Recent Work

Lives in the Balance — The lives of the Roche family – and of countless others halfway around the world whose own lives had been ineffably touched by his years of service to the least among us – were indelibly altered on the night of December 4, 1997, when a rush-hour impact dispatched Bob to a place somewhere between life and death. (Notre Dame Magazine, Summer 2009)

Toasting Poe — The mysterious death and even more mysterious ritual that brings throngs to the poet’s grave. (Where Baltimore, Winter/Spring 2009)

Fun with Chemistry

The Canine Cocaine Caper — Customs agents were piqued by two empty travel kennels on a flight from Colombia. Where was cocaine concealed? Awarded “Best News Story” by EdPress. (Chem Matters, October, 1993)

Seeds of Doubt — A young nurse was shocked when a hospital denied her a job because a urine test indicated illicit drug use. How was she betrayed by her metabolism? (Chem Matters April 1995)

Down the Drain — “Ceramic laundry disks” sound too good to be true. Article led to investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and the Oregon Attorney General’s Office. (Chem Matters, April, 1997)

Color in a Capsule — Warmed in your hand, bright orange Silly Putty turns to a brilliant yellow. Color-changing pigments are becoming ubiquitous, found in everything from soda straws to clothing and the latest in high-tech security. (Chem Matters, February 1998)

Synthetic Blood — Oxygen-carrying perfluorocarbon fluids are making science fiction possible; synthetic blood and even liquid breathing. (Chem Matters, April 1998)

Liquid Bandages: Future Suture — How cyanoacrylate super glue evolved from a lab accident at Eastman Kodak to a tissue adhesive used in surgery. (Chem Matters January 2000)

Baltimore Stories

Counting Crows — Months after breaking out in New York, this enterprise story accurately predicted the impact and spread of the West Nile virus. (Baltimore magazine, June 2000)

Lives of Quiet Desperation — Frank S. went home in 1974 and did not leave for 23 years. An extended dance mix version of the story from May 2001 Baltimore magazine. Awarded first prize for human interest by the Maryland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, 2002.

Top Docs — Awarded first prize for public service by the Maryland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, 1998. (Baltimore, November 1997)


Francis Collins — The director of the National Human Genome Research Institute discusses the genomic age and some of the developments in store. (Genomics News Wire, April 2000)

Juan Enriquez — Director of Harvard’s Life Sciences Project and author of As the Future Catches You discusses molecular biology and the emerging world economy. (Genomics News Wire, December 2001)

Jacob Beser — As a 24-year-old electronics specialist, Beser was the only crew member to fly on the attack aircraft at both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (Washington Post, May 19, 1985)


History of the University of Maryland at Baltimore — A historical sketch and timeline of UM’s medical center campus for the school’s 200th anniversary. (University of Maryland magazine, 2007)

A second lease on life — One of the first HIV+ people with hemophilia to survive liver transplantation. (HemAware, November/December, 2004)

Miracle of Modern Medicine — Separation of conjoined twins from Uganda at University of Maryland Medical Center. (University of Maryland magazine, Winter 2003)

The Book of Life — The Human Genome Project launches a new era of molecular biology. (Michigan Alumnus magazine, Spring 2000)

Small Scale Tragedies — The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death is an extraordinary 60-year-old collection of hand-crafted crime-scene models on display at the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office. (American Medical News, August 17, 1992)

The Heart of the Matter — When two-year-old Phil developed lethal heart failure, we were plunged into the frightening world of heart transplantation. (Hopkins Medical News, Fall 1998)

Digital Deception — It’s long been said that you can’t believe what you read in the papers. Now you can’t even trust your own eyes. (June 2003)

Keeping Patients in Stitches — Long before his movie, as a public affairs officer for University of Maryland I covered a humor workshop led by Patch Adams. (The Voice, 1986)

Sex, Lies and Anesthesia — Am I hallucinating, or did Phil Donahue just screw me? (American Health, October 1991)

Strange injuries — Excerpt from a special “Current Research” column in the 10th anniversary issue of Journal of Emergency Medical Services. (JEMS, February 1990)

Acts of God — A work in progress documenting strange and mysterious ways.

Lex Luthor’s Mail — What would people think of global menace Lex Luthor shopping at their nice suburban supermarket? That could be him pushing the cart with the sticky wheel, clipping coupons, squinting to read labels. He doesn’t look so evil in person.


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