September Virtual SMSI Meeting on ZOOM *


Friday, September 25th, 2020


Meet and Greet: 6:30 PM; Presentation 7:00-8:00PM


Microscopy: Art, Literature, Culture and Science


Mr. Tony Havics, pH2, LLC


6:30PM: Meet and Greet

Chat with other SMSI Members and Friends;

Dr. Nick Petraco, SMSI 2020 August Kohler Award Recipient


7:00 PM: Presentation

A number of photomicrograph contests have developed over the years.  These have been focused on either the technical or artistic aspects of microscopy.  But beyond this simplistic, yet revered, attribute of microscopy, one sometimes ponders what are the connections and correlations of art, literature, science, and microscopy.  In this vein of thought I wish to explore a) the inventions of “Art” of Robert Hooke, b) the painting technique in the 17th century and the possible use of the camera obscura as a tool, c) how Gulliver becomes a metaphorical microscopist in Lilliput, d) the great debate over the microscope, which took place in the Paris Academy of Medicine in 1854–55, which could be better termed the controversy over cancer and the microscope, e) epistemological advancement, f) the use of the microscope in science & culture via education, g) the symbolism of the microscope for science, h) the re-analyzation of culture via the microscope, and i) how microscopy still drives analytical instrument changes.  Not a micro-topic, and yet a micron of time available.


Bio Sketch: Mr. Havics is an Honors graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) with over 30 years of experience in microscopical characterization on a variety of materials including biological, geological, metallurgical, and several hazardous ones. Mr. Havics is also a Limited Term Lecturer at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. In addition, he has also testified in federal court as an expert engineer and microscopist.


With meeting restrictions still in force due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SMSI will have meetings on line using the ZOOM application until it is safe again to meet in person. There are several presentations planned for these on-line meetings. Please consider joining us on-line!




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* Topic: SMSI September 25th Virtual Meeting


Time: Sep 25, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)


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    Microscopy Educational Resources:


McCrone Tutorials and Presentations on YouTube:


McCrone Research Institute Online Learning Session: Dispersion Staining Fundamentals (Meggan Dempsey)


McCrone Research Institute Online Learning Session: Microchemistry Fundamentals (Sebastian Sparenga)


Brian Ford (InterMicro 2020)


An Evening with Brian: "How Science Triumphs over Nonscience"

The Microscope - Volume 68, First Quarter 2020

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