August 17, 2018

Come see high-tech imaging equipment in action at SIU’s IMAGE Center open house

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Ever wondered what that “stuff” really is?  Members of the public and students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale can find out next week during an open house at one of the university’s high-tech instrument centers.

The Integrated Microscopy and Graphics Expertise Center – the IMAGE Center – is inviting the public and students who are new and potential users of the facility for an open house set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24. The center is located at 750 Communications Drive on the SIU campus.

IMAGE Center is research central

The IMAGE Center provides training, technical service and research assistance with scanning electron, transmission electron, atomic-force and light microscopy. Advanced capabilities include x-ray analysis, image analysis and viewing of specimens under near-atmospheric conditions.

Science and engineering students are the main target of the open house, said Punit Kohli, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at SIU. That includes students in plant biology, coal engineers and miners, museum scientists, paleontologists, sports performance and others. Students as young as pre-K, as well as elementary, middle school and high school students also are welcome to check out the IMAGE Center.

Curiosities satisfied

Kohli said he has seen a plethora of interesting objects brought in for analysis during past open houses.

“Everything you can imagine from the nanoscale up to large car and aircraft parts, old library book pages to flowers and blood samples from a good friend,” he said.

There is no charge for the event, and refreshments will be provided, too.