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BCA Update

BCA is Hiring!

We have a position open for a Director of Conferences. Our current Director, Adam Cooper, is stepping aside to pursue other opportunities within the BCA. This position officially becomes available July 1, 2017.

The Director of Conferences organizes and leads in offering processes and decisions to plan and execute the annual meeting of the Association. Responsibilities include researching and recommending a meeting site, program direction, meeting schedule, speakers, workshops, social events, and on-site coordination.

This is a contract position with an annual compensation of $3500.00. It also includes expenses paid to attend the annual meeting.

Go to Director of Conferences job posting for more information.

Call for Nominations

We are accepting nominations for our Executive Board positions: President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer. Currently we have one member running for each of these positions. For more information about these roles, you will find attached, a “position description” outlining duties of the Executive Board and the individual officers. Please note the cutoff date for accepting nominations is April 28, 2017. Download the nomination form.

If your answer is, I don’t want to hold an executive office…

There are many opportunities for you to contribute your time and talents to the BCA that don’t involve a vote!  It takes many hands to keep BCA running smoothly. The Directors of Membership, Communications and Conferences could use some help from time to time. The BCA's Certification committee is trying to expand and rebuild. New members are needed for the EFFE committee. BCA needs an editor for The Journal of Biocommunication to promote and solicit journal submissions from BCA members. These are just a few of the groups that work hard to promote the BCA and our membership.

If you have ever thought you would like to get more involved in BCA, know that you are welcomed with open arms. Perhaps you want to work with one of these committees (or others), or perhaps you have a special project in mind. Maybe you don’t really know how to or what to do. Contact Charlene at Member Services; and she will provide you with some guidance and put you in touch with the appropriate person(s).

An investment in BCA is an investment in yourself and your career. Please consider what role you might play in keeping your association at the forefront of visualizing science.

In Their Own Words (Digital Storytelling)

Using digital storytelling techniques Paul Crompton has been illustrating the work of the project through the voices of those taking part, both staff and students. In his presentation Paul will discuss the concept of digital storytelling and describe the techniques used to produce them. Paul Crompton has recently retired as Director of the Media Resources Centre at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, UK.

Call for Abstracts

Submit your abstracts for BIOCOMM 2017 in Portland, OR, June 20‑24, 2017. Deadline for abstracts is December 15, 2016.
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Save the Date for BIOCOMM 2017

Pack your camera gear and note pads for this exciting BIOCOMM 2017 meeting in Portland. We're pairing a two-day, on-the-road photography workshop in scenic Oregon with three days of presentations from experts in visual communications to expand your skills and creativity.

We hope you'll join us at the classic University Place Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Portland. The hotel is located near Portland State University campus and within walking distance to many of Portland's fine restaurants and sights. The rate is only $104 a night and includes complimentary breakfast.

Stay tuned for more details!

Fall 2016 BCA News

Read the Fall 2016 issue of the BCA News featuring nine articles including a snapshot of what the EFFE team is working on.

Capturing the Moment

Al Bello is the Chief Sports Photographer in North America for Getty Images. He has worked on editorial assignments for Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Maxim, and The New York Times. Al delivered the Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote address at BIOCOMM 2016, in which he tells what inspires him to explore angles, experiment with techniques and tell powerful stories through photography.

Design Considerations for Mobile Development

Connie Johansen, RBP is a Supervisory Multimedia Specialist for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Her presentation from BIOCOMM 2016 in New Orleans is a broad overview of design for the mobile environment.

Photography of Selected Specimens and Artifacts from the Collections of the National Museum of Health and Medicine

Matthew Breitbart is the photographer (Contractor, ARP Sciences LLC) at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, MD. A video of his presentation from BIOCOMM 2016 is now on BCA's YouTube channel.

Summer 2016 BCA News

Read the Summer 2016 issue of the BCA News featuring seven articles including a BIOCOMM recap.

Science Visualization in Online Education

Science Visualization in Online EducationBetsy Skrip, a Scientific/Medical Illustrator at MIT's Center for Biomedical Innovation, spoke at BIOCOMM 2016 about "Science Visualization in Online Education." A video of her presentation is now on BCA's YouTube channel.

JBC announces issue 40-1 with open access

JBC issue 40-1The Journal Management Board wishes to announce our new online issue of the JBC. This issue is now publicly available for viewing with no password required. Please visit the JBC website and click on issue 40‑1.

The Journal of Biocommunication, now hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago Library and supports a mixed-publishing environment. This includes content with both traditional and open access (OA) licensing. JBC articles and other selected content will now be automatically included in PubMed Central.

Please note that this new hybrid publishing environment still supports fully copyrighted content and offers JBC author/illustrators that protection. In addition, the JBC now supports authors from universities or research settings who may be required to publish their work with open access licensing. The JBC supports both mechanisms, and we allow an author the ability to choose their level of openness and control over their creative work. Let us know what you think.

Karen Hensley
Norm Barker
BCA reps to the Journal Management Board

Award Winners from BIOCOMM 2016

The Louis Schmidt Award, Ralph Creer Service Award, Fellows and Emeritus awards were presented at the Honors Banquet concluding BIOCOMM 2016 in New Orleans.

Best of Show: Lifecycle of Basidiomycota (Mycena haematopus) © Jonathan Bowen, MSBioImages 2016 Award Winners

The BioCommunications Association is pleased to announce the BioImages 2016 award winners. Congratulations to Jonathan Bowen from the University of Illinois at Chicago who won Best of Show for his natural science illustration Lifecycle of Basidiomycota (Mycena haematopus).

The BioImages Salon and BIOCOMM 2016 Opening Reception and was held Monday evening, June 20, 2016 in New Orleans.

Wellcome Image Award photo by BCA member David Bishop
Photo by David Bishop

Spring 2016 BCA News

Read the new online edition of the Spring 2016 BCA News featuring six articles including news about BCA member David Bishop from London who won two Wellcome Image Awards. Also see 5 reasons to attend BIOCOMM 2016.

New Design for BCA Website!

We are excited to announce the launch of our redesigned website! The new design and colors invoke a fresh modern look. We've simplified the navigation and reorganized the content, moving more into the Professional Resources section.

We'd like to thank our BioImages contributors for their amazing photographs and videos that showcase our expertise in visual communications. They make BCA's website look even more impressive.

Special thanks go to the BCA webmaster Tom Roth and Karen Hensley, Director of Communications!

Charles A. Hedgcock, 2016 Louis Schmidt Laureate

Charles “Chip” HedgcockThe Louis Schmidt Committee of the BioCommunications Association is pleased to announce that Charles A. Hedgcock, or Chip as he is known to many, is the 2016 Louis Schmidt Laureate.

Charles “Chip” A. Hedgcock is a Registered Biological Photographer and Fellow of the BioCommunications Association. His work is of the highest quality as shown by his participation in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions in galleries across North America and on an international level at places such as the Royal Photographic Society in Bath, England. He is widely published in the popular press linking science and the general public. He has created a special visual bridge that allows his work to speak to both science and art. Recently his work demonstrating the chemical defence of the Bombardier beetle was used by the New York Times.

Ground Beetle, Pasimachus californicus © Charles HedgecockThe departments he supported for his years at the University of Arizona had many cover illustrations using his work in top scientific journals. His revealing images of what he refers to as the charismatic microfauna led one critic to say “Chip is to bugs what Weston was to peppers.”

He has advanced scientific knowledge through his work at the University of Arizona and the Sky Island Alliance. His participation in expeditions to parts of the United States Southwest and the Madrean Archipelago in Sonora, Mexico has directly led to the discovery and documentation of species of flora and fauna that had previously been unknown. He is a masterful problem solver as noted in his ability to document animal behavior.

Bifurcation of the tail and ultra violet fluorescence in the Bark scorpion Centruroides sculpturatus © Charles HedgecockChip willingly shares his knowledge on various levels. He publishes in a wide range of media from scientific peer review to the popular press, works as diverse as our own Journal of Biocommunication to the New York Times. He edited the information on scorpions in the recent edition of “A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert” 2015, University of California Press. He lectures and conducts workshops on his techniques from a university academic level to his recent workshops at the North American Nature Photography Summit in San Diego, California. He is a frequent author and presenter of papers at the BIOCOMM meetings and often a leader at workshops.

Chip is a person of principle and integrity. His years of service to the BioCommunications Association on committees and the Board demonstrate his selfless service to the field. He also serves on boards and is active in photography and conservation organizations. All of his colleagues speak of his dedication and his generosity of spirit. A quote from a sponsor well sums up his reputation with “Chip is conscientious, highly professional, admirably ethical and deeply dedicated to using his art in service to science, natural history, and conservation.”

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.

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