SMSI Members and Friends,


Brian Ford, who usually gives his “An Evening with Brian” talk at the annual Inter/Micro microscopy conference has generously presented his talk, “Ready for the Next Pandemic?” on YouTube, since Inter/Micro 2021 was canceled due to the pandemic.

His very informative talk includes the science behind using face masks, the size of viruses and novel ways to reduce transmission of viruses. Thanks to Brian for adding science to this pandemic discussion.


All kinds of interesting and educational opportunities!

Art Struss   SMSI - President





McCrone Microscopy Training Course Schedule

Register for Courses with Confidence

McCrone Research Institute is adhering to all federal and local COVID-19 reopening and safety guidelines. We also want you to feel completely confident about registering for and attending our courses following official guidance for higher education.

If McCrone needs to reschedule a course, we will notify you and give you the option to receive a full refund or simply roll over your registration to the new dates. If McCrone is unable to run the event again, you will be entitled to a full refund.

To Learn more or to sign up for course(s) go to:

2021 McCrone Microscopy Courses


June 21 – 25: Applied Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) (1201) / Forensic Microscopy (1204) IN-PERSON Closed



July 1: Microscopical Identification of Asbestos 1-Day Refresher (1601V) ONLINE
July 12 – 16: Indoor Air Quality: Fungal Spore Identification (1630V) ONLINE
July 19 – 23: Microscopical Identification of Asbestos (1608A) IN-PERSON
July 26 – 30: Advanced Asbestos Identification (1608B) IN-PERSON


August 3 – 5: Sample Preparation and Manipulation for Microanalysis (1501V) ONLINE Just added
August 9 – 13: Applied Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) (1201) / Forensic Microscopy (1204) IN-PERSON Just added
August 16 – 20: Asbestos Fiber Counting [NIOSH 582] (1616) IN-PERSON Just added

Inter/Micro 2021 is Canceled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, McCrone Research Institute has determined that its ability to open for larger events is currently prohibited by state regulations, and we do not anticipate changes prior to July that would allow an event to occur in June. Therefore, we regret to announce the cancellation of the 2021 Inter/Micro microscopy conference due to these limitations and the unavailability of a suitable facility. While we can’t meet this year, McCrone is here for you now, and we are planning an extraordinary 2022 event. Learn more

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Support McCrone Research Institute

After 60 years of providing scientific and educational service, and for the first time in our organization’s history, we are asking for your help. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all McCrone's operations and programs have been temporarily reduced or suspended, and we have gone to an on-demand course schedule. Please make a gift to the McCrone Research Institute COVID-19 Preservation and Relief Fund to sustain the Institute for current and future generations of scientists.

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