Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III to Tour UMass Amherst Science Facilities


DATE:       Monday, March 3

TIME:       12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

PLACE:    University of Massachusetts Amherst

                          Life Sciences Laboratory, 240 Thatcher Road

                          Integrated Sciences Building, 661 North Pleasant St.


Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, chairman of Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s STEM Advisory Council, will tour the recently completed University of Massachusetts Amherst Life Science Laboratory and Integrated Sciences Building and take part in discussions concerning the university’s STEM Diversity Institute and its Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program.

The STEM Diversity Institute promotes the diversification of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; iCons is an interdisciplinary science program that brings together undergraduate students majoring in science and engineering to solve real world problems. 

12:45 p.m.: UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and other senior officials greet Congressman Kennedy at the Life Sciences Laboratory and begin the tour and discussion of the STEM Diversity Institute.

1 - 1:15: (Life Sciences Laboratory, Phase I, Second Floor) Meet with Professor Sandra Petersen, executive director of the STEM Diversity Institute and professor of veterinary and animal sciences.

1:15 - 1:35: (Life Sciences Laboratory, Phase I, Fourth Floor) meet with Professor Christopher Salthouse, electrical and computer engineering, about the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring, an interdisciplinary research, training and technology development center in wearable sensor systems for personalized health monitoring.

1:40 - 2 (Integrated Sciences Building, Room 145) Roundtable discussion with Congressman Kennedy, Subbaswamy, Professor Scott Auerbach and iCons students about the experience of interacting with other disciplines.

2 - 2:15: Press availability. 


Contact: Ed Blaguszewski, 413/545-0444,

                Emily Browne, 617/332-3333,