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TEDx Lowell this Sunday

TED started in 1984 as a conference that each year brought people from Technology, Entertainment and Design together for short lectures (no more than 18 minutes) on their favorite topics. The talks were videotaped and made available for free on YouTube. That quickly made TED a global phenomenon. TED’s motto…

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R & D Hub

In all the good words spread around last Thursday at the announcement of the forthcoming UMass Lowell Innovation Hub in the 110 Canal St. building, formerly Freudenberg Nonwovens, this  statement by Mayor Rodney Elliot resonated strongly for me because it had a familiar theme: “The location of UMass Lowell’s Innovation…

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Dennis Lehane Making Sense

“As a country, we used to respect knowledge that was earned over knowledge that was cherry picked.” —Dennis Lehane, Boston Globe,4/1/9/14 In today’s Boston Globe, author Dennis Lehane thinks aloud about the Boston Marathon Bombing, knowledge vs. opinion, intellectual relativism, bad narratives, and his belief that good ideas will prevail.…

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Sustainability: Systems and Solutions

The 4th Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and the 3rd Massachusetts Sustainable Campus Conferences came together yesterday at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center with hundreds of representatives of government, education, business, nonprofits and grassroots organizations coming together for a full day of listening, learning and discussing sustainability practices and resources.…

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