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UMassMAGSUMMER 2008 VOLUME 11 NUMBER 2AZINEMARTIN T. MEEHANINAUGURATED AS CHANCELLOROF UMASS LOWELLPage 15Lays Out Vision for Taking ‘Strong’ Institution to the ‘Next Level’

INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF CHANCELLOR MARTIN T. MEEHANFor this issue of the UMass Lowell Magazine, which features ChancellorMartin T. Meehan’s inauguration, we are publishing his inaugural addressin lieu of the regular letter from the Chancellor.It is with deep humility and a sense of great responsibilitythat I accept the honor of becoming the second chancellor ofthis great institution, the University of Massachusetts Lowell.I am the second chancellor of UMass Lowell but I am thefourteenth leader of the institution and its predecessor schools,founded in the 1890s.Our roots run deep into this land.This region was the cradle of the American Revolution andremains a fountain-head of American innovation.Lowell gave our nation an Industrial Revolution.More recently, our region spearheaded the InformationRevolution.This region, this watershed, is synonymous with invention,entrepreneurship, industry, philosophy, literature, environmentalism, healthcare and education.Think about our scientists and engineers like James B.Francis and An Wang.Consider our writers such as Anne Bradstreet, Henry DavidThoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.And this University continues to build on that proud legacy.We want the world to know we are one of just fourNational Science Foundation centers of excellence innanomanufacturing.We have the nation’s only master of music program inSound Recording Technology, and our graduates are winningGrammy Awards.We have scientists who are engaged in groundbreakingresearch in limb regeneration.Our MBA program is recognized by the Princeton Reviewas one of the best in the country.The Graduate School of Education is a leader in STEMpipeline initiatives.Our nursing graduates are caring for people in every hospital,medical center and clinic in the region.Our scholars have made Lowell the world’s hot spot forresearch on Jack Kerouac.At a recent Plastics Engineering conference in Germany,150 industry leaders in attendance were our alumni.And with opening day at Fenway Park about ninety-eighthours away we want the world to know that our engineers testall the baseballs used in Major League Baseball.These are only some of the good things happening on thiscampus every day, and there are many more.And this is a very good thing.Our region depends on the University being world class,not only in a few areas, but across the spectrum of disciplines.This University is different from many private colleges inthe Commonwealth.The majority of our graduatesstay here to work and raisefamilies, to create businesses andjobs, to contribute to civic andcultural life.The role that this Universityplays in the development of theintellect and character of ourstudents cannot be overstated.We offer more than justworld-class scholarship.We offer hope for the advancement and enlightenment ofeach student who walks through our doors.And we offer hope for the continued progress and prosperityof our community.Today on this campus, 12,000 resident, commuter and onlinestudents of all backgrounds pursue bachelor’s, master’s anddoctoral degrees.These students are the stewards, leaders, healers and buildersof tomorrow.I want to talk about one of our students, an exceptionalyoung woman who captures the spirit of UMass Lowell. RachelCarnes is a senior from Haverhill. In high school, she says, shedidn’t have a clear plan for her future. But then she wasaccepted at UMass Lowell and she saw it as a chance to takea new direction. She’s a business major on the Dean’s List.Everything was going well, until one terrible morning inJanuary, Rachel was sitting on a bench in front of the librarywhen a pickup truck roared out of control, jumped the curband struck her. She sustained life-threatening injuries.Since then she has fought her way back through intensivemedical care and rehabilitation.Last week, miraculously, Rachel returned to school.Her determination mirrors the strengths of so many at thisinstitution who overcome adversity to get an education.Rachel, you, like most of our students, have been workingand borrowing to pay the cost of your education.Well, thanks to the generosity of donors to these inauguralactivities, I am happy to announce you will be the firstrecipient of the Chancellor Martin T. Meehan EducationalExcellence Scholarship to cover your outstanding costsand loans.As we look to the future, we must start by acknowledgingthat the University exists in the most competitive educationalenvironment in its history and we must rise to that challenge.We live in a global society and UMass Lowell must bepart of that.We live in a knowledge economy and we must contributeand compete.Continued on Page 20

Tableof ContentsS U M M E RSUMMER 2008Volume 11, Number 22 0 0 8V O L U M E1 1N U M B E R2Campus NewsArts & Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2The UMass Lowell AlumniMagazine is published by:Office of Public AffairsUniversity of Massachusetts LowellOne University AvenueLowell, MA 01854Tel. (978) 934-3223e-mail: Marylou Hubbell@uml.eduEducation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9Outlook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9Page 15Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10Chief Public Affairs OfficerPatti McCaffertyExecutive Director ofUniversity AdvancementJohn DavisDirector of Publicationsand PublisherMary Lou HubbellDirector of Programsand Alumni ServicesDiane EarlDirector of RegionalAlumni ProgrammingDeme GysEditorJack McDonoughPeople . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28Alumni Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41Alumni News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42Page 22Cover Story1522Martin T. Meehan InauguratedChancellor Of UMass LowellOne Million Dollars RaisedThrough InaugurationFeaturesPage 25Page 32Staff WritersEdwin AguirreChristine GilletteGeoffrey DouglasRenae Lias ClaffeySheila EppolitoJennifer HansonMorgan HoughElizabeth JamesKristen O’ReillySandra SeitzDesignShilale DesignThe University of MassachusettsLowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX, H/V,ADA 1990 Employer.26‘Thoughtful, Entertaining’Sunrise Show Celebratesan AnniversaryFace of Philanthropy30Remembering the EarlyDays: Big Challenges,and the Opportunityto PrevailFeaturesPage 34Page 3032Rob Manning:The New UMass BoardChairman Maps His Priorities,Looks Toward the Future34The ‘Rowdy Bunch’ (and 64,000 Others)Make River Hawk Season a SmashPage 26Lowell Textile School Massachusetts State Normal School State Teachers College at Lowell Lowell Textile InstituteLowell Technological Institute Massachusetts State College at Lowell Lowell State College University of LowellUMASS LOWELL MAGAZINESUMMER 20081

CampusNewsColleges - Arts and SciencesResearcher’s Work Makes Listof 100 Top Science StoriesSince the 1960s, scientists have known thatduring a severe geomagnetic storm, the Earth’smagnetosphere — the region around our planetcontrolled by its magnetic field — can generatehighly energeticelectrons capable ofcrippling orbitingsatellites and posinga radiation hazardto spacewalkingastronauts. Scientistshave wondered howthese “killer” electronscould attain such highenergies and travelDiscover magazine’snearly at the speedJanuary 2008 issue.of light.In June 2007 an international team ofresearchers led by Dr. Qiugang Zong of theUML Center for Atmospheric Researchpublished findings that finally shed light onthis mystery. Their discovery ranked No. 37 inDiscover magazine’s 100 Top Science Stories of2007. UMass Lowell is the only public university in New England to be featured on the list,which was the cover story for the January 2008issue of Discover, the nation’s leading monthlypopular magazine on science and technology.State Funds 97K Grant toMake Lowell Seniors CountWhen Lowell’s disparate (and growing) seniorpopulation was analyzed eight years ago, manyelderly people weren’t included because of language barriers and social isolation. This time,UMass Lowell Asst. Prof. Andy Hostetler wantsto get it right and ensure that critically neededservices are made available to those in need.Andy HostetlerHostetler and his collaborators on the “LowellSeniors Count” project, including the Lowell Senior Center, LowellCommunity Health Center and the City of Lowell’s Division ofPlanning and Development, earned two grants totaling 97,000 fromthe Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The grants are fundinga comprehensive, interviewer-administered census covering health,well-being and safety/security issues.“The effort places hundreds of trained volunteers — including manybilingual representatives — directly within communities to increase participation and foster community outreach, especially among SoutheastAsian, Portugese, African and Latino populations,” says Hostetler.The project, part of the City of Lowell’s ten-year plan to end homelessness, will present a comprehensive portrait of Lowell seniors’ health, wellbeing and quality of life, to properly identify the resources and servicesneeded to achieve what Hostetler terms “optimal aging” within the city.Disabled Youngsters Play Video GamesDesigned by UML StudentsZong and his colleagues, who include PaulSong, co-director of the Center, and researchassistant Xuzhi Zhou, determined that duringa severe geomagnetic storm, the solar wind —a continuous high-speed stream of chargedparticles from the sun —impacts and compresses the daytime side of Earth’s magnetosphere,triggering instabilities along the magnetosphere’s boundary.These instabilities create Ultra LowFrequency electromagnetic waves, which inturn produce killer electrons. Following astorm, electrons can be energized up to amillion electron volts or more and acceleratedup to 94 percent of the speed of light.2UMASS LOWELL MAGAZINESUMMER 2008Youngsters at the Franciscan Hospital for Children’s Kennedy DaySchool in Brighton play and enjoy computer video games thanksto students in Asst. Prof. Fred Martin’s software engineering class.Martin and his students visited the school to present several simple,interactive games that the students had developed specificallywith the children’s multiple physical and developmentaldisabilities in mind.

CampusNewsAsperger’s Intervention Program Combines Psychology with MusicFor one mom, the first clue thatsomething was wrong came when herinfant daughter — still in a car seat —grew so frustrated that she had whatappeared to be an epileptic seizure.For another mother, it wasn’t untilher son had tremendous difficultymaking friends that it became clearsomething was wrong.For both of these parents, and thousands of others, the challengesfacing their children are caused byAsperger’s Syndrome, one of severalpervasive development disorders onthe autism spectrum.First described in 1944 by HansAsperger, an Austrian doctor, thedisorder has only recently come intomainstream consciousness, with anestimated three out of 10,000 peopleaffected. Those with the disorder oftenhave difficulty interacting with others,and generally do not make friends easily. They sometimes have trouble usingfacial expressions and understandingbody language, and can have problemscomprehending language in context.They typically have a limited range ofinterests, and can develop an intense,almost obsessive focus in a few areas.Many are exceptionally talented,and most are highly verbal, makingthe diagnosis difficult until aboutage three.For fourteen high-functioning teensand young adults with autism spectrumdisorders — mostly Asperger’s — arecent intervention program developed by UMass Lowell Profs. AshleighHillier of psychology and Gena Greherof music encouraged communicationand creativity through an eight-weekmusic program.“We created a program we called‘SoundScapes,’ which incorporatedmusic to help people with Asperger’sfeel less stressed and more comfortablesocially,” says Hillier. Seven studentvolunteers from music education andpsychology helped implement thesessions, which featured music-listening exercises and technology-basedcreation activities. The programconcluded with an exercise in whichparticipants created and starred intheir own videos, complete withmusic, which they shared with familyand friends in a standing-roomonly celebration.Volunteers and participants in the “SoundScapes” music intervention program for peoplewith Asperger’s SyndromeGreenway Development Chronicles History of the Concord RiverIn 1839, Henry David Thoreau and his brother boated on the Concord River,but when they reached Lowell, they took the Middlesex Canal to avoid the city.“We did not care to loiter in this part of our voyage,” said Thoreau, put off by theindustrialized section of the waterway.Soon, thanks to the efforts of the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust (LPCT),the Tsongas Center, the Lowell National Historical Parks (LNHP) and Chad Montrie,assistant professor of history, scores of others will be able to enjoy access to a greenwayChad Montriedeveloped on the banks of the last two miles of the historic river. The LPCT is collaborating with supporters to create an accessible, welcoming place to connect the city’s major public spaces, includingShedd and Rogers parks, and the collection of walkways developed by the Lowell National Historical Parks.Montrie sees the development of the greenway as an opportunity to chronicle the river’s significant social, economicand environmental history. Recently, he received one of six awards from the University Research & Scholarship Fundto support his efforts on the project.“My goal is to create an outdoor classroom — primarily for students in grades 7 through 10 — where the relevanceof the river is easily demonstrated,” says Montrie, who is working with the LPCT, the Tsongas Center and the LNHPto develop resources to create an outdoor classroom complete with a documentary film, adaptable walking tour andwebsite ( LOWELL MAGAZINESUMMER 20083

CampusNewsTripathy Symposium Participants DiscussLatest in Materials ScienceAsst. Prof. Li Xu of the Computer Science Departmentand doctoral candidate Zhi Yang are developing theprototype Sustainability Dashboard for tracking progresson campus composting.Student and Adviser Win EPA Grantfor Tracking ProjectDoctoral candidate Zhi Yang and his adviser,Asst. Prof. Li Xu of the Computer Science Department, are leading a team of faculty and students indesigning interactive software that tracks social,economic and environmental progress onsustainability projects.They won funding last fall for the project from theP3 program of the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) to develop what is called a SustainableProject Dashboard.The EPA’s P3 program is a national student designcompetition for sustainability focusing on “People,Prosperity, and the Planet” (P3) leading to commercial and human benefit. The 10,000 preliminaryaward is given to about fifty teams nationally, culminating in a demonstration of designs on the NationalMall in Washington, D.C., and judging by a panelof experts from the National Academies (Science,Engineering and Medicine). A few projects will beselected for full implementation grants.Janet Clark, senior associate director of theToxics Use Reduction Institute, is coordinating thedashboard project, which will track progress on thedevelopment of a campus composting project.Campus partners in the project include staff fromthe Facilities Department, the Office of Environment, Health and Safety, ARAMARK and theCenter for Family, Work and Community.Student participants are working with Assoc.Prof. Sarah Kuhn of the Regional Economic andSocial Development (RESD) Department, Asst.Prof. Rick Hochberg of the Biological SciencesDepartment and Asst. Prof. Thomas Sloan in theCollege of Management.4UMASS LOWELL MAGAZINESUMMER 2008The Sukant Tripathy Annual Memorial Symposium, held inmemory of the late professor, brought together researchers,associates and students to discuss the latest advances in materialsscience. They are, from left, Dr. Merrill Cohen of Chemco Consulting Inc.; Chancellor Marty Meehan; Dr. Lynne Samuelson of theU.S. Army Natick Soldier RDEC; Dr. Susan Thomson-Tripathy;Prof. Jayant Kumar of the Center for Advanced Materials andDr. Ashok Cholli of Polnox Corp.Survey Finds Nanotech CompaniesWant Safety RoadmapUMass Lowell researchers have conducted a new survey ofNew England-based nanotechnology companies, yieldinginformation that can guide federal agencies and regulators.The objective of the survey, funded by the Woodrow WilsonInternational Center for Scholars and The Pew CharitableTrusts, was to discover how firms in almost every sector of theeconomy address the possible environmental, health and safety(EHS) impacts of new nanoscale materials and products.The survey found that these firms lack a clear roadmap ofgovernment EHS expectations and regulations for successfulcommercialization, as well as the information needed to meetthose expectations.Prof. Margaret Quinn of the Work Environment Departmentand doctoral candidate John Lindberg authored the report,drawn from an online survey distributed to one hundred andeighty managers from nanotechnology firms in the Northeast.The survey indicates that as nanotech industrial and consumerapplications enter the market, U.S. companies need more information and guidance to manage risks effectively.Lindberg and Quinn found that 80 percent of large firms weretaking steps to manage nanotechnology EHS risks, compared toonly 33 percent of small and micro companies.“Many smaller firms recognize the need to address risksproactively, but few have the resources to do so,” Lindberg says.

CampusNewsColleges - EducationColleges - EngineeringTsongas Center RangerDonates 37,500 to‘Place I Wanted toSupport’Working for the Tsongas IndustrialHistory Center for the past 20 yearshas taught National Park RangerRick Smith a great deal about theway museums work. One truism helearned is that if an institution reliestoo heavily on state and federal grants,it risks financial instability.This inside knowledge inspired him,along with his wife, Martha, to make a 37,500 donation to the TsongasCenter to establisha discretionaryendowment fundfor the center’sdirector. Thisunrestricted fund,which includes amatch from astate endowmentenhancementprogram, providesPark ranger Rick Smiththe director withadditional funds, outside of grantmoney, to spend on the Center’spriorities.He’s hoping his gift will be theinspiration for others.“I am very passionate about theCenter. I have spent my wholeprofessional career working here, andwhen I had to opportunity to make agift, I knew this was the place I wantedto support,” says Smith. “I’m hopingthis sets an example for others.”The Tsongas Center is a partnershipbetween the University of Massachusetts Lowell Graduate Schoolof Education and Lowell NationalHistorical Park, which each provide aportion of the funding and staff tooperate the Center.Nypro Inc. presented a 250,000 check to UMass Lowell during the Global TechnicalConference. Taking part in the presentation were, from left, Nypro Engineering Vice President Greg Adams, Nypro President and CEO Ted Lapres, Chancellor Marty Meehan, NyproTechnology Director Michael McGee, Prof. Robert Malloy and Engineering Dean John Ting.Nypro’s 250,000 Gift Supports Scholarships,Research and Scholar InternsPlastic materials and products are an integral part of modern society.From toys, appliances and food and beverage containers to cars, medicaldevices and bullet-proof vests, plastics make our daily lives easier, safer andmore convenient.To showcase the latest advances in the field of plastics research and manufacturing, Nypro Inc. will be conducting a Global Technical Conference each year.UMass Lowell’s Department of Plastics Engineering hosted the first such meeting this academic year at Wannalancit Mills. The four-day event attractedabout one hundred participants and highlighted programs geared towardtransforming new ideas from the drawing board to the marketplace.Clinton-based Nypro is a leading custom plastics molder, with operations inseventeen countries. The company has been collaborating with UMass Lowellfor more than two decades, working with its faculty and students on productinception and commercialization. Nypro’s modern Precision Injection MoldingLaboratory is sited at the Plastics Engineering Department.To underscore the company’s long-term commitment to the University,Nypro President and CEO Ted Lapres presented a 250,000 check to Chancellor Marty Meehan. The amount will be used to provide scholarships to plasticsengineering majors, to support research at the department’s labs and theCenter for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing and to assist three College ofEngineering scholar interns.“We chose the University of Massachusetts Lowell for this conferencebecause it is one of the world’s leading plastics universities,” says Lapres.“Nypro wanted to focus on technology, especially ‘green’ plastics andnanomanufacturing, two areas of significant advancement in the last few years,”says department Chair Robert Malloy. “The people at Nypro recognizeUMass Lowell as a leader in these areas.”UMASS LOWELL MAGAZINESUMMER 20085

CampusNewsM2D2 Receives 4.5 Million in State Fundingto Support Its Mission of Helping EntrepreneursThe MassachusettsMedical Device Development Center (M2D2),which helps entrepreneursmove ideas from patentsto production, has received 4.5 million in statefunding to help supportits mission.In a news conferenceheld in WannalancitMill in late February, Gov. Chancellor Marty Meehan, right, welcomed to campus,from left, UMass President Jack Wilson; State Sen. StevenDeval Patrick announced Panagiotakos, chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee;that the Center — aand Gov. Deval Patrick. The governor announced a 4 millionstate grant for the advancement of medical device developmentUMass Lowell, UMassin the Commonwealth.Worcester partnership —Panagiotakos, who said that he and thewas receiving 4 million to help spurgovernor were “committed to boostinggrowth of the life sciences industry.this sector of the life sciences superTwo months earlier, theclusterthat can lead to jobs,John Adams Innovation Instituteandnewstate revenue, quickly.”of the Massachusetts TechnologyCollaborative had announced a 500,000 grant to M2D2.In announcing the most recentaward, Patrick said Massachusetts is aworld leader in life sciences and hasa “super cluster” of medical devicecompanies, but that these companiesface diminished venture capital supportin the early stages.“We must not assume becausewe have it today we will have it inthe future,” he said. The cost ofinaction is too high.”The 4 million funding comes from abond authorization approved earlier bythe legislature.UMass President Jack Wilson said,“M2D2 is a stellar example of theUniversity of Massachusetts’ role andexample of the success we can createwhen we bring education, business andgovernment together.”Also taking part in the newsconference was State Sen. Steven C.6UMASS LOWELL MAGAZINESpeaking on the occasion of the JohnAdams grant announcement, Prof.Steve McCarthy of the Plastics Engineering Department, a co-director ofM2D2, said many small medical devicecompanies with promising innovationsface a major obstacle as they search forfunding. With venture capital gettingharder to obtain, entrepreneurs needhelp to develop their patented ideasinto prototypes for federal review andto interest investors.McCarthy said M2D2 will supportup to eleven start-up companies eachyear with product evaluation, businessadvice and product prototyping,leveraging the state funds.“We have tested our concept — thatM2D2 can help inventors of new medical devices secure additional funding todevelop their ideas. The new statefunds will put M2D2 on the fast track,directly assisting companies withproduct prototyping and testing.”SUMMER 2008Chen and Gu StudyIndustrial Safety ofNanoheatersWhile the potential explosionhazards of micron- and submicron-size particles in coal mines,in the food and pharmaceuticalindustries and in powder-processing facilities are well known,safety guidelines do not exist fordealing with nano- (billionthof-a-meter-) size particles. TwoUMass Lowell engineering professors are tackling this issue aspart of an international researchcollaboration.Profs. Julie Chen of the Department of Mechanical Engineeringand Zhiyong Gu of the Department of Chemical Engineeringhope to better understand andmitigate the risk of accidental fireor explosion during the processing, handling and transportationof nanoscale particles, wires, fibersand films. Their co-researchersinclude Teiichi Ando of Northeastern University, Peter Wongof Tufts University and HarisDoumanidis and Claus Rebholzof the University of Cyprus. TheU.S. group’s research project isfunded by a 589,775 grant fromthe National Science Foundation.Their study focuses on“nanoheaters,” compositestructures of exothermicallyreactive (heat-giving) materialsarranged in various geometriesthat provide heat in acontrolled manner.

CampusNewsStudents Create Toys forLocal Zoos’ Big CatsColleges - HealthThe “big cats” at Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zooin Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham are playing withmore than balls of yarn these days, thanks to a group ofUML freshman engineering students.Nearly four hundred students participated in a collaborative service-learning project with Zoo New England as partof the University’s Introduction to Engineering course,taught by Prof. David Kazmer and Dr. Stephen Johnston ofthe UML’s Department of Plastics Engineering. The project required students to develop safe, innovative enrichment devices that would encourage the cats to interactwith their environment in ways similar to how they wouldin the wild.The teams demonstrated their finished projects to University faculty, staff, administrators and officials of ZooNew England in December. The more than 30 projectsturned over to the zoo ranged from simple devices suchas a large, hard-plastic ball mounted on a spring to morecomplex setups such as an artificial rain machine. The students incorporated treats, exotic sounds and scents, fog,soap bubbles, streams of water and various physical shapesand textures into their designs to stimulate the cats’ senses.“Overall, I was overwhelmed by the results of thiscollaboration,” said John Linehan, president and CEOof Zoo New England. “Some of the concepts displayedincredible creativity.”“The students had abudget of only 10 perperson,” Kazmer says,“and many of the bestprojects relied heavilyon free or donatedmaterials, such aslogs, scrap metal andused drums.”Student Joseph Fournierdemonstrates the “Ball ona Spring” device that heand classmate LouayAyoub created for thezoos’ big cats.Nursing faculty and state officials at the grant announcements forreducing racial and ethnic health disparities were, from left,Asst. Prof. Lisa Abdallah; John Auerbach, commissioner of theDepartment of Public Health; Prof. Karen Melillo; Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health andHuman Services and Assoc. Prof. Jacqueline Dowling.Project Encourages Minorities andDisadvantaged to Consider NursingCareersDespite the nationwide shortage of nurses, minoritiesand the economically disadvantaged are under-representedin the profession — depriving individuals of excellentjob opportunities and the public of critically neededtrained nurses.Nursing faculty in the School of Health and Environment aim to change that equation with the help of a newgrant program from the Executive Office of Health andHuman Services in the Massachusetts Department ofPublic Health. The three-year grant awards nearly 183,000 to the project.The project — “Bring Diversity to Nursing” — hasthe goal of recruiting under-represented minority anddisadvantaged students, both male and female, to nursingthrough workshops to increase interest in and awareness ofnursing careers.The funded work is based on a pilot program of summerworkshops created by Asst. Profs. Lisa Abdallah andMargaret Knight and delivered to middle and high schoolstudents in Lawrence and Lowell.With funding through June 2010, the expanded programwill include summer and after-school programs for middleand high school students, and nursing career workshops.Offerings will be coordinated with the Graduate School ofEducation College Prep program, the Lowell and Lawrencehigh schools and the Lawrence YMCA Teen AchieversProgram. Prof. Karen Melillo, chair of the NursingDepartment, is the principal investigator.UMASS LOWELL MAGAZINESUMMER 20087

CampusNewsPediatric Patients Benefit from UML Health-Care StudyThe findings of a two-year, EPA-funded UMass Lowell study thatexamined the relationship between environment and health so asto improve diagnoses and prevention methods for children werepresented at a public health meeting in Washington.Steve Cannon, project coordinator, and Assoc. Prof. ConnieSeymour of the Physical Therapy Department in the School ofHealth and Environment, meet with graduate students, fromleft, Sarah Smulligan, Melissa Graves and Sheena Stone. Thestudents volunteer as advocates in the HELP program for thefrail elderly living on their own.Students Intervene with Elders at Risk“Frequent flyer” has a special definition among thosewho work with at-risk elderly. These are the patientswho are unable to maintain their health status outsidea hospital and become part of the re

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