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Johns Hopkins UniversityArts and Sciences Magazine

Editors’ Note

We love the web. We're on board with Facebook and LinkedIn (though not yet Twitter converts). We get blogs and RSS feeds and all of the Web 2.0 tools that make online communicating—even storytelling—so dynamic, so multi-layered, and so, well, cool. And we're all about being green, saving trees (and money) by employing electronic media with increasing frequency, not only in addition to print but sometimes instead of it. But as we embrace new media (do we still call it "new media?"), we will cling to our printed pages with fierce loyalty.

In these days of vanishing newspapers and previously unimaginable fascination with 140-character "tweets," there remains an inherent and unbeatable value in the relationship a reader has with the printed word. That relationship, in turn, connects us to one another as a community and a citizenry. A chief mission of this magazine is to inform and enrich the Arts and Sciences community with stories about the people who comprise it, and in so doing, to bring together this diverse collection of students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends. Within these pages, we can communicate the stories behind faculty and student research and the accomplishments of our talented alumni, explain why a program like the Baltimore Scholars matters so much, and show in great detail how a fundraising campaign can transform a school. We put all of this on the web, of course, along with videos, sound files, and related content that offer an extra dimension to the coverage, and we encourage those who don't share our passion for print to forgo their copies for the electronic version instead.

But for us, the printed word was our first and truest love. It carries a kind of determined permanence that the web lacks, its elegant fonts and indelible inks enticing us not only to read, but to linger over the words and keep them—dog-ear a page we want to revisit, tear out an article and send it to someone, maybe even frame a piece of it.

We watch with great sadness and more than a little anxiety about the effect of the crumbling Fourth Estate as newspapers die one after another. Such losses make us value even more the privilege of connecting with you through these pages. We hope you're enjoying the conversation as much as we are.


Sylvia Eggleston Wehr
Associate Dean for External Affairs


Angela Paik Schaeffer




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