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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.


The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.