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UMass" I want to get my degree so I canbecome a teacher and somedaycoach a team of my own."MARIETTE GUILLAUME ‘06Psychology Major, UMass Lowell Women’sBasketball Team MemberMAGAZINESPRING 2005VOLUME 8NUMBER 2The Lowell Fund—created by generous contributionsfrom alumni like you—helps students like Mariette focuson their studies rather than how they will pay forGreen Chemistrycollege. A strong Lowell Fund ensures UMass Lowell willcontinue to provide scholarships to the best and brighteststudents, recruit exceptional scholars and researchers toour faculty, purchase necessary lab equipment and educational materials, and support academic programs andactivities.Designing Toxics-Free ProductsTo make your gift, use the envelope enclosed in thismagazine. For more information on ways of giving tothe Lowell Fund, please call 978-934-4808.THE LOWELL FUND: WHERE GIVING WORKSNonprofit OrgUS Postage PaidPermit 219Burl., VT. 05401Office of Alumni RelationsWannalancit Mills Complex600 Suffolk StreetLowell, MA 01854-3629Page 12Change Service Requested

Calendar of EventsDear Alumni, Parents and Friends:In the past issues of this magazine we have shared with you new developments on advances being madeMay 2615th Annual UML Golf TournamentSky Meadow Country Club, Nashua, N.H.October 14-15Fall Festival/Reunions/Homecoming 2005Classes of 1955, 1965 and 1980June 5Commencement CeremonyTsongas ArenaOctober 14-15June 23UMass Lowell Night at the SpinnersBallgameLeLacheur ParkFor tickets, contact the Spinners ticket office at978-459-1702 or visit www.lowellspinners.comSound Recording TechnologyAll Class ReunionIf you would like to participate as a presenter,panelist, mentor or in the planning process,please e-mail William Carman@uml.eduNovember 5Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Awards DinnerAmerican Textile History Museum, Lowellby our faculty in nanotechnology, especially in the area of nanomanufacturing, the scale-up process that has verysignificant potential for the technology sector of the Massachusetts economy. Another scientificfrontier upon which the Lowell campus has distinguished itself is that of green chemistry. Simply put, thegoals of those practicing green chemistry are to reduce or eliminate the use orgeneration of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture, and application ofchemical products.Our campus is fortunate to have green chemistry’s leading academic voice inDr. John Warner. In 1998, he co-authored the core text in the field, Green Chemistry:Theory and Practice. His work meshes well with UMass Lowell’s commitment tosustainability, particularly in the integration of economic, environmental and healthissues. The indicators within industry regarding green chemistry are encouraging.USA Today reported that green chemistry “has gone from a blackboard conjectureto a multimillion dollar business in 15 years.” To compete worldwide, especially inSeptember 22Annual Circle of Distinction,Donor Recognition ReceptionAmerican Textile History Museum, LowellFor more information on these and otherFor more information on Athletics, goFor information and reservations onalumni activities, please check ourAlumni Web site or call theOffice of Alumni Relations toll free(877) UML-ALUM or or call978-934-2310.the SMARTS Program, please call978-934-4452.For information and reservations on theInterested in subscribing toThe Connector, UML’s student newspaper?Please call (978) 934-5009 or e-mail yourrequest to connector@uml.eduFamily Discovery Series, please call theCenter for the Arts at (978) 934-4444.Hours: M-F 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and onehour before shows.European markets, industry is looking for cleaner and more superior technologies,ones that will prevent the generation of pollution from the start.Green chemistry is one aspect of our holistic outlook concerning the linksamong personal health, safe workplaces and a high quality environment. Across thecampus, faculty are involved in research projects and partnerships. The MassachusettsToxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) on the Lowell campus is in the forefront of statewide efforts. Since 1990,TURI has worked with more than 700 firms in the state to identify ways to reduce toxic chemical use, waste andemissions. The core group of firms filing annually in accordance with the state’s Toxics Use Reduction Actdecreased its toxic chemical use by more than 40 percent since 1990. TURI’s work is a key element of ourmission to assist sustainable development in the region and beyond.In all these endeavors, UMass Lowell needs the generous support of its alumni and friends. We areserious, enthusiastic and optimistic about the prospects for a high quality of life for this generation and those tocome. Please join us in meeting the challenges and achieving our common goals.William T. HoganChancellorCome back to campus to reconnect with your alma mater!Reminisce with your friends and classmates, create somenew memories, visit your old haunts and see the fabulouschanges to campus facilities.Fall Festival 0‘ 5October 14-15, 2005Reunions for 1955 (50th) Lowell Tech and StateTeachers, 1965 (40th) Mass State College at Lowelland Lowell Tech, 1980 (25th) University of LowellSome highlights include:Golden Alumni ReceptionCampus ToursMill and Canal ToursClass Reunion DinnersWe have reserved a block of rooms at the Doubletree Hotelin Lowell for 82 plus tax per room per night. Make your reservations as soon as possible (no later than September 10th) by calling978-452-1200. You must identify yourself as a UMass Lowell alumnus/a to receive the group rate.For more information, call the Office ofPrograms and Alumni Services, toll free1-877-UML-ALUM or e-mail us atalumni

We WantNewsAboutYou!Table of ContentsWrite to us using this form with news about your family, career or hobbies.If you send us a photo we will gladly include it and return it to you after itappears. This form may also be used for updating a new business orhome address or phone number.Be sure to give us your e-mail address so you can receive our e-newsletter.S P R I N G Spring 2005Volume 8, Number 2Campus News Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 The UMass Lowell AlumniMagazine is published by:Publications OfficeUniversity of Massachusetts LowellOne University AvenueLowell, MA 01854Tel. (978) 934-3223e-mail: Marylou Executive Vice ChancellorDr. Frederick P. SperounisFaculty in the News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19Executive Director ofCommunications and MarketingChristine DunlapClass Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29Name:Women: Please include your graduation name.Class Year: Major: Home Address: City:State: Zip:Home Phone:E-mail Address:Employer:Title:Please send to:UMass LowellOffice of Alumni RelationsWannalancit Mills Complex600 Suffolk St.Lowell, MA 01854-3629Fax: (978) 934-3111E-mail: Alumni Business Address: City:State: Zip:Business Phone: Fax:What topics would you enjoy reading more about— Alumni, Students, Faculty, Campus?News about you: Executive Director ofUniversity AdvancementMatthew EynonDirector of Programsand Alumni ServicesDiane EarlAssociate DirectorDeme GysDirector of Publications and EditorMary Lou HubbellStaff WritersGeoffrey DouglasPaul Marion ’76Jack McDonoughMatthew MillerContributing WritersRenae Lias ClaffeyBob EllisElizabeth JamesElaine KeoughKen LyonsPatti McCaffertySandra SeitzRick SherburneDesignShilale DesignPlease check the activities with which you wouldlike to help: Alumni Relations Council College/Departmental Activities Regional Events Regional Chapters Career Services Class Reunions2 0 0 5V O L U M E8N U M B E R2Pleasecheck box ifinformationis new.The University of MassachusettsLowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX, H/V,ADA 1990 Employer.Page 12Arts & Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6Outlook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10Page 34Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11Alumni Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22Cover Story121517Green ChemistryDesigning Toxics-Free ProductsTURI, Green Chemistry,Put UMass Lowell in theVanguard in U.S.UML Strives to Become theCountry’s ‘Greenest’ CampusFeature Stories2033Page 17Turning 25: CommunitySocial Psychology at UMLUniversity LaunchesJack and Stella KerouacCenter for AmericanStudiesCampus Athletics2627UML Hockey Takes aStep Toward the FuturePage 26Page 36Moragne NamedAll AmericaFace of Philanthropy36Lowell Tech Alumnus, an Industry Pioneer,Will Fund Plastics Scholarships as aMeans of ‘Giving Back’ Community Service Please send me a copy of the latest Lowell Alumni Handbook,which includes information on all alumni benefits, services and activities.40 U M A S S L O W E L L M A G A Z I N E S P R I N G 2 0 0 5Thank you!Lowell 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 MAGAZINESPRING 20051

CampusNewsColleges - Arts and SciencesSherwood’s Pitch: WorldSeries Balls Hit the TargetOne could say that MechanicalEngineering Prof. James Sherwood hadhis fingerprints on all the baseballspitched in the last World Series.As director of the University’s Baseball Research Center, Sherwood testedthe balls for liveliness and hardness atthe request of Major League Baseballand the manufacturer, Rawlings. Theverification was initiated to avoid therepeat of claims in 2002 that baseballsin that Series were harder than thoseused in the regular season.The process involves using thecenter’s specialized machinery tosqueeze and dissect the balls, thencollecting and analyzing the data.“We take it apart layer by layer andmeasure the size and shape to makesure it conforms to Major League Baseball’s specifications,” Sherwood said.The verdict: the 2004 World Seriesballs were created by Rawlings in theexact image of their regular seasoncounterparts.CampusNewsUniversity Awarded 323,000 in DOE GrantsThe Department of Energy (DOE)has awarded UMass Lowell 323,000in several grants to researchers in theRadiation Laboratory, the RadiologicalScience Program and the NuclearEngineering Program.The grants were part of a largerpackage that included researchers atMIT for work “to support nuclearenergy technology education andinfrastructure.”Profs. John White of ChemicalEngineering and Gunter Kegel ofPhysics, and two members of the Radiation Laboratory – Reactor EngineerThomas Regan and Reactor SupervisorLeo Bobek – received a 103,000 grantfrom the DOE Nuclear Engineeringand Education Research program for aninvestigation of radiation energy conversion in photocatalytic materials.Chem Department Getsan ‘A’ from AlumsFor science majors, they had a lotto say.They reminisced about favoritefaculty and difficult labs.They reported on doctoral degrees,professorships and jobs in industry.They commented on coursework,applauded improvements and suggestednew curricula.As director of the Baseball ResearchCenter, Prof. James Sherwood tested theballs used in the World Series for MajorLeague Baseball and Rawlings.2UMASS LOWELL MAGAZINE SPRING 2005An alumni survey went out toChemistry Department graduates fromthe past 35 years, and more than200 responded—many with extensivecomments or attached letters. Alumswere asked to rate their overallexperience at the University, theireducation in chemistry, preparation foremployment compared to peers andpreparation for graduate school. Theywere also asked to pick the two mostpositive factors from faculty, courses,labs or faculty advising.little thing in the world,” said StateSen. Steven C. Panagiotakos of Lowell,who played a key role in securing university research funding. “A lot of timeswe work on legislation and we neverget to see its impact locally. Here,they’re going to try to commercializethe research — and that’s where thejobs are.”Department Chairman Gene Barrywas most gratified with the level ofresponse and the survey results.“About 46 percent gave the highestpossible ranking to their overall experience in chemistry,” says Barry.Many wrote about specific classes,like this one to Barry: “I was a sophomore when you first came to Lowell.I was in your first analytical class andwas often late, since it was first thingMonday mornings. Of all the coursesthat I took, your course uniquely prepared me for industry and I will evensay was solely responsible for severaljob offers when I graduated.”Or this one: “I was fortunate to haveDoc Scattergood as my mentor—thatwas a once in a lifetime opportunity. Itmade all the difference in my career.Profs. James and Bechler, Isaacs andLamprey were also wonderful faculty.”Several transfer students valued theclose contact with faculty at UML.After being one of hundreds sitting inclasses at another university, this alumwrote about UML, “I cannot think of abetter choice in undergraduate or graduate training and interaction.”Colleges - EngineeringState Awards 5 Millionfor Center of Excellence inNanomanufacturingThe Massachusetts TechnologyCollaborative (MTC) has granted itsfirst award for university-based technology research — 5 million to UMassLowell for a Center of Excellence inNanomanufacturing.“This is just the kind of strategicinvestment we intend to make. Thisis the model,” said Mitchell Adams,executive director of MTC, at a pressconference announcing the award.Initial funds will be used to hiresomeone to work with industry, pur-UMass Lowell researcher Prof. Julie Chen, second from right, and Chancellor William T. Hogan,left, receive a 5 million check for a nanomanufacturing Center of Excellence. They are joinedby, from left, State Reps. David Nangle and Thomas Golden; Mitchell Adams, MTC executivedirector; State Sen. Steven C. Panagiotakos; and Lowell Mayor Armand equipment, fund student projects,and to work with the Museum of Science in Boston on an educationalmuseum component. Additional funding, up to the 5 million total, willarrive from the state as matching fundsflow in for the project. Already, theNSF has awarded a five-year 12.4million NSF grant to UMass Lowell,Northeastern University and theUniversity of New Hampshire fornanomanufacturing, “We’re veryexcited,” said Prof. Julie Chen, leadresearcher on the nanomanufacturingteam. “We see this Center of Excellence as a way to bring together whatwe need to make things happen.”Assoc. Profs. Carol Barry and JoeyMead round out the team.“We’re here to talk about the biggestRaytheon Makes Gift to Mechanical EngineeringThe machine shop in the Mechanical Engineering Department will be upgradedthanks to a 10,000 gift from Raytheon Company. Mark Russell, right, vice president of engineering for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, presents the checkto John McKelliget, chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department, joined byMichael Kizner, program manager of Raytheon’s International Integrated AirDefense. The gift is thelatest in Raytheon’s support for engineering programs, which this yearincludes 30,000 toteacher training forDesignCamp; 10,000unrestricted to the College; and 10,000 to theElectrical and ComputerEngineering Departmentfor its microwave lab,along with 100,000 inmicrowave equipment.“Development of nanomanufacturingprocesses has the highest potential todrive significant commercial activity inMassachusetts,” said ChancellorWilliam T. Hogan.Other members of the Lowell legislative delegation, Lowell Mayor ArmandMercier, and other state and regionalofficials also joined Chancellor WilliamT. Hogan and other campus representatives at the announcement.Water Gravity AnythingElse [Random Teams] Small Light On and Off Seven Winners of RubeGoldberg CompetitionSay “Rube Goldberg” and almosteveryone knows what you mean,although the master cartoonist himselfdied more than 30 years ago.Goldberg drew a series of wacky“inventions” that used the most convoluted and absurd methods to completesimple tasks. He described his cartoonsas symbols of man’s capacity for exerting maximum effort to accomplishminimal results.Rube Goldberg’s roundaboutapproach to problem solving recentlyinspired some remarkable inventions,created by UMass Lowell freshmanengineering students. Seven arenow on permanent display in theTsongas Industrial History Center’sinventions lab.“I set the students an open-endedproblem to turn a small light on andoff,” says Plastics Engineering Assoc.UMASS LOWELL MAGAZINESPRING 20053

CampusNewsCampusNewsGrammar ‘Curmudgeon’Robert Fiske Is NewWriting Workshop DirectorRobert Fiske, publisher of a widelyread Web-based magazine on the stateof the English language, became thenew director of Technical WritingWorkshops in the College of Engineering this academic year.A former development editor forthe college division of Addison-WesleyPublishing Co., he has, for thelast 16 years, owned VocabulaCommunications Co., an editing andwriting service.Jason Galda and teammate Matt Durette (notpictured) created this contraption to turn asmall light on and off. Behind Jason is one ofthe posters created by Plastics EngineeringProf. David Kazmer to explain the engineering design process.Prof. David Kazmer, who teaches theIntroduction to Engineering course toabout 200 students. “I assigned them torandom teams, because that’s the wayyou work in industry.”Kazmer saw the project as an opportunity for students to apply the engineering principles they are learning,to be creative and have some fun.The project also is part of ServiceLearning at the college, since theinventions were created for acommunity client.Beverly Perna, museum educationspecialist at the Center, is delightedwith the display of inventions.“Teachers demonstrate them to thestudents in the Invention Factoryprogram,” she says. “Here we haveseven different approaches to the sameproblem. It brings the engineeringdesign process to life and remindspeople that UMass Lowell has afamous engineering school.”4 UMASS LOWELL MAGAZINE SPRING 2005For the last five years, he also hasedited and published The VocabulaReview on-line ( has written andpublished fourbooks—the mostrecent beingThe Dictionary ofDisagreeable English,A Curmudgeon’sCompendium ofExcruciatinglyCorrect Grammar.Robert FiskeIn succeeding LenMeuse as director of the workshops,Fiske’s main responsibility will bethe supervision of the students’ reportwriting process.“I plan to make some changes in theway the program works,” Fiske says. “Ithink the focus should be less on whatthe workshop is about than on how towrite well.”His idea is to offer a lecture on theworkshop, another on concise writing,and two on grammar.He said he also plans to vary the format in which students must write theirreports, instead of using the single format that has been the standard becauseit was considered typical of what thestudents would later encounter inindustry. Report formats vary fromcompany to company and industry toindustry, he says.Campus - HealthSeminar SeriesExplores Environment—Health LinksWhy is it that the city preschoolasthma rate of 13 to 18 percent is double the rate for non-urban preschoolers? Why is it that low-income women’schildren show biomarkers for certainchemicals? Are these health care issues,environmental issues or both?As UMass Lowell researchers in bothareas have come together in the newSchool of Health and Environment,Asst. Prof. Joel Tickner of the Department of Community Health andSustainability has set out to explorethe links in an Environmental Healthseminar series.Six faculty associated with theSchool, with the Center for Sustainable Production, and with the Centerfor Family, Work and Community, havepresented their findings of the researchto date. Among them: Lowell’s ethnic communitiespresent challenges for educationaloutreach efforts, and innovativeefforts for asthma and other healtheducation must be devised; UMass Lowell’s students have highrates of depression among those withasthma; It looks as if there is no linkbetween vaccinations and asthma.Studies are beginning, as well, onthe links between chronic disease andenvironmental exposure and on endotoxins and childhood asthma.Growing Shortage MeansEven Greater CareerOpportunities in the Lab 2M SHARRP GrantTakes Aim at Home HealthCare HazardsA popular television series, of allthings, is raising awareness of andinterest in a health field career thatoffers great opportunities but is in desperate need of new practitioners.With the potential of spreading HIVor hepatitis, needlestick injuries canno longer be shrugged off by healthcare workers as “part of the job.” Andwith the number of Massachusettshome health care workers expected tonearly double between 2000 and 2008,School of Health and Environmentresearchers believe the time is now toget a handle on their job-related risksfrom such injuries.Thanks to CSI (and its spin-offs,CSI-Miami and CSI-NY), potentialstudents have become acquainted withthe work of medical technologists.“There has been a shortage of medical technologists for at least the lastthree or four years. At the very least,it’s equivalent to the shortage innursing,” says Prof. Kay Doyle, chairof the Department of ClinicalLaboratory and Nutritional Sciences.“We’ve done a lot of recruitmenthere at the University. We have it inthe catalog, we have a great Web site,we have brochures.“One of the things that has helpedus recently is CSI because it’s aboutthe laboratory. It’s forensics—andforensics is a division of laboratorymedicine.”Doyle says more than 70 percent ofthe current lab force is over the age of40 and the majority is nearing retirement age.The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)agrees, and has awarded a team led byProf. Margaret Quinn 2 million overfour years to investigate, and helpsolve, the problem.Named Project SHARRP—SafeHomecare and Risk Reduction forProviders, the grant was one of fourawarded nationwide.The funds will be used to researchthe number of injuries, identify riskfactors, and develop tracking and analyzing systems—all to develop prevention methods to improve the wayhome health care is delivered and toattract practitioners to the field.UMass Lowell will partner withindustry, labor and state governmentto reach home health care workersthroughout eastern and centralMassachusetts.“By forming diverse partnershipswithin our community and by combining scientific research with education,we’ll be able to help the growingpopulation of home health careproviders lead safer, healthier andmore productive lives,” says Quinn.The research team includes Prof.Stephanie Chalupka of the Department of Nursing, Assoc. Prof. DavidKriebel of the Department of WorkEnvironment and Letitia Davis,director of the OccupationalHealth Surveillance Program at theMassachusetts Department of PublicHealth (DPH).“This puts together two projectswithin the School of Health and Environment—Healthy Hospitals andHealthy Homes,” says the School’sDean, David Wegman. “Here we seethe marriage of this in a way that identifies where we go in the future. We’llbe able to advance safety and quality ofwork life in the fast-growing homeMassachusetts, which used to have15 to 20 medical technology programs,is now down to four, according toDoyle. The only institutions offeringthe programs now are UMass Lowell,UMass Dartmouth, NortheasternUniversity and the Brookshire MedicalCenter in Pittsfield.UMass Lowell graduates 10 to 15students each year in the medicaltechnology option of Clinical LabSciences, but, says Doyle, “We haveroom for more.” She urges anyoneinterested in learning more aboutthe program to contact her formore information.SHARRP research team members, taking part in a kickoff meeting for its program to trackand prevent injuries in the home health care industry, are from left, Catherine Galligan,project manager; Provost John Wooding; Prof. Margaret Quinn; School of Health andEnvironment Dean David Wegman; Prof. Stephanie Chalupka; and Letitia Davis of theMassachusetts Department of Public Health.UMASS LOWELL MAGAZINESPRING 20055

CampusNewsCampusNewshealth care industry, thus helping toreduce the shortage of these professionals.”medium (face to face or via internet)had the most significant impact on avariety of measurement scales.out projects that involve multiple locations. Vital as they are, they are notwithout their problems.Provost John Wooding says,“AtUMass Lowell, we want to help theeconomy thrive, not just by addingjobs, but by making sure they arejobs people want to have. That’swhat a sustainable economic futureis all about.”Based on his findings, Kraten contends that individuals negotiatingagainst more powerful adversariesshould avoid internet-based communication media and should try to engagein face to face haggling instead. On theother hand, negotiators in a powerposition should wait out initial aggressiveness, secure in the knowledge thatthis tactic should backfire for negotiators in weak positions.“The biggest problem with virtualteams is that it is more difficult to communicate in the way we’re accustomedto,” says Weber. “Social cues that wetake for granted and which are so vitalfor communicating, such as eye contact, humor, tone, gestures, and all theother non-verbals are often lostthrough mediums such as e-mail andinstant messaging.”Campus - ManagementGames Used to StudyGlobal HagglingMichael Kraten, an assistant professor in the College of Management, hasconducted complex simulated negotiation “games” to teach negotiation skillsand to more accurately predict negotiation outcomes in a business setting.Kraten uses advanced internet-basedcommunication technologies toconduct these simulations with hundreds of business professionals aroundthe globe.“By analyzing the statistical resultsof these activities, I can put the latestacademic theories to the test,” saysKraten. “Then we can modify thesetheories to really reflect the realities ofthe business world.”Kraten had over 400 business professionals pair up and negotiate a laboroutsourcing agreement for a simulatedfirm with two divisions.Half of them were permitted tohaggle face to face. The other halfwere required to use a proprietaryinternet-based price bid/ask system thatwas designed to accept and transmitnumbers only.Contrary to expectations, personalityfactors had little or no impact on finalnegotiated outcomes. Nor did emotionality have much impact. Rather, Kratenfound that the negotiators’ levels of“comfort” with the communication6 UMASS LOWELL MAGAZINE SPRING 2005Campus - OutlookWeber Seeks Solutions to‘Virtual Team’ ProblemsIn a global economy where differentskills sets can become suddenly necessary at any given moment, the use ofvirtual teams collaborating around theworld through the latest in computermediated technology is no longer aluxury, but a necessity.However, virtual teams are notwithout drawbacks. Many may seethem as poor substitute for the age-oldconference room collaboration.College of Management Asst. Prof.Sheila Weber is conducting research tosolve the inherent problems of virtualteams.“The purpose of the study is toexamine the impact of time, task andcommunication medium on the effectiveness of computer mediated teams,”says Weber. “The study reviews theresearch on computer-mediated workteams across the psychology, management information systems and organizational behavior disciplines.”Virtual teams, regardless of field ordiscipline, are groups of people whocarry out interdependent tasks usingtechnology to communicate ratherthan traditional face-to-face contact.They are used by organizations to compensate for scarce resources or to carryO’Leary Library Makes theMove from Vinyl to DigitalO’Leary library is undertaking amassive project to convert its vinylrecord collection into a digital formatfrom which they will be transferred toa more convenient and accessibleCompact Disc format.The move was prompted both byspace needs and the educational needsof the student community. CDs have50 percent more recordable space thanan LP and are 75 percent smaller,allowing for more efficient use of spacein the library audio holdings. The CDis also a format much more familiar tostudents.library is working to move its wealth ofaudio archives from a relatively archaicand potentially problematic format toone that serves the larger needs of awider audience.“The old analog record is arguably amore technically accurate format forthe storage of audio than its digitalcounterpart,” says Thibodeau. “But thefact remains that the popularity andprevalence of records has waned to thepoint where they have little to offer interms of practical use.”Campus - OutreachUML Helps ‘Laptopsfor Lowell’UMass Lowell has joined a city-wideeffort to increase scholarship at LowellHigh School by donating laptops tostudents who demonstrate near-perfectattendance in their senior year. Theinitiative reflects a nationwide concern with dropping student attendancein urban schools.“On any given day, only 87 percentof the senior class is here,” says StateSen. and Laptops for Lowell Committee member Steve Panagiotakos. “Thishas to change and one way to encourage this change is wi

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