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Two news stories reported on the BIOCOMM 2014 meeting in Rochester, MN.

Biocommunicators seek to raise awareness of their field

World renowned UK photographer teaches photo to help Paws and Claws

View the BioImages Award Winners

The BioCommunications Association is proud to present the award winners from the BioImages competition shown at BIOCOMM 2014 in Rochester, MN.

BIOCOMM 2014 Group Photo

View the group photo from BIOCOMM 2014 taken on the steps of the Mayo Clinic.

JBC Volume 39, Number 3

Issue 39:3 of the Journal of Biocommunication is now available in the Members Only section of the BCA website.

BCA news Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 edition of the BCA news is now online.

BioImages 2014 Deadline Extended!

Online submissions for BioImages has been extended to March 31. Don't delay, enter today!

Best of Show, is awarded The Crystal Award and a $350 US cash prize.

March 17 Webinar

Join us on March 17 at 1:00 pm EST for Studio Still-Life: Lighting Off Piste! presented by Paul Crompton and Amy Lake.

Submit Your Images to BioImages 2014

Start preparing your images to submit to BioImages 2014, the annual juried salon for the BioCommunications Association. BioImages showcases the finest still, graphics and motion media work in the life sciences and medicine. Online submissions will be accepted between March 1-24, 2014.

View last years winners on the Gallery page of the BCA website.

JBC Volume 39, Number 2

We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Biocommunication issue 39:2 has launched and is available in the Members Only section of the BCA website.

BIOCOMM 2014 – Share the Knowledge

he BioCommunications Association proudly announces the dates and location for BIOCOMM 2014 – Share the Knowledge. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 23 through Friday, July 25 with the post-meeting photo workshop scheduled for July 26–27.

The BCA meeting will be held at the DoubleTree hotel in Rochester, Minnesota with the Mayo Clinic just steps away from the hotel. The BIOCOMM committee is hard at work to put together another great meeting, working closely with AMI and ABCD who will be meeting concurrently that week. The associations will be sharing some programs and BIOCOMM attendees will be able to partake in some of the AMI workshops on Wednesday, July 23.

BCA fall webinar Nov 25 at 1 PM (EST)

Have you lost control in the studio? Join us on Mon, Nov 25 for "Indecent Exposure", a free webinar sponsored by the BCA.

EFFE 2013 Award Recipients

The BCA announces the 2013 recipients of their Endowment Fund for Education (EFFE) grants and scholarship.

JBC Volume 39, Number 1

The Journal of Biocommunication Volume 39, Number 1 is now available online through the Members Only web page.

Didn't make it to BIOCOMM 2013?

Select sessions from BIOCOMM 2013 were streamed live online and recorded. See what you missed.

Photos from BIOCOMM 2013

View group photo and daily slideshows from BIOCOMM 2013.

BioImages 2013 Award Winners and Salon

BioImages is an annual visual media competition that showcases the finest still, graphics and motion media work in the life sciences and medicine. Award winners were revealed last night at the opening reception of BIOCOMM 2013.

Can't make it to BIOCOMM2013?

Select sessions from BIOCOMM 2013 will be streamed live online. Participate in Show Us Your Stuff, InfoShare, BCA Business Meeting, and the Friday Roundtable Discussion. No registration is required.

More information

Learn from the Experts

Learn from the Experts is a new feature on the BCA website that highlights 10 images and interviews of BCA members. Learn how each image was created and then read an interview with the photographer. This is part of a multi-phase project that involves participation from BCA members and showcases the diversity and expertise of BCA members.

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2013 Conference and Annual Meeting will be held July 7-13, 2013 in Bar Harbor, Maine.

BCA news Spring 2013

The Spring 2013 edition of the BCA news is now online.

EFFE Grants Applications Deadline April 23, 2013

The Endowment Fund for Education (EFFE) Committee of the BCA urges you to get your grant applications in for review by the committee. Requests for funding of a variety of projects will be considered. If you have a good idea but have limited or no resources, apply to EFFE. BCA wants to support worthwhile projects, so there is no time to waste. Grant applications close on April 23, 2013.

A condition of EFFE funding is that we ask recipients to share their findings with the membership of BCA, either as a journal article or as conference presentation - perhaps both. This provides the applicant with another opportunity to participate more broadly in BCA.

Submission guidelines and project examples are available via the EFFE Grants web page.

BIOCOMM 2013 Registration

The registration page for BIOCOMM 2013 is now online with information about the conference rates, accomodations and meals.

John Sexton will be the Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote speaker at BIOCOMM 2013

The BCA is thrilled to have John Sexton deliver the Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote address at BIOCOMM 2013. John Sexton is one of the most widely known and respected contemporary black and white landscape photographers, best known for his luminous, quiet, black and white images of the natural environment. He also is an educator, master printmaker, author and workshop instructor.

Ted Kinsman will present the Anne Shiras Pioneer Lecture at BIOCOMM 2013

See the amazing images by Ted Kinsman who will present the Anne Shiras Pioneer Lecture at BIOCOMM 2013. He is a specialist in time-lapse cinematography, radiography, scanning electron microscopy, and high-speed flash photography.

Recruit and Reward Program

Save $25 on BCA membership or on registration for BIOCOMM 2013. See the Recruit and Rewards Program page for more information.

Accommodations for BIOCOMM 2013

Accommodations for BIOCOMM 2013 have been posted on the BCA website along with a rough Meeting at a Glance schedule.

Call for Abstracts - Deadline Extended to
February 15, 2013

Creativity is a part of our everyday experience. Creativity arises from the search to find a solution to a problem in technology, technique, or business and results in new technologies, methods, approaches, and thinking. The BioCommunications Association is looking for papers that reflect that spirit, join us for the BIOCOMM 2013 conference in Asilomar and share your creativity by the sea. Submit your abstract!

Deadline for submissions has been extended to February 15, 2013.

BioImages 2013

Start preparing your images to submit to BioImages 2013, the annual juried salon for the BioCommunications Association. BioImages showcases the finest still, graphics and motion media work in the life sciences and medicine. Online submissions will be accepted between March 1-31, 2013.

BCA Member Norman Barker Publishes New Book

Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical ScienceHidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science by Norman Barker and Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue is a collaborative project presenting visually stunning patterns of different diseases affecting various areas of the human anatomy. The aesthetic of modern art with the wonder of medical science are explored. Captured with a variety of imaging technology ranging from spectral karyotyping to scanning electron microscopy, we see beauty in the delicate lacework of fungal hyphae invading a blood vessel to the structure of the normal cerebellum.

Download Press ReleaseDownload press release

ISBN: 978-0-7643-4412-1
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Release: Spring/Summer 2013

Pre-orders available on Amazon.com

JBC Volume 38

The Journal of Biocommunication Volume 38 is now available online through the Members Only web page.

Call for Abstracts

Creativity is a part of our everyday experience. Creativity arises from the search to find a solution to a problem in technology, technique, or business and results in new technologies, methods, approaches, and thinking. The BioCommunications Association is looking for papers that reflect that spirit, join us for the BIOCOMM 2013 conference in Asilomar and share your creativity by the sea. Submit your abstract!

Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013.

BIOCOMM 2013 – Asilomar State Park on the Monterey Peninsula, California

California, here we come! Mark your calendars for June 17-21, 2013 plus a 3 day post-meeting photographic workshop.

BIOCOMM 2013 will be held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds located in Asilomar State Park on the Monterey Peninsula, California.

The meeting begins Monday evening, June 17 with dinner at 6 pm followed by the BioImages Salon Opening and Awards. The Honors Banquet will be Thursday, June 20. The meeting concludes with lunch on Friday, June 21. The post-meeting photographic workshop will begin on Friday afternoon. More information will be posted when available.

Envision a Future in BioCommunications

The BCA career poster is a helpful tool for professors, teachers, school counselors, mentors, and anyone involved in guiding and promoting career choices in photography, videography, and the visual arts. The poster is designed with photographs and illustrations that cover the depth and diversity of specialties in BioCommunication in Medicine and the Life Sciences. View the BCA career poster and download a high-resolution PDF of the poster in the Resources section of this website.

BIOCOMM 2012 Slideshow

View the slideshow of photos taken at BIOCOMM 2012 in Bar Harbor, Maine.

BIOCOMM 2012 Group Photos

The tradition of the BIOCOMM group photo continued yesterday at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine where the BCA's annual meeting is taking place. View and download BIOCOMM 2012 Group Photo.

Also available is the group photo from the Nikon Post-Meeting Workshop.

BCA news Spring 2012

The Spring 2012 edition of the BCA news is now online.

Fine Art Landscape Photographer John Paul Caponigro to Present Photography Lecture at College of the Atlantic June 22

Internationally renowned fine arts photographer, author, digital pioneer and educator John Paul Caponigro will present the Ann Shiras Pioneer Lecture at the BioCommunications Association’s annual meeting, BIOCOMM2012, on Friday, June 22 from 3:30-5pm at the College of the Atlantic’s Gates Center in Bar Harbor, Maine. This special event is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the finest digital artists in the profession. Admission is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by Canon.

Caponigro’s lecture, “Illuminating Creativity”, is a journey to creativity. He will show you how to turbo-charge your creative life by learning to see and make discoveries in new ways. Learn how to identify and expand your comfort zone; find and strengthen your authentic voice; find inspiration in the work of others; sort your ideas with a variety of strategies that will quickly help find the gold and identify next steps; and much more.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register, email office@bca.org

Each year, the Ann Shiras Pioneer Lecture features an innovator in the field of photography. Caponigro, a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, is the author of Adobe Photoshop Master Class and the DVD series R/Evolution. He combines his background in painting with traditional and alternative photographic processes using the digital platform. Exhibited internationally, his work has been purchased by numerous private and public universities, the Estèe Lauder collection, and the Smithsonian.

Caponigro is a leader in the field of training photographic artists using digital technology. Photographers and digital artists have studied with him in workshops across the globe. Thousands more benefit from his seminars, writings, and audio/visual products. He has been a contributing editor and columnist for several magazines including Digital PhotoPro, Photoshop User, CameraArts, ViewCamera, PhotoTechniques, and AfterCaptureApple.com, and websites such as Apple.com and the Canon Digital Learning Center. His monthly e-newsletter helps thousands of members. He lectures frequently at national events including Photo Plus, Photoshop World, the Epson Print Academy and at educational institutions such as Brooks, Hallmark, and MIT. Learn more about Caponigro by visiting johnpaulcaponigro.com

BIOCOMM2012, A Journey in Inspiration, will be held June 19-22 at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. The meeting will feature more than two dozen seminars and workshops, a juried media salon, and commercial exhibits that will provide attendees with inspiration and the latest information on visual media in the life sciences. Learn more about BIOCOMM2012 at bca.org/annual_meeting/biocomm2012/

Registration is open!

BIOCOMM 2012 information is now online! Learn more about the great Program and the Workshops & Special Events.

BioImages 2012 Extended Deadline

The deadline for submissions to BioImages 2012 has been extended to Friday, March 30, 2012. This will help people who have had some issues with file uploads.

JBC Volume 37, Issues 2 & 3

The Journal of Biocommunication Volume 37, Issues 2 & 3 combined is now available online through the Members Only web page.

RIT Students Produce Photography Tutorials for the BioCommunications Association

Rochester Institute of Technology's fall 2011 Advanced Digital Media Class was hired by the BCA to develop and produce video tutorials for amateur medical and biological photographers.

The 14 students in Biomedical Photographic Communication Assistant Professor Tom Zigon’s class worked in four teams to produce video tutorials on photographing reflective subjects, exposure control, and a topic of their choice including:

  • Digital file formats and compression
  • Techniques for maintaining consistency in medical imaging
  • Sample preparation for photographing slides on wide field microscopes
  • Transillumination techniques

Each group also developed an assessment module for one of the videos that could be used by the viewer to test their knowledge of the topic.

"This is the first time we've had a real client," said Zigon. "It has offered these students a great opportunity not only to get something published, but also to get exposed to people who do this type of work professionally."

The students will be presenting their projects to the BCA next week. The chosen tutorials will be posted in the resource section of the BCA website.

"Tom's class was ideal for this project," said BCA President Susanne Loomis. "RIT is the only university with a four-year degree in biomedical photographic communications and many BCA members are graduates of its program. The students are very knowledgeable, most having not only taken classes toward their degree, but also interned in the field at least once. With this project, the BCA gains some additional resources for its website and the students gain experience and a great piece for their resume. It's a win-win for both the students and the BCA."

BIOCOMM 2012 Preliminary Information

Preliminary meeting information is now available for BIOCOMM 2012 which will be held June 19-22 at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.

BCA news Fall 2011

The Fall 2011 edition of the BCA news is now on-line.

JBC Volume 37, Issue 1

Volume 37, Issue 1 of the Journal of Biocommunication is now available online through the Members Only web page.

Save the Date

BIOCOMM 2012 will be held June 19-22 at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. A post-meeting workshop will be June 23-25. Adam Cooper will be the program chair. More details coming soon.

The 2011 Louis Schmidt Laureate

Gale Spring received a Bachelor of Arts from Austin College in Sherman, Texas and a Masters of Fine Arts in Graphic Design/Photography from North Texas State University (University of North Texas) in Denton, Texas. He began his professional career in 1976 as Director of Photographic Services, Department of Pathology, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, serving in this position until 1987.

In 1988, Gale accepted an academic appointment to the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia, as Senior Lecturer. He became Acting Head of the Department of Photography in June 1989. He was Associate Professor of Scientific Photography and Program Leader of Applied Science Photography, RMIT University from 1988-2008. He then was Associate Professor and Program Leader, Applied Multi-Major, School of Applied Science, Engineering and Health at RMIT University. Gale Spring was appointed Associate Dean of School of Applied Science at RMIT University in March 2011.

Among his many association activities and contributions, Gale was a member of the BPA Board of Governors in 1977-78 and General Chair and Program Chair of the BPA annual meeting in Dallas in 1983. On the local level, he served as Texas Chapter Chairman. In 1990, he received the honor of Fellow of the Biological Photographic Association.

His commitment and dedication to biomedical imaging continued in Australia through the Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration (AIMBI) and the Institute of Photographic Technology (IPT). He began his longstanding affiliation and leadership role to promote scientific photography through The Australian Photography Council (later to become Photo Imaging Education Association). Gale remains instrumental in developing conferences to bring together these three organizations.

He presented his initiative to promote the scientific aspect of alternative and historic processes in his presentation at the 2009 BCA Annual Meeting.

He has supported his educational commitment by continuously organizing scientific meetings and workshops. He presented numerous scientific papers, wrote articles of distinction for scientific journals and was frequently engaged by legal counsel as an expert in forensic photography.

Gale Spring has made significant contributions to our field on an international scale and has done so with style, grace, and a work ethic that can be admired by all.

We are proud to add to his achievements and recognize Gale Edward Spring as the 2011 Louis Schmidt Laureate.

See photos from the Louis Schmidt award ceremony.
 

Emeritus Membership Awarded to Joseph Ogrodnick and Robert Turner

Emeritus Membership recognizes distinguished craftsmanship, professional achievements and meritorious contributions in the visual communications media in life sciences and medicine.

Joseph Ogrodnick

The BCA awarded Emeritus Membership to Joseph Ogrodnick, FBPA. Ogrodnick retired as a photographer, writer and editor from Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in April 2009. Prior to his position at Cornell, he worked in the University of Nebraska School of Medicine’s Biomedical Communications Division as a medical photographer, and as an instructor in the School of Allied Health Professions’ Biomedical Communications Graduate Program. Ogrodnick earned an A.A.S. in biomedical photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1971 and a B.S. in journalism from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1976.

He has published several articles in the Journal of Biological Photography, Biomedical Communications, Technical Photography, Functional Photography, and the Journal of Audiovisual Media in Medicine, and was a contributing author for the 4th edition of Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, published by Elsevier, Inc. in 2007.

Ogrodnick has been a speaker at many BCA chapter, regional and annual meetings. He was the editor of the Journal of Biological Photography from 1988 till 2003 at which time that it merged with the Journal of Biocommunication.and is currently managing editor of the Journal of Biocommunication. He has served as vice chair and chair of the BCA’s Western New York Chapter. He has received several awards in BCA’s BioImages competitions, including Best of Show, The Loersch Science Award, and First Place and Citation of Merit in the Natural Science category. He was elected a Fellow of the BCA in 1983, received The Ralph Creer Service Award in 2000, and received the Louis Schmidt Award, BCA’s highest honor, in March 2003 for outstanding contributions to the progress of biological communications.

Robert Turner

The BCA awarded Emeritus Membership to Robert C. Turner, RBP, FBPA. Bob has been a member of the BCA for more than 40 years. He has presented more than 35 papers at local, national and international meetings and conducted five workshops on digital photography. He has served as director of conferences, scientific program chair, and session moderator at several annual meetings, and was general chair of BCA’s 52nd annual meeting. He has served as BCA’s president and on BCA’s Board of Registry, Board of Governors, and on numerous association committees. He currently represents the BCA as a member of the Journal of Biocommunication (JBC) Management Board, and serves on the JBC Editorial Review Board.

Bob is a Registered Biological Photographer (RBP), a certification he earned from the BCA in 1974. He was named a BCA Schmidt Laureate in 2004 for outstanding contributions to the progress of biological communications. His photograph, “Snowy Egret Landing,” won Best of Show in BCA’s 2011 BioImages competition.

Turner graduated from the U.S. Naval Medical Photography School in 1969. Following his military service, Bob worked for the Forsythe Dental Center in Boston before accepting a position as a medical photographer with the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in La Jolla, California in 1975. He earned a B.B.A in health care administration in 1978 and an M.B.A. in health care administration in 1980 from National University. He retired from his position as director of The Scripps Research Institute’s BioMedical Graphics department in March 2011 after 31 years of service to the institute.

See photos from the Emeritus award ceremony.
 

BIOCOMM 2011 Group Photo

View and download the group photo from BIOCOMM 2011 held in Phoenix, AZ.

BioImages 2011 Award Winners

The award winners from BioImages 2011 were announced at the opening reception for BIOCOMM 2011.

BCA news Spring 2011

The Spring 2011 edition of the BCA news is now on-line.

 

 

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About BCA

The BioCommunications Association, or BCA, is an international professional association of people working in the biological communications field. BCA wants to assist you in maximizing your success using images to communicate. With educational resources, programs, materials and a network of colleagues able to offer advice and support, BCA is equipped to address your professional needs. If you are concerned with effective visual communication in the life sciences and medicine, there is a place for you in the BCA.