BOSTON (AP) - The University of Massachusetts is celebrating the opening of its new Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at its Lowell campus.
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis is among the law enforcement officials and counterterrorism experts scheduled to be on hand for the Tuesday opening.
Davis, who announced Monday that he would step down after seven years as commissioner, will talk about the lessons the city and the country learned from the Boston Marathon bombings.
The April 15 attack killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
University officials say the new center aims to become a leader in scientific research, education and training so it can better understand and respond to domestic and foreign security challenges.
Those challenges include terrorism, cyber-security, transnational crime and the threat of weapons of mass destruction.
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