News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Nov. 15, 2010

11/15/2010
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Nov. 15, 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  Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 recent study about the impact of job stress on women’s health, and Black Friday retail projections.

International Week Focuses on Cultural Education
Athlete, Author Alum Shares Inspiring Life Story
Relief Volunteer Speaks on Conditions in Haiti
Medical Device Showcase Features New Products
Awards Honor Alumni, Faculty, Community Members
‘Suburbia’ Performed by Off-Broadway Players
UMass Lowell River Hawks Go Green
Turse Talks on U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan


International Week Focuses on Cultural Education

When:     Monday, Nov. 15 to Saturday Nov. 20
 
What:      International Education Week is a nationwide movement aimed to promote diversity and celebrate different cultures. UMass Lowell will hold events and highlight a different country each day. During many of the discussions, UMass Lowell students from these countries will offer insight on traditions and customs. Events, which are free unless otherwise stated, include:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 16, noon, “History and Customs of Nigeria,” complete with a Nigerian-style lunch;
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m., “The Power of Nonviolence Around the World;”
  • Thursday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m., “Turkish Culture;”
  • Thursday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., “The Violin and Lyras of Greece,” tickets $10;
  • Saturday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m., “Intercultural Festival,” a night of music, dance and food from around the world.

Where:     Details on all International Week events, including locations, can be found at www.uml.edu/Media/eNews/International_week_preview.html.

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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Athlete, Author, Alum Shares Inspiring Life Story

When:    Tuesday, Nov. 16, 4 p.m.
 
What:    Paul Martin’s life has changed dramatically since graduating from UMass Lowell in 1992. Six months after earning a degree in mechanical engineering, Martin was in a car accident that resulted in losing his left leg below the knee. Martin will discuss his experiences since that moment, including competing in 10 Ironman Triathlons, being a member of the U.S. Cycling Team and winning four ITU triathlon world championships. He has also written two memoirs. Martin’s talk is part of UMass Lowell’s Alumni Showcase Speaker Series, which highlights one graduate each month with notable personal and professional accomplishments. Admission is free for UMass Lowell students and faculty with valid ID and $5 for the public.
 
Where:    O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 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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Relief Volunteer Speaks on Conditions in Haiti

When:    Tuesday, Nov. 16, 4 to 6 p.m.
 
What:     David Campbell, who led volunteers in 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 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 New Products

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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Awards Honor Alumni, Faculty, Community

When:     Thursday, Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m.
 
What:     Seven UMass Lowell alumni, educators and community members will be recognized for the pride they have brought the university through dedication, determination and perseverance at the Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Awards and Honors Fellows Gala. The awards are given each year to those who honor the values of both the university and the city of Lowell. Tickets to the gala are $90 per person and include the reception and award ceremony. Proceeds from this event will benefit students in UMass Lowell’s Honors Program. For more information and to register, contact Jacqueline Ledoux at Jacqueline_Ledoux@uml.edu or 978-934-2236.
 
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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‘Suburbia’ Performed by Off-Broadway Players

When:    Thursday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 21
 
What:     Eric Bogosian’s “Suburbia” explores the explosive frustrations of suburban youth. The play, based on Bogosian’s childhood in Woburn, will be performed by UMass Lowell’s Off-Broadway Players, a student-run theater group. Tickets are $5 for UMass Lowell students and senior citizens, and $10 for adults. Tickets are available one hour before each performance and all seating is general admission. Performances are on Thursday, Nov. 18, Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.
 
Where:     Comley-Lane Theatre, Mahoney Hall, UML South, 870 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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UMass Lowell River Hawks Go Green

When:     Friday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.
 
What:     The UMass Lowell River Hawks will promote “going green” as they face Merrimack Valley and Hockey East rival, the Merrimack College Warriors at the newly renovated Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free eco-tote bag. The River Hawks went 2-1 against Merrimack last season. All home hockey games are free to UMass Lowell students with a valid student ID. Tickets for the public 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 Renae Lias Claffey, 978-934-3233, Renae_Lias@uml.edu

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Turse Talks on U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

When:    Monday, Nov. 22, noon
 
What:    Journalist and historian Nick Turse will discuss “The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan.” Turse is the associate editor of the Nation’s Institute’s TomDispatch.com, which offers essays and commentary about the news. Turse has also done significant research on the United States armed forces, particularly during the Vietnam War.
 
Where:    O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 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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