News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Nov. 8, 2010

11/08/2010
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Nov. 8, 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  Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Hot topics of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews about nuclear power plant safety and health care reform.

University to Sign Compact, Hold Diversity Event
Sen. Brown to Join Student Veterans for Flag-Raising
Explore Graduate Study Options at Open House

String Project Celebrates 10 Years with Concert
Expert: Oceans Affect Global Climate Change
Human Trafficking Researcher to Discuss Issue
Relief Volunteer Speaks on Conditions in Haiti
Medical Device Showcase Features New Product Ideas

University to Sign Compact, Hold Diversity Event

When:      Wednesday, Nov. 10. Compact signing, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; “Diversity in Motion,” 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
What:     UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan will join leaders from Middlesex Community College and Lowell General Hospital in signing a Merrimack Valley offshoot of the Commonwealth Compact ߝ established in 2008 to increase diversity in the Bay State by encouraging people of all races, religions, nationalities and genders to live and work in Massachusetts. In addition to Lowell General, several top employers in the region will witness the signing, including Pharmaceutical Strategies, Enterprise Bank and Lowell Community Health along with Lowell City Manager Bernie Lynch. Following the signing, UMass Lowell Equal Opportunity and Outreach will host the third annual “Diversity in Motion.” This year’s theme focuses on veterans; Major General Joseph Carter, adjutant general of the Mass National Guard, will serve as keynote speaker. Note: This event is not open to the public but members of the media are welcome to attend.

Where:      Compact signing ߝ Allen House, UML South, Two Solomont Way, Lowell; Diversity in Motion ߝ UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

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

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Sen. Brown to Join Student Veterans Flag-Raising

When:      Wednesday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.
 
What:       A ceremonial flag-raising in honor of Veterans Day will be preceded by remarks from U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, Student Veterans Organization President David Boyd and other dignitaries. There are 1,270 veterans attending UMass Lowell. Note: Due to space constraints, this event is not open to the general public. However, members of the media are welcome to attend.

Where:     Cumnock Hall front lawn, UML North, One University Avenue, Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Explore Graduate Study Options at Open House

When:        Wednesday, Nov. 10, 4 to 7 p.m.
 
What:        Representatives from UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions will offer information to prospective graduate students in all subject areas at this year’s open house. Visitors can meet faculty members, register for spring courses on campus and online, and find out about all UMass Lowell has to offer. Professionals from the Registrar’s and Financial Aid offices will be available to answer questions.
 
Where:      UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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String Project Celebrates 10 Years with Concert

When:      Sunday, Nov. 14, 3 p.m.
 
What:      The UMass Lowell String Project will commemorate its 10th anniversary with a benefit concert featuring the Harlem Quartet. The New England Orchestra and Lowell Youth Orchestra will also perform. Proceeds will go to the project’s mission to provide high-quality stringed-instrument instruction and creative music classes to Lowell Public School students. Reservations are $30 for the concert only or $100 for the concert and a VIP reception at Allen House following the performance. UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College students may attend the concert for free with valid student ID. To register, contact Jacqueline_Ledoux@uml.edu or 978-934-2236.
 
Where:     Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Expert: Oceans Affect Global Climate Change

When:     Monday, Nov. 15, 3:30 p.m.
 
What:      Oceans may have more to do with the world’s climate change than many think. Deborah Cramer, author and expert, will discuss her recent experience with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She will also explain how the changing ocean may have an impact on our health. Cramer has written two books and given lectures at museums, universities and research centers throughout the New England area.
 
Where:     Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Human Trafficking Researcher to Discuss Issue

When:     Tuesday, Nov. 16, 3:30 to 4:40 p.m.
 
What:      Human trafficking is considered one of the fastest-growing criminal industries worldwide. Karen McLaughlin, former director of the Massachusetts Task Force Against Human Trafficking, will raise awareness of the topic at this event. McLaughlin is an international consultant to governmental and private organizations in the United States and abroad.
 
Where:    Weed Hall, Lecture Room 3, UML South, Three Solomont Way, Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Relief Volunteer Speaks on Conditions in Haiti

When:    Tuesday, Nov. 16, 4 to 6 p.m.
 
What:     David Campbell, who led volunteers to Haiti after the devastating earthquake, will discuss the current state of the country. Campbell is the executive director of All Hands Volunteers, a non-profit organization based in Carlisle that helps survivors of national disasters around the world. He is one of the founders of Hands On Thailand, established after the tsunami in 2005, and gathered 1,500 volunteers to assist residents of the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.
 
Where:    Pasteur Hall, Room 301, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Medical Device Showcase Features Product Ideas

When:     Wednesday, Nov. 17, 5 to 8 p.m.
 
What:     The Merrimack Valley Venture Forum and Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) are co-sponsoring a medical device showcase featuring emerging enterprises presenting new ideas in the field. From 5 to 6 p.m., entrepreneurs will exhibit medical devices and from 6 to 7 p.m., start-up companies will present. New product ideas to be showcased include an expanding and contracting pessary, a device to help diagnose prostate cancer and a nano-based blood-pressure sensor for cardiovascular monitoring. Note: This event is not open to the public but the media is encouraged to attend during the presentations from 5 to 7 p.m.
 
Where:     UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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