1. Initial Project Consulting
If technical help or training may be required to carry out
a project, first make an appointment with the Center staff
to discuss the project and equipment that will be used. This
will allow us to aid in experimental design, make suggestions
for streamlining and possibly saving time and money. Bring
in published articles that utilize the same or similar protocols
for the experiment being attempted.
A project information sheet will be generated for recordkeeping
On-site instruction and training is available to most individuals
who would like to utilize the facility for their research,
since we want to broad access and hands-on usage. Faculty
receive intensive training for free, and students may
come along to observe. Students are generally expected to
take one of our courses for credit
to become independent users. In order to access the instruments,
potential users should schedule training with the Technical
Manager at 494-7976 and be certified according to the independent
user requirements and privileges.
Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students needing
the services of the facility in their research projects are
encouraged to take the applicable courses on TEM or SEM/EDX.
Seating is limited, so sign up early! If no course is available
during the time period that you need the instrument, please
consult with the Technical Manager.
Access to the microscopes can be obtained through reservation
via the Faces program. During
the daytime, no more than 2 hours can be reserved at a time.
However, users are allowed to work longer if the time immediately
following their sessions is available. Service and maintenance
has scheduling priority.
Daytime hours (when a technical professional is present) are
8 am to 4 pm on Monday through Friday.
Cancellation of reserved sessions must be made at least two
hours in advance or the user will still be charged for the
time s/he reserved.
The scheduling system will be used as an estimate of user
time. Most users will pay hourly fees according to a fee
schedule to run samples independently, or with the help
of a technician. To record user time accurately, a project
information sheet and account number is required for each
project or user. Always sign the instrument logbook to record
your time usage. These records allow us to keep track of usage
for maintenance and fee purposes. Funding to cover the charges
can be obtained from a variety of internal and external funding
Report any problem encountered when running the microscope
in the logbook and contact a facility
manager ASAP if the problem is serious (e.g., vacuum crashed,
computer corrupted). Do not try to fix problems yourself.
Emergency and after-hours contact phone numbers are available
on laboratory doors.
7. Data Storage
The file storage computers in MIMIC are only for transferring
and temporarily storing experimental results. Users are requested
to store their data on a flash drive and carry out data analysis
on another computer. Data kept on instrument computers will
be deleted periodically without warning.
In general, users are responsible for purchasing and replacing
supplies. Some supplies for MIMIC instruments and the wet
lab are available from the Technical Manager. Medium and large
size gloves and extra lab glasses are provided as a safety
precaution for all users.
9. Wet Lab Usage
A wet lab area is available for users to prepare samples and
store limited samples and equipment in assigned drawers.
As usual for shared wet lab spaces, certain rules apply:
Be Safety Conscious.
- Know safety information for the chemicals that you
will use. MSDS sheets are available for chemicals commonly
used in the center
- Know where the fire extinguishers, safety showers
and eyewashes are located.
- Wear appropriate safety equipment (gloves, lab coat,
goggles, dust mask, etc..)
- The lab is Biosafety Level II, which means that moderately
risky substances can be used in the facility.
Clean up after yourself!
- Each frequent user will be assigned a drawer. Please
store all unattended samples in this space!
- LABEL your samples with your name, date, and contents.
Unlabeled material will be considered waste and will be disposed
- Place waste, including sharps waste, halogenated,
non-halogenated wastes in appropriate containers. If you have
trouble finding a waste container, ask for assistance.
- An autoclave bag will be available for biohazards.
Please remove your waste periodically.
More details are available in the MIMIC
Policy. For any other questions or information about specific
MIMIC phone: 494-7976
Joyce Miller 898-2158 firstname.lastname@example.org
Marion Wells 594-7767 email@example.com
Andrienne Friedli 898-2071 firstname.lastname@example.org
If in doubt, call Joyce!