News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Nov. 29, 2010

11/29/2010
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Nov. 29, 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  Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 on international relations, trends in holiday shopping and how to stay healthy through the holidays.

EPA Official Speaks on Agency’s 40th Anniversary
Music Students Perform Collection of Concerts
‘Women’s Works’ Celebrates Creativity
Tripathy Symposium Marks 10 Years
Free Concert Pays Tribute to David Amram
River Hawks Host Holiday Hoop Slam

EPA Official Speaks on Agency’s 40th Anniversary

When:     Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1:20 p.m.
 
What:      To celebrate the Environmental Protection Agency’s 40th anniversary, UMass Lowell will welcome Curt Spaulding, New England regional administrator. Spaulding will discuss what the EPA has accomplished over its four decades and where the agency is headed. Spaulding was selected in 2009 by President Obama to head one of the EPA’s 10 regions around the U.S. Previously, Spaulding worked for more than 20 years in the environmental protection field as an advocate, policy analyst and administrator.

Where:      Coburn Hall, Room 207, UML South, 850 Broadway 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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Music Students Perform Collection of Concerts

When:     Wednesday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 10
 
What:      Throughout December, students in UMass Lowell’s Music Department will showcase their talents in a collection of performances, all of which are free and open to the public. Concerts will feature electronic guitar ensembles, jazz, percussion, string and studio orchestras, and more. Performances include:

  • Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. ߝ Annual Alumni and Community Messiah Sing; Murray Kidd will lead the choirs of UMass Lowell in a reading of the Christmas portion of “Messiah” and end with the “Hallelujah” chorus. All are welcome to sing along or just come to watch. An optional rehearsal for the public will be held at 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. ߝ Contemporary Electronic Ensemble Concert; original student works and arrangements for electronic and electro-acoustic instruments will be featured.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. ߝ Concert Band Concert; Dan Lutz will conduct as UMass Lowell’s 90-piece ensemble performs both traditional and modern wind-band literature and orchestral pieces.
  • Friday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. ߝ Opera Workshop Concert; music students will perform opera scenes in full costume.

For a complete list of December concerts, go to http://tinyurl.com/2ac9ssq.

Where:    Durgin 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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‘Women’s Works’ Celebrates Creativity

When:    Thursday, Dec. 2, 2 to 8 p.m.
 
What:     UMass Lowell will celebrate the creativity of women at this year’s “Women’s Works” craft fair. The event will offer unique artwork and handmade items created by UMass Lowell women and community members. A silent auction and raffles will also be held. Live musical performances throughout the day will put shoppers in the holiday spirit. This annual UMass Lowell Center for Women & Work fundraiser 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 Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Tripathy Symposium Marks 10 Years

When:     Dinner is Thursday, Dec. 2, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Symposium is Friday, Dec. 3, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
What:      The 10th Annual Sukant Tripathy Memorial Symposium will offer talks from industry professionals and presentations from UMass Lowell students. The symposium focuses on trends in a wide range of materials sciences research being conducted in industry and academia. Eight experts will present, including Robert Miller of Genzyme Corp., who will discuss the development of hyaluronan-based medical devices. Organic photovoltaics will be explained by Russell Guadiana of Konarka Technologies, a company formed from the research of the late Sukant Tripahy. On the evening prior to the symposium, UMass Lowell will hold a dinner reception to honor the legacy of Tripathy, who was a UMass Lowell professor and lead researcher of polymers in electronics and optics. Dr. Alan Heeger, Nobel Prize laureate, chief scientist and co-founder of Konarka, is the keynote speaker. Tickets for the dinner are $90. To purchase tickets, contact Jacqueline Ledoux, Jacqueline_Ledoux@uml.edu or 978-934-2236. For more information, including a complete list of symposium presenters, go to www.uml.edu/tripathysymposium.

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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Free Concert Pays Tribute to David Amram

When:    Thursday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.
 
What:     Local orchestras and other musicians will perform in celebration of the 80th birthday of composer and multi-instrumentalist David Amram. The free concert will feature an eclectic mix of classical Bach, Ellington and Amram’s own music, played by the University Orchestra, New England Orchestra, Lowell Youth Orchestra and special guests. Amram, who started playing music at age 7, has composed more than 100 musical works and written many scores for Broadway and films, including “Splendor in the Grass” and “The Manchurian Candidate.” Amram wrote the score for the 1959 documentary “Pull My Daisy,” narrated by Lowell’s Jack Kerouac, and has performed at many Kerouac festivals. The concert is open to the public.

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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River Hawks Host Holiday Hoop Slam

When:    Saturday, Dec. 11, 1 to 9 p.m.
 
What:     UMass Lowell hosts a quadruple-header of basketball featuring the River Hawks, Merrimack College Warriors, Lowell High School Red Raiders and Andover High School Golden Warriors. This is the first of two major basketball events that will be held at the Tsongas Center this academic year; the second is the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament set for March 4 through 7.

The Holiday Hoop Slam schedule is:

  • Lowell High School girls vs. Andover High School, 1 p.m.;
  • Lowell High School boys vs. Andover High School, 3 p.m.;
  • UMass Lowell men vs. Merrimack College, 5 p.m.;
  • UMass Lowell women vs. Merrimack College, 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, $3 for high school and non-UMass Lowell college students. UMass Lowell students get in free with valid student ID. Tickets are general admission and valid for all four games. All tickets can be purchased at the Tsongas Center Box Office; tickets for adults and children are available on www.tsongascenter.com.

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 Chris O’Donnell, UMass Lowell Athletics, 978-934-2306, Christopher_ODonnell@uml.edu

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