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It is our service as core facility to develop and maintain facilities equipped with high quality imaging instruments and to help researchers to concentrate on the science. In order to make using the core instrument as accessible, convenient, and fair as possible for everyone, it is necessary for all users to follow some policies and rules. However, some exceptions will be allowed for a specific project after consulting with the core staff. We appreciate your cooperation.
Before you use any instrument in the facility for the first time, you need to have a consulting tour and discussion with the core staff.
New users must submit an account form for approval and approved users will have a user account for the specified equipment.
As one of the core facility aims is to encourage learning instrument and self-use, training is highly recommended. It is also the most cost-effective way.
If you publish work done on the imaging core instrument and service, we appreciate your acknowledgement of the core service with a statement like “This work has been supported in part by the Lisa Muma Weitz Microscopy Core Laboratory at University of South Florida College of Medicine.”
Booking and Billing
Reservation of the instruments before use is required. The billing is based on the length of occupation time, which is figured out from the reservation and the actual log-in and out time. Please make sure to write down the log-in and out time on the log book. It also helps to track the usage of instrument components.
Please let us know in advance if you won’t be able to use on the time you reserved, so other users can use them.
The maximum time for a session a day is 4 hour, with exception for specific conditions.
Check the equipment for any damage or malfunction and notify the core staff or on the log book.
If you are not sure how to operate the instrument even after training, ask the core staff for assistance and advice.
Wipe off any residual immersion oil or dust from the microscopic lens only using lens paper provided.
Clean up the coverslip of your sample slide with Kimwipe or cotton Q-tips moistened with 70% ethanol or Windex.
Use the correct immersion media (dry, oil, or water) for each lens you use. If unsure, ask the staff. Apply a minimal amount (~1 drop) of immersion media carefully without touching the lens with the applicator. Clean immersion media from lenses with a dry lens paper every time you change slides.
Users save data only in a user folder specified by the core staff. Please be careful not to manipulate other users’ data.
The hard drives in the computers connected to the microscopes have limited capacity and filling up the hard drive often slow down the imaging process and computer performance. It is highly recommended to transfer your data to CD or USB flash memory (check virus please).
The data stored in the hard drive for more than a month will be deleted in a regular basis. Also in case of memory shortage, data older than a week will be deleted.
If you need proprietary software to manipulate you image data obtained from a specific instrument, the core will provide the light version of the software.