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July 12, 2016

JHU – Alumni Dinner – 2016 AMI Meeting!

This year’s JHU Alumni Dinner will be held on Thursday, July 21st at 7:00pm at No Más! Cantina in Castleberry Hill, Atlant’s Historic Creative District. The group will be split into tables of 10 and seated upon arrival. Bring cash as payment will be by table. Sign up: Please RSVP to the Facebook event by Friday, July 15th! If you don’t have a Facebook account, please email medart-info@jhmi.edu also by Friday! There will be a list behind the registration desk at the AMI meeting. Getting there: No Más! offers valet on Thursday evening, $2/car, but taking Uber from the hotel is the best bet. Alumna Meredith Gillespie is organizing this evening. Thank you Meredith! She, Cory, Jeni and Gary look forward to seeing you at the Dinner!   No Más! Cantina (Upstairs dining area) 180 Walker St SW Atlanta, GA  30313 404-574-5678 http://nomascantina.com/
July 12, 2016

Juan Garcia featured in Fortune magazine!

Associate Professor Juan Garcia was interviewed for Fortune magazine’s article “The Future of Work Is Eye-Opening.” One of 16 individuals, Juan discusses how advanced 3D technologies is changing the work of clinical Anaplastology – the creation of custom facial, ocular, and non-weight bearing prostheses. Mr. Garcia is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Facial Prosthetics Clinic and the Clinical Anaplastology Training Program. Congratulations Juan!    
July 12, 2016

Graduates of 2016!

Congratulations to the Class of 2016 on your recent graduation from the Medical and Biological Illustration graduate program. You’ve all done excellent work during the program, and we look forward to seeing the wonderful work you’ll do as professional medical illustrators. CONGRATULATIONS TO:  
May 5, 2016

2016 Graduate Exhibit Reception

You’re invited to attend the Opening Reception of the 2016 Graduate Exhibition! This is a wonderful opportunity to see the full array of art created during the Medical and Biological illustration graduate program. Refreshments, Live Music, and wonderful medical art; come join us in celebrating the Class of 2016!                                               
April 25, 2016

Thesis Presentations 2016 – April 29th at 2:30

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Thesis Presentations will be held Friday, April 29th at 2:30 in the Chevy Chase Auditorium on the main level of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Zayed Tower. This is an opportunity for our faculty and guests to view research in the art of communicating medical and biological science. We invite you to attend and welcome your input on the content and clarity of the scientific research and the educational and teaching value of the images presented. Convenient garage parking is available for a modest fee in the Orleans Street Garage with elevated bridge access to the Zayed Tower of the Hospital.                                             
March 31, 2016

2016 Samson Feldman Lecturer – Bang Wong

We are excited to announce that Mr. Bang Wong is the 2016 Samson Feldman Scholar and Lecturer. Bang, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Biological Illustration program ’01, is the Creative Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Congratulations Bang! We are looking forward to your lecture! Visit the Event Page!
February 23, 2016

2016 NSF Visualization Challenge – 2 Hopkins Winners!

Congratulations to alumnus Fabian de Kok-Mercado and alumna / Assistant Professor Jennifer Fairman on their 2016 National Science Foundation Visualization Challenge wins! Fabian and his teammates at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute won the Experts’ Choice and the People’s Choice awards in the Video category for their work on Coral bleaching: A breakdown of symbiosis. “The animation details how rising ocean temperatures can prompt coral to eject the algae — a process known as coral bleaching. Without their symbiotic partners, bleached coral slowly die.” Jennifer illustrated the work of Johns Hopkins researcher Dr. Jie Xiao and her team on “the arrangement of proteins, including one called FtsZ, at the site where E. coli bacterium divides. Jennifer’s illustration, The FtsZ ring: a multilayered protein network, won the People’s Choice award in the Illustration category.  
February 5, 2016

Thank you to all of our Portfolio Applicants!

The Program Director, Admissions Committee Faculty, and I appreciate everyone who submitted their portfolios for admission in 2016. The last of the Step-One-Portfolio response letters were sent out yesterday. For the next couple of months, the faculty and I will be quite busy with Step-Two-Application and Interview. If you didn’t get the response you were hoping for from Step-One, and you’d like more information about next steps, please contact us again in April or May. We can chat with you then about faculty evaluations of your submission and any continued preparation for a future submission. In the meantime, take a look at our Sample Portfolio for inspiration on the art the faculty hope to see in an admissions portfolio. Again, thank you for your submission! Dacia More posts on the Admissions Blog.
January 20, 2016

Laura Roy Receives the 2015 Netter Award

This award, given by the family and friends of Dr. Netter, provides financial aid to students in the graduate program of medical and biological illustration. The 2015 winner of the Frank Netter Scholarship is Laura Roy. Congratulations, Laura! The Scholarship Fund recognizes Frank F. Netter’s legacy to medical art; his insistence on thoroughly understanding the subject matter and his high artistic standards. For many decades Frank Netter’s name has been synonymous with medical illustration. Doctors, medical students, health-care providers, and curious patients have looked through copies of the CIBA Clinical Symposia for Netter’s illustrations providing sought-after information. Later, numerous bound volumes, the CIBA Collection of Medical Illustrations, offered Netter’s works depicting both the anatomy and pathology of systems and organs. New advances in medicine and technology challenge current illustrators to continue to explore innovative ways to communicate the medical sciences. Frank Netter lives on as an educator in the medical sciences and an inspiration to students developing the skills of medical illustrator.
January 20, 2016

Laura Roy Receives the 2015-2016 Reather Award

The Department of Art as Applied to Medicine awards The Chester Reather Scholarship to a graduate student whose advanced work or thesis stimulates innovative research and creative use of new imaging modality. Laura Roy is the 2016 winner of the Reather Scholarship. Congratulations, Laura! This award honors Chester Reather, an internationally renowned biomedical photographer, who was a part of Hopkins for over 40 years. His work appeared in many textbooks authored by Hopkins physicians. Early in his photographic career, he worked in the Carnegie Institute Department of Embryology (at Hopkins) where his magnified scientific images became a standard for biological photographers around the world. As a founding member of the Biological Photographers Association (BPA), he trained many who later became distinguished members. Reather award winners receive scholarship funds to support their graduate education.
January 13, 2016

Last minute Portfolio Advice: when to add a “Detail” slide

In the Portfolio, the faculty ask for 20 pieces of art, and they allow up to 4 “Detail” images. So, you’re already limited in how many extra images you can include. For the vast majority of the art submitted in all our admissions Portfolios, nearly 99% of it, a detail slide is not necessary. However, there are some rare Portfolio pieces where a detail image is effective and useful. For example… Here’s the Full image of a Hawk, created under direct observation of a preserved specimen, and a detail of the face (hint: use the web browser Back button to come back to the blog after opening each image).     Notice that the detail slide is a new optically zoomed-in capture of the detail area. This is NOT a re-sampling or cropping of the full image. So this “Detail” area maintains high resolution and isn’t blurry or pixelated. Extensive work was put into the face of the Hawk. Highlights, line-work, different textures (beak, eye, short sharp feathers, longer fluffy feathers, etc.), all appear natural and realistic even with a distinct artistic style. The artist is demonstrating an accomplished use of Watercolor.   Here’s another example this time a city-scape […]
January 8, 2016

SlideRoom Support – A Great Resource!

I’ve had a few questions about the image size of Portfolio art, and I found this great page in SlideRoom Support – https://support.slideroom.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1883320-media. Generally, image files (5MB max) are easiest to view in .jpg or .png formats though SlideRoom also permits .gif, .tif, .bmp, or .tga. Videos (250MB max) work best as a .mov or .mp4 though SlideRoom also permits .m4v, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, and .mkv (linked files from Vimeo or YouTube are good alternatives as well). Likewise, .pdf is best for documents (10MB max). What SlideRoom says about image size: “Images do not have to be a particular size as our servers will process them to fit our system. Our processors will resize anything larger than 1280 x 1280 x 72 ppi to fit within those limitations.” Here’s a paraphrase of one of the Hopkins faculty discussing image size for the Portfolio: (In Photoshop) use the “Save for Web” function and save your image as either a high quality JPG or PNG file. …Don’t be concerned about the small file size. PS is good these day at compression. SlideRoom also has other help pages – https://support.slideroom.com/ For questions about other aspects of the Step One – Portfolio part […]