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Baltimore ranks among nation's best places for college

Baltimore ranks among nation's best places for college

A new report rating the best places to attend college in America ranks Baltimore high among major cities. The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) ranks Baltimore No. 6 among major metros in its "College Destinations Index 2010-2011."

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NCI to break ground on JHU Montgomery County Campus

NCI to break ground on JHU Montgomery County Campus

Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are among dozens of dignitaries who will gather on Wednesday, Sept. 1, to celebrate the start of construction on a $200 million facility for the National Cancer Institute on the grounds of the university’s Montgomery County Campus in Rockville.

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Top 50 Producers of Science PhDs

Top 50 Producers of Science PhDs

In the newest survey of college freshmen by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, nearly 35% of students said that it was “very important” for them to attend a college that provides a pipeline to the best graduate schools. That makes sense, but what colleges and universities are the top undergraduate farm teams for graduate programs? Three of the top 50 producers of PhDs in science and engineering nationwide are MICUA institutions: Johns Hopkins (#20), Washington College (#24), and St. John's College (#46).

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Nonprofits in city get greening tips

Nonprofits in city get greening tips

Local organizations that assist those in need are getting some collegial Earth-friendly support this summer. The Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore City recently embarked on an effort to green area nonprofits while at the same time educating students on sustainability measures and the vital role that these socially focused organizations play in the community. 

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U.S. News rankings remain steady for Maryland universities

U.S. News rankings remain steady for Maryland universities

Most Maryland colleges and universities remained in similar spots in annual rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report, but the magazine highlighted individual programs at the University of Maryland College Park and again placed the University of Maryland, Baltimore County at the top of its up-and-coming list. In addition, seven MICUA institutions—including Johns Hopkins, ranked 13th among national universities—were cited in the report. 

 

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Daniels wastes no time changing Hopkins

Daniels wastes no time changing Hopkins

There are times when Ronald Daniels feels like a kid with the coolest chess board in the world. As president of the Johns Hopkins University, Daniels might spend one week in Uganda, learning how his university's researchers spent painstaking years developing methods to slow the spread of HIV. The next, he might hold a chat with undergraduates on the Homewood campus about enriching their college experience.

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MICA program to merge art, activism in East Baltimore

MICA program to merge art, activism in East Baltimore

A renovated Catholic school in East Baltimore will soon be the home of more than two dozen graduate-level art students who will collaborate with area residents in what educators see as a pioneering effort to address urban problems with "art-based" solutions. When complete in September, the $1.3 million MICA PLACE will contain an art gallery, computer lab, studios, seminar space, community meeting rooms and upper-level apartments for 26 graduate students. 

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In Baltimore, artists' community is the real work of art

In Baltimore, artists' community is the real work of art

A communal living room on a body-shop roof. Hairy guys in dresses at a downtown bar. Warehouse after warehouse full of artists' lofts, with enough room in one to park a vintage truck.  Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in D.C. anymore. We're in Baltimore.

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JHU Joins Study of Oil Spill Impact on Florida Ecosystem

JHU Joins Study of Oil Spill Impact on Florida Ecosystem

Johns Hopkins researchers are part of a multi-institution team formed to determine how the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill affects a sensitive aquatic environment off the coast of Florida. Team members have begun collecting samples of water, sediment, marine animals and plant life in the Sarasota Bay region, which has not yet been impacted by the massive oil spill. 

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'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' students receive full ride to college

'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' students receive full ride to college
Two local colleges have awarded full four-year scholarships to all 15 members of a half-way house program that will be featured on the ABC show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" this fall. Loyola University Maryland and nearby College of Notre Dame of Maryland have offered the students scholarships that include room, board, fees, tuition and books. It is estimated that each scholarship at Loyola is worth $200,000, and $160,000 at Notre Dame.

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College towns do OK in recession

College towns do OK in recession

For many American cities, the decade after 2000 played out in two starkly different scenes: Years of euphoric growth and prosperity followed by a crushing reversal. For others, there was no heady boom — but no dramatic downturn either. A USA TODAY analysis reveals two categories of cities that have weathered the recession and housing market meltdown better than many boomtowns: College towns and state capitals.

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Sojourner-Douglass College graduates 30th class

Sojourner-Douglass College graduates 30th class

At 20 years old, R. Donahue Peebles was a penniless college dropout, he told an audience of hundreds Sunday, as the keynote speaker during the 30th commencement of Baltimore's Sojourner-Douglass College. Roughly seven years later, he was a multimillionaire real estate investor. And today, at 50, he's in the top 10 on Forbes' list of wealthiest African-Americans. 

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Baltimore Nonprofit Colleges and Universities Reach Agreement with the City

Baltimore Nonprofit Colleges and Universities Reach Agreement with the City

The Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA); the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA); and sixteen nonprofit colleges, universities, and hospitals have agreed to pay special assessments to the City of Baltimore for a period of six years to assist the City in maintaining critical services during a period of severe fiscal challenges. Despite facing internal budget constraints, the participating nonprofit institutions will pay Baltimore City more than $20 million in special assessments over the life of the agreement. 

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Eleven MICUA Alumni Named Teachers of the Year

Each year, Baltimore City and Maryland’s 23 counties honor the best public school teachers in their districts with the coveted title: Teacher of the Year. Eleven graduates of MICUA colleges and universities earned this year’s awards, a testament to the quality of education at a Maryland independent institution. Winners include alumni of College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, McDaniel College, and Washington College.

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Maryland groups awarded $15M in AmeriCorps grants

Maryland groups awarded $15M in AmeriCorps grants

Several organizations in Maryland are getting a boost for their efforts in education, health and poverty, totaling $15 million for programs in the state. Federal AmeriCorps grants were given to 11 organizations in the area to support AmeriCorps members in these organizations. Among the recipients, Maryland Institute College of Art will get $277,205 for increasing the number of children involved in after-school arts programs.

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College develops “battle lab” for growing cyber security base

College develops “battle lab” for growing cyber security base

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown came under attack at Capitol College last month. His computer was deliberately infected with a program that slowed down all of his systems to a point where the laptop was nothing more than an expensive paper weight. But thanks to a grant aimed at readying the state’s workforce for high tech jobs coming via military base expansion, Capitol College students were able to use a new cyber security laboratory to thwart the virus – which they themselves uploaded to Brown’s laptop. 

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Maryland applies for federal `Race to the Top` program

Maryland applies for federal `Race to the Top` program

Yesterday, June, 1, 2010, Maryland delivered its application for the federal government’s $4.3 billion Race to the Top (RTTT) education initiative. The unprecedented federal program is aimed at boosting student achievement, reducing gaps in achievement among student subgroups, turning around struggling schools, and improving the teaching profession. 

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JHU Astrophysicist Honored For Research

JHU Astrophysicist Honored For Research

Johns Hopkins University astrophysicist Charles Bennett and two colleagues have been awarded a $1 million Shaw Prize in astronomy for research that has helped determine the precise age, composition and curvature of the universe. 

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East-side biopark gets a big boost

East-side biopark gets a big boost

A decade-long effort to create a biotechnology park at Johns Hopkins in East Baltimore received a boost Wednesday when a new brain research institute that will be led by several renowned scientists announced plans to establish its headquarters there. Officials with the Lieber Institute for Brain Development announced their selection of the Hopkins-affiliated biopark over four other medical research institutions across the country that vied to become its permanent home. 

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Sojourner-Douglass College plots $22M hotel in Oldtown

Sojourner-Douglass College plots $22M hotel in Oldtown

Sojourner-Douglass College wants to build a 150-room hotel in the city’s Oldtown neighborhood, a commercial venture it hopes will draw African-American tourists to the city and give its students on-the-job experience.  

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Johns Hopkins provost honored with international award

Johns Hopkins provost honored with international award

Lloyd Minor, an expert in balance and inner-ear disorders, and Johns Hopkins University’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has been awarded the Prosper Ménière Society’s 2010 gold medal. The award is for Minor’s contributions to understanding the scientific basis of Ménière’s disease, named for the French scientist who pegged its hallmark symptoms of recurring dizziness and “constant ringing noise in the head,” or so-called tinnitus, to dysfunction in the inner ear.  

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English major from Delaware wins $64,243 Sophie Kerr Prize

English major from Delaware wins $64,243 Sophie Kerr Prize

The piece wasn't some naked confession about the difficulties of growing up with cerebral palsy. Instead, Hailey Reissman came at her story from the side, with a twist of humor and a touch of the profane. She called it, "I Have Cerebral Palsy and David Mamet Reveals What I Imagine The Friends Of The Guy I Am Dating Will Say When He Tells Them About Me, In Three Brief Monologues." The title encapsulates the wit and inventiveness that so impressed Reissman's professors at Washington College. 

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College To Expand Growing Pharmacy School

College To Expand Growing Pharmacy School

A new school of pharmacy that opened at the College of Notre Dame in north Baltimore in the fall of 2009 is expanding with a new building to house the four-year program. The students at the school of pharmacy are working on doctorate degrees, and it's a good thing because the need for pharmacists is going up, according to federal officials. 

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Former Takoma Park college celebrates new university status

Former Takoma Park college celebrates new university status

The newly-appointed president of the Washington Adventist University pledged to become more involved in community-outreach efforts and cross-institutional education partnerships at a celebration of the new university held in North Bethesda Monday night. The university, formerly the Columbia Union College, was appointed university status from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Middle States Accrediting Association July 1, 2009. 

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