BVIS Presentations Spring to Life

Every year in May the Biomedical Visualization students, faculty, and guests gather to bring closure to another year of accomplishments during the spring presentations where each student has ten short minutes to present their work for the semester. These powerful and inspiring presentations share the most challenging and the most rewarding experiences that reveal the collegial, collaborative, and interdisciplinary environment of learning as well as the accomplishments of each individual graduate student in the program.

Where else can you combine the passions of medicine, dance and kinesiology in research, explore “Tidy Teeth” in all types of animals, the animation of infant facial expressions, learn about neurocysticercosis, or the best place to practice your newly minted, soon to graduate elevator speech: dental students in your craniofacial anatomy course? You find a familiar signature cartoon character that has appeared in a graduate’s sketchbook for years preceding the presentation of an interactive data visualization evaluation tool programmed in D3.js for cardiopulmonary testing. From JAMA internship images to wonderful animations for parents and patients about cleft palate and cleft lip repair presented at the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association meeting in Atlanta, to diabetes education for children to an interactive neuroanatomy atlas design, to an inventive animation on pluripotent stem cells, the visual problem solving and professional presentations abound.

The application of cutting edge technology to educational problems in biomedical science translates into opportunity for game design for high school students called “Cell Cyclin”, to interactive learning for medical students on the topic of psychoneuroimmunology, to haptic translation of normal and arrhythmic heart patterns and D3.js translation of Zika virus data mapping with a mosquito toggle for time. Supported by a gift of the HTC Vive from the Vision AR/VR Summit, “We Are Alfred” presents an interactive case study in virtual reality to teach medical students about the aging experience.

The first year students are yet crafting their research questions and exploring the ‘semester of new’ – new programs, new processes, new ways of thinking, and new media. They shared design and illustration techniques, 3D modeling, their exploration of biomedical science storytelling in animation and quietly recalled adventures in their pharmacology ion channels course, a knack for crashing software, and inspirational quotes their family sent during the semester all wrapped in gifts of candy which thematically describe their classmates.

BVIS Program Director, John Daugherty, shared this year’s awards which include UIC Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Award (CSSLA) winners Sam Bond and Sam Olson, UIC Research forum first place winners Michelle Lamont for life science and Carrie Shaw for art, design and humanities, and five Vesalius Trust (VT) Awards including Sam Olson’s Vesalian Scholar award and VT Grant awards for Michelle Lamont, Mao Myiamoto, Eva Mae Natividad, and Carrie Shaw. Jon Bowen was honored with the AHS College Achievement Award, Jennifer Hollis received the Lillian B. Torrance award for her work in rehabilitative studies, Wai-Man Chan won the Alice and Brian Katz Award, and Carrie Shaw won the Tom Jones Memorial Scholarship named for our program founder and first President of the Association of Medical Illustrators.

Please enjoy exploring the websites of our BVIS Class of 2016 and share in their outstanding achievements.

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