Frank Tremaine became an instant war correspondent early one Sunday morning by looking out of his window. What he saw was a plume of smoke rising from Pearl Harbor. Tremaine, ’36, who managed United Press’s Honolulu bureau at the time, also claims the distinction of being the only correspondent who covered his first war story stark naked. (“Who needed pajamas in balmy Hawaii?” he quips.) Suddenly, his responsibilities mushroomed. He directed UP’s coverage of America’s island-hopping campaigns across the Pacific until the Japanese surrender, then became the news agency’s first postwar manager in Tokyo. In 1952, after covering the Korean War, he was transferred to UP headquarters in New York, where he filled a variety of executive positions until his retirement in 1980 as senior vice president of United Press International. He and his wife, Kay, live in Christmas Cove, Maine, and Savannah, Ga.
When Uma Sanghvi signed on to photograph the work of a Stanford medical team in Papua New Guinea last summer, she expected the conditions would be challenging. She had no idea. “The worst part was the mosquitoes,” says Sanghvi, who accompanied the medics to the remote villages on foot and in dugout canoes, always lugging 20 or more pounds of camera equipment. “Every inch of my skin was covered with bites. I couldn’t sleep because it was so hot, and I would lie there awake trying not to scratch. We were all exhausted from lack of sleep.” A human biology major at Stanford, Sanghvi knew virtually nothing about cameras when she enrolled in a photography course her junior year. Something clicked. “I just fell in love with it,” she says. The following summer she earned an undergraduate research grant to produce a photographic study of rural India. After graduating in 1999, Sanghvi worked for America Online in San Diego, shooting images for its city site, and with Marin County photographer Catherine Karnow. This fall, Sanghvi began an MFA program in photojournalism at Ohio University.
Christopher Vaughan started following Robert Sapolsky’s research a dozen years ago as a writer for Science News magazine. “He does such fascinating work at all levels, from cell behavior to animal behavior, and uncovers lessons about how we should live our lives every day,” says Vaughan, whose profile of Sapolsky is featured here. But Vaughan is just as intrigued by the Stanford neurobiologist’s sense of adventure and his communication skills. “He does what scientists used to be famous for—going out and being Wild Man of the Wilderness, doing great science and then writing about it in a captivating way.” Vaughan, 40, worked with Stanford researcher William Dement as co-author of The Promise of Sleep (Delacorte, 1999). He lives in Menlo Park with his wife, Laurie, and their two children.
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