News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Oct. 12, 2010

10/13/2010
By


Oct. 12, 2010: This 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  Please note that the contact names below, except those listed as event-specific contacts, are for the media and are not for publication.

Hot topics of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews about the housing market in Massachusetts, green initiatives and the upcoming midterm elections.

Conference Looks at Sensing, Tracking Systems
Gubernatorial Candidate Stein Talks Party, Platform
Climate Change Teach-In Features Experts
Concert for Nursing Students Without Borders
Fed President Gives View on Economy
Sociologist Discusses Dealing with Economic Conflict
Fall Festival Brings Together the UMass Lowell Family
Celebrate Hockey Home Opening Weekend
Open House Offers Insight into Campus Life 

Conference Looks at Sensing, Tracking Systems 

When:   Wednesday, Oct. 13, 8:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What:    Chancellor Marty Meehan will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Auto-ID and Sensing Seminar & Expo sponsored by Merrimack College, MIT Enterprise Forum and UMass Lowell. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the use of an object (typically referred to as an RFID tag or label) applied to or incorporated into a product, animal or person for the purpose of identification and tracking using radio waves. The program will feature world-renowned speakers on auto-ID sensing materials and processes as well as panel discussions addressing important technology trends in RFID automatic identification and sensing. Visit www.merrimack.edu/rfid for more information.

Where:   The Rogers Center at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover

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

TOP

Gubernatorial Candidate Talks Party, Platform

When:  Thursday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

What:   Jill Stein will discuss what it is like to run for election as a third-party, statewide candidate in Massachusetts. Stein, a medical doctor, has been an environmental health advocate, supporting “green” economics and the protection from toxic threats such as mercury and pesticide levels. She will talk to UMass Lowell political science students about her platform as part of the Green-Rainbow Party and how she came to be a candidate.

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

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

TOP

Climate Change Teach-In Features Experts

When:    Friday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What:     Leading voices on climate change science, mitigation and adaptation will be speaking at this year’s Climate Change Teach In. Among them:

  • Jeff Goodell, contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine, and author of  “How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate”;
  • Associate Prof. Juliette Rooney-Varga of UMass Lowell, expert on the ecological consequences of climate change as well as the Climate Teach-In lead organizer;
  • Prof. Paul Kirshen of Tufts University, lead author for the United Nations Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change and expert on flood risk assessment in New England and beyond.

The event, which drew hundreds of people last year, is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit www.uml.edu/centers/climate-change/.

Where:  Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

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

TOP 

Concert for Nursing Students Without Borders

When:  Sunday, Oct.17, 4 to 6 p.m.

What:   “Great Music in a Great Space” will benefit UMass Lowell’s Nursing Students Without Borders. The concert features the UMass Lowell Choir and talented instrumentalists and organists from local communities who will perform theatrical and movie selections from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Empire of the Sun” and “Star Wars.” A portion of the ticket sales will help defray costs of the Nursing Students Without Borders trip in January to care for the people of Ghana, Africa. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door or by mail. For more information, visit www.musicartsalive.com.

Where:  Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 182 Broadway, Methuen

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

TOP

Fed President Gives View on Economy

When:   Monday, Oct. 18, noon

What:    Eric Rosengren, president and chief executive officer of the New England Federal Reserve Bank, will shares his thoughts on the regional and United States economy. The Fed oversees the governments banking and related policies. Rosengren began working for the Fed in 1985 and was promoted to president in 2007. He has made many contributions to the economic world, particularly through his own research on macroeconomics, banking and risk management. This talk is part of the fall seminar series organized by UMass Lowell’s Economic and Social Development of Regions Program and a highlight of UMass Lowell’s new Lunchtime Lecture Series, which focuses on issues including the recovering economy. (Note: Registration for this event for the public has now closed but media is welcome to attend.)

Where:   UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

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

TOP

Sociologist Discusses Economic Conflict

When:  Thursday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

What:  Sammy Smooha, an expert in comparative ethnic relations, will give insight on his research conducted at the U.S. Institute of Peace into how democracies cope with economic conflict. Smooha is a sociology professor at the University of Haifa in Israel. His studies focus on management of ethnic conflicts, Israeli society and Arab-Jewish relations.

Where:   Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell

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

TOP

Fall Festival Brings Together UMass Lowell Family

When:  Wednesday, Oct. 20 through Tuesday, Oct. 26

What:  UMass Lowell welcomes alumni, faculty, staff and friends to the annual Fall Festival with performances; athletics including hockey’s home opener, soccer and volleyball; and events for all ages. Events include:

  • Jennifer’s 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Jennifer D’Amour Scholarship Fund, which supports two women’s cross-country and track and field scholarships is Saturday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. Registration for the run begins at 8:30 a.m. at the UMass Lowell North Riverside Parking Lot, on the corner of Riverside and Sparks streets, Lowell. Entry fee is $20 for the public. To register, contact: 978-934-2342 or umltrack@uml.edu;
  • Family Day ߝ set for 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 23 ߝ features music, caricature artists, pony rides and numerous children’s games and family-friendly activities. Student clubs will be selling a variety of food throughout the day. Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. Lester Cushing Complex, UML North, 275 Riverside St., Lowell;
  • Four former UMass Lowell athletes will be inducted into the 2010 Athletics Hall of Fame, including Katie Toomey, Donna Mills, Billy Rizos and Nate Linstad. The ceremony will take place on Saturday Oct. 23 from 3:30 to 6 p.m., prior to the second hockey game of the season at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. For ticket information contact Christina Stone at 978-934-2345 or Christina_Stone@uml.edu.

Where:   The complete schedule of events with location and registration information for Fall Festival can be found at www.uml.edu/fallfestival/default.html. Pre-registration is required for some events.

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

TOP

Celebrate Hockey Home Opening Weekend

When:   Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23

What:   The Division I UMass Lowell River Hawks play their first two home games in the new-look Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, which boasts a new high-definition video scoreboard, premium seating, upgraded concessions and more. In addition to 7 p.m. games on both Friday, Oct. 22 (vs. Providence College) and Saturday, Oct. 23 (vs. Northeastern University), the weekend features special events like Legends of Lowell Hockey pre-game reception and ceremony honoring the 2010 inductees and the new display at the Tsongas Center on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. (for event tickets, call 978-934-4954); Friday’s Hockey First Night includes a barbecue, music and more for students on the lawn of the Campus Recreation Center; and the UMass Lowell Athletics Class of 2010 Hall of Fame Induction on Saturday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. (for event tickets, call 978-934-2345). The games will also include a giveaway (first 500 fans Friday night), entertainment, contests and more. All events are being held in conjunction with UMass Lowell’s Fall Festival. All home hockey games are free to UMass Lowell students with a valid ID. Tickets are available online at www.uml.edu/tsongascenter, by phone at 866-722-8780 and at the Tsongas Center box office.

Where:   Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

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

TOP

Open House Offers Insight into Campus Life

When:  Sunday, Oct. 24, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

What:  UMass Lowell opens its doors for prospective undergraduate students and families to get a glimpse of the entire university. The event begins at the recently acquired and renovated Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, where there will be deans and faculty from each college available for questions and information. Financial aid workshops and campus bus tours will also be offered. Each college will give presentations throughout the day. With a flexible schedule, visitors will be able to fit in as much as they would like and see everything that UMass Lowell has to offer. For details and a complete schedule, go to www.uml.edu/admissions/openhouse/schedule.html

Where:   Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

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

TOP

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