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Innovative or improved ways of doing things; Creation of new ideas; Technology transfer; Local commitment to network-based activities
Supporting Documentation (contact author for more information):
Rollin Strohman, Ph.D., Professor, Agricultural Engineering Department, Cal Poly; 5. Jacob Bastacky, M.D., Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley; and Hendrik Poinar, graduate student, Biological Sciences, Cal Poly have been collaborating on the development of the field of microphotogrammetry, the application of photogrammetry to 3-D measurements on scanning electron microscope images.
In particular, our emphasis has been on the structure of the lung and the quantification of the liquid layer on the lung as it relates to health issues. Present studies deal with Respiratory Distress Syndrome, the most common disease of premature babies, a condition that is the result of their immature lungs and with the study of the very early effects of cigarette smoke on the protective liquid layer.
The digital images produced on the scanning electron microscope in Berkeley are about 4 megabytes each. Those files are sent via the Internet to Cal Poly for measurement on the photogrammetric systems there. In addition, the Internet is used to pass drafts of proposals and reports between the two locations. The Internet’s connectivity that makes this type of collaborative research possible.