News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Oct. 4, 2010

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Oct. 4, 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  Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 the effect of potential terrorism on tourism, genetic research and potential cancer treatments, and the ongoing child-bullying debate.

Hear Stories of Baseball Legend Willie Mays
Summit Showcases Electric Vehicle Technology
Jazz Trio Performs at Music on the Merrimack New Conference Looks at Sensing, Tracking Systems Climate Change Teach-In Features Experts
Concert to Aid Nursing Students Without Borders
Federal Reserve President Gives View on the Economy

Hear Stories of Baseball Legend Willie Mays

When:  Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m.
 
What:   Willie Mays retired as one of the best baseball players of all time because of his talent, but he became a legend because of his passion. James S. Hirsh, author of the recently published book “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend,” will discuss moments of Mays’ life during a time of race, civil rights and war.

Where:  O’Leary Library, Room 325, UML South, 61 Wilder 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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Summit Showcases Electric Vehicle Technology

When:   Wednesday, Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
 
What:    Learn about all-electric vehicles and even test-drive some of them during the Electric Vehicle Summit and Workshop, hosted by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) and UMass Lowell. Topics for discussion include electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in the state, UMass Lowell innovations and sustainability, EV safety and hazards and the cost-effectiveness of going green. Panelists are scheduled to include Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles, Chancellor Marty Meehan, Linda Benevides of the EOEEA and Stephen Russell, Massachusetts co-coordinator of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Coalition. UMass Lowell energy experts as well as electric vehicle and battery manufacturers, industry leaders and safety experts are also expected to participate. The event is free and open to the public.
 
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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Jazz Trio Performs at Music on the Merrimack

When:    Thursday, Oct. 7, recital hour, 1 p.m. and evening concert, 7:30 p.m.

What:     Venezuelan world jazz pianist and composer Leo Blanco blends South American, Middle Eastern and African rhythms in a captivating global jazz style. During the music department’s weekly recital hour, his trio will give a short performance before opening up about their musical experiences in the Meet the Musicians discussion. In the evening, the trio will return for a full concert, playing jazz music from around the world. The musicians include Leo Blanco, pianist and composer; Bruno Raberg, bassist; and Dean Johnston, drummer.

Where:    Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder 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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Conference Looks atSensing, 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 & 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:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303, KarenAngelo@comcast.net

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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” ;
  • 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 Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Concert to Aid Nursing Students Without Borders

When:   Sunday, Oct.17, 4 to 6 p.m.

What:    The “Great Music in a Great Space” concert will benefit UMass Lowell’s student group Nursing Students Without Borders. The concert features the UMass Lowell Choir and talented instrumentalists and organists from local areas that will perform theatrical and movie selections from The 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 mission trip in January to care for the people of Ghana, Africa. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased at the door or by mail. Checks can be made out to “Music Arts Alive,” P.O. Box 821, Londonderry, NH 03053. For more information, visit www.musicartsalive.com.

Where:   Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 182 Broadway, Methuen

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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Fed President Gives View on the 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 “Recovering from the Bubble Economy ߝ or Not?” organized by UMass Lowell’s Economic and Social Development of Regions Program. To register, call 978-934-3597.
 
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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For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224