SICB Annual Meeting 2019
January 3-7, 2019
Tampa, FL

Workshop: Mastering Materials Imaging: Pushing boundaries in SEM and x-ray tomography

January 5, 12 noon-1:30pm - Location Rooms 16 & 17.

Please register below by December 4, 2018.

SEM and x-ray tomography are two widely used techniques for biological research that originated in the field of materials science. This workshop encourages participants to push the boundaries of how they interact with these methods, making the most of these tools for answering integrated materials and biological research questions. The goals of this workshop are to (1) encourage researchers with an interest in biomechanics and biomaterials systems to use SEM and x-ray tomography (i.e., microCT and related techniques) as part of their studies, by (2) demonstrating how SEM settings and fine art techniques can be combined to reliably produce high quality images for both publication and broader science communication, and (3) introducing how the limits of "traditional" x-ray imaging can be pushed with additional tools and computational algorithms to enable quantitative material and mechanical analysis, such as in-situ loading of micro and macro structure.

This workshop will consist of two 30-minute talks, listed below, with hands-on components followed by 30min of discussion and/or additional practice and trouble-shooting. Any hands-on components will be laptop-based (BYO laptop).

This workshop is affiliated with the symposium "Adaptation and Evolution of Biological Materials. "

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Dr. James Weaver (Harvard University, USA): Optimizing SEM image quality for use in both research publications and everyday science communication

Dr. Ling Li (Virginia Tech, USA): Pushing boundaries on microCT with modified image processing methods for in-situ mechanical loading at micro and macro scales.

Questions? Contact Mason Dean and Rob Campbell via and

Thank you for your interest in the Imaging Workshop. Unfortunately, all spots for the workshop have already been filled. See the SICB website for additional social options for the 2019 meeting. See you there!