Annual Conference

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BIOCOMM 2023 Speakers

Will Wilson

Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Speaker
Will Wilson

Will Wilson’s art projects center around the continuation and transformation of customary indigenous cultural practice. He is a Diné photographer and trans-customary artist who spent his formative years living on the Navajo Nation. He is Program Head of Photography, Santa Fe Community College. Wilson studied photography, sculpture, and art history at the University of New Mexico (MFA, Photography, 2002) and Oberlin College (BA, Studio Art and Art History, 1993). In 2007, Wilson won the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum, in 2010 the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Sculpture, and in 2016 the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for Photography. Wilson has held visiting professorships at the Institute of American Indian Arts (1999-2000), Oberlin College (2000-01), and the University of Arizona (2006-08). In 2017, Wilson received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. His work is exhibited and collected nationally and internationally.

  • Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Address:
    Autoimmune Response
    Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange
    Connecting the Dots for a Just Transition
  • Tintype Workshop

Gale Spring

Anne Shiras Pioneer Lecturer
Gale Spring, RPB, FBPA

Gale is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently active in forensic consulting, research and conducts workshops for various government departments. He retired in 2013 as the Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning in the School of Science. From 1988 to 2008 he was the Program Leader of Scientific Photography and from 2008 to 2011, was the Program Leader of the Applied Science Multi-major program.

  • Cross Polarization, Techniques, Facts and Fiction
  • Anne Shiras Pioneer Members Lecture:
    Stalked by Technology – The Challenges of Forensic Image Interpretation

Norm Barker

Norm Barker, MS, MA, RBP, FRPS

Norm Barker is a Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. He specializes in photomicroscopy and macro photography. He is a Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society in Great Britain and the Biocommunications Association. His photographs are in the permanent collections of more than forty museums including the Smithsonian, George Eastman Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Nelson-Atkins Museum and Science Museum in London. He has published 10 books and numerous scientific articles and museum exhibits. His current traveling exhibition “Hidden Beauty: Exploring The Aesthetics of Medical Science” shows the beauty of medicine and the human body.

  • Tashiding: “Beyond Earth & Sky, A Year in the Garden”

Adam Cooper

Adam Cooper, RBP, FBCA

Adam is the current President of the BCA. He has 30 years of experience as a medical photographer, wedding photographer, architecture and presently he works in the photography department of a corporate farm. Adam does still photos, video, and drone photography. He produces many video pieces including training videos and advertising work.

  • Video Planning and Production

Hoosain Ebrahim

Hoosain M. Ebrahim, FBCA, FIMI(Hon), ASIS FRPS

Hoosain Ebrahim retired as Director of Medical Illustration and AV Services at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa. He has served as a medical and forensic photographer. for 45 years. He has been a member of the BCA since 1984 and belongs to seven other professional societies. He has delivered 238 oral presentations and has received several awards including the British Medical Journal Award of the RPS.

  • Has Digital Technology Subverted the Truth in Photographic Evidence?

Danielle Edwards

Danielle Edwards, BA, BAppSc (hons), RBI, FAIMBI, FIPT, FBCA

Danielle has been a practicing medical photographer for the past 29 years and is active in many professional associations. She has been a mentor and judge/assessor in the RMIT Bachelor Applied Science Photography course, has held positions as conference convener, council member and president for the Institute of Photographic Technology (IPT), and conference convener, exhibition coordinator, vice president and committee member for the Australian Institute of Medical & Biological Illustration (AIMBI) (VIC). Currently Danielle serves as the BCA Director of Communications, EFFE Chair & Certification Committee Member, IPT President and AIMBI Vic Registration and Education board member.

  • Changing Your Perspective

Chip Hedgcock

Charles Hedgcock, RBP, FBCA

Charles “Chip” Hedgcock has more than 30 years of experience photographing in medicine, the life sciences, and fine arts. Since 2009 Chip has been the lead photographer for a series of biological expeditions into remote regions of Northern Mexico. Chip is a Registered Biological Photographer, a Fellow of the BioCommunications Association, and a Louis Schmidt Laureate.

  • The Re-discovery of an Elusive Horned Lizard in Sonora, Mexico

Constance Johansen

Constance Johansen, RBP, FBCA

Connie is a retired medical photographer and multimedia specialist. She graduated from Bellevue Community College’s Biomedical Photography Program and is a Registered Biological Photographer and a Fellow of BCA. Connie worked in the nedical and forensic photography field before moving to Washington DC to work for the federal government as a lead photographer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Design and Interactive Media while working as a supervisory multimedia specialist in the Intelligence Community. Connie has been a member of BPA/BCA since 1980 holding many positions including president. She is currently serving as the Director of Conferences for BCA and enjoying doing volunteer work in the community.

  • Documenting Biofluorescence in Marine Animals

Robert Mays

Robert Mays, CRA, OCT-C

Robert Mays graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Photographic Communications. He has been in the field of ophthalmic imaging for over ten years, with most of that time working in clinical research. He is an active member of the Ophthalmic Photographers Society and hold credentials as Certified Retinal Angiographer (CRA) and Certified Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT-C). Robert has also received a number of imaging awards exhibited at annual AAO and ASCRS meetings.

  • Adaptive Optics: An Advanced Imaging Modality for Retinal Structures

James Wetzel

James Wetzel, PhD

As a professor of biology at a liberal arts college, Dr. Wetzel’s freshman classes are often a mix of science majors and non-majors in across various disciplines. But one common theme throughout his courses is our personal connection with the earth. He has developed Environmental Photography to help students develop their own photo essays of personal expression of environmental awareness. His doctoral degree is in zoology, specifically working on marine embryos, and he uses primarily light and electron microscopy for research.

  • Changing Your Perspective

John Yeats

John Yeats

John has worked as a clinical / medical photographer at The Children's Hospital at Westmead for 12 years. He previously worked as a veterinary surgeon and attained Membership of Australian College of Veterinary Science in Avian Medicine. He has presented at BIOCOMM previously (Portland 2017) and had an article published in JBC late 2019. John is an Associate of AIMBI and is a member of the AIMBI National Council.

  • Applications for Infra-Red Photography in Paediatric Medical Photography

Director of Conferences

If you require additional information about presentations or if you wish to present at BIOCOMM 2023, please download and complete the BIOCOMM 2023 Abstract Form and send to Connie Johansen, RBP, FBCA, the Director of Conferences.