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Jaymes Leavitt, Liz Roll, Dan Joy, Mo Krochmal

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Jaymes Leavitt (cover and inside photos of Jill Mesirov) is a Boston-based photographer who enjoys working with people. His most recent projects include Gettysburg College, Marie Clair Hong Kong, and Munko Records. He writes, “Genomics is an interesting arena to be a part of. I enjoy helping portray the wonderful people who shape this amazing field.”

Liz Roll (Alden Philbrick, p. 38) is a freelance photographer in Arlington, Virginia. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, she specializes in corporate, editorial and documentary photography. In addition to her work for clients in and around Washington, DC, she has worked as a photographer for the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

HP business development manager Dan Joy was Compaq’s Dan Joy when he showed up with a high-tech digital camera to our All-Stars party last year in San Diego. Since his photos turned out better than the “real” photographer’s shots, this year we didn’t even bother hiring a pro — and begged Dan to bring his camera again. His pics from the GT All-Stars awards party start on page 42.

Mo Krochmal (pronounced “crock mall”) is the newest addition to the GenomeWeb staff. With experience in IT business reporting and sportswriting, and mid-career training at Columbia’s J-school, he was hired this summer to become editor of weekly newsletter BioArray News. Little did we know he’s also a photojournalist. Mo shot pictures during GSAC and even videotaped the editorial team’s sitdown with Craig Venter. Now if only GenomeWeb.com had streaming-video capabilities.

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