Biotechnology Students Visit the Electron Microscope at Smith College!
FARMINGTON – On Friday Dec. 8, members of the Foster Career and Technical Education Center’s Biotechnology program travelled to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts to use a Transmission Electron Microscope. The students used the Smith College TEM to take a photo of a virus they discovered earlier this year in a duck pond in North Jay. The virus is of the type that attack bacteria and so are harmless to humans.
This opportunity was made possible by the generosity of Smith College and in particular Judith Wopereis, Technical Director and Instructor at the Center for Microscopy and Imaging. A few months ago, in July, Foster Tech Biotechnology Instructor David Nordstrom was visiting his daughter Anja, a Senior at Smith college and a graduate of Mt. Blue High School. She was working on an internship in the Center for Microscopy and Imaging. When her instructor, Ms. Wopereis, learned about the Biotechnology virus discovery project she immediately invited the class to use the electron microscope if they were able to find another virus this year.
At first Foster tech students were given a brief lecture on a wide range of microscopy techniques including electron microscopy. The students were then given demonstrations of each type of imaging technique, learning about the advantages of each system. The highlight of the trip, however, was the successful imaging of virus samples they had prepared from the virus they discovered in North Jay. With the guidance of former Mt. Blue student Anja Nordstrom students were able to take several images of their virus sample at 80,000x magnification.
To read more about this exciting opportunity funded by MELMAC and GEAR UP, please click on link above the photos, to the Daily Bulldog!