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Photo by Mike Ciesielski As jobs go, being editor of Johns Hopkins Magazine has to rank among the best. I spend most days immersed in stories about fascinating Hopkins people and pathbreaking research. I have the good fortune to work with a team of folks who are witty, kind, intelligent, and super-talented (witness the magazine's great showing again this year in the annual awards contest sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education: a silver medal in staff writing and a silver in "best articles" for Gary Logan's "Separate Fates," as well as a bronze in the general interest magazine category and a bronze in "special issues" for last September's "The Seven Deadly Sins" issue). Perhaps most importantly, I've had the good fortune to get to know you, our readers. During my 16 years with the magazine, 12 as editor, your letters, visits, and e-mails have been a continual source of inspiration. Clearly, you care deeply about your university — and your magazine.

All of which has made my decision to step down now as editor a very difficult one. But it's one I make with optimism and a spirit of adventure. By the time this issue lands in your mailbox, I'll be launched on a new chapter, tentatively titled "In Pursuit of the Elusive Work/Life Balance." Over the past several years, I've helped launch several magazines within the university (the latest, the new Peabody Magazine, will premiére in September). By continuing my editorial involvement with these and other publications, I'm hoping to gain some flexibility and bring a sense of sanity to my marriage and family life — which seems to have gotten exponentially more hectic now that Ben, Matt, and Daniel (10, 8, and 3) are swept up in an endless whirl of baseball practices, drama rehearsals, soccer tryouts, homework, and field trips. Here's hoping this new arrangement will result in clean socks for all, an end to carry-in dinners — and my continued commitment to editorial excellence at Johns Hopkins.

I leave with the magazine in the able hands of interim editor Catherine Pierre, and a heartfelt sense of gratitude to you all.

-Sue De Pasquale

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