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Visualizing Nanoscopic Worlds at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"Visualizing Nanoscopic Worlds" will be presented by Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Physics Jan Scrimgeour at the next Clarkson University Science Café on Tuesday, November 18, at 7:15 p.m. in the Park View Common Room, above the Blackbird Cafe, 107 Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and on Wednesday, November 19, at 7:15 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room in Potsdam, N.Y.

Jan ScrimgeourOptical microscopy has long provided a window into the microscopic world, but there is always a demand to see more, especially in living cells where basic physical processes are regulated by proteins that live highly dynamic and interactive lives.

Join Scrimgeour as he explains how microscopes can achieve this feat by cleverly breaking the conventional rules of optics, and as he delves into the history of optical microscopy, its limits and the insights that produced a recent revolution.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

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E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

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