UMass Lowell awarded Shuji Nakamura, who won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics, with the university’s highest honor: an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Nakamura, who holds more than 200 US patents, received the Nobel prize along with two other scientists for inventing blue light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which produce light 90 percent more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs. More than 100 members of the UMass Lowell community attended the April 11 ceremony where Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and Julie Chen, vice chancellor for research and innovation, presented the degree to Nakamura. He is a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The Essex National Heritage Commission announced recipients of the 2018 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program. The 12 recipients will implement a diverse set of educational, interpretive, and preservation projects throughout the region. For example, a grant to Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury will fund the repair of the facility’s footings and foundation piers, which are being eroded and have caused the building to sag. The Historical Society of Old Newbury will use the grant to refurbish its museum, which has not been updated since 1995 and has suffered water damage. Other recipients include the Thacher Island Association in Rockport, Theater in the Open in Newburyport, and the Marblehead Museum.
Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill will open its fifth location at the Northshore Mall in Peabody in early May. The restaurant has booth seating and a large central bar, along with a private dining room and an outdoor patio. Designed as a sports-watching destination, there are more than 70 high-definition TVs throughout the restaurant and patio. Menu items will include Philly Cheesesteak Wontons and Cedar Plank Salmon. The bar has 40 beers on tap. The grill is named after Tony Conigliaro, a Revere native who was a rising Red Sox star when he was hit in the face by a pitch during the 1967 “Impossible Dream” season, derailing his career.
Michael Carvalho, a lawyer based in Manchester-by-the-Sea, will give a talk on his recent trip to Antarctica at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Manchester Community Center, 40 Beach St. Carvalho, an experienced cold-water diver, was able to scuba dive during his trip. He also gathered information for a paper he is writing on the history and efficacy of The Antarctic Treaty of 1959, which will be published by the National Council for Science and Environment, which he serves as chair of the board of directors. The talk will include underwater photographs and video and a discussion on the role that climate change is playing in the Gulf of Maine.
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