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Course on Microscopy

From: Mel J. Wachowiak <wachowiakm>
Date: Monday, July 10, 2000
Microscopy of Protective and Decorative Coatings
Instructor: Mel Wachowiak
November 6-10, 2000

This is a new course is being offered by the Smithsonian Center for
Materials Research and Education.

This course will focus on the practical techniques for
characterization of paint and varnish systems.  While the equipment
and techniques will be discussed extensively, a large portion of the
course will be spent in practical laboratory exercises.  Topics will

    *   sample preparation: this is the most critical factor
        influencing the quality of microscopy, therefore, materials
        and methods of preparation for reproducible, high-quality,
        cost- and time-efficient mounts will be covered. Attendees
        will receive molds, resins and other supplies.

    *   the stereomicroscope: this under-utilized tool will be
        profiled as a critical part of microanalysis and
        documentation schemes; common and novel uses of this tool
        will be covered.

    *   light microscopy techniques: brightfield, darkfield,
        fluorescence, transmitted light, and combined methods will
        be discussed and used.

    *   documentation: photographic techniques, including film
        formats and selection criteria, video, and digital
        techniques will be covered.

    *   design of studio space for microscopy, ergonomics,
        specifying and purchasing microscope, and other topics will
        be addressed as time permits

The course is intended for the conservator, museum scientist, or
other professional with some experience in this area.  Attendees
will be encouraged to participate fully in dialog during lecture,
and discuss their experiences in microscopy.  Attendees are
encouraged to bring samples from their practice, and consider
bringing their own microscopes to the course.  Advice on maximizing,
or modifying, your microscope can be given during the course.  There
will be ample time for open lab to prepare and examine your samples.

Equipment available: a range of stereomicroscopes and
laboratory-grade microscopes will be available, including those
equipped for brightfield, darkfield, fluorescence.

Ten attendees will be accepted for this course.

Contact Mel Wachowiak at 301-238-3700 x169, wachowiakm [at] scmre__si__edu
for further information.

Please see <URL:> for listings of other
applied microscopy courses, including plant anatomy, wood
identification, and polarized light microcopy:

Melvin J. Wachowiak, Jr.
Senior Furniture Conservator
Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education
4210 Silver Hill Road
Museum Support Center Room E2109
Suitland, MD  20746-2863
301-238-3700 x169
301-238-3709  fax

                  Conservation DistList Instance 14:4
                 Distributed: Wednesday, July 12, 2000
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Received on Monday, 10 July, 2000

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