Support services at KUMC related to presentations
The KU Medical Center offers several support services which may be useful to those preparing scientific presentations on this campus:
My best advice is to plan well-ahead, so you have enough time to preview the results before you need to use them in a presentation!
- The Histology Imaging Center (588-5998) of the Smith MRRC is (IMHO) the most accessible, best supported, and all-around best bet for producing high quality figures, graphics, presentation slides, and even posters. Originating with a need to process digital images from the microscope, the service has expanded to encompass all aspects of image processing and presentation. State-of-the-art computers, hardware, and software, as well as knowledgable support staff (who are available full-time, and often in the evenings & weekends) facilitate preparing such materials greatly. Services are available to the community, although MRRC investigators do get a price break. *** Highly recommended ****
- If you are planning to use the resources of KUMC's Instructional Technology Center to prepare your material, you might consider dropping in on their site to see what's available for image creation, acquisition, or processing.
- The folks in Photographic Services provide graphic and photographic services supporting research, education, health care, and public relations, and will be happy to transform your images into figures or slides.
Here are a few hints from the which will help avoid delays....
The most common error!
Presentation software programs (e.g., MS PowerPoint) seem to use the default setting of 'on-screen presentation' for viewing the material. Before having your material imaged onto 35mm slides you must change that setting to 'Slides' (go to the File function, select the Slide Setup option, and choose Slides). If you don't do this, you might get lucky if the person doing the imaging checks and changes this setting for you. Don't count on it ...
Some basic suggestions:
- Disk-to-Film imaging: The goal is to turn around an imaging project in 24 hours or less. Because service is based upon a 'first come, first served' basis, the reality is that the actual turn-around time may be less or more than 24 hours. Plan ahead! There are two options
- Basic - cheaper & you do most of the work. Charges include film purchase (you may choose to supply your own; 100ASA HC slide film is recommended), plus a nomimal charge for the first 10 slides and an additional small charge for each additional slide up to 36 total.
- Professionally Enhanced - expensive & they do most of the work. The charges are priced according to time required to create the original graphic, plus a minimum charge for film and processing.
- Large projects (e.g., larger than one floppy disk, or 1.4 MB) may be set aside if they jeopardize the 24 hour turn-around time. These projects should be directed through the Graphics group and discussed prior to submission.
- Rush orders may be possible, depending upon the number of jobs already in the process. A surcharge will be added to the regular processing cost.
This series of Tip Sheets provide further directions for using a number of common software packages.
Here are some options for off-campus service providers:
(this information should not necessarily be construed as a recommendation, either real or implied)
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You can HOP back to the beginning of the Designing Effective Visuals" tutorial, SKIP over to the Effective Presentations menu, or JUMP to my home page. Finally, a stop by the KU Medical Center's home page is always an option.