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Terrorism, Security Studies Center Event Features Commissioner Ed Davis, Top Officials

National Poll on Public Opinion on Safety, Homeland Security to be Released


Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or and Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944 or

* M E D I A   A D V I S O R Y *

Tuesday, Sept. 24
1:30 to 4 p.m.

WHAT: Top counterterrorism and law enforcement officials and internationally respected researchers will gather at UMass Lowell to discuss the challenges they face in protecting the public and their work to find solutions to security threats.  

The event marks the opening of UMass Lowell’s new Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, which has brought together three world-renowned academic experts to lead new degree programs and research efforts: Profs. John Horgan, Mia Bloom and James Forest.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis will deliver a keynote address reflecting on lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombings. Others scheduled to participate in the event, which will include panel discussions and presentations, include:
  • Nicholas Rasmussen, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center;
  • Vincent Lisi, special agent in charge, FBI Boston Division; 
  • Andrea Cabral, Massachusetts secretary of public safety; 
  • Roger Cressey, a UMass Lowell graduate and former National Security Council deputy for counterterrorism whose U.S. government roles included managing the responses to the Sept. 11 and USS Cole attacks.
Results of a new national poll on how voters feel about terrorist threats and homeland security will be released by UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion. Associate Prof. Joshua Dyck, the center’s co-director, will present the poll’s findings.

WHERE:  UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell. For directions and parking information, please contact UMass Lowell media relations.