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Exploring the miniature world

Issue 157: November 2008.
Next update December 13th. 

    Includes special photomacrography feature by course students at the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. Organised by course director Michael Peres.   

Image left: 1,10-phenanthroline crystals in polarised light
taken by Ray Dessy.



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Issue 157 - November 2008 : Articles this month

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Articles written by students on the 'Principles and Applications of Photomacrography' course
November 2008,
Biomedical Photographic Communications (BPC) program
at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
, NY State, USA.

Micscape Acknowledgements: Many thanks to the students for sharing their enthusiasm and skills on such a wonderful variety of topics. Writing an article for Micscape formed part of their course assignment, which was a neat idea originally proposed by Ted Kinsman the course instructor 2004 / 2006 and continued in 2007, 2008! Many thanks to Michael Peres, the dept. head and current instructor for his introduction and for the department's generous collaboration.

Introduction and students' articles:

Introduction to the Biomedical Photographic Communications program
at the Rochester Institute of Technology
by Professor Michael Peres, dept. head.

Visit Professor Peres' website

Magnified views of fruits by Luis Arvin P Chua

Spiders of the Irondequoit Bay by Jerrett McCormick

Aloe vera.Structures and applications by Glenn Doherty

Japanese beetles by Torey Miller

Lucky bamboo by Mark Fairchilds

An examination of mica schist by Andrea Samuels

Autumn leaves - a study of seasonal color change by Kendra LaNoue

Fish: taking a closer look by Caitlin Shannon

The students would appreciate feedback on their articles.
Or a group feedback to the course director
Michael Peres would be appreciated.

See some other photographs by students in the 2008 Photomacrography class

Click here to view the 2007 course students' articles.

Click here to view the 2006 course students' articles.

Click here to view the 2004 course students' articles.


    In Focus:
    'Nikon Small World' Competition 2008 - the winners of this year's competition have been announced and displayed on Nikon's website.

    'Images from Science 2', Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. The exhibition of winning images is online, a descriptive illustrated catalogue is also available to purchase.

    'Olympus Bioscapes' 2008 - the winners and honorable mentions are displayed on the competition website and currently feature on the Scientific American website.

    A Cabinet of Curiosities- an attractive and valuable resource on Victorian microscope slides.

    Yahoo 'Amateur Microscopy' best wishes to this new forum; the moderator writes 'We're open to amateurs looking for a place to learn, microscopists willing to provide support and encouragement, and especially those who wish to become involved in promoting microscopy through clubs, meetings, and workshops.' With thanks to Chris for letting us know of the forum.

    Microscopy wildlife film award: Congratulations to Rubén Duro who writes: My name is Rubén Duro, biologist and independent wildlife filmmaker. In the section "In Focus" Micscape Issue 149: March 2008 you published a brief note on my series "Minimal worlds", and I would like you know that my short movie (3 minutes) "Development of snail" (microscopical images on the development of the freshwater snail Lymnaea sp.) has been awarded, among 146 films, with the "Best Film by Popular Vote Award" at the XXV Unicaja International Biennal Scientific Film Contest held in Ronda (Spain) on November 15th. This award shows that perhaps microscopy is much more interesting to people than TV channels suppose.

We are delighted to receive contributions small or large from microscopy enthusiasts whether a novice or expert. If you have an image, tip or article, why not share it, this magazine is what you make it! Have a chat with us , to see how we can help share your interests. Submission guidelines .

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External links. Below are some of our favourites, which includes sites with extensive links and/or resources for the optical microscopy enthusiast.

External Microscopy forums:
Places to discuss the hobby or to raise queries.

www.amateurmicrography.net forums, galleries, articles on macroscopy and photomicrography.


Yahoo groups: a ' P' denotes current and archived messages are public i.e. not limited to members.
'Amateur Microscopy' P (started November 2008)
' Microscope ' P (>1500 members, very active)
' Microscopes '
'Microscopehobby'  P (started Apr 2005)
'RealMicroscopy'  P
(started Sep 2005)
Óptica Roma foro Microscopía' for Spanish speakers
' Wild M20 microscope '
' Nikon Coolpix photomicro and macrophoto '
' microcosmo '   ( for Italian speaking enthusiasts)
' CombineZ ' P stacking software forum created by the software's author

Mikroskopie-Treff.de (Extensive German microscopy forum; some English categories.)
Mikrobiologische Vereinigung München e. V.  W ide range of articles and resources in German.
Le Naturaliste French based forum and image gallery for micro / macro but open to non French speaking international contributors.

Other sites
Clubs / Socs (Pro/Am) Mic-UK links page
Light Microscopy Forum links and articles
Little Imp Publications public domain books on CD, subscribe to 'The Amateur Diatomist' paper magazine. (Hosted by Savona Books).
Mikroskop Museum German website with resources on microscopes / makers .

Molecular Expressions awesome optical microscopy resources
Dennis Kunkel's SEM images stunning images
Leitz museum an illustrated resource compiled by Robert Allen

Microscopies online magazine and Forum  for French speakers
Micrographia articles, projects for the enthusiast
Microscopy Today
paper journal with online archive
Modern Microscopy
online journal by McCrone Group
Fun Science Gallery projects, articles on optics
G. Couger's microscopy links extensive links
Society for Amateur Scientists resources and support
A Cabinet of Curiosities attractive and valuable resource on Victorian microscope slides
www.viewsfromscience.com projects e.g. chilled stage for crystal growth studies and LED fluorescence

Web rings
Lightscapes polarised light macroscopy/microscopy, both artistic and scientific.

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