Tami Tolpa, operating as Tolpa Studios, has over 18 years of experience in scientific illustration and animation for clients including: Scientific American Magazine, The Scientist Magazine, Science News, Harvard University, Stanford University, UC San Francisco, the University of Washington, and numerous biotechnology companies and e-learning institutions. Tami has an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She's a past board member and current fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators. Recognizing the potential for scientists to use visual communications more effectively, Tami and her colleague Betsy Palay founded Picture As Portal™ LLC in 2015 with a mission to “empower anyone—through a simple course of training—to create clear, compelling pictures that communicate about science, technology, and other subjects, no matter how complex.” They’ll launch their first online course, “SPARK: Five Strategies for the Visual Communication of Science,” in 2017. For more information, go to www.pictureasportal.com and www.tolpa.com.