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Award Abstract #0821644

MRI: Acquisition of a Variable Pressure SEM to Enable Research, Education, and Services at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Div Of Biological Infrastructure
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Initial Amendment Date: August 17, 2008
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Latest Amendment Date: August 17, 2008
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Award Number: 0821644
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Robert Fleischmann
DBI Div Of Biological Infrastructure
BIO Direct For Biological Sciences
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Start Date: September 1, 2008
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End Date: August 31, 2012 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $280,000.00
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Investigator(s): John Rawlins rawlinsj@carnegiemnh.org (Principal Investigator)
Sandra Olsen (Co-Principal Investigator)
John Wible (Co-Principal Investigator)
K. Christopher Beard (Co-Principal Investigator)
Kerry Handron (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: Carnegie Institute
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080 (412)622-3232
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Program Reference Code(s): 1189, 9184, BIOT
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Program Element Code(s): 1189


This three-year project provides a scanning electron microscope (SEM) for use by research scientists and public educators at Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH). This instrument improves the quality and speed of microscopic observations, expanding the kinds of research possible at CMNH. The instrument permits non-destructive analysis of microscopic features of specimens in the museum?s vast collections. Scientific goals include: 1) implementing an SEM with x-ray capability for studying specimens; 2) enabling staff research programs in archaeology, mammalogy, vertebrate paleontology, entomology, mineralogy, and other disciplines; 3) expanding SEM use to improve research and scientific services by Research Associates, visiting researchers, student investigators, and specimen borrowers.

This project integrates research and educational programming for public visitors through research-intensive learning experiences in a museum setting. It provides hands-on opportunities for visitors to use the SEM to observe real objects. These memorable experiences promote understanding and appreciation of museum-based research by students at all levels and the general public using museum collections, exhibits, classrooms, and events. The SEM will be used within educational programs already successful at CMNH, involving technological applications for learning: special projection spaces (Earth Theater); research integration (Biotechnology Laboratory); curricula for student classes in other states via Internet (Distance Learning).


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Beard, K.C., Y.-Q. Wang, J. Meng, X.-J. Ni, D. L. Gebo, and C.-K. Li.. "Paleocene Hapalodectes (Mammalia: Mesonychia) from Subeng, Nei Mongol: Further evidence of â??East of Edenâ?? dispersal at the Paleocene-Eocene boundary.," Vertebrata PalAsiatica, v.48, 2010, p. 375.

Chester, S., and K.C. Beard. "Late Paleocene micromomyid plesiadapiforms (Mammalia, Euarchonta) from Big Multi Quarry, Washakie Basin, Wyoming," Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, v.28, 2010, p. 71A.

Wible, J.R.. "On the treeshrew skull (Mammalia, Placentalia, Scandentia).," Annals of Carnegie Museum,, v.79, 2011, p. 149.

Mershon, J., J. Rawlins, and G. Cooper.. "Multi-spectral large area montage of a heavy-metal contaminated butterfly.," Microscopy & Microanalysis 2011, 2011.

Longson, J., G. Cooper, M. Gibson, R. Gibson, J. Rawlins, and R. Sargent.. "Adapting Traditional Macro and Micro Photography for Scientific Gigapixel Imaging.," Proceedings of the Fine International Conference on Gigapixel Imaging for Science, 2010.

Weaver, J.C., W. Mershon, M. Zadrazil, M. Kooser, and D. Kisailus.. "Wide-field SEM of semiconducting minerals.," Materials Today, v.13(10), 2010, p. 46.

Young, C.W., and H-S. Fang. "A new phantom crane fly (Insecta: Diptera: Ptychopteridae: Bittacomorphinae) from Taiwan," Annals of Carnegie Museum, v.80(1), 2011, p. 1-4.

Coster, P., M. Benammi, M. Salem, A.A. Bilal, Y. Chaimanee, X. Valentin, M. Brunet, and J.-J. Jaeger. "New hystricognathous rodents from the early Oligocene of central Libya (Zallah Oasis, Sahara Desert): systematic, phylogenetic and biochronologic implications.," Annals of Carnegie Museum, v.80(3), 2012, p. 239-259.


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