News from UMass Lowell for Week of Nov. 25, 2013

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

11/25/2013


Sources of the week are available to discuss:  
  • The political ramifications for the U.S. and Middle East resulting from the deal with Iran to suspend parts of its nuclear program and the upcoming Syrian peace talks;
  • How Black Friday and the holiday retail season affects the economy.
  
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.


Modernist Painter to Talk About How She Creates Her Art

When:     Tuesday, Dec. 3, 4 p.m.

What:      Artist Elise Adibi will discuss her approach to creating modernist artwork using media such as charcoal, graphite, oils, gold and copper. Earlier this year, her work was exhibited during a solo show at the Armory in New York City. Her talk is presented by UMass Lowell’s Art and Cultural Studies departments. For more information, contact Kirsten Swenson at Kirsten_Swenson@uml.edu.

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

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Holiday Craft Fair Showcases Women’s Work

When:     Thursday, Dec. 5, 2 to 7 p.m. 

What:      Women crafters and artists – many of whom are UMass Lowell graduates, faculty and staff – will showcase their products for sale during “Women’s Works: A Celebration of the Creativity of Women.” The annual event, a prelude to the holidays, is filled with handmade jewelry, knitted items, foods, paintings, bath and body lotions and more. The fair is presented by the UMass Lowell Center for Women and Work. 

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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Gains in Nanotechnology, Engineering Focus of Event

When:     Friday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What:      Leading researchers advancing the fields of nanotechnology and plastics engineering will come together to share their successes and challenges during UMass Lowell’s annual Tripathy Memorial Symposium. Speakers are scheduled to include Assistant Prof. Prakash Rai, whose work at UMass Lowell is focused on developing a targeted treatment for breast cancer that does not harm healthy tissue. The event is held in memory of Sukant Tripathy, a chemical engineering professor and founder and former director of UMass Lowell’s Center for Advanced Materials. From 1994 to 1996, Tripathy also served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. 

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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Community Celebrates Charles Dickens’ Ties to Lowell  

When:     Friday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m. 

What:      UMass Lowell and Lowell National Historical Park will unveil a permanent public marker that memorializes Charles Dickens’ visit to Lowell in 1842 and his connection to the city. The event is part of the nationally acclaimed Dickens in Lowell festival, which last year explored the author’s travels in America through a variety of public events and the exhibit “Dickens in Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation,” the brainchild of UMass Lowell English Prof. Diana Archibald. The exhibit recently won a national Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. In tandem with the marker unveiling, Dickens in Lowell will launch two websites: a virtual Dickens exhibition, located at http://library.uml.edu/dickens/exhibit/virtualtour.html and a Dickens walking tour of Lowell, http://library.uml.edu/dickens/VWT/WalkingTour/. Dickens in Lowell is presented by UMass Lowell in collaboration with Lowell National Historical Park, the Charles Dickens Museum of London, the Tsongas Industrial History Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Lowell civic and cultural organizations. 

Where:    Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 304 Dutton 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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Student Scholars Share Cutting-Edge Research Projects 

When:     Thursday, Dec. 12, noon to 1:30 p.m.

What:      From exploring the impact of international trade on the labor market to finding better ways to train caregivers of children with autism, UMass Lowell students in the Emerging Scholars Program are at work finding solutions to society’s problems. Students, who conduct their research alongside university faculty members, will discuss their projects at this event. The program, offered to academically qualified juniors and seniors in the university’s College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, provides participants hands-on experience beyond the classroom in topics important to them. Program scholars receive a stipend for their work. 

Where:    Health and Social Sciences Building, Room 150, South Campus, 113 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

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Local Students Perform Free Concert with String Project

When:     Sunday, Dec. 15, 3 p.m.

What:      The UMass Lowell String Project, comprised of 88 students ages 8 to 18, will present a free concert for the public. Three ensembles featuring students playing violin, viola and cello, as well as the UMass Lowell Youth Orchestra will perform during the Winter Showcase. The String Project, directed by John-Morgan Bush of the UMass Lowell Music Department, provides instrumental music lessons to Lowell public school students with master teacher Donna Nagle and UMass Lowell student teachers. Through the support of UMass Lowell and 2013-2014 season sponsor Johnson String Instrument of Newton, the project plays an integral role in local arts culture and music education for children. Free parking is available.

Where:    Durgin Concert Hall, South Campus, 35 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