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Over sixty researchers and clients used the microscopy services provided by the NC Brown Center for Ultrastructure Studies this year. This included faculty and students as ESF, Syracuse University, Oswego, and Upstate Medical University.

The N.C. Brown Center for Ultrastructure Studies is offering a new undergraduate Minor in Microscopy beginning fall 2012. Robert P. Smith, Assistant Director, along with Dr. Susan Anagnost, Director, will teach several new courses on electron microscopy, fundamentals of microscopy and industrial and medical applications of microscopy.

The N.C. Brown Center will continue to offer graduate courses in microscopy to support research at ESF and Syracuse University. The NC Brown Center is pursuing certification of the Syracuse Asbestos Laboratory Testing Services (SALTS) Lab from NYS Department of Health. It is anticipated that revenue generated from asbestos analysis will help to upgrade and replace our microscopes and other equipment. In preparation, Robert P. Smith completed the NIOSH 582 Asbestos Fiber Counting Course, August 5-9, 2011 at the McCrone Research Institute, Chicago, IL. Dr. Susan Anagnost completed the NIOSH 582 Asbestos Fiber Counting Course Oct. 31- Nov.4, 2011 at the McCrone Research Institute, Chicago, IL.

Hwa Sung Kim, graduate student in the SCME department, won first prize at the ESF Spotlight on Research for her poster “The modification of the distribution of xylans and lignins after hot water treatment in sugar maple wood chips”, authors, Hwa Sung Kim, Robert P. Smith, and Susan E. Anagnost.

Dr. Wilfred A. Côté, Professor Emeritus in the Wood Products Engineering Department, former Dean, and former Director of the N.C. Brown Center for Ultrastructure Studies, passed away on March 8, 2012.

Upstate Freshwater Institute donated film for the TEM in the amount of $5000.



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