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Partnership aims to revitalize Central West Baltimore

A coalition of city officials, two universities and community activists launched a civic partnership Monday to revitalize the part of Baltimore that was at the center of April's riots. 

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2015's Medical Milestones and Scientific Advances in Baltimore

Two local scientists discovered information about a protein that may one day lead to a cure or treatment for a rare neurological disease.

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Capitalizing on Baltimore's creative strength

When I moved to Baltimore 18 months ago to serve as president of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), I came with a conviction that the city's vigorous arts scene and creative endeavors could play an essential role in building a brighter future for Baltimore.

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Hopkins launches urban youth film-making effort

In a bid to address Baltimore's chronic ills through the arts, Johns Hopkins University announced Monday it is starting a youth film-making program so urban teens and young adults can portray their community while gaining skills and experience that could land them jobs.

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Hopkins announces $25M plan to boost faculty diversity

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.

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McDaniel's Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity bonds with Boys and Girls Club

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. 

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What colleges do for local economies: A direct measure based on consumption

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. 

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Nursing student finds calling in global service

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.

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MICA planning $8.1 million expansion in Bolton Hill

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.

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Hopkins opens new engineering lab in city elementary school

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.

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Program to improve teacher diversity will offer full college scholarships

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.

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Shared grant gives Frederick County colleges new science tools

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.

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What’s really causing the student debt crisis, according to Sheila Bair

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.

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Laurel university project offers simple solution for satellite communication – a smartphone

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.

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A black pioneer honors his white mentor

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. 

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Goucher and Washington Colleges Partner to Launch a Candidate Training Program for Female Undergraduate Students

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.

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President Barack Obama to Speak at MSMU During the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

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.

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Populist, Not Progressive – Presidential Opinion

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.

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Loyola psychology students create Charm City Initiative to help children process Baltimore unrest

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.

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Goucher College Selects Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot as the 2015-16 Hughes Center Politician-in-Residence

Goucher College is pleased to announce Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot will serve as the 2015-16 Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center politician-in-residence. 

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Johns Hopkins students are organizing a health-focused hackathon

Preparations are underway for a new hackathon focused on health and technology. The first edition of MedHacks will be held Oct. 2-4 at the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on the JHU Homewood Campus. 

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Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts Joins MSMU Expert Panel Examining Unrest in Baltimore

Mount St. Mary’s University will examine and discuss recent racial unrest in the city of Baltimore and in America by hosting an upcoming panel discussion titled: “Justice in America Today? Challenges and Opportunities for Action” held on September 2, 2015.

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College students go high-tech to learn about Native Americans on Shore

Often, when one thinks of an archaeological survey, the image is of teams of people with shovels and sifters carefully digging into the ground to see what they can find.

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McDaniel College recognized for providing value to nonwealthy students

McDaniel College was recognized for the third consecutive year as the top liberal arts college of the six in Maryland in Washington Monthly magazine's "Best Bang for the Buck" rankings, which assess the value colleges provide to nonwealthy students, according to a McDaniel media advisory.

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Hopkins freshmen get to know their new city

He'd heard the negative stereotypes about Baltimore — about its crime rate, about its disparities in wealth, about its spike in violence this year — so when Dominic Yared of Lexington, Mass., thought about moving to the city to start his freshman year at the Johns Hopkins University this fall, he wasn't sure what to expect. 

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New presidents at Hood, Mount St. Mary's prepare for school year

The new presidents of Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University are gearing up for a new school year and students’ first day of classes Monday. “I love greeting them and seeing the level of excitement — and some anxiety of course,” Hood College President Andrea Chapdelaine, 48, said in an email.

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Johns Hopkins prepares women for STEM careers

Careers in science, technology, math and science — now known simply as STEM — have been male-dominated for years. That’s left many a woman, and the girls that follow them, wondering where they stand in this seemingly “boys-only” market. 

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Casey Named Chair of Maryland Independent College and University Association

The Board of Trustees of the Maryland Independent College and University Association elected Roger Casey, President of McDaniel College, as Chair of the Board effective July 1, 2015. Elected by unanimous vote of the MICUA Board of Trustees—which includes the presidents of 15 private colleges and universities in Maryland—Dr. Casey will lead the organization in implementing its strategic objectives.

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That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket

In less than two years Slack Technologies has become one of the most glistening of tech’s ten-digit “unicorn” startups, boasting 1.1 million users and a private market valuation of $2.8 billion. If you’ve used Slack’s team-based messaging software, you know that one of its catchiest innovations is Slackbot, a helpful little avatar that pops up periodically to provide tips so jaunty that it seems human.

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Pell grants could be restored for prisoners

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Goucher College's Prison Education Partnership at the Maryland Correctional Institution on Friday to announce an effort to restore Pell grants for prisoners.

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