If you’re not building bigger buildings and moving into new neighborhoods, you’re not one of Baltimore’s anchor institutions. It’s the Week in Review for March 1-6.
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If you’re a Maryland Democrat, you’re probably thinking about running for U.S. Senate this week. Barbara Mikulski’s decision to step down from her seat — and former Gov. Martin O’Malley’s subsequent decision not to run — has created a free-for-all among donkeys. We gave an initial rundown earlier this week, but here’s an update with a few new faces that have emerged.
Senator Barb is stepping down. On Monday morning in Fell’s Point, Barbara Mikulski announced she won’t seek another term as U.S. Senator in 2016. As it usually goes these days, the news was out before the announcement was made, and the conversation about who was going to replace her started while the mic was still hot. But before we move to the next news cycle, let’s take a moment to look at what Baltimore and Maryland will lose as the 78-year-old Mikulski ends her long, influential tenure in Washington:
Congressional battles over how much money the government should spend (and how it should spend it) have impacted many different aspects of American life. The one that most concerns Johns Hopkins president Ronald Daniels, and Hopkins’ Applied Physics Lab director Ralph Semmel is the decline in funding for research and higher education. “The potential impact on our young scientists is grave,” Daniels warns.
The federal budget sequestration is hurting our court system, our air traffic controllers, and kids in Head Start programs. Oh, and Johns Hopkins is feeling the pain, too — $70 million worth of pain, in fact.
That’s the amount of federal funding for biomedical research that Hopkins Medicine has lost since Congress mandated spending cuts several months ago. Even before the sequester, it was tough to get a grant approved by the NIH; only 17 percent of applicants ended up getting funding. Post-sequester, it’s even tougher. From Johns Hopkins alone, more than a dozen peer-reviewed grants fizzled, some of them targeting major health issues such as cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
Baltimore’s two most-booming economic sectors are education and STEM (science/technology/engineering/mathematics), so yesterday’s announcement — that Johns Hopkins has been awarded a $7.4 million grant over 5 years to improve STEM education in Baltimore’s public elementary schools — is both totally inspiring and kind of a no-brainer.