• UML Associate Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies Neil Shortland leads the annual National Security Seminar at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

    Students Learn and Intern in Nation’s Capital

    Students gain professional experience and expert education through UMass Lowell’s close partnership with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.
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  • Tyler Cote is the first full-time employee of Operation250

    Student Counterterrorism Project Gets Boost from $1 Million Grant

    Operation250, which began as a student project to combat terrorism, is the subject of a $1 million U.S. government grant to develop and evaluate its program for teaching children, teenagers, parents and educators about online safety, hate sites and terrorist recruitment tactics.
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    Roses, Not Guns, Says Greeley Scholar

    Tawakkol Karman, the first Arab woman, the first person from Yemen and the second Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, was on campus to deliver the keynote address at the university’s 23rd annual Day Without Violence. She is UML’s 2018 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies.
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  • Final message from Nicola Benyahia's son Rasheed

    Losing a Son to ISIS, She Gained a Cause

    Nicola Benyahia travels around the world, speaking about her experience as part of the Families for Life organization she helped found to raise awareness about extremism on the internet. She was the keynote speaker at a UMass Lowell conference Friday about online recruitment by extremist groups.
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  • North Korean ICBM

    Nuclear Security Expert Assesses World Threats in 2018

    Assoc. Prof. Sukesh Aghara, director of UMass Lowell’s Nuclear Engineering Program, shares his perspective on what we can expect to see in the geopolitical landscape in the coming year.
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  • Neil Shortland Portrait

    Social Science Faculty Win Major Grant to Study Terrorist Recruitment

    Four social science professors, led by Asst. Prof. Neil Shortland, have won a $794,000 Department of Defense grant to study the interaction between personality and messaging in online terrorist recruitment and counterterrorism efforts.
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  • Stephen Bannon

    Bannon is Already Going to War — on Trump

    Arie Perliger, director of security studies at UMass Lowell, says the recent violence in Charlottesville and elsewhere “is just the tip of the iceberg.”
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  • White supremacists at a Charlottesville, Va., rally

    Charlottesville Attack Shows Homegrown Terror on the Rise

    The attack in Charlottesville, Va., in which a man named James Alex Fields Jr. used his Dodge Challenger as a weapon against a crowd of protesters, underscores the growing violence of America’s far-right wing.
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  • Assistant Professor Neil Shortland is director of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at UMass Lowell

    Fight, Flight or Freeze: Psychologist Studies Military Decisions

    Neil Shortland of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies has won a $531,000 grant to study military decision-making jointly with HEROES, the Army’s Natick Soldier Center and researchers at Tufts University and the University of Liverpool.
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  • A person is detained by police following the terror attack on London Bridge

    How the Terror Watchlist Actually Works

    Q&A with Neil Shortland, the program manager at the UMass Lowell Center for Terrorism and Security Studies,
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  • UML Lecturer Neil Shortland with five students who won third place in the fall 2016 Homeland Security and Facebook P2P: Challenging Extremism competition

    Students Create Winning Counterterrorism Website

    Five students who created a counterterrorism program won a trip to Washington and third place in an international competition. The Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism contest taps college students’ savvy to help the Department of Homeland Security counter extremist messaging and recruitment, using social media.
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  • UMass Lowell junior Danielle Thibodeau, left, and sophomore Nicolette San Clemente talk about their work

    Extremists a Click Away, UMass Lowell Students Out to Stop Them

    A group of 10 undergraduate students are working on an internship project sponsored by the Department of Defense called Peer 2 Peer -- a program that enlists the help of university groups in countering violent extremist organizations online.
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  • Cyber criminal at work

    UMass Lowell Designated Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Research

    The U.S. National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have recently designated UMass Lowell a “National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research” in recognition of the university’s intensive cyber-security research and academic programs.
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