Showcase for education in science at WMC

On the Town

November 05, 1995|By Sylvia Badger

THE POWERS that be at Western Maryland College (WMC) decided to show off some of the technology its students will be exposed to in the new science hall. The school held a ScienceFest, which highlighted the expertise of such Baltimore medical superstars as Ben Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins; Steven Achuff, director of clinical cardiology at Hopkins; and Theodore Woodward, professor emeritus of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and recipient of the 1995 American Medical Association's Distinguished Service Award.

For a day filled with lectures and hands-on demonstrations, the superstars were joined by members of the school's faculty and VIP alums Michael Weinblatt, '71, director of the Robert B. Brigham Arthritis Center and associate professor of medicine at Harvard; David M. Stout, '76, president of Schering Laboratories; Dr. Lawrence Blumberg, '67, orthopedic surgeon and chairman of the WMC Science Center Committee; and Robert H. Chambers, WMC president.

Also attending were Philip Meredith, '66, director of Freon research and development at du Pont; James H. Resau, '68, morphologist, National Cancer Institute's Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center; Jacqueline Tanaka, '67, professor, University of Pennsylvania; and Erich Willen, '58, director of the magnet division of Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Moving man

Baltimorean-turned-L.A.-entrepreneur George Karras is a man on the move. He maintains residences in Baltimore, Toronto, Beverly Hills and San Francisco, and is a partner at Centium Entertainment of Beverly Hills.

He's recently acquired two L.A. talent agencies, Otis & Associates and Meridian Models & Talent Agency, as well as the California-based music publishing company O'Lyric Music Catalog, headed by Arthur Braun, now one of his partners.

O'Lyric has copyright ownership of more than 2,000 songs, and that includes all the songs written by hit songwriter Tom Shapiro. Two of his hits include "I Live for Your Love," recorded by Natalie Cole, and "Never Give up on a Good Thing," recorded by George Benson and Monie Love.

George Karras has asked a Baltimore businessman who is his cousin, Alexander Karras, to be his East Coast arm on the lookout for new talent. Alexander, a 28-year veteran of the music business and a principal of Alexander Photo-Video and ABBA Recording Studio, tells me this will be a boon for local talent.

George Karras, who grew up in Randallstown and Towson, and another cousin, Michael, an investment banker with 1st Canadian and a partner in Centium Entertainment, are working on other markets in which to expand.

George worked for many years at the family market, Atlantic Foods, on Harford Road.

He graduated from Loyola College, studied law at the University of Baltimore and international law at Cambridge University in England.

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