Anje Jager ("Deep, Smart, and Diverse," illustration; "Who Is...Thomas Burke," illustration) is a Dutch artist based in Berlin. Her illustrations, characterized by fine lines and floating watercolors, have appeared in Die Zeit, Amsterdam Weekly, Fräulein Magazin, XLR8R magazine, and

Mike Ives ("Troubled Waters") is an American freelance writer based in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he reports for the Associated Press. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Earth Island Journal, and

Brett Ryder ("Evolution, Evolved," illustration) is an illustrator based in the United Kingdom. His clients include the Guardian, Penguin Books, the Economist, Time, Forbes, and Dr. Stuart's Herbal Teas, among others.

Neil Grauer ("Support Troops," illustration), A&S '69, is known by many alumni as the illustrator behind the original "Grauer Blue Jay." He is assistant director of editorial services in the Office of Marketing and Communications for Johns Hopkins Medicine and the author of several books.

Murray Carpenter ("Tag-Team Teaching") is a freelance journalist whose work regularly appears in the New York Times and the Boston Globe. He is also a radio contributor for NPR and Public Radio International's The World. He lives in Belfast, Maine.

Laurie Rosenwald ("A Hopkins Guy," illustration) is a graphic designer, illustrator, and author. A native New Yorker, she has taught graphic design at Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Institute, and teaches a workshop titled "How to Make Mistakes on Purpose" all over the world. One of her latest projects, David's Diary, an animated app developed with David Sedaris, is available on iTunes.

On the cover

Lorin Stein and his staff were photographed for our cover by Elena Dorfman. A former New Yorker, the Los Angeles-based photographer says she felt right at home in their downtown New York offices bedecked with stuffed birds and founders' photographs. Dorfman's portraits have appeared in numerous publications and campaigns, and she has just completed a landscape series, Empire Falling, shot entirely in the rock quarries of the Midwest.