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Images from Science 3

Images from Science 3 seeks to explore the interface of science, technology, art, design, and communication.

Unlike most other genres of images, science images rarely find their way into art museums. That’s why Rochester Institute of Technology Professors Michael Peres, Ted Kinsman, Bob Rose, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Professor Norman Barker are collaborating to produce this traveling exhibition sharing some of the world’s most extraordinary images and image makers who explore science.

Images from Science 3 seeks to identify and showcase up to 75 extraordinary examples of both still and moving images that reveal science in new and unique ways. The images that will comprise the exhibition will be selected by an international panel of experts from around the world.

Learn more at https://images.cad.rit.edu/  Submission deadline is December 31, 2018.

Wellcome Photography Prize 2019

The Wellcome Photography Prize is looking for entries that show the importance of health in society and the impact health issues have on people and communities worldwide. There are four categories in the competition: Social Perspectives, Hidden Worlds, Medicine in Focus, and Outbreaks. The submission deadline is December 17, 2018. Learn more at https://wellcome.ac.uk/what-we-do/our-work/photography-prize

David Bishop, the BCA BioImages 2018 Best of Show winner was a 2016 Wellcome Photography Prize winner. Read about his prize-winning photo in the Spring 2016 BCA News.

Kathy McFall, MSc, FIMI, RMIPKathy McFall named the 2018 Louis Schmidt Laureate

The Louis Schmidt Committee of the BioCommunications Association is pleased to announce that Kathy Jane McFall, MSc, FIMI, RMIP, is the 2018 Louis Schmidt Laureate. Kathy’s career in medical photography, video and teaching spans some twenty-five years. Kathy serves as the Head of Medical Illustration Services at the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. She lectures on behalf of the Medical Humanities Unit at the University of Glasgow, and has tutored students undertaking the BSc in Medical Illustration at Glasgow Caledonian University. She is the Chairman of the Institute of Medical Illustrators and a Fellow of the Institute of Medical Illustrators.

Kathy’s leadership in the field of BioCommunications is evident when you consider that she was recognized with the Norman K. Harrison Gold Medal Award in 2007. This is the highest recognition that the Institute of Medical Illustrators can bestow on one of its members for their contributions to our field and our profession. This award, in its prestige is very similar to the Louis Schmidt Award that she will be receiving during the Honors Banquet at BIOCOMM 2018 in Savannah, GA.

Kathy has served leadership roles in many professional organizations that are committed to dissemination of information about imaging in the health and natural sciences. In 2004 she was elected to the Board of Directors and then served as President of The Health and Sciences Communications Association (HESCA) for two years from 2007–08. During her tenure with HESCA, she was instrumental in setting up exchanges, so members from the IMI and HESCA could attend each other’s national meetings encouraging an appreciation and cross fertilization that benefited both organizations and their membership.

In June 2009 in St. Louis, MO – Kathy was awarded HeSCA’s Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding level of service and positive energy during her many years on the HeSCA Board. She was also recognized for her work as President over the past year, and her role in the transition to the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine.

In yet another of her many leadership roles, Kathy took on the job of Editor for the prestigious Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, (formerly, Journal of Audio Visual Media in Medicine). As Journal Editor for eight years, she was directly responsible for steering many articles to the printed page. She left her scholarly imprint on that journal. Working with scores of authors; photographers, graphic artist, medical illustrators and publishers, to disseminate information to all participants in the Biomedical imaging field. Although she is no longer editor, she continues to serve on the international board of the Journal.

She has been extremely active in the Institute of Medical Illustrators and served many roles in that organization over the years as well. Kathy served as Chair for the annual IMI conferences in 2012 and 2016.


AIMBI, IPT, BCA Conference
Melbourne, Australia
March 16-17, 2018

The Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration (AIMBI), the Institute of Photographic Technology, Inc. (IPT) and the Australian Chapter of the BioCommunications Association will be hosting Convergence March 16-17, 2018. This is the 21st Biennial National Conference of the AIMBI and the first meeting of the Australian Chapter of the BioCommunications Association.

The conference will feature presentations in medical, biological, scientific, education and creative areas of photographic and visual expertise. The meeting has been organized by BCA member Danielle Edwards, FBCA. Other BCA members are presenters. Link to Program PDF.

BIOCOMM 2017 Keynote address by Jack Dykinga

Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Jack Dykinga shared "A Life Shaped by People that Profoundly Influenced My Image Making" as the Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote at BIOCOMM 2017 in Portland, Oregon. Jack blends fine art photography with documentary photojournalism and presented how people in his life have influenced his image making.

Three new videos from BIOCOMM 2017

Three new videos from BIOCOMM 2017 have been added to our YouTube channel featuring presentations from Adam Cooper about Street Photograph, Jamie Hayden about Advanced Imaging Technology at Wistar Institute, and Gabe Unda about Focus Stacking HDR scenics.

Two new videos from BIOCOMM 2017

Two new videos from BIOCOMM 2017 have been added to our YouTube channel featuring presentations from Jamie Hayden and Bob Turner.

Mark your calendars for BIOCOMM 2018

BIOCOMM 2018 will be June 19-22 at the Hotel Indigo in Savannah, Georgia. Plans are in the works for a series of presentations, demonstrations, keynote speakers and a one-day workshop on June 23.

The Hotel Indigo has "Style with a Southern accent" and is in the heart of Savannah's Historic District. City Market is located right next door or take a tour of one of five of the city's iconic squares are located within roughly five blocks of Hotel Indigo.

You will find other iconic neighborhoods and attractions within walking distance. Home of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah is full of art, culture and character for you to explore. Savannah is the place to be next June for BIOCOMM 2018. Stay tuned. More details to come!

Plan to present at BIOCOMM 2018. Download the speaker's abstract form.

BCA Announces Results of the 2017 Board Election

BCA formally announced the results of the 2017 Board election at the Business Meeting during BIOCOMM, in Portland, Oregon on June 23.

President: Susanne Loomis, FBCA, Massachusetts General Hospital/REMS, Boston, MA.

Vice President: Adam Cooper, RBP, FBCA, North Shore-LIJ Health Studios, Great Neck, NY.

Secretary/Treasurer: James Koepfler, FBCA, Medical Photography Orthopaedic Surgery, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

Director of Conferences: Connie Johansen, RBP, FBCA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Laplata, MD (retired in April 2017)

Congratulations to these BCA members and sincerest appreciation for their willingness to serve the Association.

Pictured left to right: Adam Cooper, James Koepfler, Susanne Loomis, BIOCOMM Keynote speaker Jack Dykinga and Connie Johansen.
Pictured left to right: Adam Cooper, James Koepfler, Susanne Loomis, BIOCOMM Keynote speaker Jack Dykinga and Connie Johansen.

BioImages 2017 Award Winners

Congratulations to Fabian de Kok‑Mercado from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute who won Best of Show for his interactive Virus Explorer at the BioImages Award Ceremony held Wednesday evening, June 21, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

Judges for BioImages 2017 awarded 20 images with Citation of Merit, 7 images with the Award of Excellence and 8 images received special merit awards. An additional 66 images were selected to be on display in the salon at the annual BIOCOMM meeting.

Richard A. McNeely2017 Louis Schmidt Laureate, Richard A. McNeely

The Louis Schmidt Committee of the BioCommunications Association is pleased to announce that the 2017 Louis Schmidt Laureate is Richard A. McNeely. The Schmidt Award will be presented to Rick during BIOCOMM 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

Richard McNeely, born in Paducah, Kentucky and raised in Dayton, Ohio, earned a Fine Arts Degree in 1969 and then a Master’s degree in Educational Communications in 1974 from The Ohio State University. In 1974, he was hired by the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson to the position of Chief, Instructional Materials Development for Medical Audiovisual Services.

When the College merged the audiovisual, television and cinematography services into one Division of Biomedical Communications in 1977, Rick was named Assistant Director of this newly created department. In 1986, he became Associate Director and in 1989 was promoted to Director.

In the early 1990s Rick served a key role in connecting the College of Medicine in Tucson with the Phoenix campus via microwave services available through an existing statewide network. This connection initiated videoconferencing of health sciences courses and administrative meetings between the two campuses as well as with the public health and nursing programs at Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University.

In 1996, Rick McNeely worked with College of Medicine deans, administrators, and key Arizona legislators to establish a pilot project demonstrating the efficacy of telemedicine in delivering better health care to Arizona’s medically underserved rural areas. The Arizona Telemedicine Program rapidly grew from an eight-site pilot project to a self-sustaining program that today reaches more than 170 sites. Rick was named founding co-director of the program and directed all technical matters. The growth and success of the program was significantly enhanced through the skills of Rick’s Biomedical Communications Division where medical photographers advised on the use of early digital cameras and the television production section supported early teleconference activities. The older microwave system was quickly replaced by a modern T1/DS3 network operated by the Arizona Telemedicine Program. The resulting connectivity facilitated the Phoenix campus becoming a full-fledged College of Medicine in 2007.

Rick McNeely served as president of the Association of Biomedical Communications Directors in 1997, as chair of the Journal of Biocommunication Management Board from 1992-1997 and in 2000 he received the Health Sciences Communications Association’s Golden Raster Award for “…distinguished leadership in the field of biomedical communications, outstanding contributions to health sciences information (and) long and dedicated service…” Too numerous to mention are the many committees Rick has served on within the University of Arizona and several professional societies. His listing of presentations, posters, articles, book chapters, abstracts, workshops and consultancies numbers several hundred. Rick’s work with the Arizona Telemedicine Program was acknowledged through multiple awards from the US Distance Learning Association, HeSCA, ABCD and the American Telemedicine Association.

Rick retired in 2010 from the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He and his wife Fran continue to live in Tucson, Arizona where they are actively involved in community organizations such as the Community Food Bank and in groups supporting the arts in southern Arizona. Rick enjoys two-season gardening in the warm desert and when it’s too hot, Rick & Fran travel to a variety of cooler places.

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; office@bca.org 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.
Read more »

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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