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BCA News: Summer 2016

Connie Johansen, RBPMessage from the President

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.


BCA Members and Colleagues:

Happy Summer to you and your families and friends. Well, we had a great meeting in New Orleans. Many enjoyed the music and festivities, and of course, the outstanding program. Survey results indicate that our attendees loved the well-known photographers and visual communicators we had on the program. Many people expressed interest in having our 2017 meeting in Portland Oregon, and asking Matt Kloskowski to participate. We are listening and trying to make that happen for you. As the Olympics are underway, I am sure many of us are following Al Bello's work from Rio after his awesome presentation at BIOCOMM 2016. And of course, we are all paying much more attention to bees' and their importance in the world, and to conservation in general after learning from Louie Schwartzberg.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the program and attended BIOCOMM 2016. Getting to know several bugs up close was an enlightening experience that we will not soon forget. You can access Matt's Lightroom workshop and the recorded plenary sessions online from our website. In addition, how many people can say they have participated in making sea urchin embryos? Yes, it was a quite amazing program, so a huge thanks to Adam Cooper, Director of Conferences. Unfortunately, Adam had to miss most of the meeting due to a family emergency, so we had to wing it without him. I am happy to say that everyone in the Cooper family is on the mend now though. A special thanks to Ken Meats too, for spending countless hours videotaping the sessions and making sure everything was just right.

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 News, BioImages, and the Journal of Biocommunication. It's a long list! (Did I mention its tax deductible?)

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. I hope everyone feels that their opinions and thoughts are being heard. Please feel free to drop us an email with any suggestions for your association.

Connie Johansen, RBP
President, BCA


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