Johns Hopkins is tearing down ‘Old Carnegie,’ training ground for generations of biologists

The old Carnegie Institution building on W. University Parkway. Photo by Ed Gunts.

For decades, the Carnegie Building has been a cornerstone of the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus.

Completed in 1960 with funding support from the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the structure was the longtime home of the Department of Embryology, training ground for generations of biologists and site of numerous groundbreaking experiments and discoveries, including work that has led to a Nobel Prize.

The Park School of Baltimore Hosts “Take a First Look” – a Virtual Spring Admission Event


Join Park School’s leadership team for a Virtual Spring Admission Event on May 1.

In this Zoom event, speak directly to a principal and learn about our educational philosophy, mission, student-centered programming, inspired and inspiring faculty, and how, at Park, excellence is the natural outcome.

Digital Divide: Keeping Balance in Distance Learning


Waldorf School’s teaching staff is using creative solutions to keep a balance between screen time and other educational activities based on developmental capacities.

On any regular school day a guest could walk into the Waldorf School of Baltimore and find children engaged in activities from reading to playing string instruments to exploring the great outdoors.

What guests won’t see are children glued to screens – in fact, a guest would be hard-pressed to find a screen at all. The school embraces slow technology and is screen-free during the school day on the Pre-K through eighth grade campus. As the school transitioned to distance learning, continuing to be conscious of developmental needs is a continued, top priority for the school during this time, said Executive Director Pat Whitehead.

“Slow technology is the idea that children are introduced to electronic media as useful tools in the right way at the right time,” she said. “Our intention is to ensure a gentle introduction that avoids an unhealthy amount of electronic exposure. We are dedicated to continuing that throughout this time.”

CCBC to train contact tracers; Baltimore County to offer grants for small businesses and artists

The Baltimore County Courthouse. Photo by James G. Howes, via Wikipedia.

Baltimore County has partnered with the Community College of Baltimore County to train people to train contact tracers, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. announced Tuesday.

Contact tracers track coronavirus transmission by investigating with whom COVID-19 patients came into contact. Once identified, those contacts may then be tested for COVID-19.

Hopkins’ Agora Institute is moving ahead despite pandemic-related cutbacks

A rendering of the proposed design for Johns Hopkins University’s Agora Institute.

Although the Johns Hopkins University has put a hold on most capital projects in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, at least one major campus project is moving ahead.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute, a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary center started in 2017, is proceeding with plans to build a six-story headquarters on Wyman Park Drive, next to the former Baltimore Marine Hospital and just west of the main Homewood campus.

Maryland high school athletes lose vital time during pandemic

Bishop McNamara shortstop Jade Greene in position during a softball game at Our Lady of Good Counsel on April 11, 2019. (Courtesy photo by Chris Bayes)

By Kevin Brown
Capital News Service

This spring was supposed to be Jade Greene’s time to get noticed.

A shortstop for Bishop McNamara High School since her freshman year, Greene has been waiting for her junior season to gauge the interest of college recruiters.

“I was banking on that because I really need coaches to come see me,” said Greene. “This is the year where I was like, ‘I’m going to get all these coaches to come see me and maybe I can commit this year.’ But it didn’t happen because we had no games for them to watch.”

Cancellation of spring sports a tough call for student-athletes

Loyola University senior Peter Swindell. Image via

By Alex Murphy
Capital News Service

Student-athletes across the college sports landscape are faced with tough realizations and a new challenge amid the current COVID-19 pandemic as seasons have been stripped away and preparations begin for next season, which remains up in the air.

Winter and spring sports came to an end with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s March 12 decision to cancel any remaining schedules. For winter-sport athletes, that meant their postseasons would be cancelled, and for spring athletes, more than 75 percent of their seasons were wiped away.

“I remember that week of practice,” Loyola Maryland men’s lacrosse senior Peter Swindell told Capital News Service. “Everyone was trying to focus, but their minds were all somewhere else.”

The Park School of Baltimore Hosts “Take a First Look” – a Virtual Spring Admission Event


The Park School of Baltimore
A Virtual Spring Admission Event
Friday, May 1, 2020 | 9–9:30 AM or 7-7:30 PM

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Johns Hopkins projects revenue losses of $475M, expects furloughs and layoffs

Photo of Gilman Hall at Johns Hopkins University. Photo by callison-burch, via Flickr.

Johns Hopkins University expects to furlough or layoff employees and freeze the majority of salaries in response to projected coronavirus-related losses of $100 million this fiscal year and $375 million in fiscal year 2021, University President Ronald J. Daniels wrote in a letter to the Hopkins community posted late Tuesday night.

School closures extended through May 15, officials evaluate steps toward COVID-19 recovery

Gov. Larry Hogan says state officials are consulting new federal guidelines as they evaluate when and how to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Photo via Facebook Live.

State Superintendent Karen Salmon on Friday extended the closure of schools through May 15 and said state and local officials are exploring summer learning options.

Salmon said all school systems will be required to submit a continuity of learning plan for the Maryland State Department of Education to review.