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BIOCOMM 2020 postponed to May 18-22, 2021, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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BIOCOMM 2021 Speaker Bios

Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Speaker

Will Wilson, MFA

Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe, NM

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. 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 NM Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. His work is exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. Wilson is Program Head of Photography, Santa Fe Community College.

Learn more about Will Wilson at https://willwilson.photoshelter.com.



The Anne Shiras Pioneer Member Lecture

Gale Spring, FBPA

Adjunct A/Professor
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

Gale is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently active in forensic consulting, research and also 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. He continues teaching, conducting workshops and consulting on forensic imaging cases. His interests still lay in the interpretation of photographic imaging in forensic matters.

See some of Gale's technical photography videos on the BCA YouTube Channel.



Program Presenters

Norm BarkerNorm Barker, MS, MA, RBP, FRPS, FBPA

Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

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 work appears in textbooks, journals and museums worldwide. His photographs are in the permanent collections of more than forty museums including The Smithsonian, The George Eastman House, The American Museum of Natural History, The Nelson-Atkins Museum and The Science Museum in London. He has published 7 books and numerous scientific articles. His latest book collaboration “Hidden Beauty: Exploring The Aesthetics of Medical Science” shows the beauty of medicine and the human body and will be going on a museum tour from 2014-2019.



Adam Cooper, RBP, FBCA

Delray Beach, FL

Adam Cooper is currently the staff photographer and videographer for a multi-faceted company in Pompano Beach, Florida. He is producing interior architecture photos of rental homes as well as corporate buildings. To view his work, visit www.affinityhomerentals.com.



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

Cape Town, South Africa

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



Nazeema Ebrahim, Professor

Cape Town, South Africa

Nazeema Ebrahim, MSc(Diag) Radiography and PGDip International Research Ethics retired as Director of School of Medicine, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. She has presented 71 papers. She also mentored MMed students with protocol development and publications. She was awarded the JJ Wesselo Award jointly with her husband Hoosain M Ebrahim by the Professional Photographers of Southern Africa (PPSA), for furthering the interest of the Police Photographer's Group within the PPSA (1996) after her presentation in Forensic Radiography.



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

Biomedical & Scientific Photography
Melbourne, Australia

Danielle's 30-year photographic career has been primarily as Manager of Clinical Photography at Austin Health, a large tertiary teaching hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Currently she is the veteran liaison photographer at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, documenting veterans and working with the historical collection.

She has been a mentor, judge/assessor in the RMIT Bachelor Applied Science Photography course. Active in professional associations, she has held many positions. Currently she is the BCA Director Communications, and Certification Committee Member. IPT President and AIMBI Vice President and Registration and Education Board Chair.



Dennis Fernandez, BS, JD

New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM

Dennis Fernandez is a registered US patent attorney currently handling technology licensing matters at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. He has over 20 years' experience as an early-stage venture capitalist investor as well as practicing in patent prosecution and IP enforcement matters in Silicon Valley and Asia. Dennis is an inventor with over 60 issued US and international patents. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering / Computer Science from Northwestern University, and JD from Suffolk University Law School.



James Hayden, RBP, FBCA

Managing Director / Imaging
The Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, PA

James Hayden has been the Managing Director of the Wistar Institute Imaging Shared Resource Center for 18 years and a long-time presenter at past BCA meetings. He recently authored 2 chapters in "Laboratory Imaging and Photography, Best Practices for Photomicrography and More" - one on confocal microscopy and one on imaging ethics, both personal areas of expertise. His lab provides a wide range of imaging services to support cancer research and vaccine development.



Connie Johansen, RBP, FBCA

Port Hadlock, WA

Connie Johansen is a retired medical photographer and multimedia specialist. She graduated from Bellevue Community College's Biomedical Photography Program and is a Registered Biological Photographer. Connie worked in the Medical and Forensic Photography field before moving to Washington, DC to work for the federal government. 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.



Ted Kinsman, BS, MS

Associate Professor of Photographic Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

Ted Kinsman is an Associate Professor of Photographic Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has a BS in Physics, and a MS in Science Education. He has worked as an optical engineer, a physicist, and a physics instructor before moving to RIT to teach the technical side of imaging.

He has created and designed a number of reflectance transformation imaging systems and teaches these techniques in macro photography classes at RIT.

His work predominantly focuses on using images to teach science. In his latest book, Cannabis: Marijuana Under the Microscope (Schiffer Publishing 2018) his fresh and visually stunning survey celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of the world's most controversial plant: Cannabis salvia. Cutting-edge scanning electron microscope images, combined with light micrographs and X-rays, bring this captivating plant to life.

Ted’s work has appeared on The Discovery Channel, Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), The X-Files, South Park, The Tyra Banks Show, ABC, NBC, PBS, CBS and the British Broadcast Corporation. Recently, he did work on The Frozen Planet series, and James Cameron’s Avatar movie.

In 2015, Ted won the National Science Foundation’s Imaging Science Contest with an x-ray image of a turtle with eggs.



Robert Mays, CRA, OCT-C

Ophthalmic Photographer
NIH, National Eye Institute
Bethesda, MD

Robert Mays graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelors 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.



Julie Murray, FAIMBI

Julie Murray's career started out in medical photography. Julie made the shift to graphics and illustration while she was the director of a large photography, graphics and video production culminating in running her own company JAM graphics.



Steve Murray, MEd

Steve Murray has a background in education but made the move into illustration and publishing.



Michael Peres, RBP, FBPA

Professor of Biomedical Photographic Communications
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

Michael Peres is an award-winning photo educator, author, and photographer. He has dedicated himself to inspiring generations of curious students. Peres has served many roles at RIT including associate director and graduate program director. Peres' expertise includes photomicrography as well as other bio-medical photographic applications. Peres has been actively publishing most of his career and published his 7th book, Laboratory Imaging and Photography Best Practices for Photomicrography and More.



Jim Wetzel, PhD, FBCA

Pulaski L. Bealy Smith Biology Professor
Presbyterian College
Clinton, SC

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 their 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.



John Yeats, B.V.Sc., RBI, AAIMBI

Clinical/Medical Photographer
The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Sydney, NSW

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.



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