Brian Eastwood ("Start Me Up") focuses his writing on health care, enterprise technology, higher education, and corporate leadership. A Massachusetts native, he currently lives outside of Boston with his wife, son, and cat.

Paul Garland ("Sending Heart Tissue to Space," illustration) has spent the past 30 years as an illustrator, fine art painter, and visiting lecturer at U.K. art colleges. Past clients include Harvard Business Review, Variety, The Wall Street Journal, and The Sunday Times.

Greg Houston ("Roland Griffiths Is at Peace," illustration) is a Baltimore-based illustrator and co-founder of the Baltimore Academy of Illustration. Past clients include Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Baltimore City Paper, and Texas Monthly.

Rebekah Kirkman ("Hip-Hop's Indelible Influence") is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Real News Network, Baltimore Beat, Baltimore Fishbowl, and other publications. She was previously the managing editor at BmoreArt and the visual arts editor at Baltimore City Paper.

Christopher Myers ("Murder, She Writes," photography) creates editorial, lifestyle, and advertising campaigns for clients including The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Catholic Charities, and Harley Davidson. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and daughters.

Gabriel Popkin ("Rebooting Our Warming Cities") is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Science magazine, and many other publications. He received his master's degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins in 2013.

On the cover

For this issue's cover, a preview of "Rebooting Our Warming Cities," U.K.–based illustrator Eleanor Taylor sought to capture the all-enveloping feeling of a forest canopy—specifically, a phenomenon called crown shyness, where trees' canopies grow near but don't touch, creating channellike gaps. "I juxtaposed this with the quite overwhelming sensory experience of looking up at a jungle of man-made skyscrapers," she says. Taylor is hopeful that projects like those being undertaken at Hopkins will help cities develop ways to cope with climate change.