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Michael W. Davidson Memorial Award

Overview of Award  | Application Process

Overview of Award

Michael (Mike) W. Davidson was a highly innovative and multi-talented researcher, who recognized the power of communicating science through images. His work and contributions to the scientific and imaging community have been an inspiration to many members of BioImaging North America (BINA), so it only seemed appropriate that BINA name an award in his honor.

Photo of Michael Davidson at a microscope

Photo of Michael W. Davidson at a Microscope (David Barfield, Florida State University)

Mike had a very multidisciplinary career, combining his many skills as an entrepreneur, prolific scientific researcher and dedicated mentor. Unlike many academic scientists, reliant primarily on grant funding, Mike capitalized on his love for microscopy, business acumen, and creativity, and started imaging everyday objects, such as computer chips and cocktails, creating a commercial collection of ties and scarves to fund the beginnings of his lab. Following this, he developed a series of pioneering educational websites for aspiring young microscopists, providing an introduction to optical microscopy techniques and novel technologies (https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/micro/about.html). This was later turned into a textbook on microscopy techniques “Fundamentals of Light Microscopy and Electronic Imaging”. As an early advocate for collaboration between academia and industry, his skills in scientific communication and imaging led to long-term partnerships with many of the top microscope companies in the world, including ZEISS, Olympus and Nikon. As a scientist, Mike was passionate about the research potential of fluorescent proteins and their development and optimization. This enthusiasm fostered hundreds of collaborations with researchers around the world, resulting in over 600 scientific publications. His research focus into the use of fluorescent proteins to understand cellular organization and behavior led to the creation of thousands of fluorescently labeled cellular components. An invaluable resource to scientific researchers, this library was later donated to several academic institutions and the non-profit resource Addgene, where over 39,000 constructs have been used by scientists all around the world. However, Mike’s greatest passion was always the education of the next generation of young researchers. As a mentor, he trained over 500 young scientists across multiple areas, including scientific research, microscope development and website and graphic design.

Application process

The BioImaging North America (BINA) Michael W. Davidson Memorial Award is designed to support members who embody the mission and core values of BINA by demonstrating commitment, shared values and the potential for BINA leadership. Community contributions and engagement, in any of the areas of Inclusion, Education, Mentorship, Standardization, and/or Advocacy, are the basis for this award.

Michael W. Davidson Memorial Award benefits include:

  • Travel, food, and accommodation expenses covered for attendance at the BINA Community Congress
  • Recognition and award receipt at the meeting
  • Presentation on awardee’s winning-work during the Community Congress program
  • Invitation to the “Leadership Reception”
  • Awardee’s details (name, affiliation, year awarded) listed as recipients on the Michael W. Davidson Memorial Award webpage
  • $250 cash award

Award Eligibility

The award is open to BINA members residing in North America (Canada, Mexico, United States and its territories), and working in an academic setting. Current BINA Executive Board Members and corporate members are not eligible.
Those who have received a Michael W. Davidson Memorial Award within the last five years are not eligible.

Award Details

We recommend the nominating member notify the nominee and consider submitting the application together in order to best capture the nominee’s community contributions. To facilitate completion of the letter of support from the nominee’s Supervisor/Manager/Director, Dean and/or Chair we suggest drafting the template for them to review and customize as they see fit.

Nominators should submit the following by the May 23, 2024 deadline:

  • A nomination form
  • A letter of support from the nominee’s Supervisor/Manager/Director, Dean and/or Chair (in line with your Institute’s reporting structure) using the following template (at a minimum) to indicate their support for the nominee to attend the BINA Community Congress in the event they are the Awardee.
  • While not required, additional letters of support from community members or communities impacted by the work of the nominee are encouraged.

Note: The total submission package – letters of support (not including the on-line submission form) – should not exceed 5 pages. Letters must be sent by e-mail and received by the May 23, 2024 deadline at contact@bioimagingna.org using the “Nominee’s name – Michael W. Davidson Memorial Award” in the subject line.

Successful applicants must be members of BINA before the May 23, 2024 deadline and are required to attend the awards session to accept their prize and present their community work.*

Please contact contact@bioimagingna.org if there are any questions regarding the application process.

* Consideration will be given if the award winner has exceptional circumstances that prohibit them from attending the Community Congress in person.

Nominate a Colleague

Review the instructions on this page and nominate a colleague by May 23, 2024.

Nomination Form