, vandalism and other setbacks. Performers include soloists Barbara Kilduff, Michael Calmes and UMass Lowell alumnus Donald Wilkinson. Tickets are $15 to $35 and can be purchased at www.bostonsingersresource.org/bsrf.asp.

Where: Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury St., Boston

Contacts for Media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame Educator, Author Speaks

When:  Monday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m.

What:   Gary Karp who has been a wheelchair user since injuring his spinal cord in 1973 at age 18, presents “Thriving Through and Beyond Trauma.” He is an author and Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame educator who inspires and delights as he explores the innate spirit and life force that arise in the face of traumatic injury. His talk is sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center. 

Where:  Weed Lecture Hall 3, UML South, Three Solomont Way, Lowell

Contacts for Media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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Former Senator, Gay Rights Leader Discusses Diversity

When:  Tuesday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m.

What:  In celebration of “Coming Out, Coming Together Week,” former state Sen. Cheryl Jacques will speak at a dinner event on issues of diversity, civil rights and politics.  A national leader in the gay civil rights movement, author and speaker, Jacques was one of the first openly lesbian members of the Massachusetts Legislature, serving six terms in the Senate. She became the first woman and freshman legislator to chair the Judiciary Committee. Before her legislative career, she was assistant district attorney in Middlesex County and assistant state attorney general. She is of counsel to the law firm of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins and Kesten, and a consultant on diversity issues to corporations and non-profit organizations. Reservations for this event have closed. Media interested in attending should contact the public affairs office.
 
Where:  Alumni Library, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for Media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or KarenAngelo@comcast.net 


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