RE: [Histonet] Art vs Science

From:Luis Chiriboga

Barry, I agree....everyone should appreciate the beauty and complexity in
what we do. However,(here it comes) I think one of the issues is the
perception that other scientist have of this type of work and of us as
scientist.  To quote Kevin Roth in his recent editorial "Labeling what we do
as "art" absolves those not willing to approach molecular morphology as a
scientific discipline, because after all, its art not science"

I recently posted the citation to this article on the histonet.  Its well
worth the read. If you don't have access  please let me know and I'll
Best Luis

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Rittman,
Barry R
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 8:55 AM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Art vs Science

I see nothing wrong in being called an artist.
Artists if experts in their profession, use a great deal of science in
their art.
You are of course correct that what we do has a strong science footing
but if we merely view what we do as science then something is lost.
If you do not wonder at the organization of cells and tissues, the color
during staining then you are missing one of the benefits of the job.
If you fail to see such beauty in your everyday work then please look at
some preparations of diatoms.
These were arranged in a painstaking but artistic fashion and also
provided a resolution check for objectives due to the uniformity of
their foramina.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Blazek,
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 7:35 AM
To: Breeden, Sara;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Art vs Science

I second that Sally!  Both the artist and Joe parts.

Linda Blazek HT (ASCP)
GI Pathology of Dayton
7415 Brandt Pike
Huber Heights, OH 45424
Phone: (937) 293-4424 ext 7118

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Breeden,
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 8:21 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Art vs Science

I work for three vet pathologists in a State lab.  My work has been
described by one tech, as rotating med tech students rotate through our
facility, as an "artist".  I find myself being very annoyed at this
description of what I do.  Although there is beauty in the end product
as far as colors go, what I do is a science.  I've never worked as hard
at anything as I did when I studied for my written/practical exam back
in 1969.  I sweat bullets!  I earned that "HT ASCP" that I'm proud to
add to my signature and calling me an "artist" is not complimentary as
far as I'm concerned.  And there's my two cents and Happy Monday to all!

I'm just happy that Joe is back...

Sally Breeden, HT(ASCP)

NM Dept. of Agriculture

Veterinary Diagnostic Services

PO Box 700

Albuquerque, NM  87106


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