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|13 July 2016|
Introduction to SEM and Microanalysis Course-Workshop
By Dr Ric Wuhrer - AMCF Manager
Course/Training: Introduction to SEM and Microanalysis
When: Wednesday 13 July 2016
Where: Parramatta North Campus room LZ. G.14
Start: 9.00 am
In this workshop we will review the basic instrumentation, operating modes and ancillary equipment available in today's modern scanning electron microscopes (SEM) instrument, as well as discuss imaging modes (SEI, BSE) and briefly and microanalysis techniques. This workshop will serve as a good introduction to the techniques for the novice as well as a refresher for those who are returning to the field. The majority of the topics covered will be taken from materials science perspective; however, examples from the life sciences will be included as appropriate.
The program will be:
9.00 am to 10.00 am Introduction to SEM
10.00 am to 10.30 am SEM and VP SEM Imaging and applications (Detectors)
10.30 am to 11.00 am Break - Morning tea and Tour of AMC Facility Instrumentation
11.00 am to 12.00 pm Demonstration Hands on training with on SEM
12.00 pm to 12.30 pm Sample Preparation for SEM
12.30 pm to 1.00 pm Introduction to Microanalysis
1.00 pm to 2.00 pm Break - Lunch
2.00 pm to 3.00 pm Microanalysis and X-Ray Mapping
3.00 pm to 3.30 pm Break - Afternoon tea (Hands on Training)
3.30 pm to 4.30 pm Hands on training with Microanalysis
4.30 pm to 5.00 pm Conclusion and wrap up
5.00 pm to 6.00 pm Hands on Training (if needed)
Please email Richard.Wuhrer@westernsydney.edu.au if you would like to attend. Spaces are limited for the hands on training sessions.
Please RSVP by Monday morning of 11 July 2016.
Impacts of Climate Change on Coral Reefs
Dr Anya Salih, from Western Sydney University's Confocal Bio-Imaging Facility, spoke at the Environmental Film Festival in Melbourne on how coral could survive controlled climate change.
For more information, view the article: 'Corals could survive controlled climate change.' (opens in a new window)
National Imaging Quarterly - BMRF
The internationally renowned Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Facility (BMRF) hosted the 6th NMR, MRI and Diffusion Symposium to celebrate the recent technology expansion - a Bruker 600 MHz (14.1 T) wide-bore spectrometer, and a Perkin-Elmer Quantum GX microCT imaging system. The refurbished BMRF was opened by Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover.
For more information, download the article in the National Imaging Facility Quarterly (PDF, 1898.91 KB) (opens in a new window)
Unlocking Secrets of Coral Reef - Confocal
It's been a life's work for Confocal Bio-Imaging Facility Manager Anya Salih, who was the first to demonstrate the fluorescent proteins were being used by corals as a kind of sunscreen to modulate light and protect themselves from devastating coral bleaching.
For more information, download the article Unlocking secrets of coral reef (JPG, 339.53 KB). (opens in a new window)
|11 February 2016|
Introduction to Transmission and Analytical Electron Microscopy
By Professor Nestor J. Zaluzec
Electron Microscopy Center
Center for Nanoscale Materials Argonne National Laboratory
In this workshop we will review the basic instrumentation, operating modes and ancillary equipment available in today's modern transmission electron microscope, as well as outline the imaging (CTEM, STEM, HREM), diffraction(SAED, CBED), and microanalysis (XEDS, EELS) techniques which facilitate materials characterization from the sub-millimeter to the sub-nanometer scales. This workshop will serve as an good introduction to the techniques for the novice or a refresher for those who have been away from the field for a few years. The majority of the topics covered will be taken from materials/nanoscience perspective, however, selected examples from the life sciences will be included as appropriate.
When: Thursday 11/02/2016
Time: 10am to 1pm
Where: WSU, Parramatta North Campus (LZ G14)
Open to all. RSVP by Tuesday 9/02/2016 to Richard.Wuhrer@westernsydney.edu.au
About Speaker Professor Nestor Zaluzec
A Fellow of both Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as well as the Computational Institute of the University of Chicago, Zaluzec has and continues to hold the tripartite role of Senior Scientist, Educator and Inventor at ANL. As an innovator, his research includes development state-of-the art of instrumentation and techniques for atomic resolution x-ray & electron spectroscopy, and electron microscopy. In addition to creating tools for science, as a researcher he also uses these bleeding edge technologies to study vexing problems in technologically important materials. Over the last quarter of a century, his work has included studies in the areas of: structural phase transformations in metals, radiation damage in alloys, ceramic oxides for geologic immobilization of nuclear waste materials, elemental segregation in semiconductor devices, to genetically engineered proteins for creation of two dimensional biological templates for magnetic nanoarrays. He was one of the earliest to realize the potential impact of the Internet on science and established the TelePresence Microscopy Collaboratory, which has served as a model for outreach to both the scientific and education communities providing unencumbered access to scientific resources. In addition to his roles as an adjunct professor at various Illinois universities, he also strives to engage the next generation of scientists through his work with the Illinois Junior Academy of Science, where he continues to interact on a one to one basis with middle and high school students.
|7 December 2015||United States Climate Change Policy: President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Reports on Climate and Environment|
Renowned theoretical physicist and US Presidential advisor on Science & Technology Professor Sylvester James Gates will review the policy recommendations that flow from two reports by the U.S. President's Council on Science and Technology (PCAST) on the topic of climate and environment.
Please see United States Climate Change Policy: President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Reports on Climate and Environment (DOCX, 1950.25 KB) (opens in a new window) for more information.
Date: 7 December 2015
Time: 15:00-16:00 (with informal conversation until 17:00)
Location: Hawkesbury Campus, L9 Ground Floor Lecture Theatre
For further details please contact Dr Anya Salih on email@example.com
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|17 November 2015||Building the Next Generation of Fluorescent Proteins for Imaging in Cell Biology |
Internationally Acclaimed Scientist Dr Nathan Shaner from the Scintillon Institute San Diego, who is currently working with Dr Anya Salih from Western Sydney University's Confocal Facility on coral fluorescent proteins for super-resolution imaging, will give a seminar about his research at the School Medicine. Click here (PDF, 163.44 KB) (opens in a new window) for more information.
Date: 17 November 2015
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Location: Campbelltown Campus, CA-30.G.213
|Confocal Bio Imaging Facility|
Australian X-Ray Analytical Association's 2015 NSW Student Seminar Day : Scattering Matters
Come and learn about our young researchers' work using X-ray, neutron and other scattering techniques of analysis.
Date: Tuesday, 15 September 2015
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Target Enrichment for NGS Applications Roche NimbleGen
Date: Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Roche NimbleGen, part of Roche Sequencing, an innovator in genomics, is focused on developing target enrichment solutions for next-generation sequencing. Our technologies allow researchers to selectively target DNA sequences of interest in their genome of interest, human or non-human, either through focused exomes or custom designed gene panels, for variant discovery and validation. With our ever growing suite of tools for targeted DNA sequencing, we are enabling the life science community to achieve their research goals more efficiently in order to understand the association genomics and epigenomics have with diseases and biological processes.
|February 19||Introduction to SEM and Microanalysis Workshop||AMCF (opens in a new window)|
|February 25||Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) Workshop|
SIMS (opens in a new window)
|March 30||Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Workshop||BMRF (opens in a new window)|
3D/4D Visualization & Analysis Imaris 8 Workshop
Date: 18 May 2015
Click to read the Workshop Report (PDF, 176.9 KB) (opens in a new window)
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