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BIOCOMM 2017 Program

Below is the preliminary BIOCOMM 2017 program. We hope this will give you a start on solidifying your plans to join us in Portland, OR. Be sure to look at the Schedule page for a quick "Meeting at a Glance" view of BIOCOMM 2017.

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Tuesday, June 20 – Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Two-Day Photography Workshop

Matt KloskowskiMatt Kloskowski
Tampa, FL

Discussing landscape photography in the classroom is good, but there's nothing like getting outdoors and shooting. In this two‑day workshop, participants will spend most of the time in the field with emphasis on composition, long exposure, camera settings, and all of the things that are needed to get a great landscape photo.

More information is available on the Workshop page. The two-day Matt Kloskowski workshop is only open to those who register for the BIOCOMM 2017 meeting.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Presentation
A Life Shaped by People that Profoundly Influenced My Image Making

Jack DykingaJack Dykinga

Jack will present how people in his life have influenced his image making by showing the progression of his images and how they were created. This keynote will inspire and delight to kick off this conference!

Mt. Hayden © Jack Dykinga
Mt. Hayden rising from a fog inversion in the Grand Canyon. Taken from Point Imperial on the Canyon's North rim, the dawn light baths the cloud layer in gold after days of rain. © Jack Dykinga

Lightroom and Photoshop for Landscape Photographers

Matt KloskowskiMatt Kloskowski
Tampa, FL

Landscape photos can be a challenging style of photo to edit. We all know our camera doesn't see things the way we do in real life. So it's our job, on the computer, to bring what we see, feel, and experience to everyone that looks at the photo. In this class we'll cover the key workflow, from start to finish for editing your landscape photos.

Photographing the Caring Canines at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Richard DeWittRichard DeWitt, MS, RBP
Photography Production Coordinator
Memorial Sloan Kettering
New York, NY

Since 2007, when an appointment came up on my calendar for group photo of 6 people and 7 dogs, I have been photographing the Caring Canines at MSK. Every year, we produce a calendar of the dogs that is sold in the hospital gift shop, as well as trading cards that are left with patients after a visit. My presentation will cover the various aspects of photographing people and dogs in a variety of hospital locations.

Show Your Stuff / Infoshare

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.

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.

James Tritch: Illustration Composites
Bob Turner: Natural Science
Adam Cooper: Street Photography
Jamie Hayden: Photomicrography
Gabe Unda: Focus Stacking

Friday, June 23, 2017Return to top

Patent Medicine: Selling The Cure

Norm BarkerNorm Barker MS, MA, RBP, FRPS
Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

Baltimore, MD

This presentation of trade card images explores several major themes used in the advertising of patent medicines. These advertising themes are of historical importance because they document and illuminate one of the most critical time periods in the history of western medicine: the transition from ancient Galenic notions of internal humors as a cause of disease to modern understandings that both internal and external factors, such as micro-organisms, can cause disease.

Some advertisements illustrate the Victorian love of puzzles and optical illusions. Other major advertising themes include medicines marketed towards women, the “sick patient motif ” and the “before-and-after” card. Some cards are beautiful examples of the new printing technology of “Chromolithography”. Many of these same advertising themes or motifs can be seen today in ads designed to sell to consumers both traditional as well as non-traditional medicines and medical devices.

Art and Science in the Desert Southwest

Kathleen Velo & Charles HedgcockKathleen Velo MA, MFA
Charles Hedgcock RBP, FBCA

At the BIOCOMM 2016, artists Charles "Chip" Hedgcock and Kathleen Velo presented their camera-less photographic images, lumen prints and underwater photograms, made along the Colorado River. These two artists continue their thoughtful, camera-less image making techniques for two new projects.

The first is a study of the water cycles contained within Biosphere 2, an experimental, closed ecological system originally designed to support eight humans for two years. Biosphere 2 is now a science research facility of the University of Arizona.

The second project is an artistic collaboration of six artists and six scientists called 6&6, a project of the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers (N-Gen) Arts and Science Initiative. The work of these six artists and six scientists aims to portray and better understand the Sonoran Desert.

Professional Clinical Photography to Assist Patients with Pectus Carinatum

John YeatsJohn Yeats
Medical/Clinical Photographer
The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Sydney NSW

In addition to a medical photographer’s responsibility to document patient progress, a direct clinical role as an active member of the treating team has been realized in our institution in the care of patients with pectus carinatum.

Our photographers now present clinical photographic series to each patient in clinic to demonstrate changes over time in the size and shape of their chest wall defects associated with this condition. Imaging techniques include the use of specific lighting ratios to highlight chest wall irregularities, coupled with 3D photography which allows imaging to be re-orientated for the patient’s viewing benefit.

Challenges in Multidimensional Photomicrography

Jamie HaydenJamie Hayden, RBP, FBCA
Managing Director
Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, PA

In contemporary imaging facilities, experiments are commonly designed that take advantage of up to 6 dimensions of acquisition parameters (X, Y, Z, t, lambda and multiple coordinates). As with all forms of imaging, however, the final parameters require a delicate balance of settings to find the best compromise for image quality, specimen viability and speed of acquisition. Using applications of 2-photon imaging through fixed collagen matrices as well as 3D time-lapse confocal of mitochondrial dynamics in living cells, this talk will demonstrate some of the real-life problems and solutions that arise when trying to capture the intricacies of biological processes at the microscopic level.

Incorporating Photos from Mobile Devices into the Patient Medical Record

Danielle EdwardsDanielle Edwards, BA, BAppSc(hons), FAIMBI, FIPT, FBCA
Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Austin Health
Victoria, Australia

Austin Health provides a professional clinical photography service to staff to document patient photos for the medical record. In addition, many staff take their own patient photos on mobile devices. Storing photos on personal devices instead of the medical record creates a privacy and security risk to patients.

This patient safety issue is being addressed with a mobile and desktop photography application. This app and the impact on the clinical photography department will be discussed.

Infrared and Ultraviolet Digital Photography in Forensic Science

Kathryn DennyGale SpringGale Spring, FBCA
Adjunct Professor
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

Kathryn Denny
Sergeant, Photographic Section
Queensland Police Service,
Brisbane, Australia

Infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) photography has been a part of forensic investigation and analysis for many years. It has been used for identifying trace evidence, enhancing fingerprints, revealing details in obliterated tattoos, documenting bite marks/bruising as well as revealing counterfeit materials. Digital technologies have also made infrared imaging common in surveillance techniques.

Traditionally photographed with IR and UV sensitive silver halide film, today’s digital cameras have the ability to create the images faster with more consistent results. The new digital cameras, however, come with pitfalls concerning the interpretation of the images. This joint presentation and demonstration will address these pitfalls as well discuss the conversion of traditional digital cameras for use with IR and UV techniques making them a useful scientific and forensic imaging tool.

The presenters will base this presentation around their current research. The aims are to demystify the processes involved in IR and UV digital photography, broaden the knowledge of participants in applications of IR/UV imaging and identify the specific dangers in the interpretation of the IR and UV images.

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The Renaissance Human: The Influence of Faith on Science & The Visual Arts in the 21st Century

Ken MeatsKen Meats

Traditionally, scientists and artists, were, at least nominally, people of faith. History books are full of familiar names: Galileo, Newton, Mendel, van Goch, Al-Khwarizmi, and Bohr to name but a few. This has changed in the past century. In the preface to his book, "On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art", Art Professor James Elkins writes, "Sooner or later, … you will come across a strange fact: there is almost no modern religious art in museums …’ In addition, many conservative faith practitioners deny the place of science and art in their lives, leading climate change denial or medical procedure refusal. I will attempt to answer why these three areas are so often at odds and how we can make a change.

Personal Injury Photography in Civil Litigation – Acceptable Manipulation?

Tim ZoltieTim Zoltie
Head of Medical & Dental Illustration
University of Leeds
Leeds, UK

The physical appearance of an injury is a key aspect in determining severity. Personal injury photography can therefore play a key role in a claimant or defendants case, but how does a medical photographer avoid unintentional overemphasis when producing a photographic report of an injury? And what photographic techniques are acceptable without manipulating the truth?

This talk will discuss the purpose and value of accurate personal injury photography, a guide to UK medical photography standard operating procedures, and top tips and techniques to accurately and effectively portray scarring and deformity.

Correlative Microscopy: A Renewed Interest in Old Techniques

James Wetzel, PhDJames Wetzel, PhD
Pulaski L. Bealy Smith Biology Professor
Presbyterian College
Clinton, SC

Correlative microscopy is a research area that utilizes complementary visual data obtained through a combination of light microscopy systems (reflected light, Nomarski illumination, fluorescence and confocal microscopy) and both scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Within recent years, the emphasis on correlative microscopy research presented at the Microscopy Society of America and Microscopy & Microanalysis annual meetings has grown to where it is now a separate category of seminars and a focused interest group within microscopy.

My research on paternal-fetal relationships during seahorse development has benefitted from both the histology levels (light microscopy) and ultrastructure levels (electron microscopy) of visual data. In particular, the use of more contemporary histo-chemical staining in light microscopy has provided more detailed information on tissue differentiation throughout the development of organs. I will present a series of images using correlative microscopy and modern multi-staining that I use to understand the role of the paternal broodpouch in this interesting group of fishes.

Viewing Image Color Accurately: The Essential Keys

Rick HatmakerRick Hatmaker

One of the biggest problems photographers face after image capture is ensuring that the color of their image is accurate from viewing and editing to proofing and output. The output could be the web, a monitor, or a printer. If the color of your image is critical, then there are a few fundamental steps to know. Think of it as digital process control. First you must understand the components of a correct workflow, where the weak points are at and where to focus your energy and investment to get the color right. CHROMiX has been helping customers for many years by providing consulting, monitor hardware, measurement devices and software to better manage their color.

Turning an Obsession into a Book

Michael PeresMichael Peres, RBP, FBCA
Professor of Biomedical Photographic Communications
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

Michael Photographs A Snowflake is a children's book that was published by Fossil Press July 2016. Peres first photographed snowflakes in January 2003 and has become obsessed with the winter challenge. This short presentation will share Michael's impressive work and the process of transforming his obsession into a 32-page, four-color children's book. Michael has photographed tiny things using a light microscope for more than four decades and snowflakes became an easy extension of his award winning photomicrography. He will also share how another recent publication, Laboratory Imaging and Photography published by Focal Press December 2016, was conceived and produced. This 387-page book, features content from many members of the BCA community.

The Anne Shiras Pioneer Lecture
No Limits Extreme Capture Techniques in Nature Photography

George LeppGeorge Lepp

In this program, George will share the cutting edge capture techniques and technology he's developed and is using right now in the wild and in the studio. Lepp has been achieving unlimited depth of field in ultra-high-magnification studies, creating action sequence panoramas, capturing intimate wildlife studies with extreme telephoto camera and lens combinations, mastering time-lapse and stop action, and maximizing the power of 4K video for motion and single-frame extraction.

This program is for photographers who want to explore today's nearly limitless possibilities for interpretation of nature subjects by learning how to accomplish previously unattainable, highest-quality images with the latest DSLRs, lenses, accessories for field and studio, and processing software.

Sunset moth © George Lepp
Sunset moth © George Lepp

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