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What tools can be used for Graphic Designing?

As we know, engineering has a great scope and its area is quite wide, there are various branches and kinds of studies which enrich the experience and studies of engineering field, graphic designing is one of them. In the studies of graphic designing, the learner is required to understand the communicational vision of the images. Another important factor that is important to be present in a learner of graphic designing is creative thinking. Graphic design services are helpful in creating:

  • Different kind of logos
  • Banners for different companies or enterprises
  • Animations
  • Creating attractive website
  • Architecture models

These are some of fields where graphic designing is used.  

Various kinds of tools that are required to be used for performing graphic designing should be well properly known by the learner who is about to perform graphic designing. The most important tool is computer on which the learner can install or run different programs or applications which can be further used for performing graphic designing.

  • Abode Photoshop
  • Corel draw

These kinds of software are seen used for performing the graphic designing art because only this software contains features that can are used to make changes or for doing editing in the images. Here different kind of images can also be created. Also knowledge of different formats of images should be known in detail. 

Some Best Features Of It Support Services

Whether you own a large or small business you will surely need the services of a suitable IT support for the success of your company. The IT support services include various features that could assist your company to keep its business on the right track, especially if it is dependent on computer technology.

Features Of It Support Services

1. 24*7 network security monitoring – For your complete security from hackers and other intruders the good IT support company works round-the-clock.By looking for IT Services Melbourne on web you will become more familiar with the various benefits of IT Support 

2. Proper Management – There are so many things in business that need to be taken care of therefore efficient digital management is necessary for any organization.

3. Improved Network performance reports – The continuous assessment of the performance of your network can be evaluated with accurate Network performance reports.

4. Professional people who work in IT companies will help you achieve a good network design that will connect your employees with each other and with the other parts of the world. 

5. The IT support services will provide you with regular maintenance of your personal network.

6. The expert IT support company will help you with the customer service and call tracing, and it will also provide you with a mobile device support.

Interesting Facts About Coffee Vending Machines

The most common vending machines in the majority of the places is the coffee vending machine. It is typically discovered in shopping malls and offices, hospitals, airports. The majority of these gadgets accept customers to use coins to buy products. It is typically set up in offices for better work productivity because it conserves the time of brewing coffee by hand.

These coin operated gadgets can give people a special coffee. Customers can choose the coffee which they want easily from the machines. A few of the gadgets give cups according to the customers' choices. Some of these devices also offer stir sticks. The majority of these vending machines can be personalized based on the requirements of the customers. It's offered in different colors, different sizes and shapes at different cost prices. There are some of companies that provide coffee vending machines for affordable prices, today.

Different varieties: some of those gadgets are developed to provide coffee in a single simple taste while there are sophisticated machines that include a number of options. It gives milk, sugar, flavors, cream and coffee according to the customers' requisites and tastes. It likewise enables the customers to select different manufacturers of drinks. Unlike the older versions, large cups are dispensed by the latest versions of these gadgets. Better brewing systems are likewise offered in these newest products for nicer drinks.

The majority of the traditional units consisted of table leading units for different types of a coin collection slot and beverages with a number of options. It likewise consisted of a push button for choosing the kind of beverage. Even today the exact same method is embraced however having a slight difference within the quality of the drinks provided. The tastes of various kinds of beverages have actually enhanced so forth and with the addition of various flavors today. As the equipment completes the entire process, there is barely any need for manual intervention.

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION:

The application must be completed and submitted to the Credentials Committee with a copy of the curriculum vitae and a letter of recommendation from a SIS member, the director of the fellowship program or a colleague.

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CHARLES L. SCHEPENS, MD

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The Creator of the  Retina Specialty
His Life & Times  
1912-2006

“I am a human being who  has received
a tremendous amount on this earth, so
I feel I  have a tremendous debt that I
can never pay back enough.”

CHARLES L. SCHEPENS
EDUCATOR, INNOVATOR,  SCIENTIST, LEADER, MENTOR
MAN OF PASSION AND COMPASSION

–Clinical  Professor of Ophthalmology Emeritus,  Harvard Medical 
   School

—Founder and First President, Schepens  Eye Research Institute,      
    Boston, MA

Charles Schepens accomplished much in his lifetime.  Personally, professionally and in service to others, his list of achievements is formidable.  He also possessed the rare qualities of being both exacting in his work, and, through his devotion to his work and his students also to cultivate a loyal and equally devoted body of friends and colleagues around the world.

He was a man of many dimensions who gave deeply of himself throughout his lifetime, so that he could  provide opportunities to others, in return, he said, for the many opportunities that he was given by others in life.

Thousands of us have benefited from his leadership in the field of ophthalmology and his focus on the retina.  Many thousand more have had their lives changed through the treatments and tools he developed.

Charles L. Schepens: The  Early Years
A MAN OF PURPOSE

Born in Mouscron, Belgium in 1912,   Dr. Schepens grew up during the days of the German Bombing and occupation of neighboring Ypres.  He attended medical school in Belgium and was trained in mathematics and pharmacology.   Soon after,  he served as a captain in the Belgian Air Force Medical Corps and later in the French and Belgian Resistance during World War II.  He was captured twice by the German Gestapo, but survived and eventually emigrated to the United States.


Schepens Family Photo circa 1917


Class photo of Jesuit boarding school Dr. Schepens attended after the loss of his parents where he said  he spent the best times of his youth.

“‘You must give back to society.’  This was the principle tenet by which my grandfather approached his  life, and the one rule he laid before us in every conversation we had about careers and life decisions:’’—Marc Schepens, grandson of  Charles Schepens.

The 2004 book “The Surgeon and the Shepherd,” by Meg Ostrum, describes his   time spent with the resistance movement.  He spent nearly two years operating a working  sawmill while covertly working to assist  more than 100 Allied pilots, prisoners of war, Belgian government officials and others to escape the Nazis into Spain  Dr. Schepens was consumed by his passion for helping others during these years, and the ensuing events influenced him greatly throughout the rest of his life.

He eventually fled through Spain, when Nazi officers tried to arrest him in 1943, and settled in London.  At the same time,  his wife and children, who were under house arrest by the Nazis, made their own escape,  hiking through the mountains to Spain and eventually joining him in England.


The family’s arrival in Boston in 1945


Dr. Schepens and his wife, Marie, were  married for over 69 years and had 4 children.

Around 1920, Dr. Jules  Gonin (1870-1935) discovered the cause and cure for retinal detachment.

“In 1945, Dr. Charles Schepens; unique contribution to ophthalmology began with the conception and building of the binocular indirect ophthalmoscope which  markedly enhanced the view within the eye.   This and the new surgical techniques used with it revolutionized surgery for detached retinas, raising the success rate from 40 %  to 90%.
                                                                        —J. Wallace McMeel, MD
INNOVATOR


Dr. Schepens Holding an Indirect Ophthalmoscope

After arriving in England, Dr. Schepen accepted a post as research scholar at Moorfield Eye Hospital in London.  It was there that he built the first binocular indirect  ophthalmoscope in 1945, which for the first time allowed surgeons a hands-free stereoscopic view of the retina.  The prototype of his design was crafted from scrap metal, glass and other bits of hardware that he scavenged from the rubble at Moorfield following the German blitz.

This method of examining the fundus was to revolutionize retinal surgery and, it was said at the time that this single invention advanced the field of ophthalmoscopy more  than had been achieved in the prior fifty years.  An early model of his design is on permanent display at the Smithsonian institution in Washington, DC.

As a teacher of teachers, Dr. Schepens eventually taught indirect ophthalmoscopy and modern retinal surgery to ophthalmologists across the world.  Indeed, in many countries, the indirect ophthalmoscope is referred to by Many as “The Schepens Scope.”

He and his team of scientists continued to develop new techniques and procedures, including vitreous microscissors, the laser  Doppler Flowmeter and silicone scleral buckling.  Schepens also pioneered the open-sky vitrectomy for repairing the retina in cases of Retinopathy of Prematurity.

Through a medical career spanning 70 years, Dr. Schepens created numerous surgical innovations which have saved and will continue to save the sight of millions of adults and children suffering from retinal disorders.  His medical and scientific legacy will continue through the work of the Schepens Eye Research Institute and his many students throughout the world.

‘His work, devotion and tremendous energy spent  in training so many doctors has made a marked difference in the prognosis of retinal detachment in his country and around the world.”

–Felix Sabates, MD, FACS

EDUCATOR

Because little research money was available in war-ravaged  Europe, he left London and emigrated to the United  States in 1947, joining the Howe  Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, as a fellow in ophthalmic research. Three years later, he founded the Retina Foundation and the first retina service in the world at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear  Infirmary , where he served as director.  He also served as a clinical  professor of ophthalmology at Harvard until 1978 when he earned the title of  Clinical  Professor of Ophthalmology, Emeritus.

Now known as the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston, it is the world’s largest independent eye research institute and is an affiliate of Harvard  Medical  School.  Beginning with one researcher who collaborated with Dr. Schepens in the study of the vitreous, many early discoveries ensued.  The use of viscoelastic material in ophthalmic surgery has its origins  in this early pioneering work at the Institute.

Dr. Schepens founded the Schepens Retina Associates, the first subspecialty group dedicated to caring for retina patients and training retina specialists.   He was an independent  and innovative man who saw needs in the world and stepped forward in every circumstance to meet those needs.  Prior to his passing at age  94,  Dr. Schepens was still working at the Foundation that bears his name.  He was seeing patients, assisting in fund-raising and overseeing research.


A detailed knowledge of the retina was essential.  He trained all of his students to make these detailed drawings of the patient’s retina to obtain a complete understanding of the disease as well as plan for therapy.


(Above) The first location of the Schepens Eye  Research Institute was in one floor of an old tenement house.  (below)  The current location in Boston, MA

‘IF I HAVE SEEN A LITTLE FURTHER IT IS BY STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS”  – ISAAC  NEWTON (1676)

Dr. Schepens whole approach centers on the synergy that comes from contributing education, research and clinical practice in one institution.  Since its development, the organization has trained today’s leaders  in ophthalmologic research and  medicine.  This includes more than 400 postdoctoral fellows in various disciplines of eye research and  more than 500 eye surgeons who now practice around the world.

“I am most satisfied that this type of work is not dying with me, thanks to the training program and the people who continue the tradition.  I think it is  wonderful to be proud of people who are younger than  you and who will survive you and know you had something to do with the fact that they are so successful and the knowledge has been passed on”

                   –Charles Schepens,  MD

“Innovator, clinician-scientist and teacher, Charles Schepens led an epochal advance in the knowledge and treatment of retinal disease worldwide.”

—Bradley R. Straatsma, MD
Founding Director, Jules Stein Eye  Institute

SCIENTIST

LEADER & MENTOR

In addition to developing the binocular indirect ophthalmoscope, Dr. Schepens and his associates designed many other ophthalmic instruments including the small-pupil ophthalmoscope, the scanning laser ophthalmoscope and the laser photocoagulator.

He has also published over 390 scientific papers, and four books on retinal diseases.

 

Biomedical engineer and physicist Oleg Pomerantzeff was a close friend and co-worker of  Dr. Schepens, whom he referred to as “the 20th century ’s greatest physicist in ophthalmic optics.”

Oleg Pomerantzeff
1910-1993

.   1949  FOUNDED THE RETINA SERVICE,
MASSACHUSEETTS EYE  AND EAR INFIRMARY

  • FOUNDED THE SCHEPENS EYE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

.   1967 FOUNDER THE RETINA SOCIETY

.   1978 CLINICAL PROFESSOR OF  OPHTHALMOLOGY,
EMERITUS

.   2001  HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
ESTABLISHED THE CHARLES L SCHEPENS
PROFESSORSHIP

.   2003  LAUREATE, AMERICAN ACADEMY OF
OPHTHALMOLOGY

.   2006   KNGHT OF THE FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR
–THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD GIVEN BY THE FRENCH
GOVERNMENT,  IN RECOGNITION BOTH OF HIS LIFELONG
CONTRIBUTION TO ADVANCEMENTS IN OPHTHALMOLOGY AND
HIS PATRIOTIC SERVICE TO THE RESISTANCE  IN WORLD WAR II

“Dr. Schepens lived by his motto and was an example for all of us.  ‘Never stop dreaming.  What seemed impossible yesterday can be reality tomorrow.’   We shall remember this giant of ophthalmology  with the love and respect  he deserves.  His life stands as  a testament to the power of human ingenuity, compassion and dedication.’

             –Alice McPherson, MD

“He was constantly emphasizing research to improve clinical outcomes, then educating people who would bring advances in treatment to a wider population.   Having been exposed to him, fellows and investigators absorbed his dedication to research, education and patient care –and carried that message around the world.”

Dr Schepens taught with a rigorous method,  defining problems and solving them with meticulous care   He set equally high standards for his students, as well.

When looking at the spirit of determination he exhibited in his early years and in his activities during the war. it is easy to recognize that same tenacity and concern for others being focused on solutions for vitreo-retinal diseases.

His was an exceptional humanity,  demonstrated through his continuing support of his graduates, providing insightful advice when many less committed might waver.   Charles Schepens has left  an enormous footprint that will be forever remembered.”

MAN OF PASSION AND COMPASSION

‘I believe in God profoundly.  I am a human being who  has received a great deal on this earth. with wonderful parents, brothers, sisters, a devoted wife and children.  I was brought up in optimum circumstances with good schools and a brain that worked.  So I feel I have a tremendous debt to pay back by finding solutions to unsolved  problems and helping create happiness for t hose less fortunate.”

Charles Schepens, MD 

While so much of his life was focused on larger issues, he still retained an amazing compassion for individuals.  Many letters  from patients attest to his personal concern and warmth for their problems, both ophthalmic and otherwise.  His students, and former fellows almost universally have remembrances  of unsolicited  kindnesses from their mentor.  He often said that among his happiest moments were those spent when surrounded by  his fellows.

No one worked so hard for so long in developing so much in the field of retinal research and treatment. He was so passionate in his desire to help others,  his goal was to train people around the world, so  they would go out into the world and train others.

Just a few weeks after receiving the French Legion of Honor award,    Professor Charles L, Schepens died  Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at the age of 94.  He was survived by  this wife of 69 years, Marie G (Vander-Eecken) who died June 9,  2008.

“Life is a chain.   Our bodies fail and eventually have to rest for a very long time, but our beings and our work live on through our family,  colleagues and friends.

                                      —Charles L Schepens, MD 

IT IS PERHAPS APPROPRIATE THAT ONE WHO HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH SUCH A  NOBLE VISION HAS BEEN – AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE – INSTRUMENTAL IN PRESERVING VISION FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE  AROUND THE WORLD.


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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NINTH MEETING

The Society held its ninth biennial meeting — Retina 2003 – Back to Belgium – on July 5-8, 2003 in picturesque Brugge, Belgium to honor the founding president Dr. Charles L. Schepens who began his medical career in Belgium. The Crowne Plaza Hotel provided a beautiful site for the excellent scientific program that featured presentations by 47 world renowned speakers on such topics as the Vitreous, Vitreo-retinal Interface, Vitreo-retinal Surgery, Age-related Macular Degeneration Pathogenesis & Clinical Diagnostics, Age-related Macular Degeneration Therapeutics, Medical Retina/Uveitis, and Diabetes.

The Paul Kayser Awards were presented to Professor Wallace S. Foulds, whose topic was “Vascular Plasticity in the Retina and Choroid” and to Dr. Eugene deJuan who spoke on “New Treatment Strategies in AMD.”

The Leslie Nesmith Lecture was presented by Paul Bishop, PhD on the subject of “The Gel State of Vitreous from a Molecular Perspective.”

The meeting was attended by 121 ophthalmologists from 16 different countries. In keeping with the motto, “A WAY OF SHARING KNOWLEDGE” the Society provided meeting scholarships to 17 residents and fellows.

In addition to sharing knowledge, the meeting provided an excellent opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones.

The social programs was highlighted by a visit to the Council Room of the gothic style Town Hall created in 1376. The city dignitaries held a ceremony to recognize Dr. Schepens for his contributions to the country as well as the field of ophthalmology. They presented him a book commemorating the evening and asked him to place his signature in a book reserved for visiting dignitaries and heads of state to sign when they visit the city of Brugge.

Other highlights of the social program included two dinners. One was held at the Belfry Tower — a 13th Century structure where judges used to meet. Those who wished were given an opportunity to mount the 366 steps leading to the top of the 83m high tower where one can get a panoramic view of the Flemish countryside. A second dinner was held at the restaurant on the site of the Old St. John Hospital which was preceded by a tour of the Memling Museum located at the same site.

Two tours were planned to provide an opportunity to visit such sites as the Church of Our Lady where Michelangelo’s  “Our Lady and the Infant” is on display. Several other churches and museums were visited along with a boat trip down the old Brugge canals.

No visit to Belgium could be complete without an opportunity to purchase some beautiful lace items from local shops, one of which demonstrated how the intricate lace designs were achieved.

Plans have begun for our 2005 meeting which will be held in Canada. Check this website for updates concerning this meeting.

we hope you will be able to join us for one of our future meetings.

To access the web site on which the syllabus is located, please go to:
www.vmr-online.com/sis2003/