As one of Nikon's Centers of Excellence, the FAU Jupiter campus and Life Science Initiative recently hosted a two and a half day workshop on "NIS Elements." NIS Elements is Nikon's acquisition and analysis software for microscopic imaging. The event was coordinated by the the FAU Nikon Imaging Core Manager and Jupiter Life Science Initiative staff Dr. Jana Boerner in conjunction with Nikon staff. The workshop boasted 23 participants including graduate students, post docs, and faculty members from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Psychology, Biomedical Sciences, and the FAU Honors College. For the workshop, Nikon brought in their own teaching staff and workstations for all students. In lectures and hand-on exercises, participants learned how to analyze and visualize their imaging data using Nikon software.
A Nikon Center of Excellence (NCE) is a partnership and exchange of knowledge with selected research centers around the world that invest in Nikon advanced imaging instruments to provide young researchers access to the latest optical systems. The research centers benefit from Nikon technical knowledge and this access to high-end research microscopes at a favorable cost. Nikon gains a showcase for its products and invaluable feedback from “up and coming” researchers who can share new emerging applications and science in specific research areas. This input allows Nikon to ultimately provide the perfect imaging solution.
NCEs support its scientific community by offering training courses on basic and advanced light microscopy techniques and introducing the latest innovations in light microscopy and imaging. Its partner centers serve as training locations for Nikon staff and a demonstration site for customers seeking advanced optical technology. Nikon is growing a comprehensive global network of NCEs and Nikon Imaging Centers exchange ideas and further advance microscopy techniques.