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BCA News: Summer 2017

BioImages Winners

BioImages 2107 received 169 entries from around the world. After judging, 35 Awards of Excellence, Citation of Merit and special Merit awards were given and a total of 93 were selected to be in the salon.

The winners were announced at the BioImages Awards ceremony, following the opening reception for BIOCOMM, in Portland, Oregon on June 20, 2017. Awards were posted on the BCA website following the ceremony.

Best of Show was awarded to Fabian de Kok‑Mercado from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute who won Best of Show for his interactive Virus Explorer. Co-contributors are Aileen Hearn, Laura Bonetta and Dennis Liu, HHMI BioInteractive, Neil Steinberg and Ethan Goldstine, Kapow Inc.

This interactive incorporates engaging and accessible 3D-models of viruses, influenza, HIV, and rabies, Zika, human papillomavirus (HPV), and Ebola, Adenovirus, T7 virus, and tobacco mosaic virus that educators and students can click on to rotate and view from different angles using any device. The viruses are based on 3D molecular and electron microscopy data published in the Protein and Electron Microscopy data banks. Users can sort the viruses based on structure, genomic make-up, host range, transmission mechanism, and vaccine availability. A link to a relative size illustration provides the opportunity to discuss scale and units. The interactive teaches about the criteria that scientists use to classify viruses, the characteristics of different viruses, and the global prevalence of viral infections.

The data-driven 3D models and illustrations allow science educators and students to make comparative observations on any platform. In the process, they will learn about the criteria that scientists use to classify viruses, the characteristics of different viruses, and the global prevalence of viral infections. Crosscutting concepts in scale, proportion, and quantity are designed to tie in with key components of biology curricula.

The distinguished panel of Judges this year was Paul Crompton, FBCA, Charles Hedgcock, RBP, FBCA, Kathleen Wagner, MFA, CMI, and Will Wilner, RBP, FBPA. The independent judges from across the globe are selected for their professional expertise and diversity in the visual arts in medicine and science. They review the entries independently than collaborate to discuss the merits of the entries and select the entries that receive awards and those that are entered into the salon.

The competition, sponsored by the BioCommunications Association, is open to institutions, companies and individuals (BioImages judges are not eligible to enter). Association membership is not required. Best of Show is awarded a $500 U.S. cash prize and a one-year free membership to the BCA.


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