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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
3003 N. Charles Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-3843
Phone: (410) 516-7160 / Fax (410) 516-5251

October 26, 1998
Steve Libowitz, jhunews@jhu.edu

Gary Dorsey Named Science Writer at Johns Hopkins University

Gary Dorsey has been named science writer for The Johns Hopkins University Office of News and Information. He will represent the faculty conducting research in the basic sciences, psychology, physics and astronomy as well as the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute.

For the past eight years, Dorsey has been writing books:

The Fullness of Wings: The Making of a New Daedalus (Viking Press, 1991) is a work of literary journalism, telling the story of the development and flight of one of the world's most impressive airplanes, the 68-lb. Daedalus, built by students and graduates of MIT. The book was a National Book Award nominee for non-fiction.

Congregation: The Journey Back to Church (Viking Press, 1995) was based on two years of reporting and tells the story of a middle-aged man's sojourn into the life of a mainline Protestant church, weaving together a spiritual autobiography with the day-to-day life of ministers and congregants. M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled, called the book "a masterpiece of journalism."

A Piece of the Sky (Addison Wesley, release expected in 1999) is part of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's "Twentieth Century Technology Series." The book tells the story of a decade-long quest by Orbital Sciences Corp. to develop a commercial satellite constellation for personal wireless communications.

Prior to this, Dorsey was a staff and feature writer for The Winston-Salem (N.C.) Sentinel, the Hartford (Conn.) Courant and Northeast Magazine, also in Hartford, Conn. He also was contributing editor of New England Monthly.

Besides earning a National Book Award nomination, Dorsey s other writing awards include the UPI New England Feature Writing award (twice), The Connecticut Press Association s Feature Writing award (twice), the Sunday Magazine Editors Association s Investigative Reporting award and the North Carolina Press Association s Feature Writing award (twice). He also was a two-time finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

Dorsey earned his bachelor s degree in American Studies and his master s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Catonsville, Md. with his wife and daughter.

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