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Johns Hopkins Medicine researcher wins nearly $4M stimulus grant

Johns Hopkins Medicine researcher wins nearly $4M stimulus grant

A Johns Hopkins Medicine researcher has been awarded a nearly $4 million federal stimulus grant to create a technology work force training program at the Baltimore institution. Dr. Harold Lehman will use the $3.75 million to develop post-baccalaureate and masters-level health IT work force training programs at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing.  

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High school juniors “Jump Start” their careers on National Space Day

High school juniors “Jump Start” their careers on National Space Day

Every spring, Capitol College brings over 400 of the top high-school juniors from the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Virginia areas to the annual Jump Start Junior Expo, an active showcase of academic and career pathways in the fields of computer science, technology, engineering, math, and business. 

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Hood receives $2 million from state for heating project

Hood receives $2 million from state for heating project

If all goes as planned, the Hood College community will have to suffer through only one more winter with erratic heating in classrooms and dormitories. The college will embark on a $15 million heating infrastructure replacement project this fall that will bring the campus' heating system into the 21st century. 

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Hopkins' APL inventors pitch in to improve bio-security

Hopkins' APL inventors pitch in to improve bio-security

If an envelope arrives in your office stuffed with a mysterious white powder, your chances for survival could be slipping away with each tick of the clock. If that powder proves to be anthrax, for example, and you don't get an effective antibiotic within the first 24 hours, "the chances of survival are slim," said Plamen Demirev, a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab. 

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MICA reaches out to the community

MICA reaches out to the community

Tears welled in Tywana Reid's eyes as she described a tumultuous week. "Half the time, I cry myself to sleep," the 16-year-old said. "Because I say, ‘Who is there to talk to?' " As Reid's words spilled forth, a half-dozen other high school girls from across Baltimore nodded in compassion. Such an exchange might sound too raw for any setting other than a confidential support group. But in the background, three students from the Maryland Institute College of Art captured every moment on shoulder-mounted video cameras.

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Capitol College introduces information assurance doctorate

Capitol College introduces information assurance doctorate

Capitol College announced this morning the addition of a doctor of science (DSc) degree in information assurance to its academic programs, representing a new level of academic excellence in information assurance education for the institution and the activation of the college’s strategic goal of advancing learning opportunities to the highest level.

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Johns Hopkins plans to cut C02 emissions in half

Johns Hopkins plans to cut C02 emissions in half

Johns Hopkins University says it plans to cut the school's carbon dioxide emissions in half over the next 15 years. University officials released the plan Thursday saying they will invest more than $73 million in conservation and efficiency measures. 

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Stevenson Announces New Master’s in Nursing Education and Leadership

Stevenson Announces New Master’s in Nursing Education and Leadership

Stevenson University announces a new accelerated online Master’s in Nursing for RNs with a bachelor’s degree who would like to earn a master’s with a focus on either leadership/management or nursing education. Designed to be relevant, timely, and applicable to the growing demand for nurse educators and managers, the online program will help students to acquire the advanced knowledge and skills needed to move ahead in their professions. 

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MICUA Schools Honored for Community Service

MICUA Schools Honored for Community Service

Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Stevenson University have all been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities across the nation for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. 

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7 Major Misperceptions About the Liberal Arts

7 Major Misperceptions About the Liberal Arts

Hard economic times inevitably bring scrutiny of all accepted ideals and institutions, and this time around liberal-arts education has been especially hard hit. Something that has long been held up as a uniquely sensible and effective approach to learning has come under the critical gaze of policy makers and the news media, not to mention budget-conscious families. But the critique, unfortunately, seems to be fueled by reliance on common misperceptions. Sanford Ungar identifies a few of those misperceptions, from this vantage point as a liberal-arts college president, and his reactions to them.

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Helping the youngest readers

Helping the youngest readers

Kindergartner Breon Stepney looks forward to his weekly reading session at Barclay Elementary/Middle School with Caroline Bennett, an employee at the Johns Hopkins University. He loves it when she makes funny voices while she's reading his favorite book, "Naughty Little Monkeys." That kind of bond between Bennett and Breon is exactly what Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso and Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels envisioned when they unveiled Tuesday their new partnership, "Johns Hopkins Takes Time for Schools," which allows the 14,000 employees at Hopkins to take two days of paid leave a year to pursue service opportunities in the school system.

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Montgomery County, Johns Hopkins University sign deal to improve biotech activity

Montgomery County, Johns Hopkins University sign deal to improve biotech activity

Montgomery County and Johns Hopkins University signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday to find ways to beef up the county’s biotech sector. The two parties will begin to meet semiannually to ensure the county’s biotech industry remains competitive. They plan to identify academic research that the university can advance and the county can use to attract more complementary private-sector companies. 

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Stevenson University Bucks Trend, Boasts 95% Job and Grad School Placement Rate for Recent Graduates

Stevenson University Bucks Trend, Boasts 95% Job and Grad School Placement Rate for Recent Graduates

After a survey of its December 2008 and May 2009 graduates, Stevenson University reports a 95% job and graduate school placement rate. The statistic—based on responses from 90% of recent SU graduates—bucks a national trend toward decreasing employment opportunities for recent college graduates.

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Private colleges grapple with proposed cuts

Private colleges grapple with proposed cuts

Private colleges and universities would have a tough time providing financial aid to their students and keeping them in school if the General Assembly passes Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed fiscal 2011 budget, college officials said Thursday. Last week, O'Malley (D) proposed a $13.2 billion budget that trims $22 million from state assistance to private colleges. Each year, the state provides funding for the colleges through the Sellinger fund, which the private schools use to offer financial aid to needy students.

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Governor Declares Feb. 11 “Maryland Independent Higher Education Day”

Governor Declares Feb. 11 “Maryland Independent Higher Education Day

Governor Martin O’Malley has declared Feb. 11 “Maryland Independent Higher Education Day” in recognition of the vital role Maryland’s independent colleges and universities serve in the State, which boasts one of the best educated workforces in the nation. The Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) will bring more than 200 college students and presidents from across the State to Annapolis on Feb. 11 for a day of briefings and special activities.  

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Capitol College hosts kickoff of FIRST Regional Robotics Competition

Capitol College hosts kickoff of FIRST Regional Robotics Competition

For the sixth consecutive year, Capitol College hosted the Maryland kickoff for the 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at the Laurel, Md. campus. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition, supported by NASA and over 3,000 other sponsors, is a unique sport of the mind designed to help teenagers discover how interesting and rewarding careers in engineering can be. 

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Loyola U. bolstering science, tech programs with $12M expansion

Loyola U. bolstering science, tech programs with $12M expansion

Loyola University Maryland is spending $12 million to expand its science building to meet an expected increase in students majoring in the subject. The 15,000-square-foot addition to the Donnelley Science Center will house faculty offices, research labs and classrooms for biology, chemistry, engineering and computer science students attending the Baltimore school. Construction will begin in May and will be completed by the end of next year. 

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Druggists' role

Druggists' role

The School of Pharmacy of College of Notre Dame of Maryland hosted a health care forum in the fall, bringing health care leaders from the Greater Baltimore area together to focus on the role of the pharmacist work force issues; the critical and changing role of pharmacists; and distinctive approaches to preparing pharmacists for the future.

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Rosewood Center property declared surplus

Rosewood Center property declared surplus

The state Board of Public Works has declared the Rosewood Center in northwestern Baltimore County surplus and made the 178-acre property available to prospective buyers. Stevenson University, whose Owings Mills campus adjoins Rosewood, has expressed interest in the former state hospital property, which offers vast green space ideally suited for the college's growing athletic programs and a few newer buildings that could be used for its school of education. 

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State cuts hit financial aid for private colleges

State cuts hit financial aid for private colleges

Private colleges in Maryland have been harder hit by budget cuts than those in Virginia, largely because of a decrease in funding for financial aid. While private institutions rely almost solely on tuition and endowments, most states offer taxpayer support. About 80 percent of Maryland's Sellinger fund -- a pool of state money -- goes toward need-based aid for in-state students at independent colleges.  

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Ninth President Elected: Meet Dr. Roger Casey

Ninth President Elected: Meet Dr. Roger Casey

In a special meeting on December 17, McDaniel College’s Board of Trustees unanimously selected Dr. Roger N. Casey as the ninth president of the 142-year-old private, liberal arts and sciences college in central Maryland. Dr. Casey, 48, who currently serves as the vice president of academic affairs and provost of Rollins College (Florida), will succeed Dr. Joan Develin Coley, who announced her retirement last spring and will complete a transformative decade as president in June 2010. 

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Lt. Governor Brown Announces Recipients of 2010 BRAC Higher Education Fund Grants

Lt. Governor Brown Announces Recipients of 2010 BRAC Higher Education Fund Grants

Lt. Governor Brown announced today the recipients of the 2010 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Higher Education Fund grants. Brown, the Chair of the Governor’s Subcabinet on BRAC, revealed the 12 grants awarded to 11 two- and four-year colleges and universities across the state. The grants, which range in size from $44,000 to $93,000, and made available through legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2008, will be used to develop new programs addressing BRAC-related workforce needs or to expand upon existing related programs at the recipient schools next year. 

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Loyola Computer Science “Boot Camp” Receives Support from Maryland BRAC Funds

Loyola Computer Science “Boot Camp” Receives Support from Maryland BRAC Funds

Loyola University Maryland’s computer science department has received a grant of $43,615 in support of a “boot camp” designed for professionals interested in pursuing new careers in computer science. The grant, announced Dec. 15 by Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, is part of the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s (MHEC) BRAC Higher Education Investment Fund. 

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Military Advanced Education names Capitol College a top U.S. military-friendly school

Military Advanced Education names Capitol College a top U.S. military-friendly school

Capitol College, Maryland’s only independent college dedicated to engineering, computer science, technology and business, was recently named to Military Advanced Education magazine’s 3rd Annual Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. The 2009 Guide, a special section in the monthly Military Advanced Education magazine, is a listing of those colleges and universities across the United States that best serve military servicemembers, veterans, and their spouses and dependants.  

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Partnership Brings Clean Energy Plant to Mount Campus

Partnership Brings Clean Energy Plant to Mount Campus

Mount St. Mary’s University announces a partnership with Constellation Energy Group to create and house one of the nation’s largest solar photovoltaic power farms. This project is part of the state-wide initiative, Generating Clean Horizons, to use clean, renewable resources to supply power to Maryland universities and many state-run offices.  

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Washington College Names New President

Washington College Names New President

Washington College has selected Mitchell B. Reiss, 52, who has served as a U.S. Presidential envoy, ambassador, policymaker, lawyer, author and university professor, to be the College’s 27th president. Reiss will assume the presidency on July 1, 2010, succeeding Baird Tipson, who since 2004 has led the liberal arts college, which is Maryland’s first institution of higher learning and the nation’s 10th oldest.

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Grants to address Maryland’s nursing shortage still available through MHEC

Grants to address Maryland’s nursing shortage still available through MHEC

On behalf of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, the Maryland Higher Education Commission today announced the availability of grant funds for Phase 5 of the Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) Competitive Institutional Grants. Applications are being sought to address Maryland’s shortage of nurses and qualified nursing faculty.  

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McDaniel to educate aspiring teachers from India

McDaniel to educate aspiring teachers from India

A new McDaniel College partnership aims to give aspiring teachers in India a chance to earn a master's in education, as well as their teaching certification, on the Westminster campus. The partnership, with Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies in Kerala, India, would bring people who already have degrees in math or the sciences - and an interest in teaching - to McDaniel for "an accelerated and intensive" one-year version of its graduate education program, said Henry Reiff, dean of graduate and professional studies. 

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Opening for business opens doors

Opening for business opens doors

Johns Hopkins considers itself a world leader in knowledge creation. In the past two years, the university has done a good deal of business creation, too. Aris Melissaratos, senior adviser to the president for enterprise development at Johns Hopkins since February 2007, said that from day one he’s been trying to change the culture here and make the university more entrepreneurial.

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