News from UMass Lowell for Week of Sept. 23, 2013

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

09/23/2013


This is a notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Office of University Relations, 978-934-3224. For more stories about UMass Lowell, visit www.uml.edu and click on “Media” at the top of the page. Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Sources of the week are available to discuss: 
  • The potential sale of BlackBerry for $4.7 billion;
  • Speculation about a presidential run by Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.


Center for Terrorism and Security Studies Launches

When:     Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

What:      Top counterterrorism and law enforcement officials and internationally respected researchers will gather at UMass Lowell to discuss the challenges they face in protecting the public and their work to find solutions to security threats. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis is scheduled to address the lessons learned form the Boston Marathon bombings, while a panel discussion and question-and-answer session on fighting terrorism are scheduled to include UMass Lowell graduate Roger Cressey, former National Security Council deputy for counterterrorism; Nicholas Rasmussen, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center; Vincent Lisi, special agent in charge, FBI Boston Division; and Andrea Cabral, Massachusetts secretary of public safety. The program introduces UMass Lowell’s Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, which has brought together three academic experts to lead new degree programs and research efforts: Profs. John Horgan, Mia Bloom and James Forest. The center, part of UMass Lowell’s School of Criminology and Justice Studies, will conduct collaborative research on terrorism, cybersecurity, transnational crime and other related topics. The event is presented by UMass Lowell’s College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Where:    UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Researchers, Investors, Educators Shape Nanotechnology’s Future  

When:     Tuesday, Sept. 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
               Wednesday, Sept. 25, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What:      Entrepreneurs, investors, educators, researchers and policy-makers involved in expanding the fields of nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing will come together for the two-day conference, “Destination Nano 2013: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution.” Focused on exploring emerging opportunities in the medical, defense and industrial sectors, the event will feature a host of internationally renowned speakers, including UMass Lowell faculty, and showcase the plastics research and manufacturing capabilities of the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center at UMass Lowell. The conference is presented by UMass Lowell and Prince Lobel Tye LLP of Cambridge. For more information, visit www.uml.edu/Research/Centers/Nano/destination-nano-2013/default.aspx.

Where:    Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, North Campus, 40 University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Roundtable Explores Lowell’s Role in Entrepreneurship, Innovation

When:     Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m.

What:      “Lowell: The Entrepreneurial City,” a roundtable discussion about the city of Lowell’s innovative past, present and future, will feature a variety of city leaders, including Steven Tello, UMass Lowell’s associate vice chancellor for entrepreneurship and economic development; David Parker, executive director of the Merrimack Valley Sandbox; Theresa Park from the city of Lowell’s Department of Economic Development; and Registrar of Deeds Richard Howe Jr., author of “Legendary Locals of Lowell.” The session will be moderated by Paul Marion, UMass Lowell’s executive director of community and cultural affairs and president of the Lowell Heritage Partnership, which is presenting the event with the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, based at UMass Lowell. The Sandbox works to strengthen economic development in Lowell and Lawrence. 

Where:    Merrimack Valley Sandbox, First Floor, Wannalancit Mills, 175 Cabot St., Lowell 

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Leaders to Learn of UMass Lowell’s Economic Impact on City

When:     Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 a.m.

What:      UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan will present details of the university’s economic impact on the city of Lowell to an estimated 300 leaders from the public-service, business, higher-education and nonprofit sectors during The Lowell Plan’s annual breakfast. Scheduled speakers include Colleen Brady, UMass Lowell’s government relations associate and a member of The Lowell Plan’s Public Matters leadership program, who will share what drew her to work and live in the city. Other speakers include Adam Baacke, assistant city manager and director of planning and development; John Power, principal of Farley White Interests; and Paul McMorrow, associate editor of Commonwealth magazine, who will discuss how Lowell differentiates itself in today’s economy. The Lowell Plan is a nonprofit, economic development organization that promotes Lowell’s economic, educational and cultural advancement.      

Where:    UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Auction Will Benefit UMass Lowell Fine-Arts Students 

When:     Friday, Sept. 27; silent auction at 6:30 p.m., live auction at 7:30 p.m.  

What:      The sixth annual auction to benefit UMass Lowell’s Art Department will showcase an eye-catching mix of works by nationally and internationally known artists and UMass Lowell faculty, students, and alumni. Admission is $20 per person. Proceeds will benefit Art Department programming and provide awards and scholarships to UMass Lowell fine-arts students. Reservations are required; go to www.uml.edu/art-auction.

Where:  Allen House, Spinola Gallery, South Campus, 2 Solomont Way, Lowell  

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Expert Examines State’s Health-Care Policies 

When:     Monday, Sept. 30, 11:45 a.m.

What:      Economist Stuart Altman, chairman of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, will present “Restructuring the Health-Care System and Controlling Costs: The Massachusetts Story.” Convened in 2012 by Gov. Deval Patrick, the commission is charged with reforming the state’s health-care delivery and payment systems to improve quality and reduce costs. Prior to his appointment, Altman spent 12 years as chairman of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPac), the group formed by Congress to advise the government on Medicare reform. The event is free and open to the public. For reservations, which are required, e-mail artsandideas@uml.edu or call 978-934-3107. Altman’s talk is the first in the 2013 Lunchtime Lecture Series, which brings outstanding speakers to UMass Lowell to address topics that affect people every day. The series is co-sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Center for Arts and Ideas and the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures with support from Prof. Bill Mass of the UMass Lowell Center for Industrial Competitiveness, the UMass Lowell College of Health Sciences, Lowell General Hospital and Middlesex Community College. 

Where:    UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell 

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Talk Explores Motel Owners’ Quest for the American Dream 

When:     Thursday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m.

What:      Author Pawan Dhingra will discuss his book, “Life Behind the Lobby: Indian-American Motel Owners and the American Dream.” Indian-Americans own about half of the motels in the United States, many of them hailing from the same region in India. Dhingra will share their accomplishments and their goals in context of their quest to achieve the American Dream. Free and open to the public, the talk is presented by UMass Lowell’s English and sociology departments, along with the American Studies Program.  

Where:    O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu