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Author Archives: Daniel Leaderman

Daniel Leaderman covers health care, higher education, and technology.

UMB pumps $100K into artificial lung company

The University of Maryland, Baltimore has invested $100,000 in a Baltimore company called Breethe, Inc. to help market a wearable, artificial lung system developed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The investment was made through UM Ventures, a partnership between UMB and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County that allows the schools to commercialize technology developed by their students and faculty. Dr. Bartley P. Griffith, executive director of the medical school's Program in Lung Healing, developed the core technology behind the portable blood pump oxygenator and founded Breethe to commercialize the product in 2014.

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Hotelier tries to keep pace with guests’ sophistication

Jonathan M. Tisch has been thinking a lot about food. The chair of Loews Hotels says today's travelers have more sophisticated palates than they used to, and that the hotel industry is working to accommodate their tastes. "They have higher expectations, when they travel, about how they want to eat and what they want to eat," Tisch said Thursday at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, where he was on hand for the grand opening party of the hotel's new restaurant, BAROAK.

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Regents OK lower tuition for some non-state students

William Kirwan

In an effort to attract new students and increase retention, three schools in the University System of Maryland will offer lower tuition rates to some out-of-state students. The system's Board of Regents unanimously approved Friday the creation of regional out-of-state tuition rates for Frostburg State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and USM Hagerstown. The rates will apply to students who live outside of Maryland but still relatively close to each school.

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Bowling named interim president at Frostburg

Tom Bowling will become Frostburg State University's interim president when the school's current president departs in July, officials announced Friday. Bowling, who has been vice president of student affairs at the university since 2006, will serve until a permanent replacement is found for outgoing President Jonathan Gibralter, who is leaving to become president of Wells College in Aurora, N.Y.

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Top Md. tax ‘scofflaw’ offers to pay up

Maryland's top tax evaders are due for their annual public shaming. State Comptroller Peter Franchot released the names of 20 businesses and 20 individuals Thursday that collectively owe more than $13 million in taxes, penalties and interest to the state. The "Caught in a Web" program list all 40 names on the comptroller's website to encourage the "scofflaws" into paying. The 2015 business list is lead by CTS & Associates, Inc. of Bethesda, which owes $1.15 million, while the individual list is topped by James and Denise Ciotti of Laurel, who owe about $1.02 million.

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Hopkins study says radon levels rose after fracking in Pa.

The increasing use of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas in Pennsylvania over the past decade has been accompanied by an increase in levels of radon gas, according to a new study, but the study's leader says it's not clear that the drilling method, known as fracking, has caused the increased levels of the naturally-occurring radioactive gas, which has been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health examined nearly 2 million radon measurements taken across Pennsylvania between 1987 and 2013, and compared the figures from before and after fracking began in 2005.

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Maryland SPCA head to step down

The executive director of the Maryland SPCA will leave the animal-rights organization this summer after more than 15 years at the helm. Aileen Gabbey, who began as a volunteer nearly two decades ago, will relocate to Georgia, where her husband ...

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