May 17, 2023 12:00 am

University of Delaware

The Chesapeake & Philadelphia Societies Present

The First Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Microscopy & Microanalysis Symposium

At the  University of Delaware,

Newark, DE Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Speakers from the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Delaware, and other institutions from the Mid-Atlantic region will present work illustrating how microscopy contributes to biological and physical science research.

We encourage student posters, and we will have a competition for best poster.  The top three posters will receive gift cards of $100, $75, and $50, respectively.  Students can attend the meeting at no cost but must register (particularly if giving a poster).

The meeting will be held at Pearson Hall and at the Keck Center for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis in the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory at 221 Academy Street, Newark, DE 19716.  There is ample parking on the streets near the venue and at a nearby parking garage.

Local microscope-related companies will be on hand to discuss novel instrumentation and tools available for purchase.

A light breakfast and a box lunch are included in the registration cost.  There will be two breaks with refreshments. You must register by May 8th to receive the box lunch.

The final schedule is listed below. The attached file contains speaker abstracts and biography.

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8:00 – 9:00                        Registration, Breakfast

9:00 – 9:45                        Construction of Exotic Nanoparticles: Polymer and Peptide Assembly as followed by cryoTEM, Darren Pochan, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware

9:45 – 10:30                      Advances in volumetric imaging with super-resolution light microscopy and serial block-face scanning electron microscopy, Jeffrey Caplan, Associate Professor and Director Bioimaging Center Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware

10:30 – 11:00                   Break

11:00 – 11:45                   A spiny tale: Functional Morphology of marine invertebrate larvae, Karen Chan, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology, Swarthmore University

11:45 – 1:00                     Lunch

1:00 – 1:45                         Use of Correlative Approaches in Cultural Heritage, Thomas Lam, Ph.D. Physical Scientist, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute

1:45 – 2:30                        Student Talks

Noble Metal Chalcogenide Dual Plasmonic Hetero-nanoarchitectures, Mariia Ivanchenko, Graduate Research Assistant, George Mason University

The Devil worm’s efficient mitochondria: Adaptation of H. Mephisto’s electron transport chain in extreme conditions, TreVaughn EllisAmerican University

2:30 – 3:00                        Break

3:00 – 3:45                      Atomic Force Microscopy: A Versatile Tool to Interrogate Biological Tissue Function, Disease and Regeneration, Lin Han, Associate Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University

3:45 – 5                              Tours (tours of the Keck Laboratories and the Mineral Museum will be available)


Registration Cost

Full                                         $25.00

Speaker                                   free

Student                                    free

Student / Poster                     free

Vendor                                    $225.00


You can pay for registration on site with cash or check.  Payment by credit card will not be available on site.

Box lunches will only be available for those who register before May 9th, 2023.

The box lunch options are as follows:

Ham and Swiss cheese on a pretzel roll

Turkey, bacon, and cheddar Baguette

Grilled Vegetable Ciabatta

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