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Norman J. Barker, M.A., M.S.

Headshot of Norman J. Barker
  • Director, Pathology Photography and Graphic Arts Laboratory
  • Professor of Pathology

Background

Norman Barker, M.S., M.A., R.B.P., is a professor of pathology and art as applied medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He specializes in photomicroscopy, macro and natural science photography. Mr. Barker is director of the Pathology Photography and Graphic Arts Laboratory.

Mr. Barker received his undergraduate degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He earned his M.S. in education from Johns Hopkins and an M.A. in publications design from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Barker joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1983.

He is an Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist (ASIS) and a Registered Biological Photographer as well as a fellow of the BioCommunications Association and a fellow of The Royal Photographic Society. Barker's work appears in textbooks, journals and museums worldwide. 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.

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Titles

  • Director, Pathology Photography and Graphic Arts Laboratory
  • Professor of Pathology
  • Professor of Art as Applied to Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • M.S.; Johns Hopkins University (Maryland) (1985)
  • B.F.A.; Maryland Institute College of Art (Maryland) (1981)
  • M.A.; University of Baltimore (Maryland) (2005)

Additional Training

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD) / Certificate of Training in Biomedical Photography Pathology, Photography

Research & Publications

Core Facility:

Selected Publications

Norman Barker and Michael Peres: Editors, Images from Science 3: An Exhibition of Scientific Images, RIT Press in Association with Johns Hopkins University

Brushart T, Kebaish F, Wolinsky R, Skolasky R, Li Z, Barker N, Sensory axons inhibit motor axon regeneration in vitro. Experimental Neurology 2019 Oct 19:113073. Doi:10.1016/j.expneurol.2019.113073, [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31639375

Veras E, Aysan A, White M, Mao T, Barker NJ, The Johns Hopkins Atlas of Ovarian Tumor Pathology, Vol. 5 in the Series of the Johns Hopkins Atlases of Pathology, 2018 Series Editors: Cornish T, Barker N, Hruban R

Barker NJ, Roman Vishniac: Rediscovered, The Curious Microscopist, International Center of Photography, NY, Prestal Press Publishing, 2015; 296-300

Barker NJ, Iacobuzio-Donahue CA, The Hidden Beauty in Biomedical Imaging, Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, Vol. No. 38 3-4, 2015, p 220-227

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Graduate Program in Medical and Biological Illustration

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Medical Education Award, BioCommunications Association, 2012
  • Award of Excellence and The Charles Foster Memorial Citation for Excellence in Photomicrography, BioCommunications Association, 2008
  • Louis Schmidt Award, BioCommunications Association, 2008
  • Grant from the Endowment Fund for Education, BioCommunications Association, 2007
  • Award of Excellence and The Charles Foster Memorial Citation for Excellence in Photomicrography, BioCommunications Association, 2007
  • Award of Excellence for Graphic Poster Design and Best of Show, BioCommunications Association, 2005
  • Award of Excellence and The Canadian Founders Natural Science Award, BioCommunications Association, 2003
  • Award of Excellence and The B.C.A. Medical Education Award, BioCommunications Association, 2001
  • Award of Excellence and The CanadianFounders Natural Science Award, Biological Photographic Assoc., 1997
  • H. Lou Gibson Best Journal Paper Award "Photographing The Osprey in The Chesapeake Bay Region, Biological Photographic Assoc., 1993
  • 5th place, Nikon International Small World Competition, 1993
  • Award of Excellence, World Congress on Biomedical Communications, 1994
  • Honorable Mention, Nikon International Small World Competition, 1992
  • Charles Foster Memorial Citation for Excellence in Photomicrography, Biological Photographic Assoc., 1991
  • Silver Medal for Best Oral Paper, Biological Photographic Assoc., 1991
  • Excellence in Photomicrography, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1988
  • 14th place, Nikon International Small World Competition, 1988

Memberships

  • American Society of Media Photographers
  • BioCommunications Association
  • National Association of Photoshop Professionals
  • Society for Photographic Education
  • Royal Photographic Society, Great Britain

    The Royal Photographic Society is the oldest photographic society in the world, and I have been given the honor of fellowship and named as a Senior Imaging Scientist.

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Patent Medicine: Selling The Cure
    1 hour lecture, 5th Annual Conference on Comics and Medicine, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore MD (06/08/2014)
  • HALSTED, The Movie
    Movie Preview & talk, Centennial Weekend Celebration, 100th Anniversary of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore MD (06/14/2014)
    Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Hidden Beauty: The Beauty of the Scientific Image
    Visiting Professor, Gallery Talk and Exhibit, Rochester, NY (10/10/2014)
    Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Patent Medicine: Selling The Cure
    Lecture, Bristol, England (10/20/2014)
    Institute of Medical Illustrators
  • EverGreen: Museum & Library, Photographing in Historic Houses
    1 hour Lecture, Mid-Atlantic Society of Photographic Education, Lancaster, PA (11/19/2015)
    Society of Photographic Education
  • Roman Vishniac: The Curious Microscopist, Roman Vishniac Rediscovered:
    1 hour lecture, Book Launch, Center for Jewish History¬–International Center of Photography, New York, NY (10/20/2015)
    Center for Jewish History¬–International Center of Photography
  • The Wonder of the Scientific Image
    Visiting Professor, Museum Exhibition, Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science, Cortland, New York (02/15/2019)
    State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Chromalithography: Early Printing in The Medical Trades
    Invited Lecture, Lister Society, Baltimore, MD (04/19/2019)
    The Lister Society
  • Can Scientific Photographs Be Art?
    Lecture, Visiting Professor, Art exhibit, Miami Convention Center, ART BASEL, MIAMI, Miami (12/07/2019)
    Johns Hopkins Alumni Assoc.
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