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Dedicated to treating AIDS in Africa
"Science, medicine, and public health really fascinate me," says photographer David Colwell, who went to Africa with a team from the
Bloomberg School of Public Health this winter and shot the "Big Picture" at an AIDS clinic in Rakai, Uganda. It was Colwell's first trip to Africa, and he was amazed by the people he met — both Africans and public health workers. "The Rakai project was fascinating," he says. "They've been following some 15,000 individuals with AIDS there since 1988. It really takes a special kind of individual to do this work." Colwell's work has appeared in Baltimore Magazine, Esquire, and National Geographic Traveler. He lives in Frederick, Maryland.

Speaking out against a misguided movement
Melissa Hendricks, author of this issue's
"Raymond Pearl's 'Mingled Mess,'" was intrigued by the biologist's involvement in the eugenics movement — not just because he was an early proponent, but also because of his response to valid scientific challenges to its assumptions. "He may have been the first biologist of any rank to speak out against eugenics," she says. That confirmed Hendricks' feeling that knowing the history of a field is critical to understanding it: "Read history. Know history. And try to be aware of your biases because we all have them." Hendricks was formerly science writer for Johns Hopkins Magazine. —MB

Illustrator Michael Austin (Wholly Hopkins: "Improv Old and New") lives in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Contact him at 808-325-1445 or visit his Web site at
Freelance writer Karen Blum (Wholly Hopkins: "Cancer Patients Find Alternative Forms of Relief") lives in Owings Mills, Maryland. She can be reached at 410-998-9525 or
Photographer Bill Denison ("Your Other Life") lives and works in Baltimore. Phone him at 410-823-0001.
Freelance writer Jim Duffy ("Shock Treatment") lives in Cambridge, Maryland. He can be reached at 443-799-8627.
Illustrator Michael Gibbs ("Force of Nature") lives and works in Clifton, Virginia. Contact him through his Web site at
Will Kirk '99 (Wholly Hopkins: "Hopkins Team Unearths 3,400-Year-Old Queen"; "Finally, a Home for Education", "Vignette") is a photographer for Homewood Photographic Services. E-mail him at
Photographer Sam Kittner ("Big Question") is based in Takoma Park, Maryland. Visit his Web site,
Illustrator Michael Morgenstern ("Essay") is based in New Jersey. His Web site is Call him at 609-823-2420 or e-mail him at
Brian Simpson ("Big Picture") is editorial director for the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Office of Communications and Public Affairs. He can be reached at
Photographer Stephen Spartana ("Force of Nature") is based in Sparks, Maryland. E-mail him at
Cari Lynn Ugent resides in Chicago and is the author (under Cari Lynn) of Leg the Spread: A Woman's Adventures Inside the Trillion-Dollar Boys' Club of Commodities Trading (Broadway Books/Doubleday).
Photographer Keith Weller ("Shock Treatment") is based in Columbia, Maryland. He can be reached via e-mail at:
Illustrator Sandy Young ("Raymond Pearl's 'Mingled Mess'") of Studio Y can be reached through her Web site,, or at 707-939-1131.

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