Cathy Shufro ("Renewing Ties to Myanmar") is a freelance journalist who has reported on global health from Bangladesh, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Thailand. This spring, she reported from Myanmar on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project, a program at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies that allows U.S. journalists to do in-depth reporting overseas.

David Driver ("Applying a Slide Rule to Baseball") is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Sacramento Bee, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A former college baseball player, he now covers sports in and around Washington, D.C., where he has lived for 20 years.

Eda Akaltun ("Computing Texas Hold 'em," illustrations) employs traditional printmaking and digital collage to create her illustrations, which have appeared in the New York Times, the Telegraph, Wired, and New Scientist, among other publications. Originally from Istanbul, she lives and works in London.

Marshall Clarke ("Making Waves to Fight Cancer," photograph) is an independent photographer based in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas. His work has appeared in exhibitions at the Fraser Gallery in Washington and at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and his clients include magazines, universities, multinational corporations, and nonprofits.

Jennifer Walker ("The Read on Culture") is a freelance writer based in Baltimore, where she writes about health, food, business, and arts and culture. Her work has appeared in Urbanite, Johns Hopkins Nursing, Healthcare Traveler, and SmartCEO, among other publications. She blogs about food and cooking at

On the cover

Actor and theater professor John Astin was photographed for our cover by Christian Witkin, a New York-based fashion and portrait photographer. This cover photo of Astin was taken outside the Merrick Barn, recently renovated and renamed the John Astin Theatre. Witkin's work has appeared in a number of publications, including Vanity Fair, Vogue, and the New York Times Magazine, and in advertising campaigns for (RED), Nike, Microsoft, and Calvin Klein.