For Professor Putnam, it’s the small things that make life interesting—the microscopic things. “Each culture is an investigation into what caused that individual to be sick, and I find that very interesting,” he says. “I am always impressed with how the immune system works. Health care is in every community and has a great impact on everyone.”
Professor Putnam hails from Hornell and received two associate degrees from Alfred State in chemical technology and medical laboratory technology before continuing on for both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from SUNY Buffalo in medical technology with concentrations in microbiology and immunology.
He spent more than 12 years working fulltime in a clinical laboratory and still spends weekends, holidays, and summers studying the hidden world of microbes, taking that ongoing field experience back into the classroom with him for his courses in medical terminology, pathophysiology, general microbiology, hematology, and clinical parasitology among others. His dedication to student success earned him a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004.
“In my courses it is important to have a thorough understanding of normal anatomy and physiology. But you must also be organized for exams, quizzes, and case studies,” he says. “Time management for all courses is very important to success.”