Mount progresses in presidential search

When Mount St. Mary's University President Thomas Powell speaks about his successor, he often uses a small word with big implications: "her." "We've never had a woman president," Powell said Friday. "It would be very exciting. ... I know a number of women have applied and are very strong candidates." The university is hunting for its 25th leader to follow Powell after he resigns at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year. If a woman is chosen, she would be the first female president in the school's 205-year history. (News-Post)

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Jan. 3 // East Baltimore students start new year in new school

Hundreds of Baltimore students started 2014 exploring a sprawling new campus that officials say will become a national model for urban education reform. The highly anticipated Elmer A. Henderson School, run by the Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University, opened its doors Thursday to more than 350 students who have been waiting several years to move from small portable classrooms to the 90,000-square-foot building. (Balt. Sun)

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Sleepy teens: Anne Arundel creates task force to study later high school bell times

The plight of sleep-deprived teenagers will soon get a closer look in Anne Arundel County, where school officials are creating a task force to study the hours of the school day across grade levels. The first bells of the high school day ring at 7:17 a.m. in Anne Arundel County, earlier than start times in both Montgomery and Fairfax counties, where officials are in various stages of considering later-starting high school school days. Under a proposal adopted Dec. 18 by the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, the district’s interim superintendent, Mamie J. Perkins, will create the new task force. (Wash. Post)

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Towson Tigers to get payout from NCAA championship

When the Towson University Tigers take to the field this Saturday in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision final, it will mean much more to the team than a great day on the gridiron. The game against undefeated North Dakota State means national exposure — it airs on ESPN2 beginning at 2 p.m. — and revenue for the school. Each participant receives a portion of a payout for being in the game. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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University Of Md. Among Schools Developing Drone Concepts For Civilian Use

Maryland airspace may not be involved, but the state’s brain power definitely is. The FAA will include research at the University of Maryland into the job of integrating drone aircraft into civilian airspace. At the University of Maryland, they’re trying to do more than pilot drones by hand. Researchers are trying to figure out how insects navigate through the air without big brains or GPS. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland HBCUs Prioritize Green Learning And Outreach

Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning is at the center of a redevelopment plan for Baltimore City’s northeast corridor. The ‘Morgan Community Mile,’ announced last April as a renewal project for commercial and residential square mile surrounding the university, has given SA+P architecture students a platform for conceptualizing and designing new facilities for the area, including a new community center, and areas for signage and banners to promote civic pride and identity. (Huff. Post)

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Glen Burnie teacher honored with award, $10K

A presidential honor is in the works for an Anne Arundel County school teacher and it's all based on what she's doing in the classroom. Kris Hanks is Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics teacher at Woodside Elementary School, and the recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. (WBAL-TV)

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Century High students spend winter break in class

Although Carroll County schools have been closed for the past two weeks, some Century High School students spent their time off in class. Members of the school's robotics club, which includes about 25 students, spent three days of the winter break working with engineers at Westminster-based Land Sea Air Autonomy to help prepare for upcoming robotics competitions. Students had the opportunity to work with Land Sea Air engineers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, tour the Land Sea Air building (the former Knorr Brake building), and learn RobotC programming code. (Balt. Sun)

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