BIOCOMM 2019 Speaker Bios
Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Speaker
Scott Bourne is an Olympus Visionary, a professional wildlife photographer, author, lecturer and a signed Master Photographer at Studio of Masters, China who specializes in bird photography. Scott is a regular contributor to several photography related blogs and podcasts and his photography has appeared in more than 200 books and magazines. He is a trainer at lynda.com, and is the author of 11 photography books.
For me, bird photography as art is about two connecting themes: extraordinary craftsmanship in terms of technical mastery of photography, and a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of the nature behind the image. – Scott Bourne
Scott was one of the first photographers ever to receive the designation Apple Certified Professional Trainer (T3) for Apple’s Aperture. He also previously held the designation Certified Adobe Photoshop Instructor and Professional Photographers of America’s Certified Professional Photographer designation.
Visit Scott Bourne's website scottbourne.com where you can view his stunning bird photographs and read many educational articles.
- The life of a bald eagle – just because he’s an apex predator doesn’t mean life is easy.
(Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Address)
The Anne Shiras Pioneer Member Lecture
After graduating from Brooks Institute in 1982, Scott Miles began his career at Cornell University as an agricultural photographer and later founded his own architectural photography business in Connecticut. That later expanded into a broader commercial photography business and eventually specialized in advertising photography. In 2002, Scott joined the faculty at Brooks Institute where he developed and chaired the Master of Science in Scientific and Technological Imaging program.
Scott has now returned to his entrepreneurial efforts and established The Scientific Photographer to provide professional imaging services in support of research, collections documentation, and historical architectural photography.
My students and colleagues showed me that science inspires the creation of art. I have explored the intersection of science, technology and visual art for many years now, and I’m excited about future explorations. This has led me to develop my fine-art career alongside my commercial imaging. As an artist, I manipulate time and space through slow-motion video and macro-imaging to challenge the viewer’s perceptions and relationships with the world around them.
- Sharing Discovery – Photographers and the Passion for Visual Communications
(The Anne Shiras Pioneer Member Lecture)
- Digital Asset Management Methods: Single Image Library and Backup Approaches
Norm Barker, FBPA
Norm Barker MS, MA, RBP, FRPS is a Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. He specializes in photomicroscopy and macro photography. He is a Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society in Great Britain and the Biocommunications Association. His work appears in textbooks, journals and museums worldwide. His photographs are in the permanent collections of more than forty museums including The Smithsonian, The George Eastman House, The American Museum of Natural History, The Nelson-Atkins Museum and The Science Museum in London. He has published 7 books and numerous scientific articles. His latest book collaboration “Hidden Beauty: Exploring The Aesthetics of Medical Science” shows the beauty of medicine and the human body and will be going on a museum tour from 2014-2019.
David Bishop, BSc, MIMI, RMIP
David is the photography services manager for UCL Medical Photography / Health Creatives at the Royal Free London. He has been working within hospital environments for the last 18 years and is commissioned to take photographs for publications, websites, and displays together with presenting/running workshops on PR photography in the healthcare environment.
Bob DiNatale has 40+ years of film and digital photography experience, spanning B&W and color wet darkroom, work at Polaroid R&D in experimental silver emulsion, a US patent in color printing, presented first digital presentation in 1984, taught the Nikon School and founder of Olympus’ School of Digital Photography. He also has authored “The Optimum Digital Exposure,” and will soon be releasing “Processing the Digital Image” book. Bob is as passionate about helping other photographers learn and grow as he is about capturing and processing great visual images.
Hoosain Ebrahim, FBCA, FIMI(Hon), ASIS FRPS
Hoosain Mia Ebrahim, FBCA, FIMI(Hon), ASIS FRPS (Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist). Retired June 2016, former Director of Medical Illustration and AV Services at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa. Served more than 40 years as a medical photographer as well as undertaking the imaging of all forensic photographic requests. Has been a member of the BCA since 1984. He belongs to seven other professional societies. He has several awards including the British Medical Journal Award of the RPS. He has delivered 236 oral presentations, 20 posters, 20 publications as well as 13 internal publications/reports and articles.
Nazeema Ebrahim trained as a radiographer and retired as Director School of Medicine at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University where she also served as Vice-Chair of the Research Ethics Committee. She holds a MSc in Diagnostic Radiography and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Research Ethics. She has presented over 70 papers at national and international meetings and has 20 publications. She was extensively involved in collaborative research and mentoring MMed students with protocol development and publications.
Danielle Edwards, FBCA
Ms Danielle Edwards BA, BAppSc(hons), RBI, FAIMBI, FIPT, FBCA has been a practising medical photographer for the past 29 years. She has been a mentor, judge/assessor in the RMIT Bachelor Applied Science Photography course. Active in professional associations, has held positions as conference convenor, council member and president for the Institute of Photographic Technology (IPT). Conference convenor, exhibition co-ordinator, vice president and committee member for the Australian Institute of Medical & Biological Illustration (AIMBI) (VIC). Currently BCA Director Communications, EFFE Chair & Certification Committee Member. IPT President and AIMBI Vic Registration and Education Board member.
- Photomacrography – Theory and Practice
- Infrared beyond the science: Creative visualisation in the invisible spectrum
James Hayden, RBP, FBCA
James Hayden, RBP, FBCA has been the Managing Director of the Wistar Institute Imaging Shared Resource Center for 17 years and a long-time presenter at past BCA meetings. He recently authored 2 chapters in "Laboratory Imaging and Photography, Best Practices for Photomicrography and More" - one on confocal microscopy and one on imaging ethics, both personal areas of expertise. His lab provides a wide range of imaging services to support cancer research and vaccine development.
Charles Hedgcock, RBP, FBCA
Charles "Chip" Hedgcock RBP, FBCA, is an artist member of the 6&6 project. He has made numerous presentations to, and led several popular workshops for, the BCA and other organizations. He has exhibited his fine art photography nationally and internationally.
Marie has been a medical photographer for 30 years and specialises in lighting to demonstrate texture and form and authored one of the first IMI National Guidelines for photography of cleft lip and palate as well other publications. Marie developed modules, assessed and taught clinical photography to degree level at university and regularly teaches health professionals. As well as medical photography, she has a passionate interest in landscape, nature and wildlife photography.
Ted Kinsman, BS, MS
Ted Kinsman is an Assistant Professor of Photographic Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has a BS in Physics, and a MS in Science Education. He has worked as an optical engineer, a physicist, and a physics instructor before moving to RIT to teach the technical side of imaging.
Ted’s work continues to explore imagery for books and magazines. His work has appeared on The Discovery Channel, Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), The X-Files, South Park, The Tyra Banks Show, ABC, NBC, PBS, CBS and the British Broadcast Corporation. Recently, he did work on The Frozen Planet series, and James Cameron’s Avatar movie.
In 2015, Ted won the National Science Foundation’s Imaging Science Contest with an x-ray image of a turtle with eggs. His work predominantly focuses on using images to teach science. In his latest book, Cannabis: Marijuana Under the Microscope (Schiffer Publishing 2018) his fresh and visually stunning survey celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of the world's most controversial plant: Cannabis salvia. Cutting-edge scanning electron microscope images, combined with light micrographs and X-rays, bring this captivating plant to life.
Ken Meats, RBP
Since leaving the corporate environment with over 30 years of experience in a number of visual media roles, Ken has been working as a self-employed media specialist. He utilizes DSLRs for both still photography and videography. By working with the cameras and networking with others working in the field he has learned to configure the cameras for a better image for motion imaging. He will share best practices and success stories during his presentation.
Gale Spring, FBPA
Gale is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently active in forensic consulting, research and also conducts workshops for various government departments. He retired in 2013 as the Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning in the School of Science. From 1988 to 2008 he was the Program Leader of Scientific Photography and, from 2008 to 2011, was the Program Leader of the Applied Science Multi-major program.
Bob Turner, RBP, FBPA
Bob has been a member of the BCA since 1969 and has published and contributed papers and photographs nationally and internationally. He has received many awards for his exceptional work in medical and natural science photography. Before retirment Bob served as Director of BioMedical Graphics at the Scripps Research Institute in LaJolla, California. Since his retirement, Bob has been busy digiscoping and teaching others about digiscoping.
Gabriel Unda, FBPA
Gabriel Unda is a retired Principal Photographer from the University of California, Davis. In this role he guided the shift to digital photography and oversaw the day-to-day operations of digital imaging. He has been speaking on the marriage of computers and photography since the 1982 BPA meeting in San Diego.
Jim Wetzel, PhD
As a professor of biology at a liberal arts college, Dr. Wetzel’s freshman classes are often a mix of science majors and non-majors in across various disciplines. But one common theme throughout his courses is their personal connection with the earth. He has developed Environmental Photography to help students develop their own photo essays of personal expression of environmental awareness. His doctoral degree is in Zoology, specifically working on marine embryos, and he uses primarily light and electron microscopy for research.