News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Feb. 7, 2011

02/07/2011
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Feb. 7, 2011: 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 Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.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 Egypt, climate change and politics.

Social Justice Series Honors Black History Month
Focusing on the Future of Renewable Energy
French-American Culture Highlighted at Event
UMass Lowell Hosts Regional Science Bowl

Free Concert Features Performers of All Ages
Comedy Series Comes to Inn & Conference Center
Celebrate America’s Favorite Pastime


Social Justice Series Honors Black History Month

When:      Events will be held throughout the month of February.
 
What:     UMass Lowell will celebrate Black History Month and honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through the Social Justice Series. Programs include:

  • “Bring Your ‘A’ Game,” Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7 to 9 p.m. A documentary about the strategies that have transformed the lives of successful black men will be screened. A panel discussion will follow. This event is open to the public.
  • Panel Discussion on Modern-Day Slavery, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m. This event is sponsored by three UMass Lowell student organizations: the Association of Students of African Origins (ASAO), Men Achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success (MALES) and Sisters of Integrity Striving Towards Empowerment, Respect and Success (SISTERS).
  • “Voices of Innocence,” Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. A stage performance by John Thompson and Greg Bright. The two men, both exonerated after being wrongfully incarcerated in the Louisiana prison system, will share their stories. The UMass Lowell Gospel Choir will perform. This event is open to the public.

Where:    Documentary screening and panel discussion on Modern-Day Slavery at Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell; “Voices of Innocence” at O’Leary Library, Room 222, 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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Focusing on the Future of Renewable Energy

When:    Wednesday, Feb. 9, noon to 1:30 p.m.
 
What:     UMass Lowell’s Climate Change Initiative will host “Our Renewable Energy Future,” which will explore the potential of natural energy sources such as sunlight, water and wind. Clayton Handleman, founder and CEO of Heliotronics, Inc. in Hingham, will present. Handleman has dedicated his career to solar technology and serves on the board of directors of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England and on the steering committee of the Solar Boston Million Solar Roofs partnership. For more on UMass Lowell’s Climate Change Initiative and upcoming events, go to www.uml.edu/centers/climate-change.

Where:     Olney Hall, Room 518, UML North, 265 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 Highlighted at Event

When:       Wednesday, Feb. 9, 3:30 p.m. (rescheduled from Wednesday, Feb. 2)
 
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 language. Her research focuses on Cajun French. Salmon also heads a “French Table” every Friday at 1 p.m. for students, faculty and staff to practice French in a relaxed atmosphere. 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 and will try to outscore their opponents to 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 ߝ Kitson Hall, UML North, 21 University Ave., Lowell; Championship round ߝ Ball Hall, 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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Free Concert Features Performers of All Ages

When:     Thursday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m.
 
What:      The UMass Lowell String Project and the Lowell Youth Orchestra will present string music from around the world. Acclaimed double-bassist Carolyn Fryer, a UMass Lowell adjunct faculty member, will be the guest artist. Fryer has performed regularly with the Boston Ballet Company, the Nashua Symphony and the Granite State Symphony Orchestra. This event is free and 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 Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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Comedy Series Comes to Inn & Conference Center

When:      Thursday Feb. 17, 8 p.m.
 
What:      A weekly comedy series featuring members of Boston’s Best Comedians kicks off this month. Performances by Johnny Joyce and other comedians will take place every Thursday night in the newly renovated conference space of the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center. Joyce was winner of the Boston Herald’s Funniest Comedian Contest this fall and is the founder of Comics4acause, a charitable event that was voted one of Boston’s best performances by Boston Comedy Writers for three years in a row. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 978-455-0978.

Where:    UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren 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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Celebrate America’s Favorite Pastime

When:      Friday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.
 
What:      To celebrate Baseball Night in New England, the River Hawks will welcome the Lowell Spinners to the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell and give the first 1,000 fans bobbleheads of NESN personality Tom Caron. Anyone who wears a hockey or baseball jersey will be entered to win a UMass Lowell River Hawk road jersey. The hockey team will face off against Hockey East opponent University of Maine. Prior to the game, the Creature Teachers traveling zoo will be in the lobby with furry friends. This is also Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night, where UMass Lowell employees get in the game for free with a valid UMass Lowell ID and can purchase additional tickets for $5. Students always get into hockey games for free with their UMass Lowell ID. To purchase tickets, go to 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 Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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