Stav Dimitropoulos ("A Spiritual Experience") has written for the BBC, National Geographic, Nature, Scientific American, Science, and more top publications.

Adam Hadhazy ("Enhanced Search and Rescue") grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, and is a serious Ravens fan. He studied science writing at New York University and now lives in New Jersey with his family.

Fien Jorissen ("An Epidemic's Electronic Eyes," illustration) has published several comics, as well as commercial work for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. She is represented by Heart agency.

Yann Kebbi ("The Near Future of Performance," illustration) has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review, and Vanity Fair France, among others.

Michelle Pereira ("For the Greater Good," illustration) creates art for children's books, ad campaigns, and editorial clients. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

J. Cavanaugh Simpson ("An Epidemic's Electronic Eyes"), A&S '97 (MA), is a Johns Hopkins lecturer, a Pulitzer Center 2020 fellow, and a former staff writer for the Miami Herald and Johns Hopkins Magazine.

On the cover

Award-winning photojournalist André Chung considers himself lucky to have snagged a slot on Rep. Lauren Underwood's busy schedule. "Add to that a pandemic that forced an outdoor location for the [physically distant] portrait session, and temperatures over 90 degrees, and the operation had to be quick and in the shade," he says. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, an accommodating Underwood allowed just enough time for Chung to snap this cover image, which accompanies "Lauren Underwood Has Hit Her Stride."