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BIOCOMM 2016 Program

Detailed below is the preliminary BIOCOMM 2016 program. We hope this will give you a start on solidifying your plans to join us in New Orleans. We will update the program and schedule as more details become available.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Presentation
Capturing the Moment

Al BelloAl Bello

Join award-winning photographer Al Bello for a unique opportunity to discover what inspires him to explore angles, experiment with techniques and tell powerful stories through photography. Al will present sports photographs and portraits from his 26 years of shooting sporting events from around the world.

© Al Bello
© Al Bello

Photos will range from 10 Olympics Games, championship boxing, American and international sport, underwater work, sports portraits, and editorial photo stories.


Photography of Selected Specimens and Artifacts from the Collections of the National Museum of Health and Medicine

Matthew BreitbartMatthew Breitbart
Contractor, ARP Sciences LLC
National Museum of Health and Medicine

The National Museum of Health and Medicine was established during the Civil War as the Army Medical Museum, a center for the collection of specimens for research in military medicine and surgery. Currently, there are over 24 million objects in the collection. Photography of selected anatomical specimens using scientific forensic identification techniques can serve multiple purposes, as well as reveal more about those objects than otherwise might be clear to the viewer. The majority of images in the presentation will focus on the various anatomical specimens of forensic, medical and historical significance from the museum's collections, and how photography of those specimens was influenced by the need to document identification characteristics unique to each specimen. Imagery shown will focus on specimens from the museum's collections that have specific trauma or pathology and which have detailed documentation relating to each of those specific characteristics. Museum collection photography of forensic specimens utilizes similar rules of forensic photography that are used across the field of physical anthropology, such as photographing skulls in Frankfort Horizontal Plane (Bass, 1995). Objects are not only forensic specimens; they are also museum objects and object handling is critical. To that end, imagery is created once for all uses, including scientific, publication, museum item condition, etc. The presentation will include reasons why particular items are selected from over 12,000 anatomical gross specimens for exhibit or photography, how and why they are photographed, including forensic photography techniques and anatomical positioning of specimens.

The opinions and assertions contained herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Museum of Health and Medicine or the Department of Defense (DoD), the American Registry of Pathology (ARP), ARP Sciences LLC, any of the military services or other DoD components or any other government agencies, and does not constitute an endorsement by the DoD, ARP or ARP Sciences LLC of any of the opinions expressed, or any information, products, brands or services contained therein.

3D Printing for Surgical Simulation, Tissue Expansion and Reconstructive Surgery

Katharine HanlonKatharine Hanlon
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cincinnati, OH

For soft tissue reconstructive surgery requiring tissue expansion, we have developed a hybridized process for the planning and simulation of the surgical intervention. The simulation involves 3D image acquisition, 3D printing, and creation of a silicone skin overlay. Tissue expansion is inherently unique to each patient, disallowing for a standardized method of surgical planning. The pre and intraoperative decisions of the surgeon determine the outcome and success of the surgery. The primary question the surgeon must answer is where to place the cuts to efficiently repair the defect and achieve the best cosmetic outcome. Since there are many possible angles to make the incisions, preoperative planning is critical for a successful outcome. Reduced time under general anesthesia is an ancillary benefit of custom surgical planning.

3D Printing Mini Symposium
Meta-Modernism: A Design Methodology for the 3rd Industrial Revolution

Leslie Oliver KarpasLeslie Oliver Karpas

A look at recent technological shifts in engineering and additive manufacturing are reshaping how we should approach industrial design and manufacturing.

3D Printing Mini Symposium
What does the future of 3D printed bone implants look like?

Severine Valdant-ZygmontSeverine Valdant-Zygmont
Oxford Biomaterials

Severine will be presenting on the recent advancements made by Oxford Performance Materials on 3D printing implants for the human body. She will discuss the history of her company, the workflow of producing a part on a 3D printer for implantation, and the challenges/rewards associated with doing so.

3D Printing Mini Symposium
3D Medicine 2016

Derek MathersDerek Mathers
Business Development Manager

3D printing has captivated the minds of many engineers and scientists, but has failed to scale in the way many thought it would. In this presentation, I will define 3D printing's shortcomings in medtech and demonstrate how solutions to these constraints have become the requirements for the next generation of printers, software and materials.

The next generation of 3D printers and materials will present opportunities for companies, to create multi-material components, to minimize the use of precious metals, to maximize fixation and discreetness of implantable devices, to customize implants and tools based on patient and physician preferences, and to increase the speed of mass-produced parts using additive processes.

3D Printing Mini Symposium
Next-generation Temporal-3D (4D) Imaging: 1st Link in the Supply Chain of Medically-Accurate 3D Printing

Jesse KnowlesJesse Knowles

Participants will learn how ultra-fast 3D body surface image capture works and how recent innovations in 3D enable crossing the chasm to temporal-3D (aka dynamic or 4D) imaging that streamlines and improves the supply chain from initial capture to a finished virtual model or physical 3D-printed "product" in medicine, dentistry, research or any discipline requiring extremely precise quantification of the human body in 3D.

Show Your Stuff

The purpose of Show Us Your Stuff is for presenters to show an image, describe the purpose and audience for the image and describe the technique used to create the image. Presenters are encouraged to show images accepted and awarded from the BioImages Salon, but any interesting image is what we are looking for. Each presenter will be given a maximum of 5 minutes to speak.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016Return to top



InfoShare has been a staple of the BIOCOMM meeting for a large number of years. During InfoShare, a variety of presenters will come up and demonstrate a tip, trick or gadget that makes our life as image makers better. It may be a device used to take a photo remotely or a type of paper used for specialized printing. Really, any interesting item or subject may be presented. Each presenter will be given a maximum of 5 minutes to speak.

10 Things Photographers Need to Know (but nobody tells them)

Matt KloskowskiMatt Kloskowski
President of Photography
onOne Software
Tampa, FL

An honest, humorous, thoughtful, and slightly irreverent look at some of the most important aspects of photography. Things that not only can help improve your photos, but lessons that can also make you happier and more fulfilled as a photographer.

The Ultimate Lightroom Workflow

Matt KloskowskiMatt Kloskowski
President of Photography
onOne Software
Tampa, FL

Lightroom guru Matt Kloskowski has totally reinvented the way thousands of pros work in Lightroom and attendees will learn all about his latest system. You'll learn exactly where to store your photos, how to find your favorite photos in just one-click, and all the ways to make those photos look great and share them with everyone else.

Bring a favorite photograph on a USB jump drive. Matt will select unretouched raw or jpeg files from the workshop group to demonstrate good editing techniques.

A full screen video capture of Matt's workshop will be available to attendees as an online downloadafter the workshop is over.

On Location Street Photography

Adam CooperAdam Cooper, RBP, FBCA
Northwell Studios - Northwell Health
Great Neck, NY

On location street photography is a growing segment and style of photography given the proliferation of small, high quality cameras. Many professional photographers are practicing this style of photography when traveling to locations around the world. Given our location, this talk will show some examples of a variety of interesting subjects to photograph while walking in an urban location. The group will have scheduled time to go to the French Quarter to try the techniques discussed in location street photography. The photographs taken will be reviewed that evening.

Black Light Insect Viewing

Audobon Butterfly Garden and InsectariumZack Lemann
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
New Orleans, LA

Ever wonder which marvelous moths and beautiful beetles are out and about at night? Join Audubon entomologists and learn about the fascinating things that fly after dark. You'll see many insects while hiking a trail and even more (we hope!) that are attracted to lights at Audubon's Wilderness Park on the West Bank of New Orleans.

Zack LemannThe entomology staff will set up special lights after sunset on Wednesday, June 22 and observe what flies in. With a wealth of knowledge about local insects, our staff and a small number of guests will get a rare opportunity to enjoy moths, beetles, and more. Guests will learn about insect natural history and how the entomology staff collects many of the animals in our exhibits. There will be plenty of opportunity for hands-on encounters and close-up observation of the truly amazing diversity of arthropods that thrive just a few miles from the bustle and buildings of downtown New Orleans. When not observing what flies in to the lights, staff and guests will walk a wooded trail and explore the sounds of the night as well as the insects, spiders, and other wildlife in a rich and enchanting piece of bottomland hardwood forest. Terrific opportunities for macrophotography after dark should be plentiful.

Lightweight long pants and a lightweight long-sleeved shirt worn over a t-shirt are recommended. We have insect repellent in case mosquitoes are out in force. Wear close-toed shoes, as you may find yourself near briars or poison ivy while exploring the forest.

We will be based in an area called Wilderness Park, where there is a small, air-conditioned building that has lights, tables and chairs, and restrooms. We provide water and do not permit alcohol or tobacco use on site. 

We look forward to spending the evening with you as we observe some amazing bugs in New Orleans' own backyard!

Wednesday, June 22 from 7:30 pm up to 11:00 pm
Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center
14001 Patterson Rd.
New Orleans, LA 70131

Cost is $60.00 and includes workshop fee and transportation. Separate registration fee required. Go to Registration page, under Pay Registration Fee, select "Bug Night Trip." For more information contact office@bca.org.

On your own social events

Three unique New Orleans style excursions are suggested. Sign up sheets will be available at the meeting. Please note there is a separate fee for each excursion. Attendees are responsible for fees and reservations are recommended.

1. French Quarter Ghost Walking Tour
Explore the grim and ghastly deeds that have turned New Orleans into one of the most haunted cities in the world on the French Quarter Ghost Walking Tour. With a quirky and charismatic tour guide by your side, you'll visit the locations of documented hauntings and ghost sightings in the historic Vieux Carre, including Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, "the ghost watering hole" of New Orleans.

2. French Quarter Vampire Tour (8:30 pm – 10:30 pm)
Do vampires walk the darkened streets of the historic Vieux Carre at night? Stroll the narrow alleys and cobblestone streets of the French Quarter and visit the places these creatures of the night are rumored to haunt. With a savvy, storytelling guide by your side, you’ll learn all of the facts and fiction of vampire legends on the French Quarter Vampire Tour.

3. Witches Brew Tour
Cast yourself into the Witches Brew Tour, a soul-searching, 4-tours-in-1, moonlight trek through the French Quarter. Your tour guide arrives fully costumed and versed in the history and lore of New Orleans' famous paranormal lineage and offers beaucoup glimpses into local occult practices. The Witches Brew tour is the only tour in New Orleans to cover all facets of the city's haunted, spellbinding history – including ghosts, voodoo, vampires and witches.

Thursday, June 23, 2016Return to top


In their own words: Digital stories from the Phoenix Project

Paul CromptonPaul Crompton
United Kingdom

The Phoenix Project is an educational partnership between Cardiff University (Wales, UK) and the University of Namibia in Africa. The overall project aim is “Reducing poverty: promoting health”. Through sharing educational expertise across a wide range of subjects, including medicine, mathematics, learning and teaching, information literacy, ethnomusicology and computer science, the project seeks to build sustainable change.

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, using some of the Namibia stories, describe the techniques used to produce them.

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Audobon Butterfly Garden and InsectariumAt 10:00 am a guided tour of the Audubon Butterfly Museum and Insectarium is scheduled. A group admission fee has been included in your registration. Those who wish to participate in the guided tour will meet in the hotel lobby at 9:30 am for a short walk from the hotel to the Insectarium. If you arrive at the museum later than 10 am the group rate is not available and the regular admission fee will be charged.

Zack Lemann and Jayme Necaise, the staff Entomologists at the Insectarium will provide the group guided tours and Q&A about the museum.

Anyone needing transportation from the hotel to the Insectarium, please contact Adam Cooper, RBP, FBCA and arrangements will be made.

This will be peak time of the insect collecting season. Although the full moon is June 20th, Zack Lemann has offered to set up a black light rig for nocturnal insect observation, photography, and collecting, on Thursday evening for interested parties. More details will be announced.

The Colorado River: Day and Night

Kathleen Velo & Charles HedgcockKathleen Velo MA, MFA
Charles Hedgcock RBP, FBCA

Over a period of two years, artists Charles "Chip" Hedgcock and Kathleen Velo followed the Colorado river from the headwaters high in the Rocky Mountains northwest of Denver, through five states and into Mexico, where the Colorado empties into the Sea of Cortez. Along the way, the artists created a series of camera-less photographic images; Lumen prints and underwater photograms. These unique images, created in and along the most important river in the Western United States, show a unique view of the Colorado River and the alchemy that transforms plants and water into images of thought provoking beauty.

IVF Photomicrography Workshop

James WetzelJames Wetzel, PhD
Pulaski L. Bealy Smith Biology Professor
Presbyterian College
Clinton, SC

Early techniques of in vitro fertilization were developed using echinoderm embryos as model systems. The sea urchin is approximately the same size as a mammalian ovum, fertilization is activated by similar mechanisms, and the early stages of echinoderm development mimic the developmental pattern noted in the early human embryo. Photomicrography is the primary tool for recording these predictable events and the transparent nature of the sea urchin egg can provide spectacular images of the stages of embryology.

In this workshop we will extract gametes from sea urchins, observe through the microscope the gravid egg and sperm, and then fertilize the eggs. Within a few seconds we should see the elevation of a fertilization membrane, depicting the change from egg to zygote, and within a hour after that, observe the cleavage of the zygote into a 2 celled embryo. Development will proceed throughout the workshop. Those interested can mount their cameras on microscopes to capture their own images of embryogenesis.

Tasmania Photo Expedition – A Photo Review

James WetzelJames Wetzel, PhD
Pulaski L. Bealy Smith Biology Professor
Presbyterian College
Clinton, SC

Through the guided eyes of two of BIOCOMM's own, Gale Spring and Danielle Edwards, I embarked on a photo-tour spectacular of Tasmania. I will present a small selection of favorite images from that venture, talk about the cultural significance or ecological importance of each, and show each image in both pre and post-processed format – hoping to generate some group critique of imagery and interpretation in the niche of environmental photography.

Roman Vishniac: The Curious Microscopist

Norm BarkerNorm Barker MS, MA, RBP, FRPS
Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

Baltimore, MD

"Roman Vishniac Rediscovered" is a new book published by Prestal, in cooperation with the International Center of Photography in the fall of 2015, which the presenter wrote the chapter on Vishniac's scientific work. Vishniac was a long time BPA member, very active in the 50s & 60s and won many best of show awards in the BPA salon of the day.

Vishniac is best known for his documentation of eastern European Jewish life before the Holocaust. He always had an intellectual curiosity about the natural world and he used photography throughout his life for scientific exploration as well as communication of scientific knowledge. Roman Vishniac's early contributions to the field of scientific photography date to the 1940s and he is widely recognized today as a pioneer in the field of photomicroscopy and 16mm films with the microscope.

Movie Night: Wings of Life

Louie SchwartzbergLouie Schwartzberg
Producer, Director and Cinematographer

Our life on earth depends on a most unlikely love affair – one between flowers and the bees, butterflies, birds and bats which enable plants to reproduce. Flowers are no shrinking violets; their brilliant colors and exotic perfumes are designed to lure their pollinators, to intoxicate them with desire. These animals are drawn into an intricate dance of seduction, a dance on which more than one third of our food crops depend, a dance without which we could not survive.

Wings of Life presents a close-up look at these unsung heroes of the world's food chain. Their hidden realms are full of intrigue, drama, and mesmerizing beauty. Yet they are increasingly threatened. And if they should disappear, we may too.

Q&A with Louie afterwards. Refreshments will be provided.


Friday, June 24, 2016Return to top


DSLR Workshop

Cliff BrewerCliff Brewer
Director of Media Support Services
Mayo Clinic

Jacksonville, FL

Cliff will present an overview of utilizing DSLR for video production along with the added benefits of low cost, cinematic qualities, small footprint, and existing technologies in cameras

John LemanskiJohn Lemanski
Photography Supervisor
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

John will discuss how still photographers utilize video in our work at Mayo. He will also discuss how they are partnering with an LA company to design an apparatus for shooting video in surgery.

David ColemanDavid Coleman
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

David will focus on a demonstration designed for still photographers that covers video production. The DSLR team will wrap up with recommended tips on current DSLR trends, blogs, websites and learning opportunities.

DSLR Filmaking from Concept to Market

Keven SiegertKeven Siegert

This session will cover the entire DSLR filmmaking process from concept to market.

"A Proper Pint" is a documentary/travel film about the role of rural pubs in Ireland as the hub of their community. The film was shot with DSLR cameras and a small crew and then edited on a desktop system. After a successful run on the festival circuit and a social media marketing campaign, it was picked up by a distribution and marketing firm and now enjoys commercial success.

Technical discussion topics include a comparison of DSLR vs traditional cameras, overview of equipment, technical setup, shooting strategies, audio recording, lens considerations, color correction and post-production.

Marketing topics include social media strategy, film festivals and navigating the legal maze of marketing and distribution.

Design Considerations for Mobile Development

Connie Johansen, RBPConnie Johansen, RBP
Multimedia Specialist Supervisor
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
La Plata, MD

Things you need to think about when designing user interfaces or content for mobile devices. Responsive web design, size of buttons, gestures, vector or bitmap, color, fonts can all be problematic on smaller display devices, so helpful tips and tricks will be presented. Planning for a no comms or disconnected environment will also be briefly discussed. For media services departments offer some kind of web development, developing products or content for mobile devices is a crucial product line.

Scientific Visualization in Online Education: 10.03x The Principles of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

Betsy SkripBetsy Skrip
Science Visualization Specialist
MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation

Online course development can offer rich, niche opportunities for scientific/medical visualization, as evidenced with the MITx course 10.03x Making Biologics for Patients: The Principles of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing. With over 60 four- to eight-minute videos that feature custom illustrations and animations, interviews with pioneers in the industry, and visits to local biomanufacturing facilities, the 6-week course offered on edX covers the fundamentals of protein structure and function, cell line development, principles of cell culture and protein purification, as well as an in-depth look at the history of biotechnology. This presentation will showcase the visuals created for the course, discuss the workflows and best practices that allowed for efficient collaboration within tight deadlines, and provide an overview of the edX online learning platform.

The Anne Shiras Pioneer Lecture
Journeys Through Portals of Time

Louie SchwartzbergLouie Schwartzberg
Producer, Director and Cinematographer

Acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg likes to take people on journeys through portals of time and scale, to make the invisible… visible. His approach to photography expands our horizons, transforms our perception and opens our minds. Louie's recent work has been dedicated to keystone events like pollination and mycelium and how it interfaces between kingdoms – plant, animal, fungi – and how that enables life to flourish.

Schwartzberg believes that at the intersection of technology, art and science is simply curiosity and wonder. His presentation will show how these two simple human attributes help to open your heart to discover that beauty is natures' tool for survival – because you protect what you love – which makes you more mindful, conscious, and present, and this is the essence of scientific observation, ultimately engendering gratitude and bringing full circle the appreciation for the little things in life that make Life sustainable.

Learn more about Louie on his website movingart.com.

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