Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

Weekend Events Calendar: Preakness Stakes, Ta-Nehisi Coates at the BMA, a vintage expo, the Artubus Arts Festival and more

Pimlico Race Course on Preakness Day. Photo by World Red Eye.

All eyes are on Old Hilltop, as the Preakness Stakes brings lots of visitors to town for the weekend’s largest draw. But don’t sleep on chances to get out for a farmer’s market kickoff, birding or a bike tour of West Baltimore.

Note: With all the inclement weather expected this weekend, please check with the venue for any scheduling changes.

Medical device pioneer Robert Fischell gifts $20M for University of Maryland innovation center

A rendering of University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Facility III.

A new center combining business, medicine and engineering to create new solutions is coming to the Baltimore-based University of Maryland School of Medicine.

This report looks at key changes in Baltimore over the last 20 years

Image via the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Facebook page.

Compared to 20 years ago, the Baltimore area has a more diverse population and an economy that is more driven by tech, medicine and higher education.

This startup is bringing a human face to surgical masks

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A few years ago, Allysa Dittmar was about to go into surgery, but her interpreter didn’t show up.

Dittmar, who is deaf, was able to lip-read and recognize facial expressions during some of the mandated check that’s required before a procedure, but those were obscured when surgeons, nurses and anaesthesiologists, put on their masks. Things grew more frustrating, and the staff eventually gave up trying.

“At that moment, I could no longer communicate,” Dittmar said Tuesday night at the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab Impact and Innovation Forum.

Johns Hopkins students created a medical journal, without the jargon

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Rushabh Doshi wants patients to be more informed about medical care. To do so, a natural place to look would be medical journals. But Doshi realizes the articles in these publications aren’t necessarily written with the average reader in mind.

City: Cyber attack against Baltimore’s 911 computer-aided dispatch system was ransomware

Photo by Flickr user Paul Sableman, used under Creative Commons license.

Ransomware perpetrators were behind Sunday’s cyber attack on the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system that supports Baltimore’s 911 operations, according to Baltimore City Chief Information Officer Frank Johnson.

Cyber breach against Baltimore’s 911 dispatch system under investigation

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A network that helps dispatch calls in Baltimore’s 911 center fell victim to a cyber attack on Sunday.

Baltimore City Council president wants to explore municipal broadband

The scene at City Council’s broadband hearing in 2016. Photo by Stephen Babcock.

Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young is looking to put net neutrality and municipal broadband on the agenda at City Hall.

Baltimore’s Virtual Supermarket program expands to 14th location

Lisa Jones, left, with her groceries, talks to neighborhood food advocate Robert Singletary in 2014. Photo by Stephen Babcock.

Since a new location opening we covered in 2015, a Baltimore program doubled the number of locations offering online grocery ordering in areas that lack supermarkets or healthy food offerings.

BGE is testing autonomous drone inspection of power lines

Photo by Flickr user Owen Viriyincy, used under a Creative Commons license.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company recently partnered to test an autonomous drone inspection system in Maryland.