Simply using a microscope doesn’t make you a microscopist – if you want to be a microscopist, you need to learn how microscopes work. Understanding how your microscope works is the only way to get the most out of it. Team NIC is super-passionate about microscopy education – we love to teach! For upcoming opportunities, take a look at our events calendar. Here’s the kind of stuff you’ll find…
NIC Microscopy Workshops
The NIC@HMS offers a series of one-day workshops on a variety of topics. Workshops include both lectures and hands-on exercises on the microscopes in the NIC. Our workshops are open to members of all non-profit and/or academic institutions for free. Enrollment is limited to ensure all students get their hands on a microscope, so registration is required.
Lunchtime Lecture Series
Each semester, we offer a series of 1.5 hour educational lectures on a variety of microscopy topics. The lectures are open to anyone with a Harvard ID (or guests of Harvard ID holders). Registration is not required – just show up, and feel free to bring your lunch! Past topics include super-resolution microscopy, TIRF, light sheet microscopy and fluorescent proteins. Please email us with suggestions for topics!
The Lunchtime Lecture series will resume in Fall 2017.
References from Past Lectures
For those of you who can’t attend our courses, or if you just can’t get enough (like us!), please take a look at the external educational resources below.
We also recommend…
- Quantitative Imaging: From Cells to Molecules: A two-week microscopy course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, directed by Jennifer Waters & Hunter Elliott
- iBiology Microscopy Course: A free online series of educational microscopy videos
- iScopeCalc: A microscope calculator (by our own Talley Lambert)
- Camera Simulation Engine: Learn how a camera works with this camera simulation engine (created by Talley Lambert)
- MicroscopyU: Nikon’s microscopy education resource
- Quantitative Imaging in Cell Biology: A book edited by Jennifer Waters & Torsten Wittmann
- Fundamentals of Light Microscopy and Electronic Imaging: A book by Doug Murphy & Mike Davidson
- FPvis: An interactive database of Fluorescent Protein Properties (collaboration between Kurt Thorn and Talley Lambert)