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Caduceus Newsletter: Spring 2015.05, Week of February 9.  

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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

Home page:
http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/ 

Caduceus Newsletter Archives:
http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html

“Science on a shoestring”, they call it:

 

Photomicrographs taken through a smartphone.(!)

 

For more information, please go to Marginalia.

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.   Events coming up.   
2.  Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps Program is an immersive global health experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship.  
3.  For individuals interested in optometry, there are some changes in the OptomCAS application platform. 
4.  The University of Colorado School of Medicine offers a Pre-med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Program.   
5.  Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC) is offering a 5-day Health Professions Readiness and Enrichment (H-PREP) Program. 
6.  The University of Virginia will offer Research Experiences (REU) during the upcoming summer at lits Mountain Lake Biological Station.   
7.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, February 2, 2015 issue. 
8. 
The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share the upcoming dates and deadlines for programs at the Illinois College of Optometry, the Ohio State University, and the University of California-Berkeley.  
9.  Shelby Farms Park Has Big News Thanks to YOU! 
10.  The Wolf River Conservancy announces the 10th annual Tree Planting, Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Shelby Farms Park. 

11.  Marginalia:  Photomicrography…through a smartphone!! 

 

1.   Events coming up.   

·         Wednesday, February 11, 2015:  Registration for the new MCAT exam will open on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, for April-June exam dates.  For more information, please go to Article #4;

·         Tuesday, February 24, starting at 1 p.m.:  Junior Seminar Poster Session, room AH153;

·         Thursday, March 5, starting at 3 p.m. CST in AH103:  Veterinary Medical College Application Service will host a webinar -- "Advising the Veterinary Student"

·         Thursday, March 19:  Beta Beta Beta induction ceremony, room and specific time TBA;

·         Saturday, April 11:  The CBU Biology Department is Western Division Collegiate Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science.  

 

·       From the CBU Career Center. 

Thursday, January 29
Pizza & Professionals with
The Exchange Club
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Join us to learn more about the organization, what they do, jobs they typically have available, and of course, enjoy free pizza!  Don't miss out!  All students interested in learning more about the company are welcome to attend; those interested in internships are especially invited to attend.



UP-COMING:

Tuesday, February 10
Career Power Hour - "Career Expo 101"
Buckman 102, 1:00-2:00 pm
Learn the basics of preparing for a Career Expo event
...how to dress, how to research companies in advance, questions you should be prepared to ask (and answer), and more!  CBU's Career & Internship Expo will be happening seven days after this workshop, so NOW is the time to prepare!  Don't miss it!

Wednesday, February 11

LGBT Career Panel
Spain Auditorium, 5:00-6:00 pm

Thursday, February 12

Pizza & Professionals: 
Bridges Inc.
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Thursday, February 12

Slam Dunk Networking: (Advanced Sign-Up Required)
Canale Arena Skybox, 5:30-7:30 pm
Want a chance to practice your
networking skills in a professional setting?  Then this event is a slam dunk...literally!  Join us along with several of our recruiter partners, many of whom are CBU alumni, who will be there to help you master the art of the "elevator speech", and help you make the most of small talk at receptions and more social business events.  Practice makes perfect, so join us for this fun event, to be held during CBU's men's and women's basketball games vs. West Florida.  An RSVP is required by Tuesday, February 10th.

Tuesday, February 17

2015 Career & Internship Expo
Canale Arena, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
More than 45 companies seeking to fill a variety of full-time and internship positions across many different majors are already confirmed, and many more are expected! 
St. Jude Children's Hospital, Flintco, Raymond James, Shelby County Schools, The West Clinic, and Youth Villages are among those already registered.  Make plans to be there!  Dress professionals and bring plenty of resumes.

Thursday, February 19
Pizza & Professionals:
CBIZ-MHM
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Wednesday, February 25
Choosing A College Major Workshop
Montesi (Buckman 211), 3:00-4:00 pm

Thursday, February 26
Careers In Sports Networking Luncheon
Canale Arena Skybox, 12:15-1:50 pm

Tuesday, March 3
Career Power Hour - What Employers Look For In Candidates
Buckman 102, 1:00-2:00 pm

Thursday, March 5
Pizza & Professionals: 
Grizzlies Prep Academy
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Wednesday, March 18
Internship Insights: Why You Need One!
Montesi (Buckman 211), 3:00-4:00 pm

Thursday, March 19
Career Panel - Careers In Psychology, Counseling & Therapy
Spain Auditorium, 1:00-2:00 pm

Tuesday , March 24
"Leading Ladies" Career Panel
Spain Auditorium, 1:00-2:00 pm

Thursday, March 26
Pizza & Professionals:
RocketFuel
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Tuesday, March 31
Job Search Boot Camp
Buckman 102, 1:00-2:00 pm

Thursday, April 9
Pizza & Professionals:
First Horizon
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Tuesday, April 14
Career Power Hour - Negotiating Salary
Buckman 102, 1:00-2:00 pm

Thursday, April 16
Pizza & Professionals:
LeadMemphis*
Buckman 102, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

 

 

2.  Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps Program is an immersive global health experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship.  

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity
http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad


Join Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps for a hands-on, immersive and unique global health experience. A transformative volunteer abroad experience for students and professionals, Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our volunteers, coupled with the highest quality healthcare delivery programs with our local doctor partners.

Locations of Year-Round Health Care Delivery: Ghana, Honduras, and India
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

What do Global Impact Fellows do? Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps Program is an immersive global health experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship. Fellows participate with and learn from Unite For Sight's talented local partner doctors who have provided care to 1.9 million patients living in poverty, including nearly 90,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Fellows assist with patient education, visual acuity testing, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local doctors, and other important support tasks.  They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors.  Additionally, fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing research. For example, we currently have fellows pursuing research studies about medication management, the use of visual resources for patient education, traditional medicine practices, and patient barriers to eye care.

Unite For Sight is the only organization in the world that:

  • is a healthcare delivery organization that also offers immersive global health education opportunities for students and professionals;
  • uses 100% of all donations and funds submitted to directly provide care for patients who are otherwise unable to access or afford care;
  • directly teaches the importance of supporting and assisting local professionals in their own social ventures to eliminate disparities in their communities and countries;
  • offers an opportunity to learn from local medical professionals about effective strategies to reach the hardest-to-reach patients in villages, slums, and refugee camps;
  • develops comprehensive training materials in cultural competency, ethics, and global health best practices to prepare its volunteers for a high-impact immersive experience.

Complete details are available online at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

Lanch McCormick
Executive Director | Unite For Sight
234 Church Street, 15th Floor | New Haven, CT 06510
tel 203-404-4900 | lmccormick@uniteforsight.org

 

 

 

3.  For individuals interested in optometry, there are some changes in the OptomCAS application platform. 

Dear Pre-Optometry Advisors:

 

Please be aware of some changes that have occurred in the new OptomCAS application platform, when advising your applicants, per Paige Pence, Executive Director for ASCO:

 

Repeated courses - our policy is if you repeated a course, enter both courses into the coursework section. Enter the grade received for each course, but only enter the course credits for the final attempt of the repeated course. The credits for the original course should be 0.00 so it will not be calculated into the GPA. Designate all attempts of the course as "Repeated" during the transcript review process.   I will make sure the instructions on the application will be changed.   

 

With making changes after submission - this has changed.  Along with their contact information, applicants are able to add new entries to their Experiences, though they cannot edit what they have already submitted.  The can also add a school designation as well if the deadline has not passed.  Our FAQs will need to be updated to reflect this change.

 

Withdrawing an application - after an applicant submits his/her application they can withdraw their application for admission by sending an email  to OptomCAS at optomcasinfo@optomcas.org.  The applicant must include their OptomCAS ID number and the sentence "I authorize OptomCAS to withdraw my application from the current application cycle."  Once the materials are submitted to their schools the applicant will need to contact those schools.  No refunds are given. 

 

Does a "No Score Option" or void go toward the five maximum OAT attempts?  Applicants are allowed to take the OAT an unlimited number of times, but applicants who have three or more OAT(tm) attempts must apply for permission to test again, and from that point forward may retest only once per twelve-month period. Only scores from the four most recent attempts and the total number of attempts will be reported to the schools and colleges.

 

If you have any questions, you may contact me, or Paige at ppence@opted.org.

 

Nancy J. Blass

Senior Premed Advisor/Coordinator

NAAHP Liaison to ASCO

Premedical Professions Advising

University of Oklahoma

308 Cate Center Drive, #418

Norman OK 73019

405-325-2457

 

4.  The University of Colorado School of Medicine offers a Pre-med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Program.   

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you can pass on the message below to your pre-med and other pre-health students, describing the unique University of Colorado School of Medicine Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Program.  Students have consistently rated the program north of 9 on a scale of 10.  The 2015 May-June program is already three-quarters full; we encourage any students interested to enroll soon.

We will once again be offering 3 full need-based scholarships to each session.  Deadline for applying for the May-June session scholarships is Feb. 17

The two week program, taught by School of Medicine faculty, includes Emergency Department shadowing, EMS ride-alongs, ultrasound and suturing labs, CPR certification, optional WFR certification, and nearly a week at a camp in the Rockies.  To learn more please talk to your students who have previously attended the program or check out http://www.coloradowm.org/undergraduate_courses.html.

Thanks!

todd

Dear Pre-Med and Pre-Health Students,

We invite you to enroll in the University of Colorado School of Medicine Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Program.  We will be offering two sessions this summer, May 31-June 12 and August 9-21. 

The two week program, taught by School of Medicine faculty, includes Emergency Department shadowing, EMS ride-alongs, ultrasound and suturing labs, CPR certification, optional WFR certification, and nearly a week at a camp in the Rockies.  To register or to learn more please talk to fellow students who have previously attended the program or check out http://www.coloradowm.org/undergraduate_courses.html.

The 2015 May-June program is already three-quarters full; we encourage any students interested to enroll soon.  We will once again be offering 3 full need-based scholarships to each session.  Deadline for applying for a May-June session scholarship is Feb. 17

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Dr. Todd Miner

University of Colorado School of Medicine

todd.miner@ucdenver.edu

607-592-5224

www.coloradowm.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC) is offering a 5-day Health Professions Readiness and Enrichment (H-PREP) Program. 

The application for our annual Health Professions Readiness & Enrichment Program (HPREP) is now open to students interested in: 

 

·         Pharmacy

·         Physical Therapy

·         Osteopathic Medicine

·         Physician Assistant

·         Public Health

·         Clinical Research

·         Pharmaceutical Sciences

·         Nursing (BSN)


The application deadline for the Campbell University Health Professions Readiness and Enrichment Program (H-PREP) is approaching fast – March 31, 2015!  The program will be held May 17-22, 2015 in Buies Creek, North Carolina.  The application is free, but accepted students will be asked to pay $50 deposit to reserve their seat!  View our H-PREP website for frequently asked questions.  The program includes housing, meals, workshops (including PCAT, MCAT, and GRE review by Kaplan) airport shuttle - everything except airfare.

 
The H-PREP five-day program is offered May 17-22, 2015 at Campbell University and is designed to prepare students interested in health sciences, for admission into health professions programs.  Preference will be given to highly-qualified, underrepresented minority, financially disadvantaged, first generation college, or students interested in serving in under-served communities, but is open to all applicants.   The main focus of this program is to educate individuals on health professions career options, standardized test taking strategies, interviewing and application skills, hands-on experience in health sciences labs (anatomy, suturing, PT, etc.), servant leadership,  as well as overall professionalism.

Components


The program prepares students for the rigorous professional program admissions process by offering the following:

  • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) preparation (Sponsored by Kaplan)
  • Various Health Professions labs (compounding, anatomy, suturing, OB, splinting, etc.)
  • Exposure to professionals in various fields of pharmacy, physical therapy, medicine, public health, clinical research, pharmaceutical sciences, and nursing
  • Professional Development, Learning Styles, Goal Setting, Cultural Competency, Interviewing, and Competitive Applicant Seminars
  • Mentoring opportunities with CPHS and CUSOM faculty, staff and students
  • Better understanding of the need and benefits of well-rounded students and professionals
  • Exposure to potential shadowing opportunities
  • Experiencing and becoming part of the “Campbell Family”

Scholarships

Students selected to participate will have the opportunity to apply for various scholarships that will aid in paying the deposit fee ($50), and travel to the event.  Further information on scholarships will be sent to students after they have been accepted.

If you have any questions concerning the program or application information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best,

Kim Dunn
Director of Enrollment Management
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Campbell University
217 N Main St
Buies Creek, NC 27506

dunnk@campbell.edu 
910-978-1689 (cell)

BTW, here is where Buies Creek, NC is located:

 

6.  The University of Virginia will offer Research Experiences (REU) during the upcoming summer at lits Mountain Lake Biological Station.   

 

7.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, February 2, 2015 issue. 

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

February 2, 2015

New Report Offers Data on Residents

A new online report recently released by the AAMC provides a comprehensive collection of current and historical data related to residency training. The Report on Residents includes information on the characteristics of residency applicants and residents, as well as data on what residents do after completing their training programs. According to the findings in the report, 52.9 percent of the individuals who completed residency training from 2004 through 2013 are practicing in the state of residency training. The AAMC plans to publish annual updates.

AAMC Wins Recognition as Top Innovator among Washington-area Nonprofits and Associations

Bisnow Media, an association trade publication, in partnership with the American Society of Association Executives, recently named the AAMC a “Leading Association and Nonprofit Innovator.” Twenty awardees were honored for innovations such as technology solutions, new events and programs, and other initiatives that are advancing the missions of Washington-area nonprofits. The AAMC was recognized for success in building an organization-wide innovation mindset and culture.

Pilot Available for Unconscious Bias Train-the-Trainer Workshop

This spring, the AAMC will offer a new program to help empower leaders in academic medicine and other health and science professions to educate those within their organizations about unconscious bias in health care. The four-day course, piloted by the AAMC and Cook Ross Inc., will prepare participants to conduct their own workshops to explore how unconscious biases develop, how they influence perceptions and decision making, and how to mitigate the effects. For more information, visit the website.

Deadline Extended for Abstracts, Proposals for Integrating Quality Meeting

The AAMC will accept abstracts and session proposals through Feb. 6 at 11:59 p.m. ET for the 2015 Integrating Quality Meeting in Chicago. The meeting targets clinical and education leaders, as well as faculty, trainees, and students from academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, health professions schools, and similar organizations that are implementing programs to improve value, quality, and patient safety. For more information, click here.

 

8.  The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share the upcoming dates and deadlines for programs at the Illinois College of Optometry, the Ohio State University, and the University of California-Berkeley.  

The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share the upcoming dates and deadlines for our individual programs.  We encourage you to share this email among your pre-optometry students and we look forward to hosting them on our campuses during the summer of 2015.

 

Do note that prospective students may apply to and attend multiple summer programs; we do not restrict or cap an individual's participation between or among any of the programs described below:

 

Illinois College of Optometry, Focus on Your Future

July 13-17, 2015

The Illinois College of Optometry is pleased to announce our annual summer program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a weeklong experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists.  Students will be housed at no charge in our Residential Complex. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation cost to and from ICO.

 

For more information, please visit: 

http://www.ico.edu/admissions/events-for-prospective-students/focus-on-your-future/

Program Contact:  Teisha Johnson, 312.949.7407, tjohnson@ico.edu

 

The Ohio State University, I-DOC 

June 15-17, 2015

Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) is an intensive three-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry.  The purpose of I-DOC is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to careers in optometry.  I-DOC provides hands-on activities in optics, ocular anatomy, and clinical optometry.  Participants receive and observe eye examinations and gain a better understanding of the importance of diversity in health care.  Thanks to underwriting by Vision Service Plan, there is no registration fee for the program.  Also, all meals, housing, and activities are included.  Airfare will be covered up to $500 for successful applicants.

 

For more information, please visit: 

http://optometry.osu.edu/IDOC

Program Contact:  Justin Griest, 614.292.2647, griest.6@osu.edu

 

University of California, Berkeley, Opto-Camp

Session I, June 17-19, 2015

Session II, July 15-17, 2015

The goal of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to introduce underrepresented and first-generation pre-health science majors to Optometry as a potential future career track and to prepare them to be successful applicants to optometry school.  The objective of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to present a three-day in residence experience that will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist.  There is a $125 program fee and a limited number of scholarships to waive the program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial need.

 

For more information, please visit: 

http://optometry.berkeley.edu/admissions/opto-camp

Program Contact:  Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537, hiwata@berkeley.edu

 

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A special thanks to the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) for providing seed funding for all of our programs and continued support as funding is available and requested.  ASCO is currently in its eighth year of the Optometric Education Diversity Mini-Grants program.  This program assists optometry schools in developing and implementing activities/programs that are designed to recruit and/or retain underrepresented minority students, financially disadvantaged, and/or first-generation college students pursuing the optometric profession.

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Thanks for helping to spread the word and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

Cheers,

Sharon

 

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Sharon T. Joyce
Assistant Dean
Admissions, Student Affairs and Career Services
UC Berkeley - School of Optometry
Admissions & Student Affairs Office
380 Minor Hall
Berkeley, CA
94720-2020

Phone (510) 642-5286
Fax      (510) 643-7111
Visit us on the web at:
http://optometry.berkeley.edu

 

 

9.  Shelby Farms Park Has Big News Thanks to YOU! 

donors are making a splash

 

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Park fans - we're blown away.  You raised more than $115k in just one month for the public portion of our capital campaign. That is amazing! Thanks to you, we are so close to our fundraising finish line. We're working hard to raise the last $160k we need in February to earn the $1M challenge and close this $70M campaign for good! 

 

We've made some big requests and hope to have more good news to report soon!  Meanwhile, we'll keep the public campaign open to anyone who wants to participate and have their name listed among those who came together to support Shelby Farms Park. 

 

This is a people-powered project.

Let's keep the momentum going! 

 

Heart of the Park Donors

 

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Did you know that a pledge is as good as gold? If you fill out this pledge form and return it to us, you can make monthly or annual payments to fulfill your gift. 

 

Example: If you make a $100 pledge today, you can make annual payments of $25 for the next four years. Your $100 pledge will could toward our $100,000 goal.

 

Fill Out A Pledge Form Today!

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10.  The Wolf River Conservancy announces the 10th annual Tree Planting, Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Shelby Farms Park. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

 

February 7th

First Saturday Membership Paddle

 

February 7th

Exotic Invasive Plant Workshop

 

March 7th

First Saturday Membership Paddle

 

March 8th

National Ground Water Awareness Week

 

March 13th

Project WET Workshop

 

March 22nd

World Water Day

 

March 28th

10th Annual Tree Planting

 

April 4th

First Saturday Membership Paddle

 

May 2nd

First Saturday Membership Paddle

 

June 6th

First Saturday Membership Paddle

 

June 6th

Cycle the Greenway

 

June 20th

34th Annual Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race

 

July 4th

First Saturday Membership Paddle

 

   The Wolf River Conservancy is leading its 10th Annual Tree Planting on March 28th with an important community partner, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. It is going to be one of the largest tree plantings this year in West Tennessee, with seedlings either planted or potted for the future, by over 300 volunteers. This event is sure to have a positive impact on the Wolf River Watershed and Shelby County, while assisting Shelby Farms Park in achieving its ultimate goal by completing its "One Million Trees" initiative within the Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

 

  The volunteers are the heart of this family friendly tree planting event.  The Wolf River Conservancy invites you to come out and 

volunteer, get your hands dirty, and be part of something great this spring! 

 

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Wolf River Conservancy

10th Annual Tree Planting

March 28th, 2015

9am-12pm

Shelby Farms Park

Map of Tree Planting Site

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Ways You Can Get Involved!

 

Sign up to Volunteer

 

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Plant a Tree in Honor or Memory of Someone

 

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Donate to the 10th Annual Tree Planting

 

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A Special Thank You To Our Sponsors:


 

International Paper

Brother International

Darden Foundation

Super Tree Seedlings

Memphis Garden Club

The Little Garden Club


 

In Partnership With:


 Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

and

The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council-

West Tennessee Chapter

 

11.  Marginalia:  Photomicrographythrough a smartphone!! 

Recently, I came across the instructions to build an apparatus that can convert a smartphone into a microscope ( http://www.instructables.com/id/10-Smartphone-to-digital-microscope-conversion/  )  .  I decided to build one with the intent of building 4 more to equip each of the benches in my lab courses.

 

It ain’t pretty, but it seems to work pretty well.  Here’s the apparatus:

 

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And here are two pictures of Spirogyra

 

Low power

 

 

High power

 

 

 

Perhaps the images are not publishable in a research journal, but they’re not bad, eh?

 

Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Biology Department
Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/ 
Caduceus Newsletter Archives: http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html