Neil A. Grauer ("A Rediscovered Ode," p. 23), A&S '69, is assistant director of editorial services for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Marketing and Communication. He created the cartoon Hopkins Blue Jay in 1966, continues drawing it today, and has written nine books.

Dave Cooper ("The Long Shadow of a Poor Start," photography, p. 30) has done work for everyone from Garden & Gun magazine to Pew Charitable Trusts. He is the director of the 2007 feature-length documentary Road to Roubaix about the challenging one-day cycling race.
Ben Jones ("The Long Shadow of a Poor Start," illustration, p. 30) lives and works in Manchester, United Kingdom, and has completed commissions for Penguin Books, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Boston Globe.
Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson ("Are We Flying Solo?," pg. 38) is a lecturer in the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, an essayist, and editor of 3QR: The Three Quarter Review. She is also the author of Literature on Deadline (Celumbra/Pacific Isle, 2007), and is a former staff writer for The Miami Herald and Johns Hopkins Magazine, among other publications.
Shale D. Stiller ("The Earl of Homewood", p. 54), A&S '77 (MLA), is a partner at the law firm DLA Piper. He is a trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins University and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.
Yvonne Albinowski ("Building Hundred-Year Brands," photography, p. 70) is a New York City–based photographer whose latest photo series, "50 Faces on U.S. 50," showcases residents who live along Route 50 in Nevada.

On the cover

Since graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1984, John Kachik has been busy creating retro-style art for clients like Shiner beer, Mini Cooper, and Bloomingdale's. For this issue's cover, Kachik gave our astrobiology story the pulp magazine treatment, mimicking the colors and graphics you'd find splashed across mid-20th-century newsstands. His work can also be seen on the two-page opening spread of "Are We Flying Solo?" on p. 38.