Welcome to the Microscopy and Imaging Center (MIC)
We serve a wide range of faculty and students at Texas A&M University in addition to researchers from outside of the University.
Our mission is to provide current and emerging technologies for teaching and research involving microscopy and imaging in Life and Physical Sciences on the Texas A&M campus and beyond, training and support services for microscopy, sample preparation, in situ elemental/molecular analyses, as well as digital image analysis and processing.
We are promoting cutting edge research in basic and applied sciences through research and development activities, as well as quality training and education through individual training, short courses and formal courses that can be taken for credit. In order to learn how to go about getting preregistered for our courses, please see Formal Courses.
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For complementary expertise and instrumentation, please visit the Materials Characterization Facility.
Microscopy and Imaging Center
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-2257
Biosafety requirements and rules
The MIC is neither equipped nor allowed to deal with samples that are Biosafety level 2 (BL-2) or higher.
Selected labs in the MIC have been approved as BL-1 lab space. In order to be able to bring the active BL-1 material to the MIC, the MIC facility and room number MUST be listed in the investigator’s IBC permit, in Section F, Agent use and Storage Locations. The investigator is required to send a copy of the IBC permit listing the relevant MIC lab and the BL1 organisms, to firstname.lastname@example.org, BEFORE bringing the BL-1 samples. When using the BL-1 labs in the MIC, all users must follow the rules posted. This applies even to those users that do not work with samples requiring IBC permit:
Web-Scheduling the Jeol 2010 TEM:
To ensure optimum performance, this microscope has to be put into ACD heat reconditioning at the end of each working day. Short-notice same-day reservations can therefore be conflicting with reconditioning. In this case, reservation does not guarantee availability. To avoid this scenario, reserve early enough to let others know in good time that you will be the last user.
The instrument-generated scale bars are adequate for many uses. However, they may not be sufficiently accurate for specific applications. It is the responsibility of the individual user to calibrate magnifications (see also FAQ) where and when required. If in doubt, consult with an MIC staff member.