- BIOCOMM 2008



Rochester, NY
July 20 – 25, 2008

Meeting Highlights

Smile! - Thanks to all who contributed their time and talent to make the 78th BIOCOMM a huge success! A well-deserved special thank you to Sally Robertson, Tom Bednarek, Sue Loomis, Daphne Demas, Keith Bullis and Nancy Hurtgen who contributed long hours in ensuring that IMAGinING the Future fulfilled a promise for a great meeting and left us full of things to do and think about.

The weeklong meeting in Rochester, NY was a gathering of nearly 80 creative minds sharing information and experiences that were both informative and enjoyable. Sally arranged a full slate of talented speakers and kept the program running smoothly. Guest speakers included Dr. Art Papier, a dermatologist with an eye on digital resources in health care and Informatics. Steve Sasson, inventor of the first digital camera delivered the Pioneer Lecture. Old timers and first timers swarmed the three-decade-old camera anxious to have their photo taken with the contraption that resembled a blue toaster.

Nothing can be more informative than the opportunity to talk with our peers and experts about past experiences and future challenges. When the afternoon sessions ended participants found plenty of opportunities to network with friends and make new connections. Rochester, although some felt it was a bit warm and humid, was a wonderful walk about town. Historical neighborhoods, shops and restaurants all within walking distance surrounded the hotel. The George Eastman House was just a short work and gave us a close up view of the massive home and gardens of an entrepreneur who transformed the future of photography and film.

Thunderstorms surrounded Rochester during the daylong workshops at Rochester Institute of Technology but the skies cleared and the evening at Mendon Ponds was another opportunity to share stories and engage in a painting with light experience with Michael Peres.

Congratulations to Pete Barta, 1st place winner in the BioImages annual competition and professional exhibition. The professional exhibition is a tradition that speaks to each and every photographer about what it is we’ve accomplished and where we’ll look to in the future.

This year’s Honors Banquet may have held the record for the twelve Louis B. Schmidt Laureates present. Congratulations to Norm Barker, the 2008 recipient of the Louis B. Schmidt Award. John Hendrix was honored with The Ralph Creer Service Award and Sue Loomis received Fellowship. President’s Awards went to James Koepfler, Cheryl Montgomery and Ken Michaels. Emeritus Honorees were Marilee Caliendo, Carol Gray, John Hendrix, Thomas Hurtgen, James Kendrick and Anita Tellier.

To wrap it up, regenerated photographers poured onto a bus headed for Letchworth State Park with Bill Fortnoy for the post-meeting workshop. They spent the day exploring, photographing and reviewing their images.

Photos galore will tell the story of a week spent in Rochester. A photo may freeze a moment in time but as Frank Cost, Professor at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, RIT, reminded us, photography isn’t just about a single image, it’s a series of moments that creatively expresses our experiences. Perhaps we should spend six bucks and print a book called BIOCOMM 2008. IMAGinING the Future was a big reason to Smile!