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Bullet Green In celebration of International Earth Day, UMMS will host the fifth annual Earth Day Festival in the Faculty Conference Room and the Medical School lobby on Thursday, April 22. For more information, contact Becky Chlapowski at 6-6713 or visit the UMMS Growing Green Web site.

Bullet Green A Conversation on Racism with Deborah Plummer, MD, vice chancellor of diversity and equal opportunity, and Tim Wise, prominent anti-racist writer and activist, will take place on Friday, April 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Amphitheatre I (S2-102). The doors open 11:30 a.m. for lunch. There will be a Public Stand at City Hall in Worcester featuring speak-outs, remarks and performances from 4 to 6 p.m. RSVP to Nellie Toney via global e-mail for lunch and the bus ride to the rally in downtown Worcester. The event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, the Lamar Soutter Library, the Women’s Faculty Committee, the Student National Medical Association, Human Resources, Commonwealth Medicine, School Services and the Professional Women’s Committee.

Bullet Green Fundamentals in Critical Care Support will be held Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30, at the Hoagland Pincus Conference Center in Shrewsbury, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 .p.m on Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday. This is a two-day comprehensive course addressing fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. It is designed for physicians, physicians-in-training, nurses and other health care providers who must care for patients during early stabilization and in anticipation of the arrival of an intensivist or specialist or pending transfer of the patient to a tertiary center. For more information and to register,  visit the Web site. Jointly sponsored by the Department of Critical Care Medicine and UMMS Office of Continuing Education.

Bullet Green The Lamar Soutter Library’s Artist in Residence Series Third Annual Student Art Show runs through Friday, April 30, on the first floor of the library. For more information, contact Nancy Harger via global e-mail.

Bullet Green The American Heart Association’s annual Central Mass Heart Walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 1, at East Park on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. UMass Medical School is a proud recipient of many of AHA’s research grants. If you are interested in joining the Medical School’s team, or starting your own team, visit http://heartwalk.kintera.org/worcesterma/umassmedicalschool. For information, contact Glady McRell at via global e-mail or ext. 6-4400.

Bullet Green The School of Medicine Class of 2013 will hold a memorial service to honor donors to the Anatomical Gift Program and their families on Saturday, May 1, at the Hoagland-Pincus Conference Center, Shrewsbury Campus. The service begins at 2 p.m.. in the amphitheater and is immediately followed by a reception. For information, call Dianne Person at ext. 6-2460.

Bullet Green A Boomer’s Midlife Guide to the New Retirement: A Seminar to Help You Plan for the Second Half of Life will be presented by Charlene L. Martin, EdD, on Monday, May 3, noon to 1 p.m. in Amphitheatre I (S2-102). Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. RSVP to Nellie Toney via global e-mail. Dr .Martin is a specialist in older adult learning and founder of Pathfinders Retirement Innovations.

Bullet Green The Art of Barry Hanshaw will be the next installment of the Lamar Soutter Library Artist in Residence series, running Monday, May 3, through Friday, June 11. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 6, at 5 p.m. on the first floor of the library. Barry Hanshaw, MD, is professor of pediatrics and former dean of the School of Medicine. The exhibit includes paintings as well as Dr. Hanshaw’s new book, The Art of Barry Hanshaw: Forty favorite works, with reflections from the artist. Proceeds from the sale of the book, available at the reception, will benefit the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center and the Hanshaw Pediatric Society.

Bullet Green Lois B. Green, MPA, instructor in graduate school of nursing and family medicine & community health, will speak about her memoir, The Last Chapter, on Wednesday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Lamar Soutter Library. Green is former chair of the UMass Memorial board and vice chair of the UMass Memorial Health Care board.

Bullet Green The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be holding its Worcester Great Strides Walk on Saturday, May 15, at UMass Medical School. Registration opens at 11 a.m. and the walk starts at noon. UMMS receives many Cystic Fibrosis Foundation research grants. If you are interested in joining the Medical School’s team, or starting your own team, visit http://www.cff.org/Great_Strides/dsp_RegistrationType.cfm. For information, contact Glady McRell via global e-mail or ext. 6-4400.

Bullet Green Beyond Hot Flashes: Identification and Treatment of Menopause-Related Symptoms in the Post-WHI Era, presented by Hadine Joffee, MD, MSc, of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, will take place on Tuesday, May 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in Amphitheatre I (S2-102). Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. Please RSVP to Nellie Toney via global e-mail by May 13. Sponsored by the Women’s Faculty Committee.

Bullet Green Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder will speak about his two most recent books, Strength in What Remains and Mountains Beyond Mountains on Wednesday, May 19, at 6 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room. This event will be preceded by a reception and book signing at 5:30 p.m. in the Medical School lobby. His books will be available for purchase.

Bullet Green A South Street campus Volunteer Fair will be held on Thursday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the north corridor on the first floor. Dozens of local service organizations will participate. Please stop by to learn about volunteer opportunities. For more information, contact the Office of Community and Government Relations at ext. 6-4400. Sponsored by UMass Medicine Cares and The United Way of Central Massachusetts.