MVA Scientific Consultants
Several high profile investigations have put MVA Scientific Consultants in the news and on the witness stand, while other projects that the microanalytical services company has undertaken have helped set new standards in health and environmental regulations. Their detailed reports provide definitive answers to a wide range of questions about contamination, patent infringement, particulate analysis, and health risks, as well as solve mysteries and cold cases.
Sappi Fine Paper North America
Maker of coated papers for web and offset printing
Maker of release papers for surface impressions on synthetic materials
One of North America’s leading papermaking companies, Sappi Fine Paper North America produces 1.3 million tons of coated fine, specialty, and technical papers a year. Even though the company’s first coated and “calendered” paper was produced in 1881, the process of developing new papers, grade line extensions, and processes to improve the printing quality of papers used in magazines, brochures, and product packaging is never-ending, and they closely track the quality from pulp to printed product.
University of New England
Students Learning to Manipulate Molecules
Chemistry students at the University of New England (UNE) in Biddeford, Maine are learning how to make a better molecule -- meaningful work that has the potential to influence both medicine and the environment. But while their Professor, Dr. Amy Deveau, may end the school semester by grading them on their project, she really delights in knowing that her students are getting their “wings” to fly solo as skilled researchers adept at using scientific methods.
University of Texas Medical Branch
W.M. Keck Center for Virus Imaging Opens BSL3 Lab
Never before has an electron microscope withstood the rigors and safety protocol of a BioSafety Level 3 containment environment. So it’s no wonder that the first U.S. laboratory of its kind opened its doors to a surge of virologists and infectious disease researchers eager to study Level 3 viruses and human pathogens with the magnification and resolution of a 200 keV Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM).
The Blue Man - Silver and Selenium
A Case Related by Pathologist Dr. Jerry Simmons, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
When a South Dakota ranch hand’s skin turned bluish-grey, his condition was initially diagnosed as methemoglobinemia, or reduced oxygen-carrying capacity in the blood. He didn’t respond to treatment, so he turned to the VA hospital in Sioux Falls, which is where Pathologist Dr. Jerry Simmons, working with a surgical resident, walked past the blue man and was intrigued.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
The Chesapeake Bay – the largest estuary in the United States - is a source of sustenance and recreation well beyond the contiguous states of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. With over 11,000 miles of meandrous coastline, it has long been a haven for marine life.
At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William and Mary in Gloucester Point, Virginia, Senior Scientist Mark La Guardia examines the sources, abundances, and effects of priority environmental contaminants, specifically brominated flame-retardants or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), on the Chesapeake Bay.
For anyone who loves a mystery, McCrone Associates has a plethora of stories to capture the imagination. Known for more than fifty years for their analytical services, the independent consulting lab has helped to solve crimes, identify foreign materials in products ranging from pills to plastics to electronics, and even dash a few dreams.
Two of its highest profile cases, analyzed by founder Walter C. McCrone and McCrone’s team of scientists, provided evidence that refuted the validity of the Shroud of Turin and the Vinland map. Neither the linen cloth, reputed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, nor the map, a purported 15th century map of North America (Vinland) proving that the Vikings found their way to the Americas before Columbus, proved to be authentic.
San Joaquin Delta College's Unique Electron Microscopy Training Program
For nearly 40 years, students enrolled in the San Joaquin Delta College electron microscopy curriculum have been part of a unique two-year certificate program dedicated to practical, hands-on training of the future EM technician. It is one of only two such programs at the community college level in the country.
Approximately 15 students graduate each year from the Stockton, California community college. They go on to find jobs at engineering firms, industry, crime labs, and health facilities, or, with a few more credits, can complete an Associates Degree. At any one time there may be up to 60 students enrolled in the scheduled courses.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Scientists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) bring an eclectic background to the relatively young field of art conservation and authentication. Chemistry, art history, studio art, and historic preservation go hand in hand with expertise in pigments and varnishes, metal corrosion, and biochemistry. Add to that forensics – as it relates to ancient artifacts – and an interest in researching artists’ techniques through the ages, and you’ll have an idea of what a typical research project at the PMA requires of its scientific personnel.
Imitation of Life – Alphaviruses Inspire Metamaterials at Indiana University
The acquisition of a new 300 kV Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) from JEOL distinguishes Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana as a major United States research facility where scientists can examine both biological and materials science structures at nanoscale resolution.
In February 2007 an NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grant was awarded in parallel with a $1M investment made by the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The state-of-the art TEM will be housed in the University’s newly-constructed multidisciplinary science building, Simon Hall.