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  • As students at universities nationwide protest racism and a lack of minority representation on their campuses, the Johns Hopkins University is launching a $25 million effort to increase the diversity of its faculty. The initiative will establish new procedures for faculty recruitment so a more diverse pool of applicants is considered and will provide money to support visiting faculty members, according to the university.

  • Excitedly cheering after they scored, Kayla Richmond, 8, and Madison Summers, 7, played a spirited game of foosball with McDaniel College senior Andre Carneiro at the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster Tuesday afternoon. 

  • Most economists and policymakers know that people who complete a college degree tend to earn more than people who have not attended college. Yet they often overlook the fact that these benefits extend beyond individual workers. The college earnings advantage also leads to greater economic activity, fueling prosperity at the regional and national levels. 

  • Seeing how surgery and good nutrition can change the lives of people without access to medical care helped Vanessa Perez of Frederick carve her career path. For the past two summers, she served with Mission to Heal, a nonprofit agency that cares for underserved people around the world while training local practitioners. A sophomore at Stevenson University in Baltimore County, Perez went to Liberia the summer before her freshman year, and this past summer, she was in Mongolia.

  • Seeking to accommodate a growing student body and new programs, the Maryland Institute College of Art is planning to construct an $8.1 million classroom building in place of a smaller property it owns at 100-116 Dolphin Street, part of the Bolton Hill National Register Historic District.

  • Gary Hawkins III stood with a group that was admiring the ball-carrying robot he'd built in about one month. The Baltimore seventh-grader was glad they appreciated his work, but he wasn't satisfied. With a $5 million,10-year investment from the Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering, Barclay became the city's first pre-kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school to offer engineering and computer sciences.

  • Howard County schools officials announced a new effort this week to improve workforce diversity, forging a partnership with McDaniel College that will provide full scholarships to low-income students who commit to three years of employment in the Maryland school system after graduation.

  • In an unusual partnership, three higher education institutions in Frederick County secured a federal grant to enhance their science offerings. Frederick Community College, Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University jointly received a $330,975 grant from the National Science Foundation.

  • Bair said she’d also like to see schools with high default rates forced into some kind of risk-sharing arrangement. One version of this proposal appears in a bill proposed by a pair of bipartisan lawmakers earlier this year.

  • The text message appeared on Aaron Bush's smart watch right on time — 31/2 minutes after a rudimentary device he and classmates had engineered lifted off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

  • When Victor McTeer left McDaniel College in 1969 — it was called Western Maryland College back then — he was not only glad to be done with the place, but bitter about his experience there. He was one of the first black students to attend the school, and only 16 years old in his freshman year. 

  • On November 5 and 6, the first Training Ms. President: College Women’s Candidate Training Program will be hosted on the campus of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

  • President Barack Obama will attend and speak at the 34th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on October 4 at Mount St. Mary’s University’s Knott Athletic Recreation Convocation Complex. The U.S. Fire Service, along with the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (NFFF), located in Emmitsburg, MD, will honor the lives of 84 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2014, and three firefighters who died in previous years.

  • On the presidential campaign trail, we’re seeing one so-called progressive candidate after another call for the federal government to enact major new spending programs to hold down tuition at public universities. Here’s the thing -- the results would be regressive: the prime beneficiaries of these proposals will be wealthier students who currently do not receive means-tested federal dollars.

  • After watching the Baltimore unrest in April, Merrill Reiter, a clinical psychology master’s student at Loyola University Maryland, struggled to process what was happening around her. What’s more, she wasn’t sure how to get involved to help others, to repair the city that she called home.