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Marian Moser Jones, Nicholas Griner, Matthew Bowen


Marian Moser Jones, by her own admission, has a wacky sense of humor. In fact, sometimes she wonders whether she might be an extraterrestrial lifeform trapped in a human’s body. But no, she’s actually just from the Midwest. At the office, we like to assure her that she’s certainly not the only bizarre character wandering the semi-cubicled space. This month’s Blunt End, p. 58, offers readers a small sampling of her sense of humor. Her alter-ego Fernald Simerston has awoken from a decades-long, self-imposed quarantine in the lab, and has decided to attend the annual AAAS meeting. Marian also spends her time as editorial director of newsletters at GenomeWeb, and oversees the news site.

Nicholas Griner is a Washington/Baltimore area photographer specializing in editorial, event, and portrait photography. A native to the area, Griner received his formal training in the art of photography from Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. Nicholas works with local newspapers, business journals, and companies. Says Griner of his two subjects for this month’s Wild Type, p. 50, “Working with Leigh and Norman Anderson was a wonderful experience. They both had a great sense of humor and were extremely easy to photograph.”

Matthew Bowen, PhD, is a neuropsychologist formerly with Stanford Medical School. He has been a serious photographer for years and has both shown work and had commercial and artistic publications. He photographed Don Hunt at the University of Virginia for the cover story this month, p. 36.


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