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UCIMT Offers New Poster, Photo Service
February 7, 2000

The University's Center for Instructional Media and Technology has installed new technology that can produce large posters and photos for faculty to use for educational purposes.

UCIMT's digital graphics and photographic services division, located in the basement of Storrs Hall, now has a photo-quality, extra-wide ink jet printer that can print photos up to 30 x 40 inches, on different paper stocks. Posters and banners may also be made from computer files.

There is a charge for this service, but UCIMT's charges are a fraction of off-campus prices, says Alex Bothell, media producer for UCIMT.

The new poster service is just the latest addition to a wide range of services offered by the center's graphics and photography lab. The studio is equipped with digital imaging and printing facilities, a darkroom for black and white photography, and scanners. Faculty can get slides made from computer files, have slide and black-and-white film processed, have scans done and get color prints, all at competitive prices.

Another part of the graphics and photographics service is the Faculty Graphics Room, which is available to faculty to make 35 mm slides for classroom use at no charge.

Jane Kerstetter, an associate professor of allied health, says she takes pictures from textbooks, magazines, and journals with a 35 mm camera borrowed from the center and uses slides produced at the center both in the classroom and for professional conferences.

UCIMT also offers a scanning service that can transfer flat images, and scan three-dimensional objects and objects up to several feet in diameter. Bothell says some faculty members have scanned objects such as chickens and plants to produce images to use in class. Faculty and staff in the biology or pathology disciplines have used UCIMT's services to get scans of items such as electrophoresis gels for reproduction of cell tissue and microscopic images. In addition, the studio is equipped to produce a compact disc holding video information for use in PowerPoint presentations.

Salvatore Frasca, Jr., a veterinary pathologist in the department of pathobiology, uses the center's services to get prints of photographic images and diagrams describing his research. Frasca has used these images in classroom lectures, conferences, and in publications where quality is a top concern.

A full list of services is given at: Faculty interested in using UCIMT's digital imaging or photographic services may call (860) 486-5132 or stop by the studio in Room 17 of Storrs Hall. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon

and 1-4:30 p.m.

Marisha Chinsky