News from UMass Lowell for Week of May 17, 2010

05/17/2010
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

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.

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Tsongas to Speak at Political Science Awards 
Physics Researcher to Deliver Tripathy Lecture
Original Murals of the Immigrant Experience Unveiled
Goodwins Headline Commencement Eve Event
Honorary Degree Recipients to Speak at Gala
NFL Commissioner to AddressUMass Lowell Graduates

Tsongas to Speak at Political Science Awards    

When: Monday, May 17, 6 to 9 p.m.

What: The Political Science Department will recognize senior students at the Annual Graduating Seniors Awards Banquet featuring keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas. This year's distinguished alumni award winner is Massachusetts State Rep. Sean Garballey.

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 .

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Physics Researcher to Deliver Tripathy Lecture   

When: Thursday, May 27, 3 p.m.

What: Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of St. John’s College in the United Kingdom, will present this year’s Konarka Tripathy Lecture on “Plastic Electronics: From Science to Industry.” Friend is world-renowned for his research into the physics and engineering of carbon-based semiconductors. Each year a leading scientist in the field of materials science comes to UMass Lowell to present a lecture in memory of the late Sukant K. Tripathy, a UMass Lowell professor of chemistry and internationally recognized researcher of thin polymer films in electronics and optics. A reception will be held at 3 p.m.; the lecture will follow at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

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

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Original Murals of Immigrant Experience  Unveiled   

When: Thursday, May 27, 6 to 9 p.m.

What:  Young artists working with the Revolving Museum have created a series of colorful murals illustrating Lowell’s immigrant history to the present, at the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC). The unveiling event includes music by Celtic Angkor, spoken word performance by Free Verse and catering by the UTEC Fresh Roots program. UMass Lowell Prof. Robert Forrant leads the project, funded by the UMass Creative Economy Fund. Free and open to the public.

Where:  United Teen Equality Center, 34 Hurd St., Lowell

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

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Goodwins Headline Commencement Eve Event   

When: Friday, May 28, 4 to 5 p.m.

What: UMass Lowell Honorary Degree Recipients Doris Kearns Goodwin and Richard Goodwin will present “A Conversation with Dick and Doris” which will be moderated by former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II. Richard Goodwin served as an adviser and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy and adviser to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy during his 1968 campaign for president. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian whose work as an assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson led to her first book, “Lyndon Johnson & the American Dream,” which became a bestseller. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for, “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II.” Her book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” reached No. 1 on The New York Times Bestseller List and is being developed as a feature film by director Steven Spielberg. Admission is $25 per person and free for UMass Lowell students with valid ID and those who attend the Commencement Eve Gala. Purchase tickets online at www.uml.edu/commencement or call 978-934-3689.

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

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Honorary Degree Recipients toSpeak at Gala   

When: Friday, May 28, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

What: The Commencement Eve Gala provides the only opportunity to hear all of the honorary degree recipients and Distinguished Alumna speak. The event will also honor UMass Lowell students with awards for academic excellence and service to the university and community. The ticket cost of $125 per person includes food, refreshments, entertainment and admission to the Goodwin event. All proceeds will go to student scholarships. Contributions may be designated to the new Charles E. Goodell Endowed Scholarship Fund, the Doris Kearns Goodwin and Richard N. Goodwin Endowed Scholarship Fund and the UMass Lowell Scholars Fund. Purchase tickets online at www.uml.edu/commencement or call 978-934-3689.

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

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NFL Commissioner to Address UMass Lowell Graduates   

When: Saturday, May 29, 9:30 a.m.

What: National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell will address a record number of UMass Lowell graduates ߝ nearly ߝ who will receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at this year’s Commencement. Goodell also will accept a posthumous Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his father, the late U.S. Sen. Charles Goodell, a Republican who was elected to Congress in 1959 and appointed to the Senate following the assassination of U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Other honorary degree recipients include Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author; Richard N. Goodwin, speechwriter and adviser to John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Robert Kennedy; Gloria Ladson-Billings, philosopher, scholar and educator; and Alan P. Lightman, physicist, novelist and author of international bestseller “Einstein’s Dreams.” The university also will honor Bonnie Comley ’81 with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Comley is an independent entertainment professional who has produced, acted and written for theater, TV and film for almost 30 years. To receive media credentials, contact the Office of Public Affairs.

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 

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