News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Jan. 31, 2011

01/31/2011
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Jan. 31, 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.” If the university is closed due to inclement weather, these events will not be held as scheduled; call the weather hotline at 978-934-2121. Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 politics, fighting terrorism and winter weather.

Social Justice Series Celebrates Black History Month
Computer Science Students Get Interview-Ready
French-American Culture is Focus of Presentation
UMass Lowell Hosts Regional Science Bowl

Social Justice Series Celebrates Black History Month

When:    Events in the series include a volunteer fair on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and screening of the documentary “Bring Your ‘A’ Game” on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7 to 9 p.m. Programs continue throughout February.
 
What:      UMass Lowell will celebrate Black History Month and honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through a month-long Social Justice Series. The events start with the second annual volunteer fair on Tuesday, Feb. 1 (please note this event is open to the media, but is not open to the public), which gives students information about how they can help organizations in Lowell through community service. On Tuesday, Feb, 8, “Bring Your ‘A’ Game,” a documentary about the strategies that have transformed the lives of successful black men, will be screened. A panel discussion will follow. The documentary screening and discussion are open to the public. For details on these programs and a full schedule of events in the Social Justice Series, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 978-934-5001.

Where:    Volunteer fair - Fox Hall, UML East, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell and South Campus Dining Hall, UML South, 105 Wilder St., Lowell. Documentary screening - Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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Computer Science Students Get Interview-Ready

When:    Wednesday, Feb. 2, 3 p.m.
 
What:     To help students prepare for their job search after graduation, UMass Lowell’s Computer Science Department will host “Are You Job-Ready?” This workshop will show students how they can use what they produced in the classroom to impress employers. Nadia Gruny of Oracle, a company that creates integrated business software and hardware, will help students transform assignments they have completed for courses into a professional technology portfolio.

Where:   Olsen Hall, Room 311, UML North, 198 Riverside St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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French-American Culture is Focus of Presentation

When:     Wednesday, Feb. 2, 3:30 p.m.
 
What:       Assistant Prof. Carole Salmon will present “From Louisiana to New England: Being Francophone in the United States Today” as part of UMass Lowell’s Faculty Research Series. Salmon, a member of the Cultural Studies faculty, was born in France and has made a lifelong commitment to the study of the culture and the language. Her research focuses on Cajun French. The Faculty Research Series is sponsored by the dean of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and gives faculty members the opportunity to share their interests and expertise with the UMass Lowell community.

Where:   O’Leary Library, Room 327, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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UMass Lowell Hosts Regional Science Bowl

When:    Saturday, Feb. 12, competition starts at 9 a.m.; championship round is at 4 p.m.
 
What:     UMass Lowell will host the Massachusetts Regional Science Bowl, an academic competition for high school students from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Teams will be quizzed on astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, general science, mathematics and physics. Teams will try to outscore their opponents and make it to the final round. The winning team will be eligible to compete in the National Science Bowl Finals, being held in Washington, D.C. April 28 through May 2. Many local high schools have already signed up for the annual competition, including Lowell, North Andover and Bedford. The deadline for schools to enter the contest is Friday, Feb 10. For more information or to register a team, go to www.uml.edu/sciencebowl.  

Where:    Morning competitions - Kitson Hall, UML North, 21 University Ave., Lowell; Championship round - Ball Room, Room 214, UML North, 185 Riverside St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224