Courses in Electron Microscopy
The Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Laboratory provides basic to advanced training in all aspects of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), from specimen preparation to tissue thick/thin sectioning. We host formal semester long courses offered by the College of Science and Mathematics for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students using SEM and TEM in their thesis research, and on-site training for new users. Summer courses, workshops, seminars, and demonstrations are in development.
Formal Instructional Programs
BIOL 411 “Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy”: An in-depth, laboratory-oriented course with specimen preparation, ultramicrotomy, and operation of the TEM. 4 sh. Instructor: Michael Ganger.
BIOL 406 “Scanning Electron Microscopy”: Introduction to the theory and practice of scanning electron microscopy including specimen preparation, beam-specimen interactions, and operation of the SEM. 4 sh. Instructor: Michael Ganger.
BIOL 489 “Selected Topics In Organismal Biology/Histotechnology” – A thoroughly laboratory-oriented course to lecture the student in theory and practice associated with mammalian tissue processing using the Parraffin Method. Each student must pass an examination plus prepare a slide set demonstrating their prowess at the conclusion of the semester. 3 sh. Instructor: Dr. Stephen Koepp.
GEOS 547 “X-ray Microanalysis” – An in-depth laboratory-oriented course in SEM Imaging and energy dispersive spectroscopy, qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis, and x-ray mapping. 3 sh. Instructor: Dr. Stefanie Brachfeld.
GEOS 579 “Instrumental Environmental Analysis” – A survey of instrumentation and methods for quantitative environmental analysis of inorganic earth materials (e.g., waters, soils, sediments). Hands-on analytical techniques will typically include, but are not limited to, pH and conductivity measurements, ion chromatography, UV-Vis and optical ICP spectrometry, ICP mass spectrometry, and SEM-EDS depending on expertise of the instructor(s). 3 sh. Instructor: Dr. Matthew Gorring, Dr. Dibyendu Sarkar, Dr. Sudipta Rakshit.
On-site Training Instructional Programs
On-site training courses for new and experienced users are available upon request in the EM imaging facilities. Special courses and certificated program may also be offered during Winter or Summer session. Contact Dr. Laying Wu for additional information.
Workshop, Seminar, and Demonstration Programs
The EM facilities provides workshops, seminars, and demonstration programs to our students, research staff or faculty. Contact Dr. Laying Wu to be added to our mailing list for program announcements.