Conference Program General Information

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Rediscover the spark of inspiration that originally led us to this profession, in a city where art and science truly coincide.

For those seeking science CEUs, get ready – Boston 2006 is your meeting. The best and the brightest in cutting-edge biomedical technology will present on timely topics, from illustrating the human genome to virtual surgery.  Workshops and concurrent sessions abound with opportunities to brush up on art and business skills. 

Click on the tabs below to view the meeting schedule and read more about the exciting program we have planned.

Workshops: Wednesday, August 2, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop Location

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) http://www.smfa.edu/default.asp

All workshops, except the First Timer's, will be held at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lunch will be provided at the Café des Arts in the atrium of the School and the price is included in your workshop fee.

Located in the cultural heart of Boston, the SMFA is a unique institution dedicated to educating artists and focused on fostering creative investigation, risk-taking and individual vision. The SMFA programs are enhanced by close relationships with Tufts University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ˝ the third largest fine arts museum in the nation (conveniently located next door.)

Directions to the Workshops

To reach the Museum School, use the MBTA or ýT.ţ The meeting hotel, the Boston Marriott Cambridge, is located directly above the Kendall Square station on the Red Line.

For the main SMFA building, take the Green Line car marked Heath Street/Lechmere (the E Line) to the Museum stop. The School is one block north, on the corner of Museum Road and The Fenway.

If you are coming from Logan Airport, take the airport shuttle bus to the T's Blue Line. Change to the Green Line (E Train) at the Government Center. From there, follow the directions above to the main building.


Workshop H1
A Painter on Painter
Bill Andrews
Lecture/Demo
Morning Session: Half-Day (8:00 am ˝ noon)
Cost: US $125.00
(0.35 CEUs Art)

*This is for the morning Lecture/Demo workshop only. (Full day session with Lecture/Demo and Hands-on portion: see Workshop F4).

This morning session will consist of lecture and demonstration. A card-carrying member of the Old School of inking and painting, Bill Andrews shares his triumphs and tragedies in adapting to the world of computer graphics. This talk focuses on his experiences in translating his well-known style of colored pencil and alkyds on toned paper for the digital canvas using Corel Painter.

Bill will give particular interest to building and working with papers and textures and to building and using custom brushes. This talk will be especially useful for those whose primary training in medical illustration was with traditional tools and who are suspicious of computers as an artistic medium.

About the Instructor

Bill Andrews received his BA in Art in 1978 from the Univ. of Texas at Austin and his MA in Biomedical Communications in 1980 from the Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia.

Bill began his professional career as a medical illustrator at the Univ. of Arizona Health Science Center at Tucson before moving to Houston, Texas in 1981. He worked in varying capacities in the Texas Medical Center, including as Art Director for the Texas Heart Institute and as Manager of Medical Illustration & Graphic Design Services at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He was honored to join the MCG faculty in 1999. He currently serves as Education Program Coordinator, Gallery Director and Webmaster.
Bill has won numerous professional awards and has had works included in juried exhibits around the world. Bill has presented numerous seminars and workshops across the United States and in Canada, France, Italy and the Netherlands.

He has been an active Professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators since 1982. He has served as President of the AMI and on the Board of Governors and is a Fellow of the AMI. Bill has been Editor of the national newsletter and is currently the Editor for the Source Book of Medical Illustration. Bill has been recognized as a Certified Medical Illustrator since 1993. In 1988, Bill became the founding President of the Vesalius Trust, an educational foundation supporting research and education in visual communications for the health sciences.


Workshop F4
A Painter on Painter
Bill Andrews
Full day: Morning Lecture/Demo and afternoon Hands-on session (8:00 am ˝ 5:00 pm)
Limit: 12
Cost: US $245.00
(0.70 CEUs Art)

Part 1: Morning Session

A card-carrying member of the Old School of inking and painting, Bill Andrews shares his triumphs and tragedies in adapting to the world of computer graphics. This talk focuses on his experiences in translating his well-known style of colored pencil and alkyds on toned paper for the digital canvas using Corel Painter.

Bill will give particular interest to building and working with papers and textures and to building and using custom brushes. This talk will be especially useful for those whose primary training in medical illustration was with traditional tools and who are suspicious of computers as an artistic medium.

Part 2: Afternoon session

Bill Andrews presents a cook-book style hands-on workshop for getting started and working smarter in Corel Painter. The focus of the workshop will be on core skills and is designed to aid the classically trained artist in rapidly becoming productive with this fascinating and powerful software. In-class exercises will include making and using paper textures, building palettes and working with color, building and using brushes and pens, layering and compositing techniques, cloning and using the image hose.

This workshop is intended for those who have experience using a computer and who are novice or intermediate users of Painter. Attendees will receive a set of technique recipes and demo movies to take back to the studio. Familiarity with the basic user interface is required. Pre-arrival reading and drawing assignments will be required.

About the Instructor

Bill Andrews received his BA in Art in 1978 from the Univ. of Texas at Austin and his MA in Biomedical Communications in 1980 from the Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia.

Bill began his professional career as a medical illustrator at the Univ. of Arizona Health Science Center at Tucson before moving to Houston, Texas in 1981. He worked in varying capacities in the Texas Medical Center, including as Art Director for the Texas Heart Institute and as Manager of Medical Illustration & Graphic Design Services at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He was honored to join the MCG faculty in 1999. He currently serves as Education Program Coordinator, Gallery Director and Webmaster.
Bill has won numerous professional awards and has had works included in juried exhibits around the world. Bill has presented numerous seminars and workshops across the United States and in Canada, France, Italy and the Netherlands.

He has been an active Professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators since 1982. He has served as President of the AMI and on the Board of Governors and is a Fellow of the AMI. Bill has been Editor of the national newsletter and is currently the Editor for the Source Book of Medical Illustration. Bill has been recognized as a Certified Medical Illustrator since 1993. In 1988, Bill became the founding President of the Vesalius Trust, an educational foundation supporting research and education in visual communications for the health sciences.


Tami Tolpa

Workshop H3
Creating Dynamic Flash Animations Using Raster Artwork
Tami Tolpa
http://www.tolpa.com/
Lecture/Demo
Morning Half-Day (8:00 am ˝ noon)
Cost: US $125.00
(0.35 CEUs Art)

*This is for the morning Lecture/Demo workshop only. (Full day session with Lecture/Demo and Hands-on portion: see Workshop F5)

Attendees should have some knowledge of Flash. This workshop is not "Flash for Beginners" and will not address interactivity or programming in Flash. We will discuss techniques for importing raster artwork into Flash to create animations that look high-end, while still retaining the small file sizes that Flash is known for. Several animations will be viewed and then dissected as we learn about how they were constructed.

If you want to attend this workshop but you do not currently use Flash, it is suggested that you spend time working on the Flash tutorials so that you are comfortable with the program before you attend the workshop.

At the end of the morning session of this workshop, participants will have learned to:

  • Create an animation in Flash using high-end artwork from Photoshop or any 3D program.
  • Break a complex illustration into separate elements for animation.
  • Import JPG or PNG files into Flash and know when to use which file format.
  • Edit raster artwork in Flash.
  • Combine raster and vector elements into one animation.
  • Employ masking techniques to create animation effects.
  • Animate color and transparency changes to raster artwork.
  • Create transitions in Photoshop for use in Flash.
  • Optimize and import image sequences from Adobe After Effects or a 3D program into Flash.
  • Incorporate narration into a Flash animation.

About the Instructor

Tami Tolpa earned BA degrees in both Studio Art and Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton, as well as an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s medical illustration program. A native of upstate New York, she moved to the west coast in 1998, working on staff at several medical education companies in the San Francisco area and was staff medical illustrator at a prestigious Palo Alto graphic design studio. In early 2005, she devoted herself full-time to her freelance business. She is currently located in Los Angeles.


Tami Tolpa

Workshop F5
Creating Dynamic Flash Animations Using Raster Artwork
Tami Tolpa
http://www.tolpa.com/
Full day: Morning Lecture Demo and afternoon Hands- on session (8:00 am ˝ 5:00 pm)
Limit: 12
Cost: US $245.00
(0.70 CEUs Art)

Part 1: Morning Session
Attendees should have some knowledge of Flash. This workshop is not "Flash for Beginners" and will not address interactivity or programming in Flash. We will discuss techniques for importing raster artwork into Flash to create animations that look high-end, while still retaining the small file sizes that Flash is known for. Several animations will be viewed and then dissected as we learn about how they were constructed.

If you want to attend this workshop but you do not currently use Flash, it is suggested that you spend time working on the Flash tutorials so that you are comfortable with the program before you attend the workshop.

At the end of the morning session of this workshop, participants will have learned to:

  • Create an animation in Flash using high-end artwork from Photoshop or any 3D program.
  • Break a complex illustration into separate elements for animation.
  • Import JPG or PNG files into Flash and know when to use which file format.
  • Edit raster artwork in Flash.
  • Combine raster and vector elements into one animation.
  • Employ masking techniques to create animation effects.
  • Animate color and transparency changes to raster artwork.
  • Create transitions in Photoshop for use in Flash.
  • Optimize and import image sequences from Adobe After Effects or a 3D program into Flash.
  • Incorporate narration into a Flash animation.

Part 2: Afternoon Session

The afternoon session will provide participants with the opportunity to practice what they learned in the morning session. Afternoon attendees will be provided sample files that they can use to create an animation in Flash and the instructor will be available for help as the animations are created.

At the end of the afternoon session of this workshop, participants will have had hands-on practice with the following:

  • Creating an animation in Flash using high-end artwork from Photoshop or any 3D program.
  • Breaking a complex illustration into separate elements for animation.
  • Importing JPG or PNG files into Flash and knowing when to use which file format.
  • Editing raster artwork in Flash.
  • Combining raster and vector elements into one animation.
  • Employing masking techniques to create animation effects.
  • Animating color and transparency changes to raster artwork.
  • Creating transitions in Photoshop for use in Flash.
  • Optimizing and importing image sequences from Adobe After Effects or a 3D program into Flash.
  • Incorporating narration into a Flash animation.

About the Instructor

Tami Tolpa earned BA degrees in both Studio Art and Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton, as well as an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s medical illustration program. A native of upstate New York, she moved to the west coast in 1998, working on staff at several medical education companies in the San Francisco area and was staff medical illustrator at a prestigious Palo Alto graphic design studio. In early 2005, she devoted herself full-time to her freelance business. She is currently located in Los Angeles.
Maria Piscopo

Workshop F1
How to Make Money in Today’s Economy
Maria Piscopo
http://www.mpiscopo.com/
Full Day (8:00 am ˝ 5:00 pm)
Cost: US $225.00
(0.7 CEUs Business)

Based on Artist’s Rep Maria Piscopo’s book for Allworth Press, The Graphic Designer's and Illustrator's Guide to Marketing and Promotion, this program has been updated for today's new client. You probably have found they are harder to find and more difficult to keep!

Maria’s new marketplace "overview" will give you the information you need to find and keep clients. Her techniques are specific, efficient and cost-effective for every area of illustration. Whether you are making a transition to a new area or improving the level of assignments you want to get, this step-by-step program will get you there. You will learn about creating a marketing plan for building repeat business, planning print and electronic direct mail strategies and how to increase your recognition and response rate.

This workshop will give you an unbeatable edge over your competition and will help you become more comfortable and confident when quoting jobs and help you get more of the jobs you quote. Even experienced professionals will get new ideas.

Topics include:

  • Identifying your direction
  • Updating your marketing message
  • Advertising do's and don'ts
  • Creating a marketing plan for repeat business
  • Planning and implementing a direct mail strategy
  • Reducing rejection when calling clients
  • “No-fail” selling scripts
  • Using new follow-up techniques to get work
  • New internet marketing techniques
  • Pricing information clients really want
  • Improving the client’s price perception

About the Instructor

Maria Piscopo has been an artist’s rep for twenty five years and a workshop speaker and educator for the last fifteen years. She writes articles for industry publications such as HOW Magazine, Step inside design, Dynamic Graphics Magazine and Communication Arts magazine. Maria is also the author of THE GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND ILLUSTRATOR'S GUIDE TO MARKETING AND PROMOTION, published by Allworth Press (New York NY).

Turner Communications produced Maria’s series of four videos on topics from her seminars and conference workshops. She is a member of Society of Photographers and Artist’s Reps and has served on the Board of Directors for the University of California at Long Beach Arts & Humanities Board, Visual Artists Association, Women In Management, Orange Coast College, Women In Photography, The VICOM Conference and The PHOTO Plus Conference Advisory Board.


Rebecca Kimmel

Workshop F2
Surface Anatomy for Artists/Figure Drawing
Rebecca Kimmel
http://www.rebeccakimmel.com/
Full Day (8:00 am ˝ 5:00 pm)
Cost: US $225.00
(0.7 CEUs Art)

Faithful and elegant depiction of the human form has been a goal of artists for centuries. Even today the beautiful, ancient, figurative studies of the old masters are still admired by artists and regarded as artistic benchmarks.

In her workshop Rebecca Kimmel will draw on her extensive formal training under master instructors Burne Hogarth, Harry Carmean and Richard Bunkall to instill the basics required to accurately and faithfully interpret the human form in traditional media (charcoal pencil).

This workshop will help artists improve their understanding of the human form with a series of lectures and demonstrations. Workshop participants will draw from the live model using the media of their choice, though Rebecca will be doing demos using General’s 6B pencils on newsprint. Participants are requested to bring their own materials, including newsprint sketchpad and drawing board (18” x 36”), several 6B charcoal pencils, exacto knife, sandpaper pad and kneaded eraser.

About the Instructor

Rebecca Kimmel studied Illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She produced graphic content for CD-ROM delivery with clients including the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy, FEMA, the FBI, the EPA, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. She taught two CGWorkshops for the CGSociety and, in 2005, created the Artistic Anatomy and Figurative Art forum which she moderates on CGTalk.com, the world’s largest computer graphics website. Rebecca’s teaching was recently featured in a CGFeature Article, Opposing Curves.

While Rebecca is accomplished in traditional media and technique, she is also highly skilled in digital delivery using the standard graphics programs of Maya, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere. At heart, however, Rebecca is a draughtsman and painter with a desire to share her enthusiasm for both traditional and digital drawing and painting with the global CG community. She is currently a full time student completing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Digital Art at George Mason University in Virginia with the aim of extending her career to teach digital art, drawing and painting at the college level.


Workshop F3
Drawn from the Museum
Patrick Carter
http://www.smfa.edu/default.asp
Full Day (8:00 am ˝ 5:00 pm)
Cost: US $265.00
(0.7 CEUs Art)

The understanding of the artist's process throughout the history of art is essential to art making. The most tangible way to explore this process is through witnessing it and drawing from it in the museum setting. Artists, historically, have studied and copied the works of masters; and developed from that valued experience.

Taking advantage of the wealth of art available at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; workshop participants will study and draw from works in the public exhibition galleries for inspiration and insight. We will view drawings from the Museum's collection, in the privacy of the drawing study room. This presents us with a unique opportunity to observe a variety of drawings selected for our group for private contemplation and discussion. We will focus on a variety of drawings with the possibility that each approach to drawing will have something of use for the individual's art both professionally and personally.

The goal for this workshop is to refresh, recharge and inform your original love of drawing in its’ many forms and abundant possibilities in the "house of inspiration" - the museum. (Bring a finished drawing or some in a sketchbook in some developing stage or unfinished sketches in order to provide a point of departure and helpful reference). Arrangements can be made to have shown specific items from the Prints, Drawings and Photographs collection, which includes drawings by Rembrandt, prints by Durer and watercolors by Homer. Click on this link http://www.mfa.org/collections/index.asp?key=37 and scroll down to the Prints, Drawings and Photographs section for an overview of the collection.

About the Instructor

Patrick Carter received a BA from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, West Virginia and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston/Tufts University. He painted portraits of inmates and conducted drawing and painting classes as an Artist in Residence (National Endowment for the Arts) at the Delaware Correctional Center (a maximum security state prison.) He created the Paris Summer Program; Paris: A Moveable Feast through the School of the MFA, Boston from 2000 to 2005. He is a Drawing and Painting Instructor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.

His recent shows include Changing Views: Portraits Past and Present, solo, New Art Center, Newton, MA.; Contemporary Portraits, Art Works Gallery, Hartford, CT (juried, first prize award); The Gallery, Paris, France; Creative Workshop Gallery, New Haven, CT; Mills Gallery, Boston (juried, second prize award); and Watercolor Art Society, Houston, TX., national competition, (third prize award). He has also exhibited in West Virginia, Delaware, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.


Frieda Reichsman

Workshop H5
Molecular Visualization
Frieda Reichsman, PhD
http://www.moleculesinmotion.com/
Half Day (8:00 am ˝ noon)
Cost: US $150.00
(0.35 CEUs Biomedical Science)

Interactive three-dimensional displays of molecules are invaluable in understanding molecular function. (And they look really cool, too!) The workshop will begin with a review of the makeup of proteins and DNA at the molecular level and the roles they play in the life of a cell and progress to the topic of using software for displaying and understanding their structures in 3D.

The workshop will focus on coming to a better understanding of molecular structure and function and on rendering complex molecules for digital media. Molecular visualization software will include: Jmol (jmol.org), Protein Explorer (proteinexplorer.org), online molecular tutorials using MDL Chime (mdli.com/chime) and possibly PyMol (pymol.org).

About the Instructor

Frieda Reichsman earned a doctorate in molecular and cellular biology, becoming a research scientist and teacher before leaving the laboratory behind to pursue her fascination with molecular visualization. She has created hundreds of 3D animations of complex molecular structures, focusing on explaining the functions of proteins, DNA and RNA, from introductory to advanced levels.

Her animations and text appear in tutorials supplementing leading textbooks such as Stryer's Biochemistry and Lehninger's Principles of Biochemistry and have been hailed as "protein cinema" by Science magazine. She has also designed Flash animations to demonstrate the use of software such as Protein Explorer and to teach basic concepts of microeconomics.

Her current and recent projects include making animations for National Geographic Channel's "Naked Science" series and the documentary film "Flock of Dodos", developing a protein structure tutorial based on active learning principles, co-teaching "MyDNA", a course for undergraduate non-science majors and co-authoring a revised edition of the textbook DNA Technology by the late Edward Alcamo.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop H6
Surgical Planning Lab
Michael Halle, PhD and Andrea Mewes, MD
http://splweb.bwh.harvard.edu:8000/
Half Day (1:00 pm ˝ 5:00 pm)
Cost: US $125.00
(0.35 CEUs Biomedical Science)

The Surgical Planning Lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston bring imaging tools from radiology directly into the hands of other physicians and medical researchers. The SPL has developed and applied tools for data segmentation, multi-modality registration and interactive visualization to fields as diverse as neurosurgery, neonatal imaging, schizoprenia research, orthopedics and even veterinary medicine and astrophysics.

The SPL's freely-available medical visualization tool, 3D Slicer, which will be demonstrated during the workshop, displays anatomic models and tomographic data together for editing and display. 3D Slicer is also a research tool for image-guided therapy, where imaging becomes an integral part of patient treatment.

This workshop will survey examples of the SPL's past and current work to illustrate the state-of-the-art use of computer-generated imagery at Brigham and Women's Hospital. We will also discuss challenges facing the medical visualization field, including areas where interactive display systems could benefit from the experience and skill of the traditional illustrator.

About the Instructors

Dr. Michael Halle is the Director of Technology Development at the Surgical Planning Lab, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.  Dr. Halle received his bachelor's degree in computer science from MIT in 1988 and performed his graduate work in three-dimensional imaging at the MIT Media Lab under the direction of pioneering holographer Stephen A. Benton.  At the Media Lab, Dr. Halle developed computer graphic and visualization tools that made possible some of the world's most advanced 3D displays of the time.  He earned his Master of Visual Studies degree in 1991, followed by his Ph.D. in 1997. Since then, he has supervised the creation of computer techniques for medical visualization and interaction at the Surgical Planning Lab.

Andrea Mewes, M.D. is a researcher at the Surgical Planning Laboratory and is part of Simon Warfield's group, the Computational Radiology Laboratory. Her M.D. is from Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany.  Her primary focus is the investigation of brain development in preterm infants by conventional and DT-MRI. The development of high-resolution MRI sequences and novel post-processing algorithms is fundamental to an insight into a period of brain development formerly only accessible through pathology. The group collaborates with the CSAIL at the MIT in an effort to develop image analysis algorithms which are specifically adapted to neonate brains.


 

Workshop H7
First Timer's
Emily Green Shaw and Dawn Schuerman
Half Day (8:00 am ˝ noon)
Location: Boston Marriott Cambridge
Cost: Free

This workshop is intended for students, new AMI members/non-members and all other individuals who are attending the AMI Annual Meeting for their first time.  The session will introduce newcomers to each other and the AMI – the Annual meeting, AMI Headquarters, and much, much more.

Several of the field’s top illustrators will be on hand to present their portfolios and talk about their learning experiences as successful, professional visual artists.

Attendees of this workshop can expect to gain a sense of appreciation for the AMI and how if can facilitate advancement in an individual’s career as a medical illustrator. We will discuss services provided by the Association with an overview of the AMI program for the annual and regional meetings.  Throughout the workshop, guest members of all ages and experience will visit and discuss some of their reasons for becoming involved in the AMI.

As part of these visits, we will include several “keynote” speakers who will give presentations on their careers as medical illustrators, showing pieces from their student and professional port-folios, while giving insight to their development as professional artists.  They will cover the progression of their education, experiences and insight to their personal successes as medical illustrators as well as their interaction with the AMI throughout their careers.

Everyone is welcome to attend! Questions are encouraged! The workshop will provide a forum in which participants will learn and inquire about the makings of the meeting they are about to attend, the significance of each planned event, such a the Person to Person,
the banquet, etc., tips on navigating through the scheduled programs and workshops, and a unique opportunity to meet other fellow “first timers”.


Salon Opening Reception
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
100 Technology Square
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Sessions Day by Day: Thursday, August 3, 2006
Plenary 1
Molecular Sculpture

Dr. Byron Rubin
http://www.molecularsculpture.com/
8:30 am – 10:00 am
(0.075 CEUs Art, 0.075 CEUs Biomed. Sci.)

Dr. Rubin is a structural biologist, x-ray crystallographer and part owner of Harkness Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In the 1970s, he solved some of the earliest 3D protein structures (e.g., superoxide dismutase, neutrophil collagenase and interleukin-1) and developed novel methods for constructing physical models of protein structures. He has also established an international reputation as a molecular sculptor, creating huge models in brass and steel from crystallographic data. His work is on display in the Smithsonian and in academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies around the world.

He will discuss general principles of molecular visualization, the different types of molecular models (space-filling, ribbon, surface, etc.) and their uses. He will also discuss how he translates digital models into his huge metal fabrications.


Maria Piscopo Concurrent 1
Negotiating Skills You Need Today (Ernest Beck Lecture)

Maria Piscopo
http://www.mpiscopo.com/
10:30 am - noon
(0.15 CEUs Business)

From the way you handle the first job with a new client to the first time you have a project conflict sets the tone and the code of behavior for the client/creative relationship. Ms. Piscopo brings this program to you from her rep experience and her book, Graphic Designer's and Illustrator's Guide to Marketing & Promotion. To keep your clients coming back and paying your price, you need to become more aware of the courtship and bonding in the designer/client relationship. She will teach you how to help your clients make the right choice - hiring you - by presenting them with proposals instead of prices. You will learn skills and techniques to better communicate as a creative professional on a business level and techniques to keep your fears from overcoming good business sense.

Her presentation will address the following topics:

  • Helping the client hire you
  • How to get the price you want
  • Considerations for negotiation
  • Verbal estimates that win the job
  • Preparing job-getting cost proposals
Maria Piscopo has been an artist’s rep for twenty five years and a workshop speaker and educator for the last fifteen years. She writes articles for industry publications such as HOW Magazine, Step inside design, Dynamic Graphics Magazine and Communication Arts magazine. Maria is also the author of THE GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND ILLUSTRATOR'S GUIDE TO MARKETING AND PROMOTION, published by Allworth Press (New York NY).

Turner Communications produced Maria’s series of four videos on topics from her seminars and conference workshops. She is a member of Society of Photographers and Artist’s Reps and has served on the Board of Directors for the University of California at Long Beach Arts & Humanities Board, Visual Artists Association, Women In Management, Orange Coast College, Women In Photography, The VICOM Conference and The PHOTO Plus Conference Advisory Board.


Ben Fry Concurrent 2
Illustrating The Human Genome

Ben Fry
http://www.benfry.com
10:30 am – noon
(0.15 CEUs Art)

Some of the most exciting breakthroughs in modern medicine involve understanding huge datasets such as the human genome. Ben Fry will discuss his research on visualizing complex datasets, using as an example his work on the Human Genome Project at the Eli & Edyth Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard. As part of this research, he created novel methods for presenting genomic data, including the Haplotype Map which graced the cover of Nature in Oct. 2005.

Ben Fry received his doctoral degree at the MIT Media Laboratory. His dissertation examined methods for combining disparate fields such as Computer Science, Statistics, Graphic Design and Data Visualization as a means for understanding complex data.

With Casey Reas of UCLA, he currently develops Processing, a programming environment for teaching computational design and sketching interactive media software that won the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica in 2005. In 2006, Fry received a New Media Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation for his work on the project.

His work has been shown at the Whitney Biennial in 2002 and the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial in 2003. Other work has appeared in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria and in the films "Minority Report" and "The Hulk".


Sample of Peg Gerrity's art Concurrent 3
Illustrating Human Fetal Development

Peg Gerrity
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
(0.075 CEUs Art, 0.075 CEUs Biomed. Sci.)

The talk focuses on ways to render the anatomical aspects of each fetal stage, how to tell the age of a reference fetus and how the anatomical structures grow. Ms. Gerrity will discuss her illustration technique and the way in which she manages the lease terms for the various clients who use her fetal art.

Over the past 6 years, Peg Gerrity has created images of fetal development for various departments of health in the United States. She has also completed a set of 40 fetal images detailing conception to birth for Johnson & Johnson. This presentation will discuss various aspects of her illustration technique and reference material and will provide solutions for many of the common anatomical problems that arise when creating images of the human embryo.

Peg is a graduate of the UIC program in Biomedical Visualization and a Certified Medical Illustrator.


Concurrent 4
From the Classroom to the Courtroom: How students and faculty are advancing the use of multimedia technology in medical legal visualization
Crista Mason, Qing Huang, Sarah Kim, Michael Corrin, Meaghan Brierley
and Prof. Leila Lax
Biomedical Communications, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
(0.15 CEUs Art)

This presentation, conducted by second year Masters students from the Biomedical Communications Program at the University of Toronto, will provide an expanded definition and new model for the effective design and creation of demonstrative evidence for the courtroom. The students will highlight new technologies, including Macromedia Flash and strategies for visual communication.


Art of Dave Killpack Concurrent 5
An Introduction to Z-Brush

Dave Killpack
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
(0.15 CEUs Art)

Z-brush offers a unique fusion of 2D and 3D characteristics that is unlike any other software application on the market. The pixol is the most unique feature of Z-brush. Much like its relative the pixel, a pixol contains information about its position, color and value, but it also records its depth, orientation and material as well. This allows the user to paint in 3D since Z-brush automatically takes into account how light affects the forms as you paint. Those familiar with 3D modeling will find that creating a model with zbrush is more like pushing around clay than moving around vertices in traditional 3D applications. These features and more offer medical illustrators and animators a unique way to create biomedical visuals.

Dave Killpack was raised on a farm in southwest Iowa. He had an Interest in both science and art from a very early age and received a BA from Iowa State University in Biological Illustration in 2000. Employed at Engineering Animation Inc. in Ames, Iowa as a scientific illustrator from 1998-1999, he moved to Texas for a position at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas as a medical illustrator from 2000-2003. He is currently the Supervisor of Medical Illustration in the Office of Medical Education at UT Southwestern Medical Center


Concurrent 6
Anatomy of a Contract

Bill Westwood
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(0.2 CEUs Business)

Are your business skills as good as your illustration and anatomy skills? To survive and thrive in today's competitive and aggressive business environment, they should be. One of the most overlooked, but most essential, business skills which ýwe were never taught in schoolţ is a working knowledge of contracts. Contracts, oral or written, are the foundation upon which virtually all business is conducted.

Do you know what constitutes a legally binding contract? Do you know how to write a valid contract for just about any purpose relative to your work? Are you confident your contracts protect you adequately? Do you understand the meaning of all the clauses and terminology in the contracts clients present to you? Do you always know what you're agreeing to in a contract? Do you know what constitutes a breech of contract and what your legal remedies are should one occur? Are you comfortable negotiating contracts?

If you have answered ýnoţ to one or more of these questions, attending this special session might be critically important to your future business survival! Don't miss this timely and highly informative presentation where you will learn all of this and more about the ýAnatomy of a Contractţ.

William B. Westwood, MS, CMI, FAMI is a graduate of the Medical Illustration Program at the Medical College of Georgia, and worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for 10 years before starting his own business in 1982. His medical artwork has won over 35 awards. Bill is Board Certified, a Fellow in the AMI and a Past President who served two terms on the Board of Governors.

Bill created the Medical Illustration Source Book in 1982 and guided its growth as Editor through 2000. He serves as Director of Medical Illustration and Communications for MySmartSimulations, a simulation-based training company in Saratoga, NY and as Director of Strategic Marketing and Development for Indexed Visuals, the premier medical art stock database, as well as maintaining an active medical illustration business in his studio in Albany, NY.

Along with a local commercial illustrator and a copyright attorney, he is a regular panelist on a popular regional Public Radio Vox Pop show (WAMC) called the Copyright Forum. Bill also teaches a semester long course on Business Practices for Visual Artists at an Albany college.


Concurrent 7
PrePress
Patti Russotti
Associate Professor, School of Print Media
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(0.2 CEUs Art)

Have you ever created a file for print output only to discover that the printed colors don't match what you see on screen? Have you ever had a file sent back by a client because it wasn't in the proper resolution, file format or had some other problem? Are you baffled by color management, ICC profiles and the Adobe Photoshop Color Settings? What the heck is the difference between sRGB, Adobe RGB, AppleRGB, and ColorMatch RGB and why would you use one over the other?

The ultimate goal of this workshop is to help you create printed images that match your expectations and to help you avoid common printing pitfalls. Some of the topics will include:

  • Choosing the correct image resolution
  • Changing resolution using the new bicubic smoother and sharper interpolation methods in Photoshop CS
  • Color modes explained
  • Color management, calibration, and color profiles demystified
  • "Soft proofing" - matching what you see on screen to the final output
  • If time permits: PDF workflows; file prep for digital presses; fonts

Patricia Russotti is an Associate Professor in the School of Print Media, College of Imaging Arts & Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. She teaches classes in digital imaging and desktop prepress and is a regular presenter at MacWorld, Seybold, Graphics Communication Expo, and other national conferences. Patti provides imaging services for corporations and public organizations including Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Nynex, Cellular One, Frontier, and Genencor International.


 

 

 

Concurrent 8
Vesalian Scholars

Vesalius Trust for Visual Communication in the Health Sciences
http://www.vesaliustrust.org/news.html
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(0.2 CEUs Biomed. Sci.)

The Vesalius Trust for Visual Communication in the Health Sciences is proud to host the 2006 Vesalian Scholars' session. The Trust, which provides funding in support of student research in the areas of medical illustration and biomedical communication, awarded financial grants this year to four medical illustration students who will present the research done as part of their graduate studies:

Kari Francis, University of Toronto
Alan Cole Scholar
The effectiveness of timeline pacing as a cueing strategy in a three-dimensional animation for facilitating learning among undergraduate medical students

Catherine Leigh Delphia, The Johns Hopkins University
Vesalian Scholar
The Anatomy of the Grey-Headed Flying Fox, Pteropus poliocephalus

Kimberly Main Knoper, The Johns Hopkins University
Vesalian Scholar
Ultrasound in the Emergency Department: Development of an Interactive Training Tool

Lauren Grace O'Mally, The Johns Hopkins University
Vesalian Scholar
The Early Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer; an Educational Animation for the Web

These award recipients will describe their research goals, problem-solving techniques and general methodology, including the use of traditional and innovative, computer-based techniques. Attendees will gain keen insight into the clinical, biomedical, and instructional design research currently being undertaken by medical illustration students in North America.

 


Awards Banquet
Boston Marriott Cambridge
6:00 pm –

 

 

Sessions Day by Day: Friday, August 4, 2006

Plenary 2
SmileTrain Virtual Surgery
Aaron Oliker
http://www.smiletrain.org/
8:30 am – 10:00 am
(0.15 CEUs Biomed. Sci.)

A revolutionary breakthrough in cleft surgery, the Smile Train's Virtual Surgery CD ROM training videos are the first surgical educational tools to leverage the power of virtual technology and advanced 3-D animation software. Even the most complex surgical techniques have been reduced to simple, easy to understand animations.

Because lack of access to education and training is a major obstacle to cleft surgery in developing countries, The Smile Train is currently distributing 9,500 copies free of charge to doctors around the world. These videos will enable doctors in some of the poorest, most remote corners of the world to learn advanced cleft surgical techniques from the world's foremost experts in the field. The Smile Train Virtual Surgery Training Videos are expected to greatly increase the number of children who will receive quality cleft care.

The work is conducted in the Virtual Surgery Laboratory at New York University Medical Center. Surgeons collaborate with leading animation experts to create virtual surgeries using Maya. Patient models were developed using scans from two children with cleft lip and palate defects. The current project allows the user to interact with the virtual environment.


Concurrent 9
A Dynamic Approach to Learning Respiratory Physiology
Dr. Michael Parker
Harvard Medical School
10:30 am - noon
(0.075 CEUs Art, 0.075 CEUs Biomed. Sci.)

Difficult concepts in medicine may, in certain cases, be more clearly conveyed through the use of diagrams that incorporate motion, sound and interactivity. As the creator of the Human Systems Explorer project at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Parker has had considerable experience developing such diagrams and was most recently the co-author and interactive illustrator of a respiratory physiology textbook ("Respiratory Physiology: A Clinical Approach" by Richard M. Schwartzstein, MD and Michael J. Parker, MD, from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006). For this text, he developed a set of respiratory physiology animations and simulations that form an integral part of a learner's experience with the book. This work is the recipient of the 2006 Frank H. Netter Award for Special Contributions to Medical Education from the Vesalius Trust.

Dr. Parker will discuss the creation and implementation of the physiology Flash modules, including the techniques, challenges and rewards of designing and creating interactive diagrams.

Michael Parker, M.D., is a professor at Harvard Medical School where he is creating interactive Web-based animations and simulations to enhance medical education. He has also worked for Oracle Corporation and has experience designing and implementing internet-based learning environments. Dr. Parker received bachelor's and master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, as well as a medical degree from University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Concurrent 10
Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France
Rob Flewell
Medical Illustrator
Ron Mathias
Managing Member, Anatomical Justice
http://www.wiredtowinthemovie.com
10:30 am - noon
(0.15 CEUs Art)

The new IMAX film, Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France, works brain science into the stories of cyclists racing in the Tour de France ˝ the perfect opportunity to explore subjects like pain, processing of sensory input, focus and attention. Ultimately, the film explores two key questions; "How do they do it?" and "Why do they do it?" Through training, courage, motivation and passion, these cyclists will challenge themselves in pursuing their dreams, driven by the power of their brains.

Ron Mathias and Rob Flewell will describe their involvement with Wired to Win as medical storyboard artists, detailing their collaboration with the director and the animation production crew.  They will discuss the evolution of the project from original concept drawings and storyboards to the final medical animations.

Ron Mathias, CMI, has been designing and developing medical illustrations for more than a decade. During that time, he has created thousands of innovative demonstrative aids for personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability cases for plaintiff and defendant attorneys across the US. He has lectured on the effective use of demonstrative evidence at Temple University, St. John's University, New Jersey ATLA, the New York State Trial Lawyer's Institute and many local Bar Associations. He also provides artwork for medical textbooks, journal s, pharmaceutical advertising, comic books, and storyboarding for film. Ron is a graduate of the Medical Illustration program at Rochester Institute of Technology and founded the studio Anatomical Justice, LLC, in Nazareth, PA.

Rob Flewell, CMI, has extensive experience as a Medical Illustrator for various media including: trade, consumer, and medical publishing; medical and general advertising; web-based media; film and comic book illustration and storyboarding; and art direction for the pharmaceutical industry. He has created artwork for numerous textbooks and for prestigious publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Science, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. After completing his Medical Illustration degree at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rob served as Staff Illustrator for Duke University Medical Center.

**Wired to Win will be screened for AMI members at the Vesalius Trust dinner/auction on Saturday night.


Concurrent 11
3D Users Group: SmileTrain Virtual Surgery
Aaron Oliker
Virtual Surgery Laboratory, New York University Medical Center
10:30 am - noon
(0.15 CEUs Art)

Aaron Oliker will provide a detailed overview of the software and techniques used in developing the SmileTrain Virtual Surgery movies.


 

Business Meeting
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch provided


 

Certification Exam in Medical Illustration, Part I
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please submit applicaton materials by July 7, 2006. Exam applications materials and more information can be found under the CERTIFICATION link on the AMI web site, www.ami.org.


 

Field Trips & Tours (Optional; Pre-registration required)
Judy Barrington, Harriet Greenfield, Andrew José, Tasha José, Edith Tagrin and Marcia Williams
2:00 pm –

The AMI is pleased to offer two unique educational opportunities during Friday afternoon's free time: a tour of Body Worlds 2 at the Boston Museum of Science and an historical tour of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Body Worlds 2 at the Boston Museum of Science
(0.2 CEUs, Biomedical Sciences)

Dr. Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds 2 will arrive at the Boston Museum of Science on July 30, 2006. Participants in these tours, which will be led by local anatomists serving as our docents, will view the 200+ human specimens preserved by Plastination.

Each tour will have up to 20 people per guide. These special docent-led tours will last approximately two hours and qualify for 0.2 CEUs in the Biomedical Sciences. Participants can remain in the exhibit until the museum closes at 9 p.m.

The cost for this tour is $31 per person. Payment should accompany your registration form and can be made by check or money order only.

Historical Tour of the Massachusetts General Hospital

Founded in 1811, the Massachusetts General Hospital is the third oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest and largest in New England. Join us for a tour revealing highlights in this institution's medical history, including a visit to the Ether Domeˇthe site of the first use of ether in surgeryˇat the top of the landmark Bulfinch Building.

The registration deadline for these tours has been extended to June 23, 2006. Download a tour registration form here.


 

Alumni Gatherings / Dinner on your own
Evening

 

Sessions Day by Day: Saturday, August 5, 2006
Dr. Michael Yaremchuk

Plenary 3
The Continuum of Cosmetic and Craniofacial Surgery
Dr. Michael Yaremchuk
Director of Craniofacial Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
http://www.dryaremchuk.com
8:30 am – 10:00 am
(0.15 CEUs Biomed. Sci.)

Cosmetic and craniofacial surgery no longer reside at opposite ends of the plastic surgery spectrum. Today they share similar technology, objectivity, artistry and operative interventions. These include: anthropometric surface measurements to define normal facial relationships; three-dimensional imaging techniques to not only diagnose and define, but also to create custom, patient specific implants; miniaturized titanium plates and screws to stabilize repositioned skeletal segments or biocompatible alloplastic implants; as well as inconspicuous or hidden incisions to eliminate or minimize evidence of surgical intervention.

This lecture will present the application of these concepts, modalities and techniques as applied to the face and facial skeleton. The application of medical illustration by Kip Carter was an important factor in the visual interpretation of this data.

Dr. Yaremchuk is currently Director of Craniofacial Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He received his B.A. degree from Yale College and his M.D. from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. After completing his plastic surgery training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, he was invited to join the hospital's full-time staff as Associate Director of Plastic Surgery for the Maryland Shock Trauma Institute. While there, he helped redefine the institute's methods of treatment for severe injuries to the face and facial skeleton.

Dr. Yaremchuk has authored two textbooks and over 100 articles. In addition, he has directed several national teaching courses on cosmetic surgery. His research laboratory focuses on the potential of bioengineered tissues to enhance or reconstruct the face and facial skeleton. He has been certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Yaremchuk has an international reputation as both a clinical surgeon and an educator. He has received numerous awards and honors in the field of plastic surgery.


 

Plenary 4
Medical Illustration Futures Forum
Moderator:  Betsy Palay
10:30 am - noon
(0.15 CEUs Art)

A panel discussion about the future of our profession. Panelists include:

•  Jane Hurd, President, Hurd Studios;
•  Jodie Jenkinson, Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto;
•  Nancy Sharkey, Global Director of Art and Design, Elsevier; and
•  Bang Wong, Director of Visual Communications, The Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard.


 

Members Forum
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

 


 

Techniques Showcase & Software Demos
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


 

Vesalius Trust Auction and Cocktail Reception at the Museum of Science
6:00 pm -

The annual Vesalius Trust Auction will be held this year in the Blue Wing of the Boston Museum of Science. Participants will have access to the Museum's regular exhibits while they dine and bid on items.

The evening will include a private screening of the new IMAX movie, Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France, featuring computer-generated sequences created by AMI members Rob Flewell and Ron Mathias.

Proceeds from the raffle, silent auction and live auction (featuring the spirited and highly-competitive, school-designed T-shirt auction) will go toward funding the Vesalius Trust’s numerous scholarships and events.

Sessions Day by Day: Sunday, August 6, 2006

Plenary 5
The Dermatology Lexicon Project
Dr. Art Papier
Associate Prof. of Dermatology and Medical Informatics, University of Rochester School of Medicine
http://www.futurehealth.rochester.edu/dlp2/
Glen Hintz, Associate Professor of Medical Illustration, Rochester Institute of Technology
8:30 am – 10:00 am
(0.075 CEUs Art, 0.075 CEUs Biomed. Sci.)

A standardized dermatology vocabulary is central to our ability to gather clinical information for patient care, to retrieve information for research or disease management and to conduct outcomes analysis for quality improvement. The deficiencies of current classifications have been recognized by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in their decision to fund the development of a standard reference terminology for dermatology.

The Dermatology Lexicon Project (DLP) was created to provide this reference. Dr. Art Papier and Glen Hintz will present a summary of the different lexicon models created to try and solve this problem. They will then focus on the final solution, including the ýinteractive lexiconsţ found in the morphology and dictionary sections of the DLP site. The presentation will examine how these ýlexiconsţ were created and the Action Scripting used to make them operable. Discussion will then focus on whether involving the learner through this type of ýinteractive lexiconţ increases retention.

Dr. Papier's research focuses on the development and study of real-time reference systems for physicians and consumers concentrating on visually rich knowledge areas. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Dr. Papier completed his premed studies at Columbia University, received his M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed his graduate medical training at the Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, MA and the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.

Glen Hintz has a B.A. in Biology from Lafayette College and an M.S. in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia. Since joining the faculty of the School of Art in 1983, Glen has taught medical illustration including two-dimensional animation, interactive media and web page design. Glen is the named illustrator, designer and animator in the Dermatology Lexicon Project. In addition to this project, he maintains an active medical illustration business, creating computer illustrations for instruction, courtroom presentation, marketing and advertising,


Plenary 6
Explaining the Unseen - WGBH Interactive
Toby Bottorf
Director of Interactive Design, WGBH, Boston
http://interactive.wgbh.org
10:30 am - noon
(0.15 CEUs Art)

Medical illustration can help make remote,  microscopic or invisible phenomena understandable. At WGBH we apply these same aims across a broad range of content areas (besides medicine) using varied means, from static visualizations to time-based and interactive media.

This presentation will explore how WGBH develops media that honor scientific accuracy and expertise, while also being clear and accessible to the audience. Examples will come from television broadcasts and websites, and may feature content from Frontline, Nova and other limited series.

Toby Bottorf received a B.A. in Graphic Design from Yale University in 1988, and a Master of Design from the Institute of Design, at Illinois Institute of Technology in 1994. He taught graduate-level interaction design at the Institute of Design and has spoken on design and informal learning at conferences for organizations such as the Society for Environmental Graphic Design and the Institute of Design. From 1995 to 2004, Toby was the founder and principal of Firehaus Design, a studio that specialized in applying user-centered design methods to projects in informal learning. At WGBH, he oversees a staff of a dozen designers producing award-winning websites for a number of PBS television series, including NOVA, American Experience, Masterpiece Theatre, ZOOM, Arthur and Between the Lions.


 

Presidential Lunch
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch provided


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