Last month, UMass Boston played host to the 7th Annual Biomimicry Education Summit, and the first ever Biomimicry 3.8 Global Conference. The second day of the conference featured a panel of architects and city planners who discussed ways to build cities that replace the ecosystems disturbed by urban development. Panelists mentioned ideas as simple as green roofs, and as complex as creating buildings that actually produce rainclouds.
Harris Gleckman, a senior fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability, authored this article on UMass Boston’s online Readers’ Guide to the World Economic Forum’s Global Redesign Initiative, available at http://www.umb.edu/gri.
UMass students will pay no tuition or fee increases for the next two years as a result of higher education funding included in the $34 billion state budget approved by the Legislature on Monday and sent to Governor Deval Patrick.
The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy hosted a forum in New Bedford last week to break down the latest demographic data on Latinos in the state’s South Coast region. The area’s Latino population is increasing, and many residents lack access to health care, public transit, and other necessary services.
The Senate appears likely to confirm UMass Boston alumna Gina McCarthy ’76 as the next administrator of the EPA after a record-setting delay fueled by opposition to President Obama’s environmental agenda.
Article on a 54-mile torch relay from UMass Dartmouth to Boston mentions that UMass Boston Undergraduate Student President Alexis Marvel took part. The run, which teamed up with a 3,000-mile nationwide effort, was a fundraiser for The One Fund Boston.
Article on how Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki came to UMass Boston Thursday for a Big Data summit. Big Data involves creating complex algorithms to make sense of massive amounts of digital information. Governor Deval Patrick’s administration launched the statewide Big Data Initiative last year to position the state at the leading edge of this technology.