A Biotechnology and Life Sciences Instrumentation Center

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Special Announcement

The Microscopy and NanoImaging Facility (MNIF) has been offered the great opportunity to host a demonstration of a new JEOL 6010 scanning electron microscope with x-ray microanalysis. The JEOL representatives (Robb Mierzwa and Donna Guarera) will be in Ames, at the MNIF this week on Wednesday 4/8/2015) all day and Thursday (4/9/2015) morning to host guided demonstrations of the SEM and to answer any questions regarding this technology. The MNIF also will be hosting demonstrations on this instrument with anyone in the University community during the following week until mid May, 2015. This is an excellent opportunity for ISU researchers to observe the newest technology and actualize its potential prior to purchasing such a tool for use. This system will not have all the special modifications that we desire (large specimen chamber, biological preservation system, chamber camera, etc.) but it will give us a good general idea.

Please contact Tracey Stewart (4-3872 or tpepper@iastate.edu) to schedule time: 1) this week if you wish to visit with the JEOL company representatives; or 2) later this month and early next month for your own work. MNIF looks forward to your visit.


The Microscopy and NanoImaging Facility (MNIF); formerly Bessey Microscopy Facility/BMF) provides a variety of state-of –art instrumentation, technical assistance, consultation and training to individuals and groups of life and veterinary sciences, engineering and biotechnology faculty, staff and student researchers who want to use digital macrography, light and fluorescence microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, cryomicrotomy, cryopreservation, cytochemistry, in situ hybridization, autoradiography, X-ray microanalysis and image analysis. In addition to the round-the-clock open hours for certified researchers, the MNIF carries out service work for both on- and off-campus researchers. The director and staff of the MNIF are available for consultation and individual help. The MNIF is partially supported by funds and services from the Office of Biotechnology, Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology, Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, and the Plant Sciences Institute.