This Week:

Jul 31, 2015



Scientific research remains one of the few disciplines that operates like the bygone master-apprentice system. Following undergraduate education, most aspiring scientists attend graduate school and eventually become postdoctoral fellows. During this time, they work in the lab of a senior, established researcher (the principal investigator, or PI) who becomes perhaps the single most important figure [...]

Interview with Laura Dunn, Victim’s Rights Attorney


Laura Dunn is a victim’s rights attorney and the founder of SurvJustice, an organization that assists victims of sexual assault on college campuses. A recent graduate of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Dunn has served on the White House Task Force to Protect Students Against Sexual Assault, and as the primary student [...]

Johns Hopkins as an Anchor Institution


Just over a year ago, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced The Baltimore City Anchor Plan. One in a long line of ambitious proposals to redefine our city, the Plan counts in Johns Hopkins as a crucial player for sustainable economic development in the region. Anchor institutions are the large, fixed economic drivers for regions; typically hospitals [...]

The Modern Brain Drain


Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will happily receive government subsidies for his education before becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen and moving to a New Jersey suburb. This modern rendition of a famous proverb has been on the minds of economists, students, [...]

The Rising Price Tag on a College Education


In 1965, at the height of Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society domestic agenda, 5.9 million Americans attended college. Fifty years later, nearly 18 million Americans are enrolled. At an increase of 300 percent, college enrollment has significantly outweighed U.S. population growth in the last half-century. The Higher Education Act of 1965 established scholarships and low-interest [...]