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Microscope a Glimpse Into Future
The new electron microscope
center, located in Morgan Jones, is
definitely a glimpse into the future of sci
ence here at St. Andrew’s. Fortunately,
it’s a very good glimpse. According to
Dr. Leon Applegate, the mastermind
behind the whole project, the EM center
has three purposes. Its main purpose
is to serve as a teaching tool. Secondly,
it will be used for research, by both
professors and students. Last of all, it will
be used for show, mainly to prospectives
and their families.
For people familiar with Morgan
Jones, the EM center is located in the main
lab, near the instrumentation room. For
those not familiar with Morgan Jones,
just ask someone, preferably Leon. He
loves to show people around the center
and is also happy to answer any questions
you might have about it.
The layout of the EM center
makes a lot of sense. When you first walk
in, you are in a basic classroom, complete
with desks. Directly in front of you is the
room that houses the SEM, or scanning
electron microscope. To the left is the
room that houses the TEM, or the
transmission electron microscope. To the
right is the prep room, used for the
preparation of samples for viewing in
either of the two microscopes. Each of
these three rooms look onto the classroom
through large glass windows. This facili
tates the teaching aspect of the center: it
allows the professor to use the SEM or the
TEM, or to prepare a sample for viewing,
while the entire class watches. The class
can sit comfortably in their desks and
watch instead of having to all crowd into
a tiny room, which was how it was before
One of the best aspects of the
center has to do with a 25-inch high-
resolution color T. V screen which sits up
above the SEM room. The screen is easily
in view of all of the occupants of the
classroom. The SEM is hooked up to this
screen and everything that is magnified by
it can be seen on the screen. Since the
screen on the SEM itself is only about 7
orSinchesindiameterandisalso in black
and white, this is quite an improvement.
In addition to being hooked up to the T.V
screen, the SEM is hooked up to an IBM
compatible computer. This computer
serves a very special purpose. When the
SEM magnifies an image, the image can
be sent through the computer. In the
computer, the image is digitized by an
imaging board. This process has many
practipal applications. First of all, it
converts the two-dimensional image from
the SEM into a three-dimensional image.
The three-dimensional image allows you
to observe depth, height, and other things
that you simply cannot see with a two-
dimensional image. Also, using the
computer keyboard, you can manipulate
the image almost any way you want to. It
will be possible to see the back of the
object, the side of the object, etc. You
would also be able to zero in on things that
you want to see in more detail. Of course
all of these things will be fully visible
to the classroom via , the T.V screen.
All of these things may seem
terribly hard to understand. However, if
you are interested in it, don’t despair.
During Winter Term, Leon offers a class
in Electron Microscopy. The class is very
informative, and will give you all you’ll
ever need to know about the two electron
microscopes. So, if you’re a science major
or if you’re just interested in it, sign up.
You won’t regret it
DeTamble Library’s microcom
puter lab is slated for improvements this
year, including a new room, new software,
and belter hardware.
The new room, to be built on the
south side of the library, is scheduled to
begin before the end of the term. The room
will provide a ground floor area for aU
the microcomputers including the Artron-
ics graphics computers. The new room will
be designed to provide a “pleasant, stable
working environment” for students.
New software is now in for both
the Kaypro and IBM microcomputers.
Valuable learning and application soft
ware packages were added over the sum
mer months. There is software designed to
leach you to type, to solve calculus equa
tions, to graph, to help you with Spanish, to
model, rotate, and map the stars, to tutor
you for the GRE, to simulate protein
synthesis, mitosis and meiosis, to teach
you to use a computer, to create a timeline,
and more. A mouse Tool device has been
installed on the hard drive of one of the
Kaypros, as well as a Paint and Drawing
program. All software packages are avail
able at the circulation desk, all you need is
your valid St. Andrews i.d.
Tutors, on-duty for afternoon,
evening, and weekend hours, are prepared
to answer questions or help with problems
in any computer field, but especially in
their area of specialty.
Tutors and their specialties are:
KatCaridakis (Lotus 123, C language.
If you are a biology major, a
chemistry major, a psychology major or
if you are just interested in the health
field, then the health sciences club is just
for you. It is a club that is concerned with
current health and safety issues and how
these issues affect us.
The club usually meets every two
weeks, on Tuesday nights at 9 o’clock
in Wilmington main lounge. Usually,
there is a speaker, such as a doctor, a nurse,
or an EMT. Just two weeks ago, at our
last meeting, we had Darin Lawrence, an
EMT, speaking. He gave us a feel of
exactly what it was like to be involved in
saving a person’s life in an emergency
situation. He brought some commonly
used equipment along with him and even
demonstrated how it was used on a few
club members, myself included. All in all,
it was very interesting.
The two faculty advisors are
Dennis McCracken and Michael Torres.
Being a club member is a good way to get
to know both of them on a more personal
level. This helps you to feel more
Turbo Pascal, Assistant Series, and
Wordstar); Rob Collins (dBase III+,
Turbo Pascal, WordPerfect, Wordstar,
Basic, and PC Paint); Terrie Cloud
(Wordstar, Turbo Pascal, Framework,
and dBase Ill-t-); Phil Nolette (Turbo
Pascal, Basic, Lotus 123, Wordstar, and
dBase III-I-); Oscar Gallego (H.T.P.M.and
de Silva Spanish Tutor); and Bobby
Simpson (Wordstar 2000-^, Assistant
Series, dBase III-i-, and Lotus 123).
The microcomputer lab is open
all hours that the library is open.
When you fill out your Form
W-4 or W-4A, “Employee’s
If you can be claimed on your
parent’s or another person’s tax
return, you generally cannox be
exempt from income tax
withholding. To get it right, read
the instructions that came with
your Form W-4 or W-4A.
—A Public 5erv/cv of t/w IRS
comfortable with them in an academic
Future activities of the club in
clude a campus wide party. Toilet Talk,
and a party for club members and all other
science majors. Otu' campus wide party is
Mash Bash, which is held in February.
It is held in Farrago and everybody
dresses up like their favorite Mash charac
ter. There are prizes for the best costume.,
Toilet Talk is basically a health aware
ness activity. Club members make up
handouts with information concerning
health related subjects, such as AIDS,
venereal diseases, drug and alcohol
abuse and suicide, to name a few. These
handouts are then taped up in bathroom
stalls all over campus. Hence the name
Toilet Talk. Our other party is called
Senior Roast. It is held off campus,
usually at one of our advisor’s houses.
It includes a barbecue and a Dean Martin
like roast of all the graduating science
majors. It really is a great time.
So, if you’re interested in the
health sciences club come to our next
meeting. It will be posted around th®
campus and also in “Comings and Goings.
Campus Box 757
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