Publisher's Comments

Welcome to JBC 34-3, our latest issue of The Journal of Biocommunication. Our Journal has developed into a “brand,” and has become an online educational product reflecting diverse biomedical communication topics. The Journal of Biocommunication represents the educational writings, creative imagery, video, and interactive media from the memberships of the ABCD, AIMBI, AMI, and BCA.

Our 34-3 Showcase features the amazing photographs from “Images From Science 2,” an exhibit of scientific photographs that recently was featured in the SPAS Gallery at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. We wish to thank Professor Andrew Davidhazy and Professor Michael Peres for their impressive achievement with this exhibition, and for allowing us to share these images with our JBC memberships.

Our first article is called “Images for Science,” and is authored by Martin Scott, the former Director of Scientific Photography at Eastman Kodak Company. Mr. Scott reviews the expansive history of scientific imaging from the days of Leonardo daVinci and von Leeuwenhoek, to today's modern digital imagery. The author includes some personal insight, as he asks us to think about the future of scientific imaging. This article also serves as the introductory text from the catalogue that accompanies the RIT exhibition “Images from Science 2.”

This issue also features the article, “Virtual Bronchoscopy: Using Game Design Techniques and Technology to Create an Interactive 3D Teaching Tool,” by Leslie Predy and Marc Dryer. This paper addresses a developing area in biomedical communications: 3D interactive, didactic game design. Using the creation of a virtual bronchoscopy simulation tool as an example, the authors discuss the appropriateness of certain gaming concepts, game design software, the applicability of preset software functionality, and the potential for future development in this field.

We also include the article, “3D Visualization of the Dental Anatomy of the Narwhal, Monodon monoceros” by Ethan M. Tyler et al. In this article computed tomography and digital three-dimensional imaging software were used to create a comprehensive visual record of the dental anatomy of the toothed whale, Monodon monoceros. This multi-institutional study was conducted with cooperation between the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution (JHMI), Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, the Smithsonian Institution (SI), the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and scientists with Narwhal Tusk Research (NTR). Digital reconstructions provide an undisturbed view of the whale’s teeth in situ, and reveal anatomical information that has been inaccessible and undescribed in previous studies.

The JBC Gallery for this issue features the AMI Salon winners from the July 2008 Indianapolis annual meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators. This Gallery is absolutely outstanding, and represents imagery relating to anatomy, surgical procedures, molecular structure, medical research, genetics, bio-science, animation, and interactive media. Over twenty-three Salon categories are represented here featuring fifty-four Salon winners. Also included are six motion media trailers representing the Salon’s winning animations.

This issue’s installment of “25 Years Ago in JBPA/JBP” is the final one authored by Ron Irvine (Scriptor). We thank Ron for providing a look back at photographic materials and techniques of yesteryear and wish him well. BCA member Eugene McDermott takes up where Ron left off in Volume 35 number 1.

I also hope that you enjoy reading this issue’s Viewpoint called “Our Brain Trusts,” wherein I acknowledge the important role of our Association’s administrative boards.

Thank you for taking a look. Come back often.

Gary Schnitz, FAMI       
Chair, JBC Management Board


The JOURNAL OF BIOCOMMUNICATION (J.Biocommun) is indexed in Index Medicus, Current Index in Journals in Education, Biological Abstracts - RRM (Reports, Reviews, Meetings), Hospital Literature, Dental Abstracts and Middle East: Abstracts and Index. ISSN: US0094-2499.

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Managing Editor:
Joe Ogrodnick
Entomology, NYS Ag. Experiment Station
Communications Services, NYSAES
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Geneva, NY 14456
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Association of Biomedical Communications Directors (ABCD) Editor: Manny Bekier
Biomedical Communications
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
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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
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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
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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)

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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 (Duke Clinical Research Institute) • Dale Kennedy (VA Medical Center - Albuquerque, New Mexico) • Lori J. Klein (National Library of Medicine) • 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)

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