Technologists’ Forum

Technologists’ Forum

X30 - Technologists' Forum Symposia: Exploring New Methods in Volume Electron Microscopy (vEM) [Partnering with B09]

Speakers:

TBD

Organizers:

D. Page Baluch, Arizona State University
Alice LIang, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Advancements in volume electron microscopy are improving high resolution visualization of 3D cellular structures at a nanometer scale. Efforts to optimize and improve this data relies on optimal sample preparation and high-level image analysis. This year the Technologists’ Forum is partnering with the organizers of the Volume electron Microscopy [B09] symposium to provide a series of presentations that will focus on the development of new protocols to optimize sample preparation and analysis obtained from various imaging platforms. 

  • Biological sample preparation for vEM
  • Exploring multimodal imaging techniques
  • Large data management and analysis

X31 - Technologists' Forum Symposium: SubAngstrom Room Design  and Lab Space Optimization

Speakers:

TBD

Organizers:

John L. Grazul, Cornell University
D. Page Baluch, Arizona State University

Within the past few years there has been a rapid development of new technologies that are transforming the field of microscopy. The development of new systems with greater resolution requires optimal environmental conditions to avoid issues related to vibration, temperature fluctuations and magnetic field interference. In addition to room design considerations, these advanced systems also have improved detection systems that capture large amounts of data in a short time frame which introduces data management issues. This symposium will focus on SubAngstrom room design and other ways to optimize your EM lab space. 

  • How to design a SubAngstrom lab space
  • Large data management

X32 - Technologists' Forum Roundtable: Tips for Managing an EM Lab

Speakers:

TBD

Organizers:

John L. Grazul, Cornell University
D. Page Baluch, Arizona State University

Electron Microscopy laboratories rely on optimized lab management by well-trained managers and technologists. This symposium will focus on key areas that help improve lab proficiency and image quality by reviewing many common lab protocols that are essential to a productive lab. 

  • Lab safety and standardizing SOPs
  • Sample prep and realistic expectations for CLEM
  • Avoiding TEM/SEM contamination
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Guidelines for training new users