ORD announces the arrival of three new Zeiss optical microscopes

The Office for Research & Discovery (ORD) is pleased to announce the arrival two new state-of-the-art laser scanning confocal microscopes and a structured illumination system (SIM) in the ORD imaging facilities in January and Feb 2016.  These unique and enabling microscopes will be a huge advancement in the microscopy equipment available to researchers on campus!

The new ORD Optical Microscopy facility located in the basement of the Marley building will house a Zeiss LSM 880 inverted laser scanning confocal and a Zeiss LSM 880 multi-photon/confocal with the Zeiss AiryScan attachment. A cell culture facility adjacent to the microscopes is in the process of being established.  The inverted Zeiss 880 LSCM should be available for new user training by early February.  The Zeiss 880 LSCM multi-photon should be available for new user training in mid to late March.  Patty Jansma (pjansma@email.arizona.edu), manager of the new Marley Optical Microscopy facility, will send future information to interested users as soon the microscopes are operational.

The Zeiss Elyra S.1 super resolution structured illumination microscope (SR-SIM) will be located in the microscopy facility located on Room 410B in Life Sciences North. The Elyra should be available for new user training by early February.  Doug Cromey (dcromey@email.arizona.edu), will manage this new instrument.  Additional information will be forthcoming as soon as the microscope is operational.

All systems will use the new Bookitlab software for calendar and billing purposes. User rates will be announced by the end of January 2016.

The three current campus Zeiss 510 confocal microscopes will be traded in as part of the purchase of the three new microscopes.  The two functional systems will remain in place for use on a first come, first serve basis to trained users until mid-February. Patty will address brief technical questions from trained users on the old systems as time allows during this transition.  Ross Buchan (rbuchan@email.arizona.edu) will manage the Deltavision system located in 517 Life Sciences South. 

We appreciate your patience during this transition and look forward to working with you on the new microscopes!

Neal R. Armstrong
Associate Vice President for Research

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