Date: February 1, 2013
Douglas Birch (“Bad Bugs,” p. 20) has spent 30 years as a journalist, including 22 years at The Baltimore Evening Sun and The Sun. As a science writer and foreign correspondent for The Sun, he reported from more than 20 countries and the continent of Antarctica. As Moscow bureau chief of the Associated Press from 2007 to 2010, he directed coverage of Russia and 11 other nations of the former Soviet Union. He worked in the AP's Washington bureau until spring 2012.
An award-winning commercial illustrator, Bill Garland (“Is There a Doctor in the House?” p. 32) has worked in nearly every facet of the art and advertising world. Within the entertainment industry, he has created the main images on projects for every major Hollywood studio and television network. His corporate clients include Coca-Cola, the National Football League, and K2 Skiis. Garland is also a portrait artist and an accomplished “Plein Air” painter. He lives and works from his home/studio on the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, Calif.
Stephanie Shapiro (“Is There a Doctor in the House?” p. 32) spent 23 years as a feature reporter for The Baltimore Sun. After leaving the paper in 2008, she has served as a field reporter for AmeriCorps Vista, contributed freelance articles to national and local publications, and taught at Loyola University Maryland. She joined Johns Hopkins Medicine as a senior writer on the Editorial Services staff in 2009. She and her husband, Tom Waldron, live in Baltimore.