Claudia Müller studied at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany, and the University of Birmingham, UK, graduating with a degree in English and Philosophy. After she spent eight years at a Frankfurt-based communications agency with a focus on integrated communications in B2B, B2C and corporate communications online and offline, Claudia worked in corporate communications at Leica Microsystems for four years. Her current focus are pipetool technologies.
Microscopes are tools that affect those who work with them every day. They can be highly demanding for the human body, requiring concentration and a lot of steady activity from many of our muscles. In this interview, Clinton Smith, Senior Product Manager at Leica Microsystems, talks about how to relieve possible tension and strain and how to create ergonomic workplaces to help microscope users work in comfort and how to increase productivity.
Selecting educational microscopes is not an easy task for teachers. The microscopes must stand up to daily use by not always careful hands, be constantly up and running, and fit the budget requirements. Especially with student microscopes, practical aspects play a role: Size, weight, cabling, and design are important in their daily use – and this should be taken into consideration even before the equipment and accessories of the microscopes enter the decision process. If chosen carefully, educational microscopes will open windows to a cosmos of minute detail which delight young minds in schools and universities – and ideally keeps them fascinated enough to make science their profession.
Most microscopes today are operated with a camera. The characteristics of the camera often decide whether the acquired image will reveal what a researcher wants to see. But when diving into camera terminology, the technical terms can be overwhelming. We have compiled the most important terms with a concise explanation to provide orientation.