BIOL 10
Electron Microscopy
Last Offered Winter 2009

This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

Students will undertake an independent project to investigate a topic of their choice using the transmission and scanning electron microscopes. They will do their own sample preparation, operate the two electron microscopes, and take micrographs of relevant structures. Class time will give a brief overview of the theory and operation of the microscopes and microtomes. In addition, students will learn how to develop and print their film from the TEM, and learn how to manipulate the digital images from the SEM in Adobe Photoshop. (Do you want your erythrocytes red or blue?)
The Class: Format: WSP Project
Limit: 8
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: brief reading assignments, a guest speaker and a 10-page paper with 8 well-focused micrographs required
Extra Info: Meeting time: afternoons. Class will meet for two hours, three times a week, plus scope time
Extra Info 2: Nancy Piatcyc received her B.S. in Biology from Tufts University. She attended the school of Electron Microscopy in Albany, NY. She is a trained electron microscopist who operates and maintains the electron microscope facility at Williams
Prerequisites: none
Materials/Lab Fee: $40 for text and readings

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