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Guest Post: Free Blacks and Slaves on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

When I retired many years ago after 31 years of teaching, I really thought that I had taught my last class. But, this past semester, I found myself once again in the front of a classroom—this time teaching a course at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University. The “Back Story” That surprising turn of events happened because I read an article in Smithsonian magazine entitled “Slavery’s Trail of Tears.” I majored in U.S. History in college. And, I know about the original “trail of tears” when the federal government forcibly removed Indians from the southeast to reservations beyond...

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An Intern’s Perspective: Working with the Maryland Port Administration

This post was written by Newsha Amirihormozaki, a graduate student supporting development and enhancement of web applications at the Center for GIS. She is currently pursuing an M.S. in Applied Information Technology at Towson University. As an AIT (Applied Information Technology) graduate student working at the Towson University Center for GIS (CGIS), I had the opportunity to help with the development of an engineering document search tool for the Maryland Port Administration (MPA). MPA has an archive of drawing sets associated with completed construction projects at their various Baltimore-area terminals. These hard copy and digital (.pdf) drawings contain information...

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My Internship Experience: Mackenzie Rice

This guest post was written by Mackenzie Rice, a junior studying political science and economics at Towson University. She is a member of the Women’s Golf team and interns with the Regional Economic Studies Institute. Many athletes that play Division 1 golf in college are striving to turn professional after their four years of studying and eligibility are over. However, I never saw professional golf in my future. I never wanted to put the pressure of making a pay check on the line, in case it would cause me to fall out of love for the game. As a...

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Guest Post: Back-to-School Shopping: The Economic Impact

Early Wake-Ups, Sad Children, and School Shopping! It’s that time of year again! Summer has officially ended and everyone will be affected. Students have to wake up early to not miss a school bus. Students are unhappy that they will have daily or weekly homework. Parents have to wake up early to ensure their children do not miss a school bus or to take them to school. Parents have to fight through increased traffic to get to work on-time. Besides the frustrations of the back-to-school season, the effects on the economy are rewarding. Back-to-School Boosts the Economy Beginning in...

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On the Money: Putting a Woman on the New $10 Bill

Paper currency (or, if we’re getting technical, cotton and linen currency) is an undeniable part of our day-to-day economic and financial existence, regardless of how often we may pay with plastic and how soon the world may seriously consider digital currency. Perhaps because of its conspicuous role or its symbolic significance, paper currency and whose images are represented on it has long been a topic of interest. Women On 20s, a nonprofit grassroots organization, has played an integral part in bringing attention to the lack of female representation on paper currency. Since 2014 the organization has been campaigning for...

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Guest Post: Health Technology is Gaining Traction in Maryland

At the Division of Innovation and Applied Research, we’ve long recognized the potential for Maryland to be a leader in establishing business opportunities where IT marries other industries, whether its counterpart is education, construction, or health care. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the winner, Rehabtics, and runner-up, Tutela Bedside Technologies, of TU Incubator’s 2014 Business Plan Competition; both are Maryland-based start-ups innovating in health technology. In recent months, we can’t help but notice the increasing buzz of health technology and questions on whether Maryland has what it takes to nurture an industry that improves patient care while increasing ROI for providers. RESI staff attended the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA)’s Summer Conference on Maryland’s health technology industry, and we were blown away by the complex and innovative nature of this emerging industry. Evident from discussion at MEDA’s conference, Maryland has an opportunity to be a leader in nurturing health technology, because Maryland is one of few east coast states with the necessary infrastructure in place. The conference kicked off with three overarching themes: health care access, quality, and affordability through technological innovations. The exact definition of health technology remains elusive, but MEDA provided a definition for one sub-sector, mobile health. Mobile health is defined by MEDA as “the use of wired or wireless technology to improve health and care delivery.” Within mobile health, there are so-called wearables...

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Guest Post: Is Arts Entrepreneurship a Real Field of Study?

Finding My Place in the World In 2001 I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing. I had perfected my skills as an artist, believed deeply that I had something of value to offer the world, and yet, I had no clear path to financial stability. I knew galleries and museums offered limited options for steady income and that art super stars like Jeff Koons or Yo-Yo Ma did not represent a typical path for the average working artist. My story is not unique and every year thousands...

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Lessons You Can Learn from an Internship

In 35 days I will graduate from Towson University with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, with a concentration in Actuarial Science and Risk Management. For all you math-nerds out there that is approximately 862 hours from now—not that I’m counting! I’m lucky to have this opportunity to reflect upon the many professional experiences I have had during my time at Towson University.  Each experience has helped me grow and advance in different ways.  Working for the Towson University Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) has, without a doubt, had the biggest impact on my professional life. I feel that this internship has truly prepared me for life after graduation. Managing my time effectively, learning how to work with different personalities, and adapting to varying managerial styles have been among the biggest lessons I have learned. Time Management Time management is a lesson that is truly learned through real work experience. A student can learn time management in a classroom, but the true value doesn’t show until you have the opportunity to exercise that skill. Managing five classes and working up to 20 hours a week for RESI has helped me exercise my time management skills to the fullest and prepare me for the future—where I will be working full time and taking actuarial exams. Working with Different Personalities Learning how to work with different personalities is not just a...

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Guest Post: So, the Cicadas are Coming

So the cicadas are coming. What does that mean? There are hundreds of species of cicadas throughout the world but the ones getting the hype right now are the shrimp size Magicicadas or periodical cicadas (13 and 17 year cicadas). Actually there are 24 different “broods” of cicadas that emerge in the spring and summer at different years and in different geographic locations (this is a GIS post after all so I have to use “geo” somewhere). Brood II is a 17 year cycle emerging in 2013 in CT, GA MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA, VA when the soil temperatures reaches  64 F degrees about 8 inches below the surface. The periodic cicadas live all but a brief portion (three weeks) of their life underground (1-8 feet) as grubs feeding on root juices.  When they emerge to mate they do so in large numbers (i.e. millions, a plague, etc). Actually this is a natural defense called “predator satiation” that ensures enough survivors are left behind to reproduce. Apparently they are not only tasty for birds and other wild predators but also as a delicacy to people as well, according to Jena Jadin, University of Maryland. Other than the loud noises and general nuisance they are not harmful to people. My wife’s niece would dispute that after “colliding” with several during a 5K race in Fredericksburg, VA recently. A comment...

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Guest Post: University Entrepreneurs Turn Research into Products

Now is a very exciting time to be involved in university research, as Maryland works to develop start-up companies based on the ideas that come out of its universities. At the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), we work with many university researchers to turn their technologies into profitable businesses. One case in point is Dr. Carol Espy-Wilson from the University of Maryland. I met Carol when she applied for one of TEDCO’s university programs. She is a professor working on subtracting background noise on cell phones and hearing aids. Now she is also the CEO of a company called OmniSpeech, which has seven employees and is beginning to license their product. Then there is Matt Dowling. I met Matt as a student at the University of Maryland. He was working in his professor’s lab with chitosan, a substance that comes from seafood shells. Today he is the CEO of Remedium Technologies, a medical device start-up that is developing a chitosan-based bandage and liquid spray to stop severe bleeding in patients on the battlefield and in emergency rooms. Are you a professor or a student with an idea or a technology that could be a product? TEDCO can help you with the funding and mentoring to start a business. I encourage you to check out our new Technology Validation Program, which can assist you with funding to validate a potential technology or asses...

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