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Schedule of Events

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Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Taquero taco lunch: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Presentations
McCrone Lecture Room

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Exhibitor Booths
McCrone Exhibitor Room
Learn about the latest fluorescence microscopy innovations and products from our exhibitor, NIGHTSEA.

12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
SMSI Silent Auction
McCrone Classroom
Bid on microscopy equipment and other related items of interest at the annual silent auction benefitting the State Microscopical Society of Illinois (SMSI). Winners will be announced Wednesday afternoon after the speaker presentations. Learn more

Photomicrography Competition
Sponsored by pH2, LLC
We invite you to submit photomicrographs taken with any microscopy technique — darkfield, brightfield, fluorescence, interference contrast, polarized light, SEM, etc. The deadline for in-person submissions at Inter/Micro 2022 is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 21. Awards for Best Overall Image, Most Unique Image, and Best SEM Image will be announced at the SMSI Awards Dinner, Wednesday, September 22. Learn more


Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Thai luncheon: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Presentations
McCrone Lecture Room

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Exhibitor Booths
McCrone Exhibitor Room
Learn about the latest fluorescence microscopy innovations and products from our exhibitor, NIGHTSEA.

9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
SMSI Silent Auction
McCrone Classroom
Bid on microscopy equipment and other related items of interest at the annual silent auction benefitting the State Microscopical Society of Illinois (SMSI). Winners will be announced Wednesday afternoon after the speaker presentations. Learn more

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
State Microscopical Society of Illinois Awards Dinner
Connie’s Italian Restaurant, 2373 S. Archer Ave., Chicago
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Social hour, sponsored by Cargille Labs
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Family-style Italian dinner and drinks
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Award announcement and presentations, photomicrography contest results
Walter J. Rantanen is the 2022 August Köhler Award recipient. Due to a previous commitment, Mr. Rantanen will not be attending the awards dinner this year; it is expected that he will receive his award in person at a future date. Rantanen is Technical Leader of the Fiber Lab at SGS-Integrated Paper Services. He holds a B.S. in Wood Products Engineering with an emphasis on wood anatomy from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY. He has more than 30 years of experience conducting paper fiber analysis courses.
Nicholas Petraco Sr., will give his 2020 Köhler Award acceptance speech, which he was unable to present due to the Covid-19 pandemic. McCrone Research Institute and Cargille Laboratories sponsored the dinner and social.
About Connie’s: In 1963, Jim Stolfe traded his Oldsmobile Starfire for a small storefront pizzeria on the South Side of Chicago. He “set the table” for a pizza and Italian restaurant that would become a part of Chicago’s history, family owned and operated for nearly 60 years. Learn more


Thursday – Friday, Sept. 22 – 23, 2022

Workshop: Introduction to Hair and Fiber Microscopy

Sponsored by Cargille Labs

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.) both days
McCrone Laboratories and Classrooms

This two-day workshop will concentrate on the characterization of common mammalian hair and man-made fibers. Participants will employ stereomicroscopy and polarized light microscopy, including sample preparation techniques for reference collections. The first day will be devoted to the macroscopical and microscopical characterization and identification of common man-made fibers and their generic classes. On the second day, the class will study hair structure and morphology of humans, wild and domestic animal hairs, and furs. The workshop will be taught by Nicholas Petraco Sr., an award-winning forensic scientist and consultant with more than 40 years of experience in aiding thousands of criminal and civil investigations, art investigations, and art fraud cases. Learn more