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  • NORMAN J. BARKER, MS, associate professor


    image Norm is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. He specializes in photomicroscopy, macro and natural science photography. Norm is Director of Pathology Photography and Graphic Arts Labratory. He is a Registered Biological Photographer and a Fellow of the Biocommunications Association and his work appears in textbooks, journals and museums worldwide. Norm's work lies between the interface of art and science. His work is in the permanent collections of more than forty museums including The Smithsonian, The George Eastman House, The American Museum of Natural History and The Science Museum in London.


    :: education


    Masters of Art, MA The University of Baltimore, Yale Gordon School of Liberal Arts Publications Design, 2005


    Masters of Science, MS Johns Hopkins University, School of Continuing Studies Adult and Continuing Education, 1985


    Bachelor of Fine Art, BFA Maryland Institute College of Art Cum Laude, Photography, 1981


    :: PROFESSIONAL certification


    Certificate of Training in Biomedical Photography Pathology Photography, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 1983


    Registered Biological Photographer, (R.B.P.) Board Certification Biological Photographic Association, 1985


    Elected Fellow, (F.B.P.A) of the Biological Photographic Association for Distinguished Craftmanship and Meritorious Contributions to the Advancement Photography in the Biological Sciences, 1994


    :: PROFESSIONAL experience


    Senior Medical Photographer
    The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 1983 - 1986


    Assistant Director, Pathology Photography and Graphics
    The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 1986 - 2000


    Acting Director, Pathology Photography and Graphics
    The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 2000 - 2001


    Director, Pathology Photography and Graphics
    The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 2001-Present


    Instructor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine
    The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 1990-1995


    Assistant Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine
    The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 1995-2004


    Associate Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 2004-Present


    :: recognition


    Biological Photographic Assoc., Salon awards at Chapter and International Level


    American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Membranous Glomerulonephritis x240 Excellence in Photomicrography, 1988


    Biological Photographic Assoc., BioImage Salon, Heart Worm in Canine Blood, x450 Honorable Mention, Print Series, St Louis MO. 1989


    Biological Photographic Assoc., BioImage Salon, Dinosaur Bone x60, Charles Foster Memorial Citation for Excellence in Photomicrography, Tampa, FL, 1991


    Biological Photographic Assoc., Silver Medal for Best Oral Paper, "Documenting the Fossil Record" Tampa, FL, 1991


    Biological Photographic Assoc., BioImage Salon, Nautilus, Aronauta argo, Second Award, Specimen Colr Print, Tarsi of a Predacious Diving Beetle x40, Second Award, Baltimore, OR. 1992


    Biological Photographic Assoc., H. Lou Gibson Best Journal Paper Award "Photographing The Osprey in The Chesapeake Bay Region" Stamford, CT. 1993


    Biological Photographic Assoc., BioImage Salon, Dinosaur Bone-Medullary Canal x200, Second Award, Nymphalis antiopia eggs x60, Honorable Mention, Stamford, CT 1993


    Nikon International Small World Competition,1987 Honorable Mention,1988, Honorable Men- tion, 1989,10th Place, 1990, 12th place, 1991, 15th Place, 1992, Honarable Mention, 1993 5th Place1994, 20th Place, 1997, Two Honorable Mention, 1998, 12th Place, 2000, Image of Distinction 2009, Image of Distinction 2010. All images published in the Nikon Calendar.


    Biological Photographic Assoc., received grant from the Endowment Fund for Education to study digital imaging at the Center for Creative Imaging, Camden, ME, March, 1994


    World Congress on Biomedical Communications, Media Expo, Fine Art, Eve, Award of Excellence, Orlando, FL, 1994


    Biological Photographic Assoc., BioImage Salon, Pointsettia Leaf x20, Award of Excellence and The CanadianFounders Natural Science Award, Reno, NV, 1997


    BioCommunications Assoc., BioImage Salon, Mice, Award of Excellence and Stromatolite Fossil Cyanobacteria x40, Award of Excellence, Department Identity Brochure, Award of Excellence and The Charles Foster Memorial Citation, for Excellence in Photomicrography, Baltimore, ME, 1998


    BioCommunications Assoc., BioImage Salon, Cenocerus pseulineatus, Award of Excellence and The B.C.A. Medical Education Award, Dallas, TX, 2001


    BioCommunications Assoc., BioImage Salon, Ostera virginica, Award of Excellence and The Canadian Founders Natural Science Award, Las Vegas, NV, 2003


    BioCommunications Assoc., BioImage Salon, Sea Mosses Poster, Award of Excellence for Graphic Poster Design and Best of Show, Baltimore, OR, 2005


    BioCommunications Assoc., BioImage Salon, Araucaria mirabilis, Fossil Pine Cone, Award of Excellence and Favosites sp., Red Sponge Coral, The Charles Foster Memorial Citation, for Excellence in Photomicrography, Two Citations of Merit, Tucson, AZ, 2007


    BioCommunications Assoc., received grant from the Endowment Fund for Education to complete and frame an exhibit, Tucson, AZ, 2007


    BioCommunications Assoc., BioImage Salon, Two Citations of Merit, Award of Excellence and The Charles Foster Memorial Citation, for Excellence in Photomicrography Rochester, NY, 2008


    BioCommunications Assoc., 2008 Louis Schmidt Award, Given for outstanding contributions to the progress of communications in the life sciences. Rochester, NY, 2008


    :: PROFESSIONAL activities & publications


    Professional Societies:


    Photographs in Museum Permanent Collections:


    Selected Publications:


    Foster, G., Barker, N.J., Ancient Microworlds, Custom & Limited Editions, San Francisco, October 2000. A large format color monograph combining art, and science to bring out the beauty as well as describe the morphology of fossils using techniques of high magnification photography. Along with the book the images are on a tour of Museums throughout the United States and Europe for the next five years.


    Barker, N.J., Gross Specimen Photography, (Chapter), In: W.H. Westra, R.H. Hruban, T.H. Phelps and C. Isacson, Illustrated Manual for the Dissection of Surgical Pathology Specimens, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1995: 22-27


    Barker, N.J., Foster, G., Seaweeds: Wonders of The Ocean Realm, Man & Lion Press Book and Photographic Exhibit at The Charleston Museum, Charleston, S. C., November, 2006


    Giraud Foster, Regine Schultz editors, Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art", Man & Lion Press and The Walters Art Museum, August 2008


    Foster, G., Barker, N.J., Suggestions for Photographing Jewelry, Journal of Gemology, Vol. 22, No. 5, 1991: 287-291


    Barker, N.J., Merrit, D., Photographing the Osprey in the Chesapeake Bay Region, Journal of Biological Photography, Vol. 60, No. 2, 63-70, April 1992


    Barker, N.J., "Front Cover" The Journal of Biological Photography, Vol. 60, No. 2, April 1992


    Foster, G., Barker, N.J., Photographing Small Archaeological Objects in Color, Cover and Article, Journal of Field Archaeology, Vol. 23, No. 3, 1996: 369-375


    Barker, N.J., Zahurak, M., Olson, J.L., Nadasdy, T., Racusen L.C., Hruban, R.H., Digital Imaging of Black and White Photomicrographs: Impact of File Size, American Journal of Surgical Pathology, Vol. 22, No. 2 November 1998: 1411-1416. This was one of the first studies to show the importance of file size in the publishing of black & white digital photomicrographs.


    Barker, N.J., Foster, G., Ancient Microworlds, Showcase, The Journal of BioCommunication, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2007, www.jbiocommunication.org


    Torbenson, M., Barker, N.J., Selling the Cure: Images of Health and Disease in Early American Patent Medicine Advertisements, The Journal of BioCommunication, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2007


    Barker, N.J., "Gallery" The Journal of BioCommunication, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2008 www.jbiocommunication.org


    Peres, M., Davidhazy A. editors, Images from Science 2: An Exhibition of Scientific Photography, Organized by Rochester Institute of Photography, RIT Carey Graphic Arts Press September 2008, 4-5


    The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, Medical College of Georgia and University of Toronto Student Exchange, "The Camera as a Tool: Natural Science Photography", April 2004


    Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration, Brighton, England, "Noritsu Mini Lab in a Hospital Environment" September 2004


    The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Research Retreat, Poster Session "Imaging and Graphics at Pathology Photography", Johns Hopkins Hospital,Turner Auditorium, Baltimore, MD, April 2005


    The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Grand Rounds, "Standardization in Patient Photography for Publication and Presentation", Johns Hopkins Hospital, October 2000


    The Maryland Institute College of Art, "Digital Imaging in Scientific Research", February 2006


    University of Utah, Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City, UT "Ancient Microworlds: Photography in Paleontology", September 2006


    Mid-Atlantic BioCommunicators, "Seaweeds and Early Photography: The Connection", Fredrick, MD, November 2006


    The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, Student exchange with Medical College of Georgia and Univ. of Toronto. "The Cyanotype Process", April 2007


    The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Research Retreat, Poster Session "Imaging and Graphics at Pathology Photography", Johns Hopkins Hospital,Turner Auditorium, Baltimore, MD, May, 2007


    BioCommunications Assoc., Tucson, AZ, "Historical Techniques in Early Photography", July 2007


    The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. "Travel as Influence and Inspiration", March 2008


    The Johns Hopkins University, Near Eastern Studies Department, Archeological Photography for Dr. Betsy Bryan,The JHU Mut Temple Foundation Project, Luxor, Egypt, January 01, 2008 February 1, 2008: Published @ www.jhu.edu/egypttoday/2007/index2007.html


    Tidewater Camera Club, Easton Maryland, "Using High Magnification Photography", October 2008


    Baltimore Camera Club, Baltimore, Maryland, "Early Photographic History", November 2008


    BioCommunications Assoc., "Show us your Stuff, Archtichual Photography at The George Peabody Library", Salt Lake City, Utah, July 2009


    Institute of Medical Illustrators, "The Early History of Photography and its Applications in the Sciences" Cumbernauld Scotland, September 2009


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