News from UMass Lowell for the Week of April 19, 2011

04/19/2011
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

April 19, 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.”  Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews on technology in the classroom, world politics and community engagement.


Student Cooks Face Off in Iron Chef Competition
When:        Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

What:         The UMass Lowell Iron Chef Competition is back for its second year. Teams of up to five students will face off in this preliminary round, showing off their culinary artistry and vying for the chance to compete for the grand title on Tuesday, April 26.
 
Where:       UMass Lowell Inn & 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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University Orchestra Presents Spring Concert
When:         Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
 
What:         The University Orchestra, under the direction of Prof. Kay George Roberts, will perform popular and rarely played classics by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and other composers. The concert 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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Groundbreaking Set for $40 Million Classroom Building    

When:        Thursday, April 21, 2 p.m.
                        
What:         A new, $40 million academic building is on the rise on UMass Lowell’s South Campus. A groundbreaking ceremony will mark the start of construction of the Health and Social Sciences Building, which will provide a home for three of the university’s most popular majors:  psychology, nursing and criminal justice and criminology. The building is the first major construction on South Campus since O’Leary Library and McGauvran Student Union were built in 1976. Funding was provided through the Commonwealth’s Higher Education Bond Bill, passed in 2008. The Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM), the state’s real estate and construction arm, is managing the project. Among those joining Chancellor Marty Meehan and other UMass representatives will be Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville, DCAM Commissioner Carole Cornelison, state and city elected officials, along with students, faculty and staff.

Where:        Coburn Hall lawn, UML South, corner of Broadway and Wilder streets, 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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Expert Speaks on ‘Transforming Education through Technology’ 
When:         Monday, April 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

What:          Prof. Regina Panasuk of UMass Lowell’s Graduate School of Education, will examine the impact of technology on the classroom. Panasuk has worked for more than 15 years to improve mathematics education for students in kindergarten through high school. Her talk, “Transforming Learning with Technology: Reality and Controversy,” is part of UMass Lowell’s Lunchtime Lecture Series, which presents speakers from both the university community and the business world throughout the academic year. The event is open to the public, but reservations should be made by e-mailing ArtsAndIdeas@uml.edu.

Where:       UMass Lowell Inn & 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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Alan Khazei Headlines Community Engagement, Research Event
When:          Monday, April 25, 1 p.m.

What:          Alan Khazei – cofounder of City Year, founder and CEO of Be The Change Inc. and possible candidate for U.S. Senate – will speak at UMass Lowell’s Community Engagement and Research Symposium. The event, which runs until 5 p.m., will highlight UMass Lowell’s approaches to both areas and will feature panel discussions, student presentations on their research and community work, and a meet-and-greet with students, faculty and community organizations. 

Where:       UMass Lowell Inn & 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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2011 Pulitzer Winner, Former Poet Laureate to Read on Campus
When:         Tuesday, April 26; reception at 6 p.m. and reading at 7 p.m.

What:          Kay Ryan, former U.S. poet laureate (2008-2010), was recently named this year’s winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her work, “The Best of It: New and Selected Poems.” Pulitzer calls it “a body of work spanning 45 years [that is] witty, rebellious and yet tender, a treasure trove of an iconoclastic and joyful mind.”

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 Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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