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University Imaging Center
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University Imaging Centers - Where the University sees the future

Announcements

UIC March 27 COVID-19 Update

 

Dear University Imaging Centers Users,

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has issued an executive order directing Minnesotans to stay home for all but essential purposes.

Below are the types of activities that are allowed to continue under the Governor’s shelter-in-place directive as defined by the Vice Dean for Research of Medical School. This applies to all UIC users:

  • COVID-19 research that has the potential to mitigate the pandemic’s spread. Labs must still minimize face-to-face contact as much as possible. This includes basic research that will inform serologic and other diagnostic assays as well as vaccine design.
  • Medical research approved under the IRB’s most recent guidelines.
  • Animal feeding and care (in coordination with RAR). This includes animals housed in individual labs, but only for the purpose of maintaining the animal.
  • Maintaining and monitoring lab equipment. If equipment is maintained/monitored by an outside resource (e.g. Research Building Management Services, Public Safety Emergency Communications Center/PSECC), labs must confirm with them that they will continue to maintain/monitor your equipment while we are under the shelter-in-place directive.
  • Maintaining cell cultures. This does not include continuing any experiments. Those must be discontinued.
  • Activities that if discontinued would pose a safety hazard.
  • Activities that if discontinued would result in loss of significant investments of time/resources but ONLY if those experiments can be completed by April 1, 2020.

The University Imaging Centers are still open to serve only the allowed activities by offering remote instrument sessions on certain instruments needed for essential experiments. We will continue to participate in remote meetings, online technical and analysis support, and discussions for future imaging goals.

Everyone using the UIC during the period of extended reduced operations must provide evidence of designation of essential personnel by the University.

In order to abide by University regulations and maximize social distancing, all users must make reservations ahead of time, no walk-ins unless absolutely unavoidable.

List of services currently available:

  • Remote instrument support ONLY for the types of activities that are allowed to continue under the Governor’s shelter-in-place directive listed above
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Experimental consultation
  • Grant writing support
  • Manuscript support

Thank you for continuing to work with us during this rapidly evolving time. If you have any questions call us or send us an email at UIC-STAFF@lists.umn.edu.

UIC COVID-19 Update 3/19/2020

 

Dear University Imaging Centers Users,

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ALL UIC staff will be working remotely as of March 18, 2020.

However, we are still open to serve your needs remotely by offering remote instrument sessions on certain instruments needed for essential experiments, remote meetings, online technical and analysis support, and discussions for future imaging goals. At this point we are able to help work with you under the research guidelines. https://research.umn.edu/covid-19-guidance-research/overview.

List of services currently available:

  • Remote instrument support
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Experimental consultation
  • Grant writing support
  • Manuscript support

If you have any questions call us or drop us an email at UIC-STAFF@lists.umn.edu. We are glad to support you as best we can.

We are looking forward to working with you online!

  • UIC instrumentation will remain available to the best of our ability and staff will remain available to assist remotely.
  • We can also consult on image analysis or future projects via ZOOM, Skype, or phone during normal business hours.
  • All users must still use iLab to reserve and log into instruments.
  • All users must follow the posted checklist with any usage.

Please coordinate all needs by emailing:

UIC-STAFF@lists.umn.edu, Mark Sanders msanders@umn.edu (mobile phone (612) 867-5885) and Guillermo Marques marques@umn.edu (mobile phone (205) 266-8257) and we will make arrangments to support your efforts

Look for current status and updates at: http:/uic.umn.edu/

 

UIC COVID-19 Update 3/13/2020

Attention All Users

The coronavirus has reached MN. One established route of transmission for this virus is via contaminated surfaces. In the University Imaging Centers we have dozens of people each week touching common work surfaces repeatedly (focus knobs, joysticks, mouse, keyboard, etc.), so we have established a protocol with specific steps to minimize chances of viral transmission through this route: 

  • If you have a fever and/or are coughing/sneezing, please stay at home. We will gladly cancel any reservation at no charge due to illness.

  • Do not show up at our offices unannounced. Contact us by email or telephone to set up an appointment. Many issues can and should be solved electronically to avoid unnecessary exposure to infectious agents. 

Using our instruments:

  • Wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before and after (washing stations available in each facility).

  • Wear gloves (powder-free only) that have NOT been worn for sample or slide preparation when handleing the instrument.

  • Wipe instruments and work surfaces with sanitizing wipes or 70-80% ethanol before and after use. See checklist in instrument rooms.

  • Reminder: No food or drinks in microscope rooms.

We encourage you to continue to follow the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidance by taking the most basic measures to protect yourself—and all of us. Wash your hands with soap and water, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing with tissue or the inside of your elbow (not your hands), and do not come to school or work when you do not feel well.

By following these guidelines we hope to minimize the chances of transmission of coronavirus or any other seasonal illness between our users and staff. We aim to keep everyone healthy, so we can stay productive. We will let everyone know when we can revert back to our normal procedures.

Please let the UIC staff know if you have any questions.

The University Imaging Centers are Hiring

The University Imaging Centers are Hiring!

We are seeking applicants who are service-oriented team players with excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills who enjoy moving science forward using state-of-the-art imaging resources.

The successful candidate will join a team of UIC associates responsible for the daily interactions of a dynamic interdisciplinary core facility at a major research University. This candidate will support and advance imaging projects primarily at our Jackson Hall location. This will include working on widefield, confocal, two photon, in vivo imaging and other efforts by the UIC.

Click here to learn more about current positions available at the UIC!