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IST 9 – Building

IST 9 – Building


University of California, Davis


Dr. Marco Molinaro and Professor James Shackelford      Spring 2007


DESCRIPTION OF COURSE: The Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology is working with numerous international partners to create an online resource that helps the worldwide community learn about and share information on the new field of biophotonics. This course will entail learning a bit about the field and then doing research and writing to explain fundamental topics and enhancing the work started by the Winter 07 IST8A class. Internet searches, writing WIKI-like documents, cross-referencing, filming demonstrations, taking pictures, and more are all part of the course. Regular weekly work will be expected outside of the 1 hour class meeting as class time will be devoted to organization and review of what has been achieved thus far. The website will be shown at a National Science Foundation yearly review on May 31, 2007 - the best student work will be kept on the website and proper credit given - this can be your first published work!


CLASS TIME: At the start of the quarter the class will meet Tuesday mornings from 9-10 am. As the quarter progresses the schedule will vary and will be determined based on group needs to complete projects.






Apr 3

Introduction to Biophotonics and

Paper topics and formation of project groups

Outside: Review nanotechnology primer


Apr 10

Continued biophotonics introduction

Discussion of nanotechnology primer

Outside: Read papers and determine unclear words/passages and missing components


Apr 17

Discussion of paper topics and definitions/components needed

Outside: write-up of definitions


Apr 24

Discussion of Biophotonics Primer components, images/movies available and needed

Outside: HTML coding papers of and definitions


May 1

Outline Primer components and assign groups

Outside: Draft of primer components with images, movies


May 8

Discuss drafts

Outside: Iterate drafts


May 15

Discuss drafts and decide on layout

Outside: Format drafts for print and web


May 22

Finalize components for website


End of May

Site visit for NSF

Fix any last minute components of website

10 -

Rest of quarter

Tie up loose ends


Office Hours: times available by appointment.


Grading:         Pass/No Pass grade will be assigned based on class attendance, participation, creativity and quality of work created over the quarter.

Student Essays


How Light Interacts with Tissue and other biological materials

"Effects of UV Light on Biomaterials", Cleary

"How Plants Relate to Light", Thai

"The Effect of Electromagnetic Radiation on DNA: Implications for Cancer", Auyoung

"What Are Circadian Rhythms?", Briones


Cosmetic Laser Applications

"Uses of Lasers for LASIK Surgery", Yang

"Laser Tattoo Rermoval", Teng

"Laser Use in Hair Removal", Kameen

"Uses of Lasers for Wrinkle Removal", Foo


Basic Biophotonics Instruments

"Routinely Used Medical Tools That Use Biophotonics", Spiller

"Hows Does a Spectrophotometer Work", Lew

"Optical Microscopy in Biophotonics", Zhou


Medical procedures involving Biophotonics

"Biophotonics in Medicine", Cunningham

"Optical Coherence Tomography", Hui

"What is PDT and how is it Used?", Rutaganira


Fluorescence, bioluminescence and uses

"Flourescent pigments and how they are used in biology?", Petrov

"Optical Forensics", Lin

"Flourescence and Medicine", Nguyen

"Bioluminescence", Binger


Animal Vision

"Animals that Sense Inrared Radiation", Hockett

"How Animals Use UV Light", Bennett



Some areas we may need for primer (some could be sidebars)

What is light? Ways of creating it? Basics of lasers

Color basics

Why are biophotonics tools for telling us about our bodies possible?

Size and scale of things we've heard about

The Promise of Biophotonics in Biology and Medicine - Grand Challenges