August 10, 2016

IMAGE Center to hold Aug. 19 open house

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- An upcoming event at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will give members of the public the opportunity to see how state-of-the-art microscopy works. 

The IMAGE Center is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 19. The center, which features a scanning electron microscope and a transmission electron microscope among its instruments, is located at 750 Communications Drive, between Life Sciences III and the Agriculture Building. The event is free and open to the public. 

IMAGE stands for “integrated microscopy and graphics expertise.” The centrally located facility provides training, technical service and research in scanning electron, transmission electron, atomic-force and light microscopy. It also offers advanced capabilities, including X-ray analysis and image analysis, among others. 

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Punit Kohli, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, said the high-tech instruments typically are available for use by researchers, staff and students at SIU, while outside agencies also have utilized them in the past. 

“The main purpose of the open house is to publicize the high-quality facilities available at the IMAGE Center to the SIU community for research, teaching and training,” Kohli said. “We will also provide a tour of the facility and demonstrate the equipment by running samples for those who bring them in.  This may provide them information on how they can use the IMAGE Center for their research, teaching or training.” 

Kohli said the center typically has several teaching and community outreach tours each year.  He encouraged teachers as well as the general public to attend the event. 

“This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the state-of-the-art facilities available to the university and local communities,” he said. 

Pre-registration is not required, but organizers request those planning to attend email them at to help them plan accordingly.