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Meet Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City’s New Health Commissioner

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Dr. Wen

Last January, Dr. Leana S. Wen took the reins from Dr. Oxiris Barbot as Baltimore City Health Commissioner.  Being responsible for the health of the entire city seems like a gargantuan charge, especially for someone barely 30. But given Wen’s accomplishments to date—she entered college at 13, studied public health and health policy as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, served on an advisory commission to Congress regarding graduate medical education, worked as an attending physician in a busy emergency room, gave four popular TED and TEDMed talks, wrote a critically-acclaimed book When Doctor’s Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, to name a few—she’s probably up to the task.

How to Change the Future of Education, According to Freeman Hrabowski

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Near the end of UMBC president Freeman Hrabowski’s TED Talk, he cites a quotation by Aristotle:  “Excellence is never an accident.” That’s a solid summary of Hrabowski’s rousing lecture about how he and his UMBC colleagues have taken an unremarkable school and made it into a cutting-edge institution — and, incidentally, the nation’s top producer of African-American students who go on to get PhDs or MD/PhDs. Watching the video, it’s easy to see why Time has named him one of the ten best university presidents in the nation.

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