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BIOCOMM 2020 postponed to May 18-22, 2021, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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BIOCOMM 2021 Preliminary Program

Below is the BIOCOMM 2021 program. Click on speaker's name or photo to view their bio.

Subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
 

Executive Board Meeting
9 am


Tintype Workshop
1 – 4 pm

Will Wilson, MFA

Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe, NM

Experience one of the oldest analogue photographic processes with a modern twist. Go back to the future with Will Wilson as he demonstrates how to make a tintype image. Using an 8x10 camera, a 140-year old lens and the collodion wet-plate process, Wilson resumes the documentary mission of Edward Curtis from the standpoint of a 21st century indigenous, trans-customary, cultural practitioner. He will take and process the image on site at the Drury Hotel.

More information about Will Wilson can be found at https://willwilson.photoshelter.com.


Opening Reception
7 pm

BioImages Awards Ceremony
8 pm


Wednesday, May 19, 2021Return to top
 

Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Presentation
Auto Immune Response (AIR) and Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX)
9 am – 10 am

Will Wilson, MFA

Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe, NM

Will Wilson's art projects center around the continuation and transformation of customary indigenous cultural practice. He is a Diné photographer and trans-customary artist who spent his formative years living on the Navajo Nation. Wilson studied photography, sculpture, and art history at the University of New Mexico (MFA, Photography, 2002) and Oberlin College (BA, Studio Art and Art History, 1993). In 2007, Wilson won the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum, in 2010 the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Sculpture, and in 2016 the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for Photography. Wilson has held visiting professorships at the Institute of American Indian Arts (1999-2000), Oberlin College (2000-01), and the University of Arizona (2006-08). In 2017, Wilson received the NM Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. His work is exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. Wilson is Program Head of Photography, Santa Fe Community College.

Wilson will discuss his art practice and how it is informed by photography as well as current projects he is working on, AIR and CIPX. He will also touch on how being a photo educator informs his work.


Images from Science 3
10:05 am – 10:35 am

Norm Barker, MS, MA, RBP, FRPS, FBPA

Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Michael Peres, RBP, FBPA

Professor of Biomedical Photographic Communications
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY


October 12, 2002, the Images from Science (IFS) exhibition opened in the William Harris Gallery at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). It contained 59 photographs and travelled to 22 venues in seven countries. In 2008, Images from Science 2 was displayed for the first time. It went to 13 venues before being lost in shipping from the United Kingdom to the Netherlands in 2014. November 1, 2019 Images from Science 3 opened at the RIT City Art Space. Images from Science 3 was organized to celebrate the production of beautiful images featuring science. This presentation will share how the organizers produced the third edition. Image collection, judging, producing both the print edition, online gallery as well catalogue will be discussed.


Introduction to Reflectance Transformation Imaging
10:50 am – 11:20 am

Ted Kinsman, BS, MS

Associate Professor of Photographic Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) is a technique for creating high resolution documentation of an artifact. This technique is gaining in popularity as RTI data systems become more available. I will present an introduction to the technique of RTI. How to create an image data set as well as how to navigate the data an open source RTI program.


Changing Your Perspective Workshop Part 1
11:20 am – 12:00 pm

Danielle Edwards, FBCA

Biomedical & Scientific Photography
Melbourne, Australia

Jim Wetzel, PhD, FBCA

Pulaski L. Bealy Smith Biology Professor
Presbyterian College
Clinton, SC


Many photographers working in medical and scientific disciplines often have trouble with embracing the abstract. Thinking differently, "outside your normal" will help you improve in your own photographic practice no matter what the discipline, whether it is in art or science.

This workshop will be delivered in two parts. Part one will focus on creative thinking and visualization. Selected themes will be used to generate ideas to tell a personal story of a place, a time, or an event that shapes the natural world. Discussion and visual examples will be centered around the Japanese concept of 'wabi-sabi', the beauty of impermanence. Compositional techniques generally not applied in the scientific arena will be considered and utilized throughout the workshop. Learn how to express your vision. Go beyond the mere taking of the image with the incorporation of text to provide additional meaning.

At the conclusion of part one, photographers will have ample time in the field around Santa Fe to create images for follow up in part two, analysis and discussion. At the conclusion of the workshop you will experience how people can see the same world so differently. Concepts learned in the workshop can be utilized at the Post-Conference Workshop in Ghost Ranch and Abiquiú, New Mexico.


Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

First Timer's Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Current Trends / Infoshare / Show Your Stuff
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Jim Koepfler

Moderator

Infoshare is designed to have speakers come up and demonstrate a gadget or a quick new way of doing something, presented in a quick 5 minute or less time frame.

Show Your Stuff is designed for 10-15 minute presentations to show an image or a project, explain how the image was created and what the purpose was.

Presenters:

Adaptive Optics: An Advanced Imaging Modality For Retinal Structures

Robert Mays, CRA, OCT-C

Ophthalmic Photographer
NIH, National Eye Institute
Bethesda, MD

Adaptive Optics (AO) utilizes a technology that provides a unique aberration free view of the retina. This non-invasive technique produces ultra-high resolution images of live retinal structures, particularly photoreceptors, which may give us a new understanding of retinal disease. Analyzing images through specialized software provides information on how the retinal cellular mosaic changes throughout disease progression. This presentation will explain the technical method behind the technique, complimentary multimodal imaging, and potential applications.


Adding a Scale To Your Image in Photoshop

Connie Johansen, RBP, FBCA

Port Hadlock, WA

In photographing objects for the purposes of documentation, whether it be for research or forensics, it is necessary to have a scale for accurate analysis. This presentation will document an easy method of adding a scale to your image in Photoshop.


Employing Your Accumulated Skills to Give You the Edge in a New Career



Making a career change is fraught with uncertainty. This doesn't mean you have to completely start again. Focusing on your skill set and working out how to apply them in new and different ways is key. This presentation will discuss how the authors have changed their lives and jobs by utilising their existing professional knowledge.

Both Julie and Steve are currently working together on joint projects under the banner of 'Piscean Publishing'. Producing educational reading resources to help parents create an environment where their child can become 'reading ready'. Lifting their child's reading skills – for both now and the future.


Other Current Trends / Infoshare / Show Your Stuff speakers TBA.
 


Polarization – Techniques, Facts and Fiction
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Gale Spring, FBPA

Adjunct A/Professor
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

Polarizing filters and polarization techniques have been used in photography for many years. It's a much used, and useful, technique but misunderstood by many photographers. Many think polarizing filters are used to 'eliminate' reflections on some materials. I prefer the idea of 'controlling' reflections. Polarizing filters are not just for making skies bluer! Polarization techniques are also used to visualize stress in some materials as well as identifying unknown substances by their characteristics under polarized light. This presentation will discuss techniques, materials and limitations of using polarized light.


DSLR Videography Workshop Part 1: Preproduction and Planning
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Connie Johansen, RBP, FBCA

Port Hadlock, WA

Gale Spring, FBPA

Adjunct A/Professor
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia



Learn how to plan your video from concept to fruition, and distill an idea or concept into the salient points. Get your point across succinctly with the tools learnt in this three-part workshop. This workshop will help prepare you for producing webinars or training video presentations with your digital camera.

Part 1 will demonstrate how to plan your shot list and storyboard your project.


DSLR Videography Workshop Part 2: Shooting Your Video
3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Danielle Edwards, FBCA

Biomedical & Scientific Photography
Melbourne, Australia

James Hayden, RBP, FBCA

Managing Director / Imaging
The Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, PA



Learn how to plan your video from concept to fruition, and distill an idea or concept into the salient points. Get your point across succinctly with the tools learnt in this three-part workshop. This workshop will help prepare you for producing webinars or training video presentations with your digital camera.

In part 2 we will shoot the video and learn how to work with a model or subject from a variety of angles.


Thursday, May 20, 2021
 

Has Digital Technology Subverted the Truth in Photographic Evidence?
9:00 am – 9:30 am

Hoosain Ebrahim, FBCA, FIMI(Hon), ASIS FRPS

Cape Town, South Africa

Photographic truth is being entirely challenged by the ever-changing technology of digital image manipulation and synthesis. Photographs can be altered that are virtually undetectable and photorealistic synthesized images are becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish from original photographs. Image-processing software can rearrange and otherwise transform the elements of a scene. The same software can combine fragments of different images into a new one. The question of how to distinguish visual fact from fiction is becoming increasingly important as we witness the explosive proliferation of digital imaging technology. Digital imaging technology can provide openings for principled resistance to established social and cultural practices, and at the same time it can create possibilities for cynical subversion of those practices.


Applications for Infrared Photography in Paediatric Medicine
9:35 am – 10:05 am

John Yeats, B.V.Sc., RBI, AAIMBI

Clinical/Medical Photographer
The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Sydney, NSW

Infrared photography has been used for many years in medical and scientific image capture. There are a number of clinical photographic applications where infrared photography can be of use. One such application is its use in demonstrating vascular patterns in conditions such as venous malformations. This presentation will cover the use of infrared image capture at the Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Australia. Issues such as equipment, image capture technique and post-capture processing will be discussed as well as some general observation and discussion of infrared photography.


Business Meeting
10:20 am – 11 am


Townhall
11 am – 12 pm


Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


DSLR Videography Workshop Part 3: Editing Your Video
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

John Yeats, B.V.Sc., RBI, AAIMBI

Clinical/Medical Photographer
The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Sydney, NSW

Learn how to plan your video from concept to fruition, and distill an idea or concept into the salient points. Get your point across succinctly with the tools learnt in this three-part workshop. This workshop will help prepare you for producing webinars or training video presentations with your digital camera.

In part 3 we will edit the video, utilize transitions, fades, and other techniques.


Brightfield and Darkfield Photomicrography Plenary Session
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

James Hayden, RBP, FBCA

Managing Director / Imaging
The Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, PA

When it comes to imaging specimens under a microscope, some sort of contrast enhancement is generally needed. The gold standard for brightfield imaging of tissue sections has always been H&E staining (Hematoxylin and Eosin), but often, a sample either cannot be stained with a certain dye, or the process does not adequately demonstrate specific areas of interest. Making use of the optical pathways inherent in the microscope, there are many options for visualizing unstained specimens, foremost among these is the darkfield method. This brief talk will review the basic configurations of both brightfield and darkfield set-ups so that we can then apply them in the afternoon workshop session.


Brightfield and Darkfield Photomicrography Workshop
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

James Hayden, RBP, FBCA

Managing Director / Imaging
The Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, PA

Continuing from the morning lecture on Brightfield/Darkfield Photomicrography, this workshop will give you the opportunity to play with light through a research microscope, where you can take stuffy, technically accurate images of your samples after learning the proper brightfield techniques, or get creative and tweak the boundaries of the optics to create something a bit more interesting. Brightfield microscopy starts with Koehler Illumination. Darkfield microscopy starts with proper brightfield settings. Where it goes from there is up to you! We will have a variety of samples to work with, but feel free to bring your own.


Friday, May 21, 2021Return to top
 

Forensic Radiography
9:00 am – 9:30 am

Nazeema Ebrahim, Professor

Cape Town, South Africa

Every image produced in a radiology department is a potential forensic document. It may be required in a court of law as evidence for a crime committed, a motor-vehicle accident or for medico-legal purposes. Radiography in forensic investigations is not new. It is used primarily as a process of evidence collection in determining the types of injuries and also the possible reason(s) for death. This presentation will demonstrate images related to politics, despair and deception.


Documenting Biofluorescence in Marine Animals
9:35 am – 10:05 am

Connie Johansen, RBP, FBCA

Port Hadlock, WA

Peek into the hidden underwater world of bio-fluorescence marine animals. The author will present research and photographs documenting bio-fluorescent creatures in marine research aquarium tanks. Using a light of a specific wavelength excites an electron, raising energy to an unstable level. The animal then emits light of a different color than that of the "exciter" light. Bio-fluorescent animals can only glow when there are specific wavelengths of light exciting the creature. Turn out the light, and the animal no longer glows. It's a hidden world that scientists are just now beginning to explore.


Intellectual Property and Copyright Strategies for Biocommunications
10:25 am – 10:55 am

Dennis Fernandez, BS, JD

New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM

Intellectual property rights protection strategies for bio-communications products and services will be presented, including US and international patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and licensing concepts for protecting hardware systems and software methods, as well as related biomedical applications and creative media. Basic overview of IP protection concepts, as well as advanced patent licensing and litigation strategies will be presented for entrepreneurs, investors, and startup audience. In particular, strategic IP approach to optimize value will be discussed pertaining to anti-competitive and industry-standard patent portfolios.


Lightroom/Photoshop Integration Workshop
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Adam Cooper, RBP, FBCA

Delray Beach, FL

The presenter will provide digital materials for hands-on process to produce an HDR interior architecture photo with layers graphics in Photoshop. The process will take the workshop attendee through production of HDR imagery and transform corrections in Lightroom, then connect to Photoshop for layered imagery. The last section will demonstrate how Lightroom and Photoshop work together to produce the final tiff file. Attendees will need a later version of Lightroom and Photoshop CC in order to work successfully. The actual latest version is not necessary.


Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Changing Your Perspective Workshop Part 2
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Danielle Edwards, FBCA

Biomedical & Scientific Photography
Melbourne, Australia

Jim Wetzel, PhD, FBCA

Pulaski L. Bealy Smith Biology Professor
Presbyterian College
Clinton, SC


Many photographers working in medical and scientific disciplines often have trouble with embracing the abstract. Thinking differently, "outside your normal" will help you improve in your own photographic practice no matter what the discipline, whether it is in art or science.

This workshop will be delivered in two parts. Part one will focus on creative thinking and visualization. Selected themes will be used to generate ideas to tell a personal story of a place, a time, or an event that shapes the natural world. Discussion and visual examples will be centered around the Japanese concept of 'wabi-sabi', the beauty of impermanence. Compositional techniques generally not applied in the scientific arena will be considered and utilized throughout the workshop. Learn how to express your vision. Go beyond the mere taking of the image with the incorporation of text to provide additional meaning.

At the conclusion of part one, photographers will have ample time in the field around Santa Fe to create images for follow up in part two, analysis and discussion. At the conclusion of the workshop you will experience how people can see the same world so differently. Concepts learned in the workshop can be utilized at the Post-Conference Workshop in Ghost Ranch and Abiquiú, New Mexico.


The Anne Shiras Pioneer Member Lecture
Stalked by Technology – The Challenges of Forensic Image Interpretation
3:30 – 4:30 pm

Gale Spring, FBPA

Adjunct A/Professor
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

In 1988, Adobe Photoshop was developed, and I left Texas for Australia (not for that specific reason). In 1990, version 1.0.1 of Photoshop was released. Like a contagious virus, it spread around the world. There was no antidote and it wasn't going away.

I began his career in biomedical/forensic photography 1976. Those were the good ol' years of film. Working in pathology and forensic science, the greatest photographic challenges were embedded in materials and processes and followed the basic laws of physics!

But the rapid advances of new technologies were making image capture easier, while for those of us in image interpretation and education, the challenges were becoming more difficult. The word 'proprietary' was used every time we enquired into how something worked. As the new Program Leader of Scientific Photography at RMIT University (Melbourne), it was my job to implement the new technologies into the curriculum while not ignoring the past.

From specialist lenses to creative software and innovative engineering, a broad knowledge of image creation has become necessary to continue as a forensic imaging consultant and educator in a primarily digital world.

In this presentation, I will share my (non -proprietary) experiences as a biomedical practitioner, educator and forensic imaging consultant in the world of witchcraft in image creation


Honors Reception
6 pm

Honors Banquet
7 pm


Saturday, May 22, 2021Return to top

Post-Conference Workshop
8 am

Directly following BIOCOMM 2020/21 there will be a post conference workshop. Continue the networking with colleagues in a more relaxed and informal atmosphere, while still continuing to reap the educational benefits of photography in the field.

The post conference workshop begins Saturday 22 May. We will travel in convoy to Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu, to photograph in these exquisitely stunning landscape locations.

Read more about the Post-Conference Workshop



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