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2017 Year in Review – UMass Lowell experts in politics, business, economics, terrorism, popular culture and more can offer analysis on the major events that made headlines this year – and are likely to capture the public’s attention in 2018. Topics include the Twitter-fueled politics of President Donald Trump; the Women’s March and national conversation about sexual harassment; the Iran nuclear deal; the expanding reach of Amazon; the rollback of net neutrality; the deaths of music icons Glen Campbell, Tom Petty and David Cassidy; and Prince Harry’s engagement to American Meghan Markle.
Reducing toxic chemicals – Joel Tickner – an authority on chemicals in everyday products and the environment and how they affect people’s health – can talk about the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to ban substances used in dry cleaning and paint strippers, harmful chemicals in toys and holiday decorations and the safer alternatives to such chemicals that are gaining in popularity. Tickner, a researcher and professor of public health who is fluent in Spanish, founded the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council – an alliance of major retailers and brands including Amazon, Apple, Nike, Procter & Gamble, 3M, Unilever and Wal-Mart. Together, they work to put safer products on shelves, including recent research on health and beauty items such as cosmetics.
Tax concerns at year’s-end – Tax expert Janie Casello Bouges can discuss the ramifications of Republicans’ tax-reform bill lawmakers hope to have President Trump sign by Christmas. She can also share tips for individuals and business owners on what they need to know and do this month to help minimize or eliminate the amount of taxes they owe for 2017.