UMass Predictions 2017

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With a new year upon us, a new president about to be sworn into office and a host of changes on the horizon, we asked the experts on our UMass campuses to look into their proverbial crystal balls and tell us what’s in store for 2017. We'll be releasing new predictions throughout the month of January on topics ranging from nutrition and music to immigration and climate change, so be sure to check back for updates.

Here’s what our UMass experts had to say:



Is losing weight and eating right on your New Year's resolutions list? UMass Lowell nutrition professor Katherine Tucker tells us which healthy food will give kale some competition, why bacteria will be a big deal and what diet we should all be following in her 2017 predictions.


What does 2017 have in store for Kanye West? Which artists will make a comeback, and how will popular music respond to the election? UMass Boston Professor Rachel Rubin tells us what changes will rock the music world in her 2017 predictions.

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Will Donald Trump build the wall? UMass Boston Associate Professor Eduardo Siqueira shares his 2017 immigration policy predictions.

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Brian Williams, professor of Islamic History at UMass Dartmouth, explains why ISIS will be physically defeated in 2017, but the ideology will survive. 

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Climate Change

Robyn Hannigan, founding dean at the School for the Environment at UMass Boston, helps to separate the science from the spin as she shares her 2017 climate change predictions.


As President Donald Trump takes office, UMass political and economic experts tell us what to expect in 2017 and beyond.  

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What does the future hold for the nation’s schools under the Trump administration? Chandra Orrill, chair and associate professor of STEM Education and Teacher Development at UMass Dartmouth, shares her 2017 education predictions. 


With technology transforming the way we live and work, UMass professors share their predictions for new developments in 2017 and beyond.