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During the holiday season, UMass Lowell Community offers additional help of gratitude

Media contacts:Emily Gowdey-Backus, director of media relations; Nancy Cicco, deputy director of media relations.

As the UMass Lowell campus community prepares to head home to celebrate the Thanksgiving season, let’s take a moment to reflect on what we’re thankful for.

While the list is almost endless, here are five areas that UMass Lowell is particularly grateful for.

The UMass Lowell Richard A. Miner School of Computer & Information Sciences: A world-renowned technology expert and philanthropist, Android co-founder Rich Miner returned to his alma mater in October when the university dedicated the new computer science school in his name. Reflecting on his time at Lowell and the personal and professional breakthroughs he made on campus, Miner said, “UMass Lowell prepared me academically and entrepreneurially for a career where I could contribute to so many impactful innovations. I am honored to be able to give back in ways that can encourage others to achieve or exceed their dreams.”

Accuracy from the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion: Election seasons are always chaotic as campaigns come to a close and Americans weigh in on their choice for public office. The university’s Center for Public Opinion has succeeded like no other in getting the signal out of the noise. As polling aggregator RealClear Politics pointed out, UMass Lowell was among the most accurate pollsters when compared to final election results in 2016, 2018 and 2020. And then, just this month, the CPO midterm election poll identified a 10% lead in the benefit of New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan. After the results were tallied, Hassan was declared the winner with a lead of 9.2%.

Impactful research: UMass Lowell’s growing research enterprise continues to create and discover new knowledge that impacts others. Some of the most recent scholarships received by faculty and staff include:

prof.  Curup with Rep.  Trahan and Sen.  Markey

Pradeep Kurup demonstrates the E-tongue device for which he received a $2.5 million NSF grant to help improve access to clean drinking water in the Merrimack Valley.

Research not only benefits the faculty and their areas of study. Many of UMass Lowell’s state-of-the-art labs work in collaboration with corporate, academic, and military partners. Across the university, graduate and undergraduate students gain valuable experience as research participants, giving them a solid foundation to enter the workforce.

A commitment to community involvement: The city of Lowell – with its many cultural, culinary and entertainment options – is one of UMass Lowell’s best assets. The neighborhoods and communities where we live, work, study and operate are an integral part of UMass Lowell and provide a gateway to a brighter future for all – especially those who are the first in their families to attend college. We are grateful to the individuals and organizations in the city and throughout the Merrimack Valley who work with us to improve our community.

UMass Lowell students, faculty, staff and alumni: Together, the River Hawks are an emerging, national public research university that positively impacts communities around the world.

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