RE: [Histonet] Histotechnologist

From:"Monson, Frederick "

  Please excuse me, but you should be taking the histology course to improve your observational capabilities as well as your technique in a new area of biology.  If you are using a microscope to study tissues, then you are given a great oportunity to increase your confidence in your powers of observation.  The rules of identification are designed for ease of learning, not inflexible memorization.
For example, what anatomic/histologic feature of the esophagus would permit you to identify the region of the esophagus from which a section had been taken (upper or lower)?
How would you describe a longitudinal section of bronchus in which you saw cardiac muscle fibers?
Give, in one word, the histologic/anatomic explanation for the literal collapse of a lung via a pneumothorax - from any cause, including a perforated chest wall.  Why does the lung collapse?  Hint:  the use of the word 'collapse' is misleading.  
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How would you characterize an epithelium which included both stratified squamous and islands of stratified cuboidal - even when such a thing was not described in the book?  
If you were shown a diagram of the junctions between cardiac muscle cells and asked to predict a function for the horizontal and the vertical(transverse) components, what would you say?   
Why is tooth enamel not renewable?  
Do collagen fibers in bone run precisely parallel to the long axis of the shaft?  
How are the protein components in Haversian systems comparable to the cellulose fibers in the rings of a branch or root of a tree? [This is NOT an easy one, it is MOST interesting.  The possible explanations for the arrangements are even more interesting - if you can think of them.]  =20
What is birefringence?  
In ground bone preparations, why are the spaces once inhabited by osteocytes black in bright field viewing? [NOTE:  There is an easy answer to this question, but the explanation for the phenomenon is a little more difficult.]
What are the similarities of the confocal scanning laser microscope and the scanning electron microscope?  [This is a trap!  The answer is more than the obvious.]
In what vertebrate can one see bile canaliculi with the standard student light microscope? [Unfair!  Is this in the book?  Will it be on the test?]
How can a giraffe breathe while he is swallowing? [Where does he get these questions??]
Which of the following are intimately involved in human reproduction?
    a.  replication
    b.  translation
    c.  transcription
    d.  osculation
    e.  none of the above
    f.   all of the above
I love this stuff!
Fred Monson
Frederick C. Monson, PhD
Technical Director, MIRTC
West Chester University
West Chester, PA, 19383


From: on behalf of
Sent: Mon 2/18/2008 5:28 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Histotechnologist

I'm currently taking a Vertebrate Histology class at a university this 
semester, and I was wondering what kind of job opportunities there are for 
histotechnologists, what duties they would perform on a job, where they might  work,
and what an average salary might be.

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