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BCA News: Spring 2021

Member Update

Editor's Note
We hope that during Covid-19 that all our members are continuing to stay safe and well. We realize that things have changed dramatically for all of us, including the postponement of our annual BIOCOMM meeting again to 2022. Due to Covid-19 we are bringing you Virtual BIOCOMM sessions to you this year via Zoom.

This year in Virtual BOOCOMM 2021 we have had a workshop and a plenary session via Zoom that has been conducted over two continents, with audience members from all over the world. These zoom sessions continue to provide opportunities for gleaning new and useful information. We look forward to BIOCOMM 2022 when we can all get together in person. Until then, stay safe and stay well. If you have any ideas you would like us to pursue please get in touch, contact Danielle Edwards, Director Communications.

In this edition of the news we bring you BCA updates on the new BCA web redesign and exciting news about BioImages. Read about how Professor James Wetzel, FBCA finds solitude in his special place. Emeritus members Robin and Gigi Williams blitz the photo competitions. Take time to read our member profile on Michael Peres from Rochester Institute of Technology. Michael is also the new BioImages chair. In celebration of International Womens day we are featuring a trailblazer from the BCA archives, Stella Zimmer.

Welcome new BCA Members!

We are pleased to welcome these new members to BCA. With them comes a knowledge bank of technical and education resources of great value to all visual communicators.

  • Alan Petersen, Adjunct Instructor, Criminal Justice, SUNY Orange, Middletown,NY, USA
  • Allison Brown, Scientific Illustrator/Designer, Brisbane, CA, USA
  • Nina Roepke, Visual DX, Rochester, NY, USA
  • Dawn Stoute, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Joseph Woolerton, Research Assistant, Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Laura Gwinn, Research Associate, Newark, DE, USA (returning member)
  • Kenneth Sinclair, RBP, FBCA, Retire, Agricultural Research Facility, Lethbridge, AB, Canada (returning member)
  • Kevin Brennan, Certified Medical Illustrator, Program Chair & Associate Professor, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  • Alex McDonald, RBP, Retired Clinical/Surgical Photography, St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada (returning member)
  • David Summers, RN, CFRN, Medical, Scientific, Nature and Environmental Photography, David Summers Images, Jupiter, FL, USA (returning member)
  • Matthew Brown, Forensic/Evidentiary Photographer Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Washington, DC, USA (returning member)

Honors Update

As your honors chair I am happy to report that The Louis Schmidt Award Committee met December 17, 2020 via Zoom. Historically the Schmidt committee has breakfast at the annual meeting to discuss new candidates and to assign sponsors for those candidates. Because of Covid 19 cancelling the annual meeting the decision was made to have a virtual Schmidt Breakfast. Those attending were: Paul Crompton, Danielle Edwards, Jamie Hayden, Chip Hedgcock, John Hendrix, Ted Kinsman (Chairperson), Kathy McFall, Rick McNeely, Ken Michaels (Secretary). Thanks to Adam Cooper for setting up the Zoom.

Both Alan Goldstein and John Hendrix have agreed to stay on as Fellowship and Emeritus chairs. If you have nominations for either of these honors I urge you to contact them. – Jim Fosse, FBCA

A Technical Text Book of Interest to Members

Mike Peres's latest book Natural Science Imaging and Photography with contributions from several BCA Members is currently on sale for pre-orders. This book provides an in-depth exploration of scientific photography, highlighting the best practices needed to make and preserve scientific visual information using digital photographic methods and technologies. This book will be invaluable for your photographic resource collection. A go to book for photographic problem solving. Visit the publisher's website to pre-order.

BCA YouTube Needs Your Expertise

Have you seen the BCA YouTube channel? You can find it at YouTube.com/BcaOrg/.

We are looking for more professional grade content that you can provide! The BCA will PAY you $300 for your accepted video. We are looking for instructional tutorials, two to eight minutes long, on a variety of topics. They could be about photography, micrography, photomacrography, video, web design, desktop publishing, anything relating to biomedical/ scientific imaging. Need some inspiration? Go to youtube.com/BcaOrg/ and check our current selection.

Now is your chance to share your expertise (and be paid for it) and support your association. Please contact BCA President, Adam Cooper adam@bca.org to submit your video topic and get it approved for production, and/or if you have any questions. We are looking forward to your participation.

BCA Newsletter – Send us your stories!
Nothing is too big or too small to share with other members. Have you received any awards or recognition? Do you have a story to share? Have you been on any photographic assignments, photographic adventures or had an exhibition? Do you have 'go to' web sites that others may be interested in? Don't keep all the good stuff to yourself. Let others know so we can all grow our knowledge and expertise. After all, that's why we are members of BCA.

If you have anything you wish to contribute to BCA news, please get in touch with Danielle Edwards, Director Communications.

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