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Towson University Celebrating 150 Years: Dr. David Vanko, Dean of Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Damian O'Doherty speaks with Dr. David Vanko, Dean of Towson University's Fisher College of Science & Mathematics, about the importance of STEM programs to the entire Mid-Atlantic area. Undergraduate and graduate enrollment in STEM majors has skyrocketed, and Maryland benefits from the innovative talent Fisher's graduates bring to the workforce.... Continue reading
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Center Maryland Exclusive OP-DOC: Baltimore Terp Fans Embrace University of Maryland Partnership Act

Center Maryland ventured out during game night to ask Terp fans what they thought of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Act, a bill being considered in the Maryland General Assembly to better align the College Park and Baltimore campuses. With a bid in the Sweet 16, Baltimore Terp fans are jumping at a shot to see the schools come together. And it’s more than just team pride that’s on the line – better education and more research dollars could go a long way for the state of Maryland, according to some fans in this Center Maryland exclusive Op-Doc.... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: Low Energy, High Stakes

As he prepared for this year’s General Assembly session, a lobbyist for a major energy company tried to find out what the session agenda was going to be for the Maryland Energy Administration. The answer surprised him: There was no MEA agenda.  A hive of activism and policy innovations under former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who staked his national reputation in part on the state’s clean energy successes, the MEA under Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is now a shell of its former self – literally and figuratively. The agency’s staff is barely half the size it was under O’Malley, with vacancies galore listed on its website. Its office has been moved from a strategic location on West Street in Annapolis to a corner of the Maryland Department of the Environment office in south Baltimore. The MEA director under O’Malley, Abby Hopper, is now running offshore energy programs for the Obama... Continue reading
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Center Maryland Editorial: Maryland’s Golden R&D Triangle – on Steroids

A year ago, the presidents of the University of Maryland’s premier public research universities – Jay Perman of Baltimore and Wallace Loh of College Park – penned an article praising joint efforts to create a research and development triangle fusing their dynamic campuses with Montgomery County’s technology-rich I-270 corridor. “Maryland's road to a stronger high-tech economy lies at the intersection of its I-95 and I-270 corridors,” they wrote in the Baltimore Business Journal. “Better integration of education, research and development in the state's two biggest innovation centers — the Washington suburbs and Baltimore — will spur success.” Taking the next big step in building one of the nation’s great regional R&D centers is a natural progression for Maryland. It is happening now in Annapolis. A bill that passed the State Senate last week would create a high-powered “strategic partnership” between UM’s flagship institution at College Park and its “founding campus” of... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: State and City Leaders Should Make Baltimore Convention Center Expansion Top Priority

Maryland Commerce Secretary Michael Gill was quoted in news reports recently saying that his department will seek $3 million to fund a new study looking at options for an expanded Baltimore Convention Center and that he’s confident an expansion project will move forward “at some point.” That is good news indeed as the need for an expanded Baltimore Convention Center has been seriously discussed over the last five years. In 2011, the Greater Baltimore Committee advanced a proposal, in collaboration with the late Willard Hackerman, for a combined convention center, a new and larger arena to replace Baltimore’s aging one, and a hotel. This plan would have substantially increased the size of the convention center. Our failure to address the need for an expanded convention center has placed our tourism and convention entities, Visit Baltimore and the Baltimore Convention Center, at a competitive disadvantage for convention and tradeshow business. Destinations like... Continue reading
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