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Christye Sisson

Professor
Photographic Sciences Program
College of Art and Design

585-475-4228
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Christye Sisson

Professor
Photographic Sciences Program
College of Art and Design

Education

BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology

585-475-4228

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PHPS-599
1 - 3 Credits
Photography independent study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser will propose a course of study. Photography Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. **Note: Students can only earn up to 6 credits of independent study towards completion of their degree**
PHPS-206
3 Credits
This course will introduce students to career options following graduation. Alumni from various industries will visit classes to discuss their careers. Professional practices, including resume writing, interviewing techniques, professional communications, as well as writing proposals, bids, contracts, and technical reports will be taught. Additional topics will include intellectual property, workplace ethics, and presentations.
PHPS-401
3 Credits
This course is the first of a two-term sequence designed to begin work on a major student project. The topic will relate to an aspect of the photographic sciences, including but not limited to photomicrography, image testing and quality, ophthalmic imaging, color, or other relevant topics. In this course, students will conceive and design a long-term project or experiment, including a proposal, description, goals, timeline, resources, and funding (if necessary). The student will work to construct and refine the proposal, and will identify a faculty advisor if needed for the execution of the project in PS Capstone II. The class sessions will focus on project planning and provide in-progress discussion of proposals. The project will be completed during the second semester (PHPS 402 – Photographic Sciences Capstone II). Projects will be student initiated within an individual’s area of expertise. Completed projects will constitute a substantial portfolio/professional project.
PHPS-498
1 - 3 Credits
The photography internship will provide students with the option to work in the photographic or visual communications field. Students may apply for internships to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Internship Permission Form to enroll. **Note: No more than 6 credits of internships can be applied towards their degree**
PHPS-499
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide photographic and imaging technologies students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
PHPS-403
3 Credits
Students will execute a major project proposed in the first course of the sequence: PS Capstone I. Projects may address subjects related to the photographic sciences or other relevant topics. Students will provide a progress report to the course coordinator at set intervals. Class will meet weekly to provide discussion and feedback on individual projects.
PHPS-346
3 Credits
This is the first course of a series that will investigate proper patient management and camera/photographic techniques required in contemporary ophthalmic photography and imaging. Diagnostic evaluation of ocular anatomy and physiology utilizing special cameras/equipment is presented. In addition to retinal fundus photography, students will learn diagnostic medical imaging techniques such as fluorescein angiography, fundus autofluorescence, optical coherence tomography and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy. Retinal disease processes and recognition will also be investigated.
PHPS-347
3 Credits
This course will investigate proper patient management and camera/photographic techniques required in contemporary ophthalmic photography and imaging. Diagnostic evaluation of ocular anatomy and physiology utilizing special cameras/equipment is presented. Ophthalmological disease processes and recognition will also be emphasized. Advanced ophthalmological imaging modalities will be explored, including slit lamp biomicrography and fundus autofluorescence. **Note: A clinical component is required of students enrolled in this course**
PHPS-207
3 Credits
This course will explore the anatomical structure, function, and physiology of the human eye and brain and their relationship to vision, color, visual perception and imaging systems. Both the physiology and psychology of visual perception will be explored. The concepts of depth perception in human vision as they relate to both two-dimensional and three-dimensional contexts will be explored. Relationships of image brightness, contrast and how visual processes lead to seeing will be addressed.

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Full Length Book
Sisson, Christye. Ophthalmic Imaging: Posterior Segment Imaging, Anterior Eye Photography, and Slit Lamp Biomicrography. 1st ed. New York, NY: Focal Press, 2017. Print.
Journal Editor
Sisson, Christye P., ed. Journal of Ophthalmic Photography. Nixa, Missouri: n.p., 2015. Print.
Full Patent
Katuwal, Gajendra, et al. "Automated Fundus Image Field Detection and Image Quality Assesment." U.S. Patent US 2015/0104087 A1. 22 Mar. 2018.
Provisional Patent
Sisson, Christye, et al. "Automated Fundus Image Field Detection and Quality Assessment." Patent 14/511936. 10 Oct. 2014.
Katuwal, Gajendra, et al. "Automated Fundus Image Field Detection and Quality Assessment." US Provisional Patent Application 61/889,282. 10 Oct. 2013.
Journal Paper
Sisson, Christye, et al. "Analysis of Color Consistency in Retinal Fundus Photography: Application of Color Management and Development of an Eye Model Standard." Analytical Cellular Pathology 2014. (2014): 2. Web.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Sisson, Christye. "Color Variability Analysis in Fundus Photography." Summit on Color in Medical Imaging. International Color Consortium/Federal Food and Drug Administration. Silver Spring, MD. 8 May 2013. Conference Presentation.
Sisson, Christye. "Photographs as Scientific Data: A Case Study for Dermatological Imaging." BioCommunications Association Annual Educational Conference. BioCommunications Association. Bar Harbor, ME. 20 Jun. 2012. Conference Presentation.
Published Conference Proceedings
Katuwal, Gajendra, et al. "Automated Fundus Image Field Detection and Quality Assessment." Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Western New York Image Processing Workshop. Ed. Nathan Cahill. Rochester, NY: n.p., 2013. Web.