During the „Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Imaging” conference at the exhibition SPIE Photonics West (Jan. 24-30, 2009) the “Young Investigator Award” was presented to three students. Due to the large amount of excellent talks, the award sum of $1125 was split equally and was given to Sigrun Henkenjohann (University Bielefeld), Jonas Fölling (MPI Göttingen) and Nathan P. Wells (Los Alamos Nat. Labs). The award was sponsored by PicoQuant and offers the winners also a registration fee waiver for the European Meeting on “Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Ultra Sensitive Analysis in the Life Sciences”, to be held in Sep. 15-18, 2009, in Berlin.
A poster of histological stains has been produced to help pathologists in the selection of the most suitable stain for various tissue types. It shows the properties and applications of 15 common histological stains in alphabetical order, with both the abbreviated and full names. Micrographs show how the stain should look when correctly used in example tissues and a map shows the location of these sample tissues in the body. A table explains how the stains colour different cell types and sub-cellular structures. The poster can be obtained free of charge.
For over 30 years, Nikon has rewarded the world’s best photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science. The competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography. Participants may submit their images in traditional 35mm format, or upload digital images directly. The first and second of 20 prize winners will receive a selection of Nikon products and equipment worth $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.
The deadline for entries is April 30, 2009.
The Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) announced a programme of events for imaging and microscopy taking place in the UK in 2009.
NanoFIB Meeting, Oxford, UK
Microscopy of Semi-Conducting Materials XVI, Oxford, UK
Capturing Colloids Meeting, Manchester, UK
Electron Backscatter Diffraction Meeting, Swansea, UK
Flow Cytometry Immunophenotyping of Leukaemia & Lymphoma, London, UK
European Light Microscopy Initiative (ELMI), Glasgow, UK
UK SPM (Scanning Probe Microscopy Meeting), London, UK
Flowcytometry UK 2009, Oxford, UK
Veeco Instruments has announced it will host the seventh “Seeing at the Nanoscale” conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), July 28-31, 2009. The conference provides a forum for academic and industrial scientists to share information and exchange ideas on advanced nanotechnology topics, ranging from novel imaging approaches and unique material characterization to combining atomic force microscopy (AFM) with other technologies, such as confocal microscopy and raman spectroscopy. This year there is also a special session on emerging AFM markets, such as energy generation, storage and conservation.
In June 2009, two international events for optical technologies in Europe will once again take place in Munich, Germany. From June 15-18, the New Munich Trade Fair Centre will host the exposition “LASER World of PHOTONICS” and from June 14-19 the “World of Photonics Congress” will be held at the International Congress Centre Munich. Both events address to representatives from research, the laser and optoelectronics industries, professionals involved in medicine and technology as well as physicists, chemists, doctors, engineers, system designers, retail companies and service-providers. This year, the trade show and the congress have expanded their offerings for biophotonics and life sciences. The trade show is setting up an exhibition focus area dedicated to the subject of biophotonics. The World of Photonics Congress will present the field of biophotonics at the “Medical Laser Applications” conference. Experts in the field of lasers in medicine, optical diagnostics, high-end endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery will give practically orientated presentations.
Researchers at Bio Nano Consulting (BNC), London, UK, have produced a miniaturized version of the London tube map, measuring only 2×3 mm. The map was etched using lasers by Dr Richard Winkle, a BNC researcher at Imperial College London, whilst testing the capabilities of a laser micromachining system. The ‘London Nanotube’ was aptly named as nanotubes are an essential building block for nanotechnology. Dr Mike Fisher, business development director of BNC commented, “This version of the London Nanotube is not strictly on the nanoscale. We believe we can shrink the tube map another 100 times, making it invisible to the naked eye.”
The Jenoptik Group has expanded its international presence. The Industrial Metrology division of the optoelectronic group acquired parts of the Chinese company Shanghai AES Auto Equipment (AES) and will amalgamate these with its existing activities. AES, with registered offices in Shanghai, was formed in 2004 and specializes in amongst other things the development, assembly and sale of industrial metrology and assembly technology for the Chinese automotive industry.
WITec, a manufacturer of high-resolution optical and scanning probe microscopy solutions, has established the WITec Academy as a new forum for advanced instrument and software operation training. It offers basic and expert level courses covering the entire range of WITec products. Experienced and new users are offered a graded course structure with seminars and hands-on training sessions. The full day courses are held frequently throughout the year. Participants will receive training materials and a certificate of attendance.
Ultra Clean Technology and FEI Company have signed a global supplier agreement under which Ultra Clean will provide hosted manufacturing services in the FEI Hillsboro, Ore., US facility. It is also anticipated that Ultra Clean’s Asia operations will be utilized to produce some FEI sub-assemblies. The two companies are targeting the first quarter of 2009 for transfer of current product lines to Ultra Clean operations.