Teaching and Learning

I have been teaching at RIT for more than 30 years. I came to this career without any formal background in higher education and was terrified about the unknown. The first few years, I spent considerable time learning how to design courses and on the development of instructional materials. In the late 1980's, photography used film and RIT had more than 150 darkrooms. There was no Internet and email was just beginning. I used a slide projector, overhead projectors and black boards with chalk. Rochester New York shared 716 as its area code with Buffalo New York. So much has changed, including me.

During the time since 1986, I think I have tried nearly everything possible to use in my classroom to help students learn skills and about themselves. Alumni share stories about their memories of the 6am Sunday morning at the Mendon Ponds assignment or the naked patient assignment that I required all third year students to complete in 10 minutes while I watched that was part of the advanced biomed class. Teaching has been a great adventure and I contiue to enjoy creating new experiential learning opportunities for my classes.

A new addition to my classes is a Blog. You can follow some aspects of my classes by following this link.
 

Fall Semester
PHPS-40
1 Photographic Sciences Capstone

Similar to a thesis, students in the Photographic Sciences capstone write and submit a proposal, that is required before they can produce an approved project that demosntrates their skills either in a group or as a stand-alone experience. Faculty will sponsor the research and development of the final project. This activity will be a demonstration of the student’s capabilities in their chosen areas of study. The project will be designed, developed and completed during the quarter. Completed projects will constitute a substantial portfolio piece.

PHPS - 307 Surgical Photography

The role of photography in the digital era has transformed medical photography. With a collaboration between RIT & Rochester General Hospital students have a unique access to surgical patients and related medical procedures. Students who take this course will be exposed to the issues and methods required for contemporary surgical photography. Students will be exposed to the fundamental photographic equipment and procedures used in operating rooms including proper file management in this era of HIPAA regulations. At the end of the course, students will have visited the surgery theater at least three times with the objective of making photographs.

RGH surgical photography training videos

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Spring Semester

PHBM-312 High Mag II
The microscope has proven itself to be an important tool for investigation since its invention in 1595. This course has been designed to go well beyond the basics required for the creation of magnified images of objects not visible without magnification. Students will explore objects using a variety of microscopical techniques including DIC, fluorescence, phase contrast, reflected light comparison microscopes and polarized light. The course will investigate both the optical and digital enhancement techniques made possible in contemporary times such time lapse, wide field high resolution and increased depth of field imaging. Video and motion stopping methods using electronic flash as well as specimen preparation will be part of the coursework.

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Laura Gordon's 2017 Photo Sciences Capstone

PHPS- 202 Applications of Scientific Photography II
This is the second course in a two-semester sequence that explores new and different photographic skills and methods useful in scientific photography not covered in Scientific Photography I. Appropriate subjects will be explored in each of the various assignments designed to develop methods used in various scientific applications. Students will investigate new ways to reveal a subject’s characteristics such as imaging with ultraviolet and infrared revealing what cannot be observed without photographic imaging and image processing. The course will expose students to the processes required to produce scientific research as well as scientific posters.

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PHPS-402 Photographic Sciences Capstone
Similar to a thesis, students in the Photographic Sciences capstone write and submit a proposal, that is required before they can produce an approved project that demosntrates their skills either in a group or as a stand-alone experience. Faculty will sponsor the research and development of the final project. This activity will be a demonstration of the student’s capabilities in their chosen areas of study. The project will be designed, developed and completed during the quarter. Completed projects will constitute a substantial portfolio piece.

Visit a Tumblr site sharing the students final projects from spring 2015


August 2013, RIT offered its last quarter based classes and rolled out a new semester curriculum. I taught in the quarter system for 27 years. Below are the classes I taught.

Photo by Pat Epstein 1991

Fall Quarter
Survey of Biomed 1988-2009

Applications of Science Photo I - Laboratory Photo
1986 - 2012

Photomacrography 1988 - 2008


Winter Quarter

Semester Currculum Applications of Science Photo II - Photomicrography
Spring 2016

Quarter Curriculum Applications of Science Photo II
1986 - 2011


Photography through the Microscope
1988 - present

Spring Quarter
Advanced Applications of Biomed Photo
1987-
2011

Applications of Scientific Photography ll - electronic flash in science and medicine
1987 - 2010

the Rochester Panoramic
2001 - 2007

BPC Bulletin 1987 - 2010




 

 

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