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Test household items for heavy metals at the Metal Ion Core Open House, May 17

Could there be heavy metals in your baby food or drinking water? Get common household items tested for metal content at this year’s Metal Ion Core Open House on Friday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. New this year is heavy metal testing on baby formula and food, and dog food. The Ralle Lab will be using their Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry, or ICP-MS, to test for metals such as copper, iron and zinc, and … Read More

New Elemental Analysis Core website makes it easy to request services

OHSU’s Elemental Analysis Core uses Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry, or ICP-MS, to determine precise elemental concentration in a variety of biological and manufactured materials. The core has just launched their new website where you can learn all about the ICP-MS instrument, which has parts per billion and parts per trillion sensitivities for more naturally occurring elements, and easily request sample analysis. The core also provides complimentary data analysis, offers sample preparation and experimental consultation, … Read More

Andrew Nickerson wins January DNA Services Template Quality Challenge

Each month, the DNA Services Core Facility analyzes the DNA sequencing metadata (read length, quality scores, etc) and gives $54 worth of sequencing credit to the “winner” of the Template Quality Challenge. October’s winner is Anderw Nickerson of the Nan Lab (Biomedical Engineering) for “best plasmid template” with a contiguous read length of 1117 with 971 high quality (>Q20) bases. Congratulations, Andrew! In January, DNA Services sequenced ~1500 templates, including fosmids, BACs or large plasmids, PCR … Read More

DNA Services names Beck Lazelle winner of the Oct. Template Quality Challenge

Each month, the DNA Services Core Facility analyzes the DNA sequencing metadata (read length, quality scores, etc) and gives $54 worth of sequencing credit to the “winner” of the Template Quality Challenge. October’s winner is Beck Lazelle of the Thayer Lab (Biochemistry & Molec. Biology) for “best plasmid template” with a contiguous read length of 1189 with 1017 high quality (>Q20) bases. Congratulations Beck! In October, DNA services sequenced ~2738 templates, including fosmids, BACs or large plasmids, PCR … Read More

Reminder: Follow-up meeting on OHSU Transgenic Mouse Core, Nov. 5

The following is an invitation from David Dawson, Ph.D., chair of the Transgenic Mouse Core Oversight Committee, to attend a follow-up discussion about transgenic mouse models at OHSU on November 5 at 4 p.m. in the OHSU Auditorium. You are encouraged to attend whether you use or plan to use mice provided by the OHSU transgenic facility, or by other external suppliers. Dear Colleagues, We are in the process of finalizing a nearly year-long review … Read More

OHSU to host the Western Association of Core Directors Meeting, Nov. 1 & 2

The Western Association of Core Directors Annual Meeting will be held at the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Conference Center this November 1 & 2. This meeting provides a regional resource for individuals juggling the scientific needs of core facilities with the business requirements of managing them via a platform that is focused on content and interaction. Meeting Details: Registration is now open. The registration fee is $100. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel, … Read More

The story of how two FEI microscopes found a (temporary) home on the hill

This article was originally posted on the School of Medicine Research Voice by Rachel Shafer. It has been re-posted in its entirety with permission. When the forklift began skidding down the dirt ramp to Richard Jones Hall carrying a crate of sensitive FEI equipment, Martha Wong saw her worst nightmare coming true. For almost a year now, the project manager for OHSU Facilities Design & Construction had been leading an intense logistical effort to bring … Read More

Focus on partnership: FEI microscopes arrive on campus

This article was originally posted on the School of Medicine Research Voice by Rachel Shafer. It has been re-posted in its entirety with permission. On July 1, three state-of-the-art FEI electron microscopes arrived on campus, augmenting the instrumentation available to researchers via the OHSU Electron Microscopy (EM) Core Facility and marking a milestone for the OHSU/FEI Living Lab for Cell Biology. Announced last September, the three highly advanced microscopes are a key part of the … Read More

OHSU Cores on your iPhone

Now you can view what core resources are available and access core phone numbers–even when you’re on the road. Just visit the new Cores Mobile site and bookmark it on your iPhone. Here are two easy ways to get started: Method #1 From your phone’s browser, type in: http://www.ohsu.edu/cores-mobile/. Your iPhone will ask you if you want to add to home screen. Tap the arrow and load the icon onto your phone. Name your icon … Read More

New electron microscopes; project consultation and training available

On July 1, OHSU received three state-of-the-art electron microscopes as part of the Living Laboratory collaboration between the OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biology (OCSSB) and the world leader in electron microscopy systems, FEI. As an incentive to involve as many researchers on campus and in Portland with these resources, the Electron Microscopy Core is planning to provide pilot project consultation and assistance without charge for any investigator with an idea for using electron microscope … Read More

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