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A Light Touch

When Hopkins hopefuls were asked to plan an adventure, they dreamed up all kinds of stories. When Hopkins Magazine wanted to illustrate their essays ("Excellent Adventures"), Linda Helton seemed perfect for the job. Her fanciful illustrations — bright colors, collagelike compositions, people floating in air — were an apt match to the students' creativity. "The nature of this particular story was that it was sort of light, and it had a lot of variety in the different stories," Helton says. "Part of the fun was to illustrate each one." Helton has been a designer and illustrator since 1982, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Parenting.

Leaving with a Big Bang

Perhaps it's fitting that Michael Purdy is making his swan song with a Swan Nebula. "Then There Was Light," which offers glorious pictures of deep space from Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (including the aforementioned nebula), will be his last article as news and information officer for Johns Hopkins. Science writing, he says, offers "so much opportunity for learning, surprise, creativity, and sheer blissful wonder at this amazing universe we live in." Purdy is departing Hopkins for a position as senior medical writer for Washington University's School of Medicine in his hometown, St. Louis.

Freelance photographer Jim Burger ("The Big Question") is based in Baltimore. Call him at 410-243-2632 or email
Photographer Rob Brown (Wholly Hopkins: "A Disappointing End to a Superior Season") is a freelancer in Baltimore. Call him at 443- 570-6230 or email
Photographer Mike Ciesielski ("Clay, Paper, Code" and Wholly Hopkins: "Phonograph Changes Our Tune") is based in Baltimore. Call him at 410-253-8274.
Writer Amy Cowles (Wholly Hopkins: "Civic Leadership Institute Helps High Schoolers Help Others") is a media relations representative in the Office of News and Information. Contact her at
Photographer Bill Denison ("Sound Reasoning") lives and works in Baltimore. Phone him at 410-823-0001.
Chris Hartlove (Wholly Hopkins: "Something for Nothing" and "Keeping Animals Safe and Research Sound") is a Baltimore-based photographer. To view his work and for contact information, visit
Illustrator Linda Helton ("Excellent Adventures") is based in Dallas, Texas. To see more of Linda's work, visit
Photographer Will Kirk (Wholly Hopkins: "A Short--but Intense- Stint for Interim Dean of Engineering" and "Retiring Rabbi Leaves Legacy of Warmth, Connection") is a photographer for Homewood Photographic Services. He received his bachelor's degree in English from Johns Hopkins University in 1999. E-mail him at
Photographer Mark Samuel Lee ("Your Other Life") is based in Baltimore. Contact him by calling 410-561-9909.
Illustrator Michael Morgenstern (Essay: "Patriot Names") is based in New Jersey. His Web site is Call him at 609-823-2420 or e-mail him at
Michael Purdy ("Then There Was Light," and Wholly Hopkins: "Findings") is a frequent contributor to Johns Hopkins Magazine. Contact him via e-mail at
Photographer Jay VanRensselaer (Wholly Hopkins: "Civic Leadership Institute Helps High Schoolers Help Others") directs the Homewood Photos Labs. Call him at 410-516-5332.
Writer Greg Rienzi (Wholly Hopkins: "Something for Nothing" and "Being Johns Hopkins") is a freelance writer and staff member of the Johns Hopkins Gazette. E-mail him at
Freelance writer Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson ("Sound Reasoning") was formerly a senior writer at Johns Hopkins Magazine. Contact her via e-mail at
Patrick Tucker is a freelance journalist residing in Baltimore. He can be reached at 410-342-9152 or

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