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BCA News: Spring 2016

Connie Johansen, RBPMessage from the President

I like to think of us as visual communicators in the scientific and medical arena. Many of us do many things besides photography so we (the BCA) are trying to reflect that in our activities and educational offerings.


BCA Members and Colleagues:

Happy Spring to you and your families and friends. It's that time again; time to renew your membership to the BioCommunications Association. We have had a very busy year and there is much more to come. The Executive Committee – President, Vice President and Secretary‑Treasurer, is working hard to streamline your organization to be more efficient and effective. We recently held an interim Executive Committee meeting to get some business done. We revised the policies and procedures document as well as suggesting changes to the Constitution. So, expect to vote on the changes to the Constitution soon.

Your tax deductible membership goes a long way in growing BCA's ongoing programs. Your support has allowed us to begin upgrades to the BCA web site, establish a YouTube channel, further develop the Tips & Techniques and the "Learn from the Experts" offerings. That's just the tip of the iceberg. Your membership also supports the EFFE grants and scholarships, the Total Body Certification program, our webinars, many of the speakers at BIOCOMM, the BCA newsletter, BioImages, and the Journal of Biocommunication. It's a long list! (Did I mention its tax deductible?)

I like to think of us as visual communicators in the scientific and medical arena. Many of us do many things besides photography so we (the BCA) are trying to reflect that in our activities and educational offerings. Your involvement in the BCA has made this association better and more relevant. Without you we could not have accomplished everything that we have in the past year. You helped us determine how to move forward with creating a leaner leadership team that can make decisions faster. You helped us develop the BIOCOMM program by telling us about your requirements and what you want to experience at our annual meeting.

This year, BIOCOMM 2016 will be in the "Big Easy"! New Orleans, Louisiana on June 20-24th. Please join us for not one, but three keynote speakers, Al Bello, Marie Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote, and Matt Kloskowski. Plus award winning producer, director and cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg is BIOBOMM's 2016 Anne Shiras Pioneer Lecturer. Adam Cooper, our Director of Conferences has gone above and beyond to give us a fantastic program, including a Lightroom workshop with Matt Kloskowski and a sea urchin in-vitro fertilization workshop with Jim Wetzel. We will also have the opportunity to view and photograph nocturnal insects with ultra-violet lighting.

Once again, we will be at the comfortable Drury Inn and Suites, just one block from the St. Charles trolley with convenient access to the Garden District and the French Quarter. There is plenty to see and do in "The Big Easy", so keep an eye on www.bca.org for further announcements. BCA is truly a wellspring for inspiration, networking and professional development. Don't forget to renew your membership and we'll see you at BIOCOMM 2016.

Connie Johansen, RBP
President, BCA


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