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During October 1996, scanning electron microscopy was brought to Ohio Wesleyan University through an interdepartmental effort from Botany/Microbiology, Geology/Geography and Zoology. The lab was named after Dr. George W. Burns (d. 1994), a botany professor (1946-1979), Vice President and Dean (1957-1961) and Acting President (1958-1959) of Ohio Wesleyan. Gordon ’54 and Helen Crider Smith ’56 wished for the lab to be named in Dr. Burns’ memory.

 

Sources of funding include the Smiths, Graham 'Deck' Stewart ’27, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Laura Tuhela-Reuning, part-time professor and SEM technician, is the director of the lab and instructor of the SEM Theory and Practice class.

 

Originally, Ohio Wesleyan had a LEO 435VP SEM "Big George," an Oxford CT1500 cryo preparation system, and an Oxford ISIS system for energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). Then in 2010, the National Science Foundation granted funds for the new Zeiss EVO LS10 SEM "Big George 2.0", which is able to process SEM and TEM images. The George W. Burns lab also houses a Gatan ALTO 1000 cryo-preparation system and a 50mm2 Oxford X-MAX EDS detector.

 

This collection contains images created by students and faculty using the Scanning Electron Microscope and associated tools available in the George W. Burns lab.

 
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