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Vol. LVII, No. 10
May 20, 2005

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1960s-Era Scientific Instruments on Display

The Stetten Museum and the Office of NIH History announce two new exhibits of 1960s-era scientific instruments on campus. Each highlights the instrument's history at NIH and explains its use to visitors and staff.

The Kapikian Electron Microscope (l) is on dilpay in Bldg. 50 and the Varian A-60 NMR Spectrophotometer
is in the Natcher Bldg.

The Varian A-60 NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectrophotometer in the Natcher Bldg. showcases NIMH researcher Dr. Jay Giedd's MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) study of the youthful human brain and NIDDK scientist Dr. Ad Bax's use of NMR to visualize large proteins. In Bldg. 50, visitors can get up close to a Siemens 1-A electron microscope used by NIAID's Dr. Albert Kapikian for more than 30 years of research on viral diseases. With it, he was the first American to visualize human rotavirus and the first ever to visualize Norwalk virus and hepatitis C.

Two seminars will be presented about the instruments. Dr. Edwin Becker, NIDDK, will speak about the history of NMR at NIH on Tuesday, May 24 at 1 p.m. in the Natcher balcony A conference room. Kapikian will describe his research on Tuesday, June 28 at 1 p.m. in the Bldg. 50 lobby conference room.

The exhibits, sponsored by OD's Office of Communications and Public Liaison, remind viewers of the groundbreaking work of NIH scientists by introducing the scientific tools that made the work possible.

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