Story and source ideas from UMass Lowell's Office of Public Affairs
March 26, 2012:
This is 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
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Sources of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available to discuss the Supreme Court’s consideration of the health care reform plan, the public’s fascination with “The Hunger Games,” and effects of rising gas prices on the economy.
La Boniche Chef Dishes Out Meals for University, Community
When: Wednesday, March 28
What: UMass Lowell will serve up a menu from Chef Anna Jabar of La Boniche Bistro in Lowell as part of the university’s ongoing Visiting Chef Series. Jabar, who recently met with UMass Lowell chefs to share her recipes, will be on hand for the day as her meals are featured across campus in residential dining halls. The menu will include La Boniche’s signature black bean soup, grilled pork chops, pan-roasted chicken breast, berry bread pudding and crème brulee. Mill City Restaurant on South Campus will serve lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fox Hall and the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center will host dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The public may purchase these meals. The all-you-can eat lunch is $6.95 and dinner is $7.95.
Where: Mill City Restaurant, UML South, 1 Solomont Way, Lowell; Fox Hall, UML East, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell; UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
Medical Device Incubator Holds Best New Ventures Competition
When: Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.
Ten startup businesses in Massachusetts focused on developing medical-device technology will compete before a panel of experts to present their best ventures for new medical devices. The winners – to be announced in April – will receive a total of $15,000 in engineering, marketing and medical-school services provided by the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2). M2D2 offers inventors and entrepreneurs from medical-device companies in the state easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the UMass campuses in Lowell and Worcester. Housed at the UMass Lowell campus, M2D2 is hosting the competition, which is sponsored by law firm Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.
Where: M2D2 Innovation Hub, Wannalancit Mills Office & Technology Center, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell
Innovators to Coach Next Generation of Leaders
Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.
What: Who are the Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates of tomorrow? Regional business entrepreneurs will mentor the next generation of inventors and innovators during this networking night presented by the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, an initiative working to invigorate the region’s innovation ecosystem. Sandbox activities are coordinated through the Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell, a partnership between the university, Deshpande Foundation, Middlesex Community College and Merrimack College.
Where: Middlesex Community College, 33 Kearney Square, Lowell
Music Students Present Free Concert of Jazz, Popular Songs
When: Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Fisher Recital Hall, Durgin Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell
State Housing, Economic Development Secretary Speaks
When: Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m. (rescheduled from Feb. 29)
What: Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki will meet with more than 100 medical device entrepreneurs and economic development professionals from throughout the region to talk about the Commonwealth’s strategic plan for economic development, which was recently submitted to the Legislature. The plan outlines five initiatives including increased support for innovation and entrepreneurship that build on the Patrick-Murray administration’s job creation and economic development strategy. The event is co-sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Venture Forum and the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), a joint venture of UMass Lowell and UMass Worcester.
M2D2 Innovation Hub, Wannalancit Mills Office & Technology Center, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell
Special Olympians Play in Game Organized by Student
When: Thursday, March 29, 6:30 p.m.
Two teams of Special Olympic athletes will compete in a “Special Spirit” basketball game organized by Todd Borchers, a UMass Lowell senior and the assistant resident director in the university’s Office of Residence Life. The program offers a way for these athletes to demonstrate their skills and compete in front of a crowd. Borchers has been involved with the New Hampshire Special Olympics program for several years. His team of Special Olympians has captured seven gold medals at the Granite State’s Special Olympics games.
Where: Costello Gymnasium, UML North, 275 Riverside St., Lowell
‘Dickens in Lowell’ Explores City’s Impact on Author, Legacy
Opening weekend starts Friday, March 30
Two hundred years after his birth, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) remains one of the world’s best-loved writers. Dickens’ love for Lowell goes way back – to 1842, when the young literary sensation visited the city as part of his first American tour, calling it “the most pleasant” day he spent in the country. “Dickens in Lowell” is the largest bicentenary event in New England, and an official part of the Dickens 2012 Worldwide Bicentenary Celebration. The festival features seven months of programs for all ages, including the landmark exhibit “Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation,” curated by UMass Lowell English Prof. Diana Archibald and David Blackburn, chief of cultural resources and programs, Lowell National Historical Park. Most events are free and open to the public, including:
- “Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation” Grand Opening – The exhibit will feature rare artifacts not shown to the public in generations and interactive, hands-on displays. Presented by the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL), the grand opening celebration will include music, guest speakers and refreshments. Friday, March 30, 5 to 7 p.m., Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Fourth Floor, Lowell National Historical Park, 115 John St., Lowell.
- “Heroes and Bringers of Light: Dickens and the Struggle for International Copyright” – Florian Schweizer, director of the Charles Dickens Museum of London and the chairman of the Dickens 2012 Bicentenary Committee, explores Dickens’ efforts to gain legal protection for artistic creations. Saturday, March 31, 4:30 p.m., Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Lowell National Historical Park, 115 John St., Lowell
- “Whose Art is it Anyway?” Best-selling author and UMass Lowell English Prof. Andre Dubus III; photographer and UMass Lowell art Prof. Arno Minkinnen; and musician and UMass Lowell music Prof. Alan Williams will lead a performance and panel discussion about their work and international property rights in the Internet Age. Thursday, April 5, 5 p.m., O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell.
Beth Brosnan, 603-205-4344, email@example.com, Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu
Criminal Justice Department Celebrates Anniversary, New Ph.D
When: Saturday, March 31, 5 p.m.
UMass Lowell will introduce a new Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology doctoral program while celebrating the 25th anniversary of the department’s master’s program during a reception open to faculty, staff and alumni. The criminal justice program is one of the university’s most popular majors. A portion of guests’ ticket price for the event will benefit the Michael B. Shanahan Memorial Scholarship. Shanahan was a 1985 alumnus and retired lieutenant colonel with the Massachusetts State Police Department.
Where: Allen House, UML South, 2 Solomont Way, Lowell
‘Disable the Label’ Week Raises Awareness, Promotes Services
Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6
What: UMass Lowell’s “Disable the Label” Week will engage students, faculty, staff and the public in promoting understanding of people with disabilities and raising awareness about local resources and support services. All events are free and open to the public, and include:
- World Autism Awareness Day on Monday, April 2. At 6:30 p.m., East Parking Garage will be illuminated in blue light to promote autism awareness. Afterward, “True Life,” a video depicting the journeys of UMass Lowell students with disabilities, will be shown in Fox Residence Hall, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell.
- “Asperger Are Us” on Tuesday, April 3. At 4:30 p.m., a troupe of comedians who have Asperger syndrome will perform. O’Leary Library Learning Commons, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
- Deaf Culture Presentation on Thursday, April 5. At 11 a.m., two UMass Lowell students will be among those who will introduce the audience to deaf culture, language and etiquette. Mahoney Hall, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell
Human Rights Activist is 2012 Greeley Scholar for Peace
When: Monday, April 2 through Tuesday, April 10
What: Fresh off testimony on Capitol Hill and arrest at an embassy in protest to conditions in Sudan and South Sudan with actor George Clooney, human rights activist John Prendergast will visit UMass Lowell as its 2012 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies. Last year’s honoree, Leymah Gbowee, went on to win the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Prendergast has spent 25 years working to stop human rights violations around the world and foster peace in Africa. Co-founder of The Enough Project, he also serves as a board member and adviser to Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle’s international advocacy and humanitarian aid group, Not on Our Watch. Prendergast previously worked for the Clinton administration, the U.S. Department of State, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the National Intelligence Council, the International Crisis Group and the U.S. Institute of Peace, among others. His visit to UMass Lowell will include the following free programs for the public:
- “Day Without Violence” on Tuesday, April 3. From 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Prendergast will speak about his human rights work at the annual program for the campus and community that will also feature Executive Vice Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney and Provost Ahmed Abdelal. This event will be followed by a dialogue with Prendergast for UMass Lowell students. O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell.
- Pizza with Prendergast Monday, April 9. From 3 to 4 p.m., Prendergast will meet with activists from Lowell’s youth organizations to talk about community organizing, global issues and more over pizza and soft drinks. UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
- Film screening and community conversation on Monday, April 9. From 7 to 9 p.m., Prendergast will present a film about his international human rights work and discuss the issues with members of the public. UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell.
Explore the ‘Sonic Signature of U2’ with Music Faculty
Wednesday, April 4, 3:30 p.m.
What: UMass Lowell Music Prof. Christopher Endrinal will talk about “The Sonic Signature of U2,” focusing on rock band U2’s distinct sound, vision and impact on popular music and beyond. The topic of Endrinal’s new book and the program expand on his dissertation, “Form and Style in the Music of U2.” Endrinal’s presentation is part of university’s Faculty Research Series which unites faculty members to discuss their work.
Where: O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 478, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell