Publisher's Comments

Welcome to JBC 34-2, our latest issue of the Journal of Biocommunication, a visual celebration of the profession of biomedical communication. We welcome all who view our Journal, and those who continue to shape and mold the JBC through their columns, articles, Showcases, Salons, and Gallery images. Our Journal has become a dynamic online educational product. It is a true synthesis of the articles, ideas, concepts, images, and media from the combined memberships of the ABCD, AIMBI, AMI, BCA.

Our readers are able to take a look back at the profession of medical and scientific photography in Scriptor’s “25 Years Ago in JBPA/JBC.” This retrospective column is always interesting in light of our technological advances through the years. It is noteworthy that while our production tools have changed in twenty-five years, our problem solving ability and skill has been the constant.

We also hope that you enjoy reading this issue’s Viewpoint called “Change,” wherein I take a closer look at the concept of change.

This issue features “The Iconic Pain Assessment Tool: Facilitating the Translation of Pain Sensations and Improving Patient-physician Dialogue” by Émilie McMahon, Linda Wilson-Pauwels, James Henry, Jodie Jenkinson, Brian Sutherland, and Meaghan Brierley. These authors present information relating to a patient’s perception of pain, and how that pain level is objectively and accurately communicated to the clinician.

Bob Turner’s excellent article “Remembering Maria (Ikenberg) Lindberg” is a tribute to Maria Lindberg, a longtime member of BPA/BCA, who passed away on October 7, 2006, in Laguna Hills, California. During her long, productive career as a medical photographer, Maria was recognized for her many professional contributions to the field.

Also featured is my article "The $100 XO Laptop: A Review of A Third-World Educational Effort,” which I wrote following my personal review of this amazing laptop computer. Designed for students in educationally under-served areas of the world, the XO Laptop provides tremendous learning opportunities to primary and secondary students in these impoverished areas.

Our 34-2 Gallery presents the award-wining imagery from the BioCommunications Association’s recent meeting in Rochester, NY. BCA’s annual BioImages Salon showcases their members’ work and gives recognition to their award-winning medical and scientific photographs (and media).

The issue’s Showcase features the 2007 Graduate Exhibition from the Scientific Photography Program at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia. RMIT University is one of Australia’s original and leading educational institutions, producing some of Australia’s most employable graduates. We hope that you enjoy this extraordinary imagery.

Sadly, with this issue we must say goodbye to HeSCA, as they have chosen to continue their publishing endeavors through another journal. We have enjoyed their professional interaction, their camaraderie, and friendship through the years as a member of our JBC consortium. We wish them great success.

As a final note, the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics have just concluded. From Australia to North America, I think that we can all be proud of our amazing, gifted athletes and what they have accomplished on this world stage.

My best.

Gary Schnitz, FAMI       
Chair, JBC Management Board


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Direct editorial communications to respective association editors.
Managing Editor:
Joe Ogrodnick
Entomology, NYS Ag. Experiment Station
Communications Services, NYSAES
632 W. North Street
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 787-2324, fax (315) 787-2387

Association of Biomedical Communications Directors (ABCD) Editor: Manny Bekier
Biomedical Communications
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue
Box 18
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270-7551, fax (718) 270-7549

Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Editor: Gary Lees
The Johns Hopkins University, Art as Applied to Medicine
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
1830 E. Monument, St. Suite 7000
Baltimore, MD 21093
(410) 955-3213

Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration (AIMBI) Editor: Julie Murray
Medici Graphics
St. Vincent's Hospital
Victoria St. Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone (02) 8382 2168
Fax (02) 8382 2560

BioCommunications Association (BCA) Editor:
Mark Marzolf
Media Services
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Fairfax Road at Virginia Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
(801) 536-3750

Calendar and Association News Editor: Gary Schnitz
The Indiana Hand Center
P.O. Box 80434
8501 Harcourt Road
Indianapolis, IN 46280-0434
(317) 471-4446, fax (317) 471-4404

Management Board: Gary Schnitz, Chairman (The Indiana Hand Center) Bob Turner (The Scripps Research Institute) Connie Johansen (National Geospatial Intelligence Agency) Gary Lees (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) Manny Bekier (SUNY Downstate Medical Center) Julie Murray (Medici Graphics, NSW Australia)

Webmaster: Michael Getz (Illumina Interactive, Boston, MA)

Editors: Each member association of The Journal of Biocommunication may select one Editor, whose responsibility it is to secure manuscript material and assure technical accuracy, validity, and usefulness of the Journal's content. Each Editor works with an Editorial Review Board selected by the sponsor association. Members of the Editorial Review Board critique and edit articles, and provide other editorial assistance, at the request of the Editor. The JBC accepts unsolicited materials for consideration. Unsolicited materials may be submitted to the Managing Editor or to any of the Association Editors for consideration. For more information, please see Contributors.

Editorial Review Board: Scott Barrows (Medical Art Associates) • Zina Deretsky (National Science Foundation) • Marc Dryer (University of Toronto) • Craig Gosling (Indiana University) • Christine Gralapp (Fairfax, Calif.) • Kenneth Heyman (Immersion Medical) • Tom Hurtgen (Hillsborough, NC) • Dale Kennedy (VA Medical Center - Albuquerque, New Mexico) • Patrick Lynch (Yale University) • Ken Michaels (National Cancer Institute) • Steven Moon (Ohio State University) • Michael Peres (Rochester Institute of Technology) • James Perkins (Rochester Institute of Technology) • David Rini (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) • Sue Seif (Seif & Associates.) • Bobb Sleezer (Christiana Care Health Services) • Bob Turner (The Scripps Research Institute) • Linda Warren (Austin, Texas) • Linda Wilson-Pauwels (University of Toronto)

Business Manager: Carol Gray

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