Meeting Recap: “More Than Just a Pretty Picture”

On Tuesday, April 26th, researchers from all over campus came to discuss “More Than Just a Pretty Picture: Acquiring Images for Analysis.” Jen Lee from the Molecular Imaging Center led the discussion on the basics of image acquisition, including an overview of detectors, how to obtain an image with high signal-to-noise ratio, and a survey… Read More Meeting Recap: “More Than Just a Pretty Picture”

Meeting Recap: “Preparing Figures for Publication”

On Tuesday, March 29th, we had our first Open MIC meeting of 2016. The topic was “Preparing Figures for Publication”. Although the crowd was small, the discussion was very lively! Everything from ethics, to tiff vs. tif (file format and resolution), to basic graphic design and color schemes was covered. If you missed it, but… Read More Meeting Recap: “Preparing Figures for Publication”

Instruments of the Month: Serenity & Morpheus (Zeiss Lightsheet Z.1)

After an extended absence due to MIC-related courses & workshops, the Instrument of the Month series is back with a post on not just one, but two instruments: Serenity and Morpheus. What are “Serenity” and “Morpheus”? Both are Zeiss Lightsheet Z.1 instruments used for selective plane illumination microscopy (SPIM). More on SPIM below. Why the names… Read More Instruments of the Month: Serenity & Morpheus (Zeiss Lightsheet Z.1)

Still Alive!

Apologies for the radio silence on the Open MIC blog. After celebrating the success of the first MIC Image Contest at the Open MIC Holiday Party in December, we went right into organizational and logistical planning mode for 2 events: the inaugural 4D Advanced Microscopy in Brain Circuits course (January) and the 13th Advanced Imaging… Read More Still Alive!

2015 Molecular Imaging Center Image Contest

This past Thursday, we hosted the first Open MIC Holiday Party, complete with food, drinks, decorations, music, and, of course, beautiful microscopy images from our inaugural Image Contest! Before we get to the images, I’d like to acknowledge: Zeiss Microscopy, and in particular, Alex Soell, for generously sponsoring the contest all of the MIC users who entered… Read More 2015 Molecular Imaging Center Image Contest

October Open MIC Meeting: SearchLight Seminar [sponsored by Semrock]

Have you ever been confused about choosing filters, or wondered whether you’re using the best filter for your experiment? Well, luckily, we have an expert coming to the rescue: Lidza Kalifa, Ph.D. from Semrock! Dr. Kalifa will be here on Thursday, October 29th, to tell us about SearchLight, the new online tool that provides spectral information AND… Read More October Open MIC Meeting: SearchLight Seminar [sponsored by Semrock]

Guest Blogger: Tamira Elul on the Relationship Between Art & Morphometrics

[Editor’s note: We’re delighted to bring you a guest blog post by Tamira Elul, an Associate Professor of Biology at Touro University. If you’re interested in writing a guest post for the Open MIC blog, please contact Jen. So, without further ado, here’s Tamira!] After the last Open Mic workgroup on quantitative imaging, I started talking with… Read More Guest Blogger: Tamira Elul on the Relationship Between Art & Morphometrics