The University of Arizona

BioCommunications Departmental Updates

BioCom’s service desk is now open for questions, pick-ups, and deliveries. Hours of operation are:

Monday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Fridays: Working Remotely.

Please call 520.626.7343 or email

Our photographers are now taking appointments for portrait and group sittings. Available times will be Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. Please email to start the process.

For Video production services, please contact Gilberto Vega (

Poster printing services are available Monday through Thursday from 8:00am – 4:00pm. Please allow one business day for printing. The poster request form can be found at

Copy Services are available in the main BioCom office, room 3404 and is open on Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00 pm. Intermittent Hours on Fridays. Please complete a request at For class notes, please send an email to

For classroom support services, contact: 
Ricky Bergeron
Barry Bernard

For web services and graphic design, contact:
Alex Lyon (web and graphic design)
Edgar Mendoza (graphic design)

Video Conferencing

Presentation Consultation

Some quick tips for better presentations

The staff of BioCommunications wants to make you and your presentation look good! We will happily evaluate and make alterations to improve the quality of your presentation. Call the Medical Television section at 626-0167 for assistance or email your presentation as an attachment. In the meantime, here are some quick tips to consider.

Your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation may look great in the classroom. However, when it's capture on video and transmitted using compression, bad things can happen. Here are some quick tips we suggest, though we'd love to sit down with you and optimize the presentation in person.

  • Use large font sizes (at least 24 point) for body copy. A sans serif like Verdana, Helvetica or Arial work best.
  • Use bold type only for titles or to emphasize. If a bold type is used for body copy it can be difficult to read.
  • Employ contrast between the font color and background color. Use light colored fonts on a dark background or dark fonts on a pastel or light gray background. Avoid bright white or red backgrounds. If white is used, gray it down a little (RGB 234, 234, 234) so it won’t glare. 
  • Avoid the color red. It will flare by the time it reaches its target audience. Red fonts are generally unreadable at a remote site.
  • Avoid thin lines. Don’t go below 2 ¼ pt or 3 pt lines.
  • Don’t put too much information on any one slide. Keep it simple. Do not go to the edge of the slide. Keep a comfortable space around your information (3/4 to 1 inch) so the picture will not be cropped by the video processing.
  • If you wish to insert pictures into your presentation, convert them from BMP or TIF to JPG. This will save on memory, making it easier to transfer and will not slow down the speed of the computer when transitioning between slides.