Featured, Schools

A Sneak Peek at Johns Hopkins’ New Website

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 10:50am

If you go to right now, you may find yourself faced with information overload. The current homepage includes more than 240 links–which means lots of text–and a slightly stodgy blue and black color scheme. After the successful overhaul of the university’s logo last year, Hopkins decided that the next big project worth a redesign was this website. It was time, university administrators and communications staff decided, to give the school a brand new front door.

The new site won’t go live until the school year starts (so, in late August), but to whet your appetite, Hopkins has released a YouTube preview of the new look. Here are a few highlights:

Read More →


Johns Hopkins Responds to Sexual Assault Charges with New Committee

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 9:45am


Earlier this summer, several students at Johns Hopkins filed a federal complaint against the university, alleging that the school ignored (at best) or covered up (at worst) an alleged rape committed by members of the Pi Kappa Alpha frat. (The frat has since been suspended for one year.)

That case is still on-going, but it’s encouraging to hear that Johns Hopkins is taking the problem of on-campus sexual assault seriously, forming a new committee and building a website to help both prevent sexual assault and support victims. “The committee and website are seen as key steps to enhancing the university’s long-standing commitment to addressing sexual violence, including anti-harassment and anti-assault policies and procedures for investigating and responding to reported incidents of sexual violence,” the JHU Hub wrote — a sentiment that doesn’t exactly jibe with the allegations in the federal complaint, it should be noted.
Read More →

Roland Park, Schools, Sponsored Post

Time to Figure Out Top-College Choices: Early Action and Early Decision

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 12:30pm


Early action or early decision?  That should be the question for Baltimore’s rising seniors applying to selective colleges.  Many Baltimore parents are familiar with early action and early decision, especially if one child has already been through the admissions process.  They know applying early means more than turning in application materials by November 1 (the most common early application deadline).  For early decision, it means applying to one school and committing to enrollment if admitted.  Early action, on the other hand, means a students receives an admission decision in December, but can still apply to another institution.

Why apply early action or early decision?  For the average student applying to selective colleges, it makes sense to apply early action to a few places.  If accepted, the student knows earlier that he or she is in college, has a better shot at scholarship money that dwindles as the admission season wears on, and has more time to be considered for admission to honors programs, like the one at UMD College Park For those who are dead-set on a specific college or university, early decision can make sense, too, just make sure it’s what you want. Read More →


Johns Hopkins Physicist Receives (Possible) $1 Million Prize

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 9:22am


No one goes into theoretical physics for the money. If you’ve got the brains to handle those kinds of abstract, fundamental questions, you may win yourself a nice professorship, but since your ideas can’t be easily converted into medicines or weapons, you’re not likely to bring home the really big bucks.

That’s why the Simons Investigator program was launched in 2012: it provides support to mathematicians, theoretical computer scientists, and theoretical physicists — $100,000 per year for five years, with an optional five-year renewal after that. Hopkins physics professor Marc Kamionkowski is one of the six recipients of this year’s award.
Read More →

Featured, Roland Park, Schools, Sponsored Post

Sports Star? Art Star? Math Stars Shine at Mathnasium

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 11:00am

inner_mainImage_aboutParents are willing to do just about anything to help their children succeed. Whether it’s athletics, art, or music, we spend thousands of dollars every year helping our kids become the star quarterback, the lead in the play, or the featured soloist in the concert.

But what about math?

Just like organizations that serve to enhance a child’s sports skills, artistic ability or musical talent, Mathnasium attracts gifted STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students and helps them master math. All of the instructors at Mathnasium are highly competent up to or beyond calculus.

“We have the brain power to help any student looking to take their math competency to the next level,” says Jim Trexler, Center Director of Mathnasium of Roland Park. “About 30 percent of our kids are working beyond their grade level, we expect that trend to continue.” Read More →


Johns Hopkins Science Writing Program Returns, In Modified Form

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 9:44am


While creative writing MFA programs are on the rise, master’s-level science writing programs have been facing elimination across the country–including at Johns Hopkins, which cancelled its one-year MA in science writing in 2013. But administrations change, priorities shift, and changes are made… and luckily for aspiring science writers out there, the Hopkins science writing program is back in a new form.
Read More →

Featured, Schools

Johns Hopkins Is the 19th Best University in the World

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 10:41am

Photo via JHU Hub

Photo via JHU Hub

Claiming that you have a mathematical formula that can determine the best university in the world is a little silly. How are you really supposed to compare schools in the U.S., Japan, and the U.K., when the educational systems, standards of evaluation, and campus culture are so different?

But hey, who cares, because the Center for World University Rankings says that Johns Hopkins is the 19th-best university in the world. Woo-hoo!!!! (Just forget about the fact that they were 17th-best last year.)
Read More →

Featured, Lifeline, Schools

Should Baltimore County Schools Close for Muslim Holidays?

3 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 10:40am


For at least 10 years now, Muslims in Baltimore County have been pushing for public schools to close for two major Islamic holidays: Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. The long-stalled effort, championed most vocally by Dr. Bash Pharoan, was recently re-ignited when county school board member Michael Collins suggested that, seeing as Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha both fall on Sept. 23 in 2015, the Muslim holiday could be noted in the academic calendar.

According to the Baltimore Sun, this seemingly harmless suggestion sparked a “short, heated debate.” In the end, the board decided not to mention Eid al-Adha in the 2015-2016 calendar and sent the issue to its policy committee. Read More →

Lifeline, Schools

Ravens Rookie and Math Wiz John Urschel Signs With Roland Park’s Mathnasium

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 11:31am



Photo courtesy Penn State University via

The Ravens signed this year math genius John Urschel — he taught Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry at Penn State — in the fifth round of the draft.  Now local math tutor Jim Trexler of Mathnasium Roland Park has signed the offensive lineman to push math programs in Baltimore.  Doubt this guy’s math cred? Read the Grantland interview below. You’ll see, he’s smarter than the average bear…and Bengal, and Brown, and Steeler, and the rest, too! – The Eds.

By Ed Feng

When people think of mathematicians, they often think of the stereotype: the awkward, hunched-over guy doing groundbreaking research at a bar. Russell Crowe’s John Nash in A Beautiful Mind.

John Urschel isn’t that kind of mathematician. He’s a 6-foot-3, 313-pound man who lines up across from defenders and hits them, hard. Urschel was a first-team All–Big Ten offensive lineman the last two seasons at Penn State, and he projects as a fourth- or fifth-round pick in this week’s NFL draft. He works hard at football, and when he’s finished, he goes home and does math.

Recently, Urschel sent me two of his published papers, one on celestial mechanics, the other on subgraphs, both of which could have earned him a doctorate in math. As the draft looms and his reputation as a mathematician grows, I spoke with Urschel about football, numbers, and the future. Read More →

Roland Park, Schools, Sponsored Post

Be Smart About Homeschooling-Investigate The Mathnasium Method

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 09, 2014 12:00pm


Mathnasium_Hour_Pie Charts_4

The number of children getting their education in a homeschooled setting is increasing and will continue to do so. Most parents providing homeschooling can sufficiently provide a sound, base level math education using their homeschooling tools and connections. “However, it is not uncommon for the parent to “hit a wall” when their child begins to enter the world of algebra”, says Jim Trexler, Mathnasium of Roland Park, Center Director. At this point, the parent begins exploring options with fellow homeschooling parents. Those options range from teaming with other parents, on-line tools, individual tutors, and supplemental learning companies like Mathnasium. Read More →

Most Comments This Week


Cleavage, Cleavage, Cleavage

Written by Marion Winik

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 9:49am


What Your Baltimore Zip Code Says About You

Written by Rachel Monroe

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 9:22pm


Boy, Oh Boy, What a Movie!

Written by C.G. Dunn

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 4:22pm


Parts & Labor: My latest food obsession

Written by Amy Langrehr

Friday, Aug 01, 2014 9:32am


Pigtown Design: #This is Baltimore

Written by Meg Fielding

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 9:39am

Recent Comments

Supporters of Israel and Palestine Clash at Penn Station

"Because yelling and screaming about it over here really helps the situation over there.

Ray Rice Holds Second News Conference, Apologizes to Wife

"He vowed to pay more attention to the location of cameras in the future when he is...

Julie Exley
Boy, Oh Boy, What a Movie!

"I'm so glad you've added movie reviews! I like C.G.'s take on "Boyhood"--a solid...

Parts & Labor: My latest food obsession

"The way your parents (or any of us old fogies) can enjoy modern restaurants and hear you...

BaltimoreGal (@BaltimoreGal)
Parts & Labor: My latest food obsession

"1. YES. The Remingtonian. Fabulous. 2. The steak is perfection. Not too pricey, just...





Find Doctors on ZocDoc