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Still in one piece

Ann Finkbeiner has been interviewing Hopkins researcher Riccardo Giacconi on and off since 1983, for publications such as Science and Sky and Telescope. When she heard in October that he'd won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in X-ray astronomy, she was thrilled for him. "It was just a little sign that the world is going the way it ought to go, for once," says Finkbeiner, who directs the master's program in writing about science within Hopkins' Writing Seminars. Interviewing Giacconi is "like being in a high wind," she says, fondly. "You just hold on and hope that you're still in one piece when it's over."

No longer ga-ga over Google

"I'm pretty much addicted to Google," admits Brian Simpson, author of "A Librarian's Cri de Coeur." But what he discovered after interviewing librarians at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library has softened his enthusiasm considerably. His opinion of librarians has also changed. "I'd expected them to be the dour, 'shushers' type," says Simpson, editor of Johns Hopkins Public Health. "But they're not at all. They're intelligent and funny and they really care about what they're doing. They can make anybody's research so much easier -- but not that many students take advantage of them."

Hanging out the welcome sign

Martha Thomas has spent much of her career writing about social issues, including a decade-long stint with UNICEF, covering children's health issues. So she seemed an apt choice to tackle "Good Neighbors," which documents the School of Nursing's involvement in providing health care to underserved families in East Baltimore. "I was very impressed by the devotion shown by the nursing students," says Thomas of the time she spent at the school's Wald Clinic on Rutland Avenue. Clinic director Marion D'Lugoff, Thomas adds, "really, really wants patients to feel welcome. There's a family-like atmosphere -- and lots of laughing."

Getting out, for a change

Photographer Christopher Myers spent most of his Saturday nights in college holed up in the darkroom -- a sharp contrast, he says, to what he found when documenting the campus social scene at Homewood for "Saturday Night." "Anything you can think of was happening, and did happen: quaint house parties, a cappella concerts, students in the streets chatting, some studying. One minute I was in the middle of a men's basketball game, the next I was at a frat party." Myers, 30, whose photos have appeared in Baltimore Magazine and Baltimore's City Paper, particularly enjoys fine arts photography. He's shot extensively in eastern Europe, Iceland, and Portugal, and currently is shooting conceptual book covers for HarperCollins.
-- Sue De Pasquale

Illustrator Wesley Bedrosian (Wholly Hopkins: "Shutting Out the Citizen") lives in New York City. To view his work and for contact information, visit
Jennifer Bishop, whose archival photos appear in "Alternatively Yours," is a Baltimore-based photographer. Call her at 410-366-6662.
Photographer Mike Ciesielski (Alumni: "The Golden Sounds of Silents") is based in Baltimore. Call him at 410-253-8274.
Artist William Cigliano ("St. George and the Telescopes") is based in Chicago, Illinois. Call him at 773-973-0062.
Writer Amy Cowles (Wholly Hopkins: "Wave of Arts, Culture Hits Homewood") is a media relations representative in the Office of News and Information. She covers student life, arts and humanities, education and events on the Homewood campus. Contact her at [email protected].
Photographer John Davis ("The Big Question") is based in Baltimore. Contact him by calling 410-241-2767.
Illustrator Gilbert Ford (Essay, "Past, Imperfect") lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Phone him at 347-452-4098.
Chris Hartlove (Wholly Hopkins: "Students Get to the Heart of City Survival") is a Baltimore-based photographer. To view his work and for contact information, visit
Artist Joyce Hesselbeth (Alumni: "To Burn or Not to Burn") can be reached through Spur Design LLC:
Tamara Hoffer ( Wholly Hopkins: Vignette and "A Pint-sized System for Detecting Bioagents") is a Baltimore-based freelance photographer specializing in corporate and editorial portraiture. She can be reached at 410-383-2826, or by e-mail at [email protected].
Photographer David Lubarsky ("Alternatively Yours") is based in New York City. Phone him at 212-505-1720.
Sally McGrane ( Wholly Hopkins: Datebook and "A Pint-sized System for Detecting Bioagents") is a freelance writer and graduate student in the Hopkins Writing Seminars. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes ASAP, and Wired, among other publications. To reach her, e-mail [email protected].
Christopher Myers ("Saturday Night") is a Baltimore-based photographer. To see more of his fine art images, go to
Photographer Jefferson Jackson Steele (Other Life; Wholly Hopkins: "Wave of Arts, Culture Hits Homewood") lives and works in Baltimore. To reach him, call 410-664-8137.
Photographer Jay Van Rensselaer (Wholly Hopkins: "French Honor for Baldwin") directs the Homewood Photos Labs. Call him at 410-516-5332.
Photographer Keith Weller ("Good Neighbors") can be reached by calling 410-750-7100 or via e-mail: [email protected].
Writer Diana Whitman (Wholly Hopkins: Vignette) is project manager in the publications office of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. Phone her at 410-516-6852.
Josephine Yun '02 (Wholly Hopkins: "Avant-garde Film, 10 Pianos Herald Conductor's Debut") graduated from the Kreiger School of Arts & Sciences last spring.

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