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2019

Welcome Ben Owen, new Director of the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC)
October 31, 2019

Please welcome the next IMSERC Director, Research Associate Professor, Ben Owen, Ph.D. Ben will succeed Andy Ott in this role as Andy completes his transition to the full time Director of Core Facilities Administration which will occur in April, 2020. Prior to joining Northwestern, Ben worked for Agilent Technologies as a Product Specialist for Mass Spectrometry (MS) in the Chicago metro area and, before that, as a Field Applications Scientist for MS in the Boston metro area. Ben earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue Universtiy in Professor Hilla Kenttämaa’s research group where he focused on mass spectrometry instrumentation and method development for the analysis of lignocellulosic biomass metabolism and degradation for biofuel production. Welcome Ben!


Core Facility Fall Equipment Proposals due 10/15/19
October 7, 2019

Please submit your proposals via NITRO, Link
Proposal components are listed here.
Submissions are accepted through 11:59 PM on 10/15/19.


CAMI Pilot Project Funding for Imaging Studies
Jul 16, 2019
Release date: 7/15/19
Proposal Deadline: 8/5/19

Northwestern University’s Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI) is offering pilot project funding for up to TEN projects/year during each of the next three years to researchers with nascent imaging projects that will benefit from CAMI expertise in imaging method development and refinement.

Selected projects will be funded for a period of one year and up to $5,000 (and in very special circumstances, up to $7,500) direct costs for imaging studies performed in CAMI.
CAMI offers researchers a wide range of imaging instrumentation, knowledgeable staff, and support facilities uniquely configured to make preclinical research efficient and productive. CAMI has its own vivarium and support space for cell culture and radiochemistry. The CAMI website provides a detailed description of instruments, services, and support facilities for in vitro and in vivo studies.

Please see the below flyer for more details.
CAMI_Pilot_RFP2019


Cross-Disciplinary Research Shines at CLP Institute’s ‘Biotech Summit’
Apr 17, 2019

Full article here.


A Billion-Piece Puzzle
Apr 17, 2019

Full article here.


Core Facilities Administration at ABRF
Apr 12, 2019

Full article here.


 

2018

Shared Facilities Recognized for Role in Breakthrough Science
Dec 19, 2018

With support from Northwestern’s Peptide Synthesis Core — and with nature as a guide — a multidisciplinary research team led by Samuel Stupp recently developed a novel material with the ability to reversibly change properties.

“The Core played an important role in this major research publication,” says Mark Karver, director of the Peptide Synthesis Core Facility housed at the Simpson Querrey Institute (SQI). The manuscript was published October 4 in Science with Stupp, SQI’s director and the Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science, Chemistry, Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, and Erik Luijten, chair of Materials Science and Engineering, as corresponding authors. Full article here, https://research.northwestern.edu/news/shared-facilities-recognized-role-breakthrough-science


Pilot Grant Program for Single Cell Sequencing
Dec 13, 2018

The NUSeq Core Facility is offering a unique opportunity to support innovative pilot research projects using 10X Genomics Single Cell Chromium Controller.

Description:
We are pleased to announce a pilot grant program in collaboration with 10X Genomics to provide library preparation for Single Cell 3′ Gene Expression or 5′ Gene Expression and Immune Profiling.
 
The support covers library preparation for up to two samples, and data analysis at one hour bioinformatics time per sample. The program aims to support up to four pilot projects from Northwestern University. Illumina sequencing, staff hours spent in sample process, and additional bioinformatics time are separate and not covered by this program.
 
Objective:
The goal of this program is to support Northwestern University researchers as they seek to generate preliminary data in support of upcoming grant applications, and to promote the utilization of cutting-edge solutions from 10X Genomics for genomic and translational research.
 
Eligibility:
  1. Applicants must hold a faculty position (including Research) at Northwestern University and must be planning to submit a grant application to support a broader research aim for which they need preliminary data.
  2. Applicants may not hold current awards directly related to the proposed research.
  3. Early career investigators are strongly encouraged to apply.
Apply:
Please complete and submit the application found here by the end of December 21, 2018 to be considered for this program.
Please send any questions regarding this program to NUSeq@northwestern.edu.

New FASEB Shared Resources Report Provides Path Forward for Improvement
Oct 25, 2018

Shared research resources – from core facilities to living collections and national laboratories – make efficient use of funds and broaden researchers’ access to advanced technologies and materials. But shared resource providers face challenges that limit their ability to offer cutting-edge services. Through a survey of resource users and providers, FASEB identified four key areas for improvement. In a new report, FASEB details these findings and offers recommendations.

Check out FASEB’s page here for more information, https://www.faseb.org/Science-Policy–Advocacy-and-Communications/Science-Policy-and-Research-Issues/Shared-Research-Resources/Maximizing-Shared-Research-Resources-Report.aspx


10/15/18 Equipment Grant Deadline
Oct 4, 2018

Please note the deadline for the Fall 2018 Core Facilities Equipment Funding: 10/15/18 at midnight.

To submit your proposal:

  1. Review the updated submission guidelines here, https://facilities.research.northwestern.edu/fall-2018-core-facilities-equipment-funding
    1. Note: the 2-page limit for proposal body will be strictly enforced this cycle (one page for instrument description and one page for budget justification)
    2. New budget template must be included for Equipment Grants in Appendix (see attachment below)
    3. ReLODE template must be included with ReLODE applications (see attachment below)
  2. Log in to upload your proposal here, https://grants.nubic.northwestern.edu/competitions/VPOR/fall2018cf

If you have any questions, please contact Andy, Phil, Aaron, or Sasha.

Andy Ott,

Phil Hockberger,

Aaron Rosen,

Sasha Mechetner,

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CLP Event Brings Hundreds of Students, Researchers Together
Aug 15, 2018

Full article here, https://research.northwestern.edu/news/clp-events-bring-hundreds-students-researchers-together

More than 300 researchers and graduate students recently explored the scientific offerings at Northwestern’s Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP).

The CLP Core Crawl — held in Evanston on July 12 — and Core Expo — held in Chicago on August 9 — showcased the institute’s growing portfolio of shared research facilities used to develop next-generation molecular therapeutics and diagnostics for cancer, heart disease, rare orphan diseases, and other intractable health conditions.


NUANCE’s Goeser Named Employee of Year
Jul 23, 2018

Full article here, https://research.northwestern.edu/news/nuance%E2%80%99s-goeser-named-employee-year

Chad Goeser, business administrator at the Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE), has been named Northwestern’s Employee of the Year. Goeser was recognized alongside six other finalists and presented the honor by Northwestern President Morton Schapiro during an event on May 30.


Myers receives NNCI award for Education and Outreach
Jul 23, 2018
Ben Myers, Director of Operations for NUANCE and the SHyNE Resource, has been awarded the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) Outstanding NNCI Staff Members Award in Education and Outreach.
The award is intended to acknowledge the significant efforts by NNCI site staff who endeavor to provide excellent service and support to all network users. Nominations were reviewed by the NNCI External Advisory Board, and winners were selected from among a site-diverse pool in the following three categories: Technical Staff, Education and Outreach, and User Support.
 
“It’s great to be recognized for my contributions to the SHyNE Resource and the NNCI network,” says Myers. “This award truly reflects the hard work of the entire SHyNE team and the leadership of SHyNE Director Vinayak Dravid.”
 
Myers will receive a plaque, acknowledgement at the NNCI Annual Conference and in NNCI’s yearly reporting to NSF, and mention on the NNCI website.
 
Additionally, this award allows for reimbursement for travel costs to annual NNCI conference, held September 12-14 in Seattle.
 
SHyNE Resource is one of 16 sites around the country that make up the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure to provide access to nanotechnology research facilities.
 
“Education and outreach are integral components of SHyNE’s mission,” says Myers. “We continuously strive to make the most advanced research equipment in the world available, which enables incredible innovations in nanoscience. I have been actively involved in education and outreach since I began working at Northwestern almost 16 years ago and I have taught more than 1,000 students to use electron microscopes and other instruments.”
 
In his current role as director of operations for SHyNE, Myers has helped extend these efforts to external academic, corporate, and non-profit organizations through workshops, symposia, tours, and demos. 

CAMI offers Pilot Project Funding for Imaging Studies
Jan 10, 2018

Release date: January 8, 2018
Proposal deadline: February 12th, 2018

Northwestern University’s Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI) is offering pilot project funding for up to TEN projects/year during each of the next three years to researchers with nascent imaging projects that will benefit from CAMI expertise in imaging method development and refinement.

Selected projects will be funded for a period of one year and up to $5,000 (and in very special circumstances, up to $7,500) direct costs for imaging studies performed in CAMI.

CAMI offers researchers a wide range of imaging instrumentation, knowledgeable staff, and support facilities uniquely configured to make preclinical research efficient and productive. CAMI has its own vivarium and support space for cell culture and radiochemistry. The CAMI website provides a detailed description of instruments, services, and support facilities for in vitro and in vivo studies.

Eligibility:
• Applicant must be an independent investigator who is tenured, tenure track, a clinician investigator track, or research-track faculty with committed laboratory space.
• Proposals must represent new projects that are not currently funded by external grants. Currently funded projects lacking an in vivo imaging component, may be considered. These pilot projects are expected to set the stage for more comprehensive imaging studies.
• Expected outcomes include initiation of new research projects that will likely lead to submission of new grant applications. Thus, the applicant’s track record of independent funding will be considered in the review process.

Application Components: The body of the proposal may not exceed 3 pages, and must include: 1) Title Page with Project Title and names/titles of PIs, Co-PIs and co-investigators; 2) 1 Paragraph Abstract; 3) Statement of Need; and 4) Project Plan consisting of background, specific aims, research design and timeline. Not part of the 2-page research description, investigators should provide biosketches and a tentative budget.

Project Budgets are to be submitted on NIH PHS398 forms. Budgets are restricted to imaging services and must allocate funding for method development and data analysis. These funds cannot be used to purchase animals or animal housing. These internal awards do not include F&A.

Submission: NITRO Competitions, managed by NUCATS, will be used for online application submission. https://grants.nubic.northwestern.edu/competitions/CAMI/cami_pilot_funds…

Evaluation: All projects will be reviewed by the CAMI Advisory Board based on the following criteria: 1) scientific merit, 2) innovation, 3) feasibility, and 4) potential for larger scale studies based on the preliminary data provided by the pilot project.

Award Notification: Awardees will be notified by email. The estimated start date for funding is March 1, 2018. Project chart strings will be managed within CAMI. Unexpended funds at the close of the project year will be reallocated by CAMI.

Responsibilities of Awardees: Awardees are required to respond to requests to provide a written progress report for inclusion in the Center’s annual report to Office for Research and give a 15 min. oral presentation describing results and outline for applying for external funding (date TBD).

CAMI_Pilot_RFP2018


2017

Hockberger Promoted to Associate Vice President for Research
Oct 27, 2017

Full article here, https://research.northwestern.edu/news/d%E2%80%99aquila-hockberger-named-research-avps

Phil Hockberger is credited with helping establish national standards for best practice in the development of core facilities.

He became an assistant vice president for research on March 15, 2016, following years of service as executive director of research facilities.

In this enhanced role, Hockberger will continue to oversee the University’s portfolio of shared and core facilities as well as manage the Office for Research (OR) computing facilities, space and construction initiatives, high-end instrumentation, and regional partnerships.

“Space, facilities, and cutting-edge instrumentation are vital to our continual growth,” says Hockberger. “I look forward to continuing to provide support in this area and am excited by what the future holds at Northwestern.”

Hockberger serves as the liaison between the Office for Research, Provost Office, Facilities Management and Northwestern’s research community. He co-chairs the Research Space Master Planning Committee that is charged with developing a long-range plan for research space across both campuses. He led task forces that resulted in the new Research and Electronics Shops, and expansion of microfabrication facilities (NUFAB). He is also responsible for communication and coordination with the research community on all current and pending construction initiatives on the Evanston and Chicago campuses.


Research Shop Grand Opening
Oct 27, 2017

From the impeccably marked safety routes to the pristine lighting, Northwestern’s renovated Research Shop conjures a sense of uniformity in a space often optimized for the unique.

One of the main objectives of the new 6,848-square-foot facility — located in room NG40 of the Technological Institute — is to enhance the “make it” culture among students, faculty, and fellows.

Read the full story here.


Cores Get Gold Star Treatment for Role in Advancing Transformative Science
Sep 20, 2017

By Roger Anderson – September 18, 2017

Microscopic details are a comfort for Joshua Rappoport.

As director of Northwestern’s Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center (CAM-NIC), Rappoport, cell and molecular biology, oversees one of the University’s most successful Core Facilities.

CAM-NIC supports researchers from approximately 250 different laboratories at Northwestern, the Chicago Biomedical Consortium, and elsewhere. The Core facility will be honored alongside the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC) and Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE), with each receiving Gold Star Awards at the annual Core Facilities Colloquium and Awards Luncheon on the Evanston campus September 27.

See full article here, https://research.northwestern.edu/news/cores-get-gold-star-treatment-role-advancing-transformative-science


Antibody Search Added to Researcher Toolset
Aug 16, 2017

A free program that allows scientists to find antibody usage data in published figures has been added to the researcher tools section of the Office for Research website.

Founded in 2015, BenchSci relies on machine learning software that reads papers like a scientist, extracting figures to understand the context around them, such as specific techniques, tissues, and disease used in the experiment. The result is a massive database aimed at accelerating scientific discovery. See how it works here.

The artificial intelligence-driven search has decoded millions of scientific papers and extracted more than 820,000 antibody usages in the form of published figures. Users are able to view more than 2,100,000 images from vendors, independent organizations, and reviewers.

“BenchSci allows researchers to share their experiences with antibodies regardless of whether they plan to publish the results,” says Phil Hockberger, assistant vice president for research. “This will be a game changer for biomedical researchers by contributing to antibody authentication, a major concern of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rigor and Reproducibility initiative.” Full article here, https://research.northwestern.edu/news/antibody-search-added-researcher-toolset


Thank you, Provost Dan Linzer!
Aug 8, 2017

Thank you, Dan Linzer for your support of core facilities!

As we welcome the new Provost, Jonathan Holloway, we look forward to working to enhance and promote core facilities.


At the Core of Discovery
Aug 1, 2017

Full article by Matt Golosinski here, https://research.northwestern.edu/news/core-discovery

Phil Hockberger is a “gear guy” at heart. He would have felt at home tinkering in Edison’s lab, or in Bell Labs where he did, in fact, work as a research associate for six years, building instruments including the first CCD-based microscopic imaging system (CCD chips were invented at Bell). Today, he oversees Northwestern’s most high-end scientific facilities and helps plan for their sustained growth.


The Core(s) of Research
Aug 1, 2017

Holding a brain between his fingertips, Chad Haney offered a group of graduate students a chance to experience the sensation first hand.

Haney projected the image from his tablet to a wall of 25 screens inside Northwestern’s Center For Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI), one of more than 40 University core facilities. Haney, managing director at CAMI, rotated the MRI and zoomed in. With 3-D glasses on, the brain was almost close enough to touch.

CAMI is home to more than $5 million in imaging instrumentation and collaborates with NUIT to produce the visualization wall that is about 11 feet tall and 17 feet wide.

Article taken from, https://research.northwestern.edu/news/cores-research


Hockberger Earns Distinction for Core Facilities Expertise
Mar 15, 2017

Phil Hockberger, assistant vice president for research, received the President’s Special Recognition Award from the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF).

The honor, established in 2014, is awarded to the association’s members who have distinguished themselves by years of exceptional service to the organization and the shared resources community. This year marks just the second time the award has been bestowed.

Hockberger joined ABRF in 2010 and was a founding member of its first regional chapter, the Midwest Association of Core Directors, co-organizing the first and second regional meetings ever held in Chicago. 

“Among his other contributions, Phil has been an active member of the light microscopy research group helping to increase the ABRF light microscopy program,” says William Hendrickson, ABRF president. “He was also a founding member of the highly successful Core Administrators Network, which has become a major segment of the ABRF community. He is a leader in the career development committee and chaired the program committee for the 2014 national meeting.” Full article here, https://research.northwestern.edu/news/avp-hockberger-earns-distinction-core-facilities-expertise


Chemist Ott to Lead Core Facilities
Feb 15, 2017

Northwestern has named Andrew Ott, chemistry, as its new director of Core Facilities, effective April 1.

Ott will continue in his role as director of the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC), splitting his time equally as director of Northwestern’s more than 45 Core Facilities.

“Andy’s record of success in running IMSERC demonstrates that he is ready to take on the additional responsibility of leading Northwestern’s Cores now and into the future,” says Phil Hockberger, assistant vice president for research, who has been responsible for oversight of Core Facilities since 2009. “During the past decade, IMSERC has evolved from a relatively small operation into one of the University’s largest and most impressive facilities. A big part of that transformation is attributable to Andy’s leadership.” Full article here,  https://research.northwestern.edu/news/chemist-ott-lead-core-facilities


 

2016

Lantz Named Research Shop Operations Director
Dec 21, 2016

Northwestern has named Frank Lantz as operations director at the University’s Research Shop, located in the Technological Institute on the Evanston campus.

 Lantz will oversee daily operations of the former professional Instrument Shop and Student Shop (now called the Research Shop)­ and will advise and consult on projects; coordinate with the operations directors of the Ford and Electronics Shops, when appropriate; and manage outsourcing decisions.

“The Research Shop is a critical part of the Office for Research portfolio of Core facilities,” says Phil Hockberger, assistant vice president for research. “Frank will work with Faculty Director Brian Odom, physics and astronomy, to ensure students and faculty can move ideas from design to implementation.”

The Research Shop’s ongoing modernization provides expanded space to design and build new instruments, create parts, make repairs, or outsource machining needs. Construction of the renovated and expanded space is expected to be complete in summer 2017.

Lantz previously worked as director of manufacturing at NanoInk, helping to bring micro- and nanoscale technologies, instruments, as well as medical test products, from R&D to production. He also has consulted on manufacturing and operations at Methode Electronics, a leading developer of custom-engineered and application-specific products. There, he planned and directed lean manufacturing and continuous improvement programs within the dataMate & MDC divisions, which were responsible for creating solutions to increase data transmission speeds and develop conductive inks used in the electronics industry, respectively.

“Northwestern has provided me with the opportunity to tackle the myriad challenges involved in developing an excellent operation with the capacity to help bring ideas and systems to fruition, strengthen communication, and bolster relationships,” says Lantz. “I am very happy to be here and look forward to fulfilling the needs of our shop customers, while attracting new customers with our expertise and execution.” Full article here


Collaborative Science Initiative Renewed
Dec 21, 2016

The Open Access Initiative, a pioneering memorandum of understanding among Northwestern and two other leaders in academic research, has been extended for a third year.

First signed in 2014, the initiative allows researchers from Northwestern, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago access to a partner’s instrumentation and expertise at no additional charge.

“By eliminating administrative obstacles, this initiative has provided researchers with greater access to world-class facilities,” says Phil Hockberger, assistant vice president for research and executive director of Northwestern’s research facilities. “As communication and coordination continues to increase, joint grant writing has resulted in some big wins for Chicago’s research community.”

Among those funding victories are two regional research centers:

  • The Regional Chicago CTSA Consortium (RC3) combines the strengths of all three Chicago Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions for multi-level engagement and sharing of best practices.
  • Northwestern and the University of Chicago received a National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) Grant. The National Science Foundation awarded the five-year, $5 million award to establish the Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental (SHyNE) Resource. The award’s primary goal is to coordinate the integration of a diverse, open-access group of nanoscale fabrication and characterization facilities across the two institutions for internal and external academic and industrial users.   

The Open Access Initiative enhances the Chicago Biomedical Consortium, established in 2006 to stimulate collaboration among scientists at the three institutions with funding from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.


Odom to Lead Revamped Research Shop
Oct 20, 2016

Cutting-edge instrumentation is vital to modern discovery, which is why Northwestern continues to invest in this key part of its ecosystem — both in terms of equipment and administrative expertise. A recent example of such investment is the University’s naming Brian Odom, physics and astronomy, as faculty director of its new Research Shop.

The Research Shop, located in the Technological Institute, will provide expanded space and personnel where researchers can consult with professional staff to design and build new instruments, create parts, make repairs, or outsource their machining needs. The modernized facility will be completed in summer 2017. It will include a partnership with the Ford Shops to enable greater integration among the shops, affording access to unique capabilities that support innovation and offer a better training environment for students and postdocs.

“Having state-of-the-art professional and student machining facilities is critical for conducting leading research in many science and engineering disciplines,” says Odom. “By launching this initiative, Northwestern is making an important investment to strengthen our international research profile.”

Odom will lead strategic efforts to implement increased coordination with the Ford Shops, a plan spearheaded by a faculty-driven task force. The Ford Shops recently expanded their services to include training for graduate students and postdocs. This revamped mission allows each shop to develop coordinated training modules for researchers and enables access to specialty instruments, such as 3D printers and the water jet, a tool that uses high-pressured water to cut a wide variety of materials.

“The Research Shop is a critical part of the Office for Research portfolio of Core facilities, and Brian’s leadership will be crucial in ensuring it meets the current and future needs of our research community,” says Phil Hockberger, assistant vice president for research. “These modernization efforts will enable our researchers to accelerate the process of moving ideas from design to implementation.”


 
Northwestern Building Bridges With Open Access Initiative
Sep 21, 2016

Where most crystallographers see a tool to explore atoms in 3D, Bozhi Tian saw an open door.

Using the Northwestern University Center for Atom Probe Tomography (NUCAPT) to probe silicon-based materials, the University of Chicago chemist moved closer to publishing as a principal investigator.

APT, combined with other techniques, revealed to Tian how the expansion of silicon might increase its application in biomedical devices.

The research was completed thanks in part to the pioneering memorandum of understanding among Northwestern, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. That agreement allows researchers from the three institutions access to a partner’s instrumentation and expertise at no additional charge for being an external user. Essentially, researchers can save up to 60 percent of their research dollars when using a partner’s facility.

“The long-term strength of this pact is to give researchers more facility choices throughout Chicago,” says Phil Hockberger, assistant vice president for research and executive director of Northwestern’s research facilities. “This cooperation leads to collaboration, which ultimately results in additional research funding.”

Tian’s findings, published in Nature Materials, included Northwestern coauthors Dieter Isheim and David Seidman, both materials science and engineering. “A large component of our experiments involve the characterization of materials structures at the nano scale and so far we have used the APT, scanning transmission electron microscopy, focused ion beam system, and cryoEM at Northwestern,” says Tian. “APT is particularly critical for us as it helps us reveal the 3D chemical information in our samples quantitatively and with sub-nanometer resolution.”

Tian’s collaborations with Isheim and Seidman began in 2013 and have resulted in two finished projects and numerous ongoing academic pursuits. “I’ve had a truly great experience working with the research community at Northwestern and, in some sense, I consider Professor Seidman a mentor,” says Tian. “It’s not just a service that has been provided; many of the people we have worked with have indeed contributed scientifically to our success, sharing their knowledge and skillset along the way.”


Machine and Electronic Shops to Get Retooled as Construction Begins
Jul 21, 2016

Article by Roger Anderson, from the July 2016 Reserch Newsletter

Expansion and modernization of machine and electronics shops located in the Technological Institute will start in August with completion scheduled for August 2017. These improvements are the result of a faculty-driven task force that recommended better coordination, integration, and capabilities of shops on the Evanston campus to support research innovation and to provide a better training environment for students and postdocs.
These changes will impact the professional Instrument Shop (NG40), Physics Student Shop (NG36), Ford Design Shop, and Rapid Prototyping Shop. During construction, the professional Instrument Shop and Physics Student Shop will remain open, although there will be brief closures due to movement of instruments and walls. The Ford Shops will not be affected by construction.

The new Research Shop — managed by the Office for Research — will combine the professional Instrument Shop and Physics Student Shop by incorporating adjacent space currently occupied by the Masters in Biotechnology Program (NG29), which is moving to another location in Tech.

The Research Shop will add personnel and equipment that will provide new capabilities, oversight of operations, CAD design, consulting service, and machining support to meet the research needs of faculty, staff, and students.

The new Electronics Shop — managed by the Chemistry Department — will incorporate the Electronics and Laser Systems Core facility, which will be relocated to space currently occupied by the Physics Student Shop. It will include safety enhancements and additional staff and equipment to assist faculty, staff, and students in the design and fabrication of electronic devices for research projects.

The Ford Shops will expand their services by including training for graduate students and postdocs. This revamped mission will allow these shops to develop training modules for researchers, coordinate training with the Research Shop, and enable access to specialty instruments such as the water jet and 3D printers.

“This shop expansion and integration is something our faculty were clamoring for, and it comes at a time when workspaces are becoming more popular with students,” says Phil Hockberger, assistant vice president for research. “Modernization of space and capabilities will enable our researchers to accelerate the process of moving ideas from design to implementation.”


New Director Matz to Bolster University Facilities
Jul 21, 2016
Northwestern has named Steven Matz director of facilities and planning, a newly created position within the Office for Research (OR).
 
Matz brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from both academic and industrial environments with special expertise in scientific lab renovations. For the past seven years, he worked as a project manager in the Office of Facilities Management.
 
“We are excited to welcome Steve to the OR leadership team,” says Philip Hockberger, assistant vice president for research. “Steve will be instrumental in providing guidance and counsel to OR leadership, deans, associate deans, department chairs, program directors, administrators, faculty, and staff as we continue to grow our research enterprise.”
 
Matz will lead an immediate assessment of existing space and needs of University Research Centers, core facilities, and OR administrative units. He will also oversee the strategic utilization of OR’s physical resources, encompassing 350,000 square feet of space in more than 20 buildings.
 
In his new role, Matz will participate in long-range OR space/facilities planning and programming; the formulation and implementation of space guidelines for OR; and coordination of renovations and moves. He will manage OR physical infrastructure projects in collaboration with schools, departments, programs, centers, and institutes as well as with the Office of Facilities Management, the Office of Risk Management, and others.
 
**Article by Roger Anderson, from the July 2016 Reserch Newsletter

Nanofabrication Facilities Renamed to Enhance Integration
May 24, 2016

A task force of senior faculty and administrators has recommended closer integration and cooperation between Northwestern’s two nanofabrication facilities on the Evanston campus in anticipation of growth in micro and nanofabrication research. The growth will be driven by the arrival of John Rogers this fall and his research in biocompatible microelectronic devices. In addition, there will be increased use of the facilities by external researchers facilitated by a five-year $5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to Vinayak Dravid, materials science and engineering, to create the Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental (SHyNE) Resource.

The facility at Tech Institute (formerly called the Northwestern Fabrication Facility, NUFAB) will be renamed NUFAB_Tech, and will be managed through the Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental (NUANCE) Center. NUFAB_Tech is a 6,000 square-foot class-100 clean room that provides a range of nanofabrication equipment and technical expertise to Northwestern faculty and to other academic and industrial researchers. Dravid has served as the founding director of the NUANCE Center since 2001, and he will continue as faculty director of NUANCE while also serving as the new faculty director of NUFAB_Tech.

The Cook facility (formerly called the Materials Processing and Microfabrication Facility, MPMF) will be renamed NUFAB_ Cook to facilitate integration and coordination with NUFAB_Tech. Bruce Wessels, materials science and engineering, has served as faculty director of MPMF since 1984 and led its development in microfabrication and thin film processing capabilities as well as materials and device characterization for Northwestern, government, and industrial researchers. As faculty director of NUFAB_ Cook, he provides expertise in electronic, magnetic, and photonic materials applications with emphasis on semiconductor and ferroic oxide thin films.

“It’s an exciting time for nanoscale research at Northwestern and the addition of John Rogers — a materials scientist and pioneer in the field of biocompatible electronic devices — this fall will signal a new wave of activity at our facilities,” says Dravid. “By improving nanofabrication capability for research and education, we remain state-of-the-art.”

In addition to traditional nanotechnology tools, SHyNE, a collaboration with the University of Chicago, ensures the integration of soft (biological) nanostructures with the backbone of enabling hard materials, beneficial for applications such as microfluidic modules for bio-sensors and synthetic scaffolds for tissue regeneration, among other uses.

“SHyNE Resource streamlines our nanotechnology facilities, providing unique and integrated capabilities for internal Northwestern and University of Chicago researchers as well as external users, especially small and medium enterprises and startup companies,” says Dravid, SHyNE director. “This NSF award and expansion of NUFAB_Tech further cements our leadership in nanotechnology and related advanced materials research, education, and outreach.”


New Operations Directors Join Core Facilities
May 24, 2016

The Office for Research is pleased to announce the addition of three new operations directors at a trio of Shared and Core Facilities: Valerie Tokars, research associate professor of pharmacology (Structural Biology Facility); Xinkun ‘Sequen’ Wang, research associate professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics (Next-Generation Sequencing Core); and Young Ah Goo, research assistant professor in the Proteomics Center of Excellence (Proteomics Core).

“We would like to welcome these talented investigators to the Office for Research,” says Phil Hockberger, assistant vice president for research. “It’s a testament to the University’s growing reputation that we were able to recruit these top-notch scientists to run our core facilities.”

okars has a longstanding interest in molecular machines that was further developed while earning her PhD in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Northwestern. An expert on x-ray structural studies of kinases, proteases, and cytoskeletal architecture, she has published nearly two dozen papers. Tokars completed postdoctoral fellowships at Northwestern and Rosalind Franklin University, and was a faculty member at the University of Illinois-Chicago before joining Northwestern’s faculty in 2010.

Before his recent arrival at Northwestern, Wang was founding director of the Genome Sequencing Core and the Genomics Facility at the University of Kansas where he supported projects related to a range of biomedical research interests, including cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, pediatric diseases, and psychiatric disorders. He also has directed research related to neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. Wang earned his PhD in cell and molecular biology at Oklahoma State University and has 13 years of experience building genome research infrastructure and directing genomics facilities.

Goo’s research focuses on using mass spectrometry-based proteomics applications and applying global systems approaches to study biological questions, with an emphasis on discovery of diagnostic/prognostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets for human diseases. She earned her PhD in genome sciences/pathobiology with Leroy Hood at the University of Washington (UW) and did postdoctoral training in the Institute for Systems Biology before joining the faculty at the UW School of Nursing. She subsequently moved to the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland where she was research assistant professor and associate director of the Mass Spectrometry Center. She arrives at Northwestern on May1.


Phil Hockberger Named Assistant Vice President for Research
Mar 16, 2016

Phil Hockberger, executive director of research facilities, has been named assistant vice president for research, effective March 15.

In this new role, Hockberger will continue to oversee the University’s portfolio of shared and core facilities as well as manage the Office for Research (OR) computing facilities, space and construction initiatives, high-end instrumentation, and regional partnerships.
 
“Phil continues to do a fantastic job running our Core Facilities, and has played an ever-larger role in managing research space,” says Jay Walsh, vice president of research.
 
Hockberger joined OR as director of core facilities in 2009. Since June of 2014 he has been the executive director of research facilities.
 
“As Northwestern’s research enterprise continues to grow, facilities and cutting-edge instrumentation will remain vital to our progress,” says Hockberger. “I look forward to continuing to provide support in this area during this exciting time in Northwestern’s history.”
 
In his expanded role, Hockberger will oversee the growing OR footprint. He will lead expansion efforts in the J Wing of the Technical Institute and also be responsible for OR space allocation at the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine.
 
Hockberger also will act as a liaison between Facilities Management and Northwestern’s research community. As such, he will work to inform investigators about current and pending construction initiatives on the Evanston and Chicago campuses.

 

2015

Gold Star cores honored by the Office for Research
Dec 8, 2015

This year the Office for Research introduced a new Gold Star Award for facilities that placed in the top 10% four or more times. Each of these facilities received a commemorative plaque, and each full-time employee received $200.

The 2015 Gold Star Awardees are listed below.

Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center (CAM-NIC) at the Feinberg School of Medicine, consisting of 5 emloyees. CAM previously won the Outstanding Core Facility Award 5 times!

The Center for Advanced Microscopy is one of 3 Nikon Imaging Centers in the U.S. providing NU with the latest Nikon imaging technologies to facilitate cutting edge research and education.

NU Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE) at the McCormick School of Engineering, consisting of a team of 15 employees.

NUANCE previously won the Outstanding Core Facility Award 4 times! NUANCE was recently awarded a $5M NSF grant with 5 partner facilities at NU and the nanofab facility at the Univ. of Chicago to provide academic, small business and industry researchers access to cutting-edge nanotechnology facilities and expertise.

Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC) of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, consists of an 8 employee team. IMSERC previously won the Outstanding Core Facility Award 3 times!

IMSERC is one of the partners on the NSF grant administered through NUANCE, and it provides access to instrumentation for synthesis and characterization of small molecule research in biology, pharmaceuticals, materials, catalysis, nanotechnology and energy storage and conversion.

Congratulations to the following employees of CAM, NUANCE and IMSERC on their consistently outstanding achievements!

CAM (Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center (CAM-NIC))

Joshua Z. Rappoport
Lennell Reynolds, Jr.
Farida Korobova
Wensheng Liu
Constadina Arvanitis

IMSERC (Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center)

Andy Ott
Charlotte Stern
Yuyang Wu
Sohrab Goudarzi
Kevin Gilmore
Yongbo Zhang
Saman Shafaie

NUANCE (Northwestern University’s Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center)

Raymond Bailey
Reiner Bleher
Chad Goeser
Xinqi Chen
Mary Pat Doyle
Qianqian Li
Eric Miller
Ben  Myers
Eric Roth
Gajendra Shekhawat
Fengyuan Shi
Xin Wang
Jinsong Wu


Welcome Xinkun Wang, PhD, director of NUSeq Core Facility
Nov 2, 2015

On September 1, the Genomics Core and the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Core merged and re-launched as the NUSeq Core Facility. The new Core strategically expands research capacity by providing Northwestern investigators a range of sequencing options, including onsite next generation sequencing, and bioinformatics support.

Please join me in welcoming Xinkun ‘Sequen’ Wang, PhD, named director of NUSeq and research associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, effective November 1, 2015.

Dr. Wang was most recently the founding director of the Genome Sequencing Core (NGS Core) and the Genomics Facility at the University of Kansas.  He brings extensive experience in building a genomics research infrastructure from the ground up, excelling in the technical, procedural, and personnel management elements necessary for continuous improvement to quality control and customer service.

At the University of Kansas, Dr. Wang and his team supported projects related to a range of biomedical research interests, including: cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, pediatric diseases, and psychiatric disorders.  Dr. Wang has also directed research efforts related to neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.

We’re incredibly appreciative of Dr. Matthew Schipma’s service as interim director of NUSeq and oversight of the initial transition during the closing of the FY15 fiscal year.  Dr. Schipma will be the Associate Director of the NUSeq Core where he will oversee bioinformatic analysis.  I would also like to thank the search committee for their input and insight.

The services of the former Genomics Core and NGS Core will remain as is within NUSeq until further notice. Visit http://cgm.northwestern.edu/cores/nuseq for updates and contact nuseq@northwestern.edu for questions and to schedule consultations.


Preferred Vendor Selected for LED Microscopy Initiative
Oct 26, 2015
Northwestern has selected Nikon Instruments Inc. as the preferred vendor for its LED Microscopy Initiative. This effort encourages researchers to replace all mercury and metal halide lamps on microscopes with more eco-friendly LED lamps. In recent years, LED lamps have increased significantly in brightness. They also maintain several other important advantages over older technology, such as longer operating life, lower energy consumption, less heat and ozone production, and more uniform spectral properties.
 
Selection of the preferred vendor was the culmination of a 5-month process managed by the Purchasing Department in cooperation with the Office for Research.  It involved surveying the research community to assess needs, submitting an RFQ to vendors, interviewing vendors, and negotiating price and service.  Although Purchasing was able to negotiate a substantial reduction in price for one year (Oct. 15, ’15 thru Oct. 31, ’16), researchers will be responsible for the cost of replacements. 
 
Researchers are encouraged to take advantage of the University’s negotiated pricing and extended warranties which will be available through Oct 2016. Please see pricing and terms via the Vendor Matrix online. 
 
The LED Microscopy Initiative is a joint effort of the Office for Research, Purchasing Department and the Office of Sustainability.  The University is committed to reducing its environmental footprint through an emphasis on efficiency and renewable energy through its SustainNU program as well as by influencing purchasing decisions through its Commitment to Sustainability program.
 
For additional information about the initiative, please contact Phil Hockberger (p-hockberger@northwestern.edu), Executive Director of Research Facilities in the Office for Research.  To learn more about how converting to an LED system can benefit your research, please contact Christopher Mauer (cmauer@nikon.net), Advanced Imaging Specialist at Nikon Instruments.

LED Microscopy Initiative Making White Light ‘Green’
Jun 17, 2015

Northwestern is moving forward on an initiative to replace hazardous mercury arc lamps on fluorescence microscopes following a call to action put forth by the University’s Office for Research, Office of Sustainability, and Purchasing Resource Services.

Northwestern expects to replace more than 100 lamps in the coming months, 32 of which are located within five core facilities and 75 within the laboratories of individual principal investigators. Researchers are encouraged to convert their mercury, xenon, and metal halide lamps to more eco-friendly light-emitting diode (LED) light sources.

In recent years, LED lamps have increased significantly in brightness. They also maintain several other important advantages over older technology, such as longer operating life, lower energy consumption, less heat and ozone production, and more uniform spectral properties.

“Mercury arc lamps are delicate and only last a few hundred hours before they have to be properly disposed of through the Office for Research Safety,” says Phil Hockberger, executive director of research facilities. “This University-wide effort is an important first step in the creation of mercury-free microscopy at Northwestern.”

Across the country, LED conversion has garnered notable press. The subject even earned the 2015 Outstanding Manuscript of the Year Award from the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities.

Faculty members who would like more information about the benefits of LED sources and the LED Microscopy Initiative can contact Phil Hockberger.


 

2014

 
Chicago Biomedical Consortium announces $3 Million Infrastructure Initiative
November 10, 2014

~From Science Life, an online news hub for the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences~

From van Leeuwenhoek’s first gaze into the world of microscopic organisms to the sequencing of the human genome, scientific discoveries have depended on access to cutting-edge technology. Today, more tools with greater power than ever are available. But their costs have grown at a faster rate than the ability of most scientists to acquire them.

To promote investment in high-impact, next-generation scientific equipment, the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) — a partnership between the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) — is announcing a $3 million Infrastructure Initiative. The Initiative aims to make modern and powerful tools available to the CBC research community at a time when federal grants for scientific infrastructure are scarce.

For the full article, please click here.


When someone thinks about Chicago, the first thing that comes to mind might be its picturesque skyline on the shores of Lake Michigan; its tantalizing Chicago-style hotdogs or deep-dish pizza; its amazing assemblage of museums; its stunning architecture; or one of its three major research institutions. The Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) is now starting to draw its share of the limelight, too, as a hotbed for biomedical research.

Although it had its official start less than a decade ago, the CBC, a joint enterprise of Chicago’s major research universities, has amassed an impressive collection of statistics. It has provided about $30 million in grants to some 100 research groups. Those groups have not only produced more than 800 peer-reviewed papers, but have also generated an additional $275 million in federal and other non-CBC funding. In addition, the consortium has supported more than three dozen outstanding students as CBC Scholars.

For the full article, please click here.


Phil Hockberger Appointed Executive Director of Research Facilities
Aug 6, 2014

Phil Hockberger has been named executive director of research facilities in the Office for Research (OR). Effective June 1, the move is a “natural extension” of his responsibilities as director of core facilities, a position he’s held since 2009.

As executive director, Hockberger will be the OR point person for advice on developing, maintaining, and advancing state-of-the-art research facilities that are essential to the research mission of the University. The position is also responsible for providing advice on strategic planning, marketing, and tactical business management of research facilities, as well as professional development of directors and managers of research facilities. 
 
“I’m very excited to take on these additional responsibilities,” Hockberger says. “This role will facilitate better communication and coordination within the Office for Research as well as across campuses on issues pertaining to research facilities.” Hockberger will continue to oversee the University’s portfolio of shared and core facilities as well as the following new responsibilities:
  • Research computing facilities – OR representative in high-performance computing, software licensing, highspeed optical fiber network, and facilities related to the Big Data initiatives.
  • Research space and construction – OR representative for planning and coordination of new research space and construction.
  • High-end instrumentation – OR representative for coordinating requests of research–related instrumentation exceeding $300,000 per instrument.
  • Regional partnerships – OR representative for developing regional research partnerships with other academic institutions and industry.

2014 Outstanding Core Facility Awards Announced!
Jul 9, 2014
Four core facilities have been selected by the Office for Research for the 2014 Outstanding Core Facility Awards. In addition, two core facilities are recognized for Honorable Mention and another for Most Improved Core.
 
The following facilities were selected for Outstanding Core Facility Awards:
 
Center for Advanced Microscopy (CAM – formerly called CIF)
Center for Translational Imaging (CTI)
Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC)
Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE)
 
Winning facilities distinguished themselves in various ways that demonstrated exemplary service and support of research at the University. In particular, selections were based upon administrative services, research and technical staff, resource management, self-assessment, participation in educational and outreach activities, communication of services within and outside of the University, and results of a University-wide customer satisfaction survey.
 
Each will receive a $2,000 for use related to the operation of the facility (e.g., professional development, hosting a workshop, seminar program). In addition, the Director, Manager and staff of each facility will be honored guests at an Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Office for Research in September and receive a plaque honoring the facility. The awards will be announced on the OR core facilities website and in the summer OR Newsletter.
 
The following facilities were selected for Honorable Mention:
 
Developmental Therapeutics Core (DTC)
Skin Disease Research Center (SDRC) Core Facilities
 
The following facility was selected as Most Improved:
 
Medicinal and Synthetic Chemistry Core (ChemCore)
 

X-Ray Diffraction Facility highlighted in Rigaku Newsletter
May 29, 2014
Lab in the Spotlight
Jerome B. Cohen X-Ray Diffraction Facility at Northwestern University
Facility Director: Prof. Michael Bedzyk, 
Materials Science & Engineering Department 
 
Known for his legendary contributions to Northwestern University, Jerry Cohen spent the majority of his career pursuing his true passion – teaching students. The Diffraction facility named in his honor continues his belief in the benefit of introducing students to real-life problem-solving situations early in their academic careers. To read the full article click here, or download the PDF,  May-2014,-Issue-11.

NuCore Article: NU Streamlines Research Purchasing With Open Source System
May 27, 2014

Jeffrey Weiss, recently gave an interview on NuCore, which is now available online here


Universities Announce Open Access Initiative
May 19, 2014
Read article on Northwestern University News website here
 
EVANSTON, Ill. — As research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies shrinks, cooperation among Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago is expanding.
 
With the strokes of three pens, Northwestern, UChicago and UIC launched an unusual — perhaps unique — collaborative venture by forming a core research facilities partnership. The universities’ provosts recently signed an agreement for “open access to research core facilities.” Simply put: there is no extra fee now to use each other’s fancy instruments.
 
The agreement builds on an existing partnership between the three universities focused on biomedical research: the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC), established in 2006 with the mission of stimulating collaboration among scientists at the three institutions.
 
“It is creative and deep partnerships like ours that foster a real community and keep Chicago competitive as a research hub,” said Jay Walsh, vice president for research at Northwestern. “Federal research funding has been largely stagnant for about a decade, but our three institutions are doing well, in part because of strategic alliances with each other and with other regional research affiliates. This agreement is about reducing costs and increasing the availability of state-of-the-art research facilities.”
 
The pioneering memorandum of understanding (MOU) allows researchers from the three schools access to a partner’s instrumentation and expertise at no additional charge for an outside user (facilities and administration costs). Essentially, a research team now could have up to 60 percent more research dollars in its pocket than before when using a partner’s facility.
 
The long-term strength of the pact is to give researchers more choices of facilities right in the Chicago area. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students already are taking advantage of resources located at the partner institutions, with no campus more than an hour’s drive away.
 
A UChicago biochemist has been using Northwestern’s High Throughput Analysis Laboratory, for example, to develop new cancer therapies using small molecules and a novel concept. A Northwestern materials scientist is taking advantage of UIC’s $3 million scanning transmission electron microscope to investigate the surface structure, at atomic resolution, in certain nanocubes.
 
Such cooperation across institutions leads to collaboration and additional research funding, which in turn leads to more jobs for the Chicago area as well as the promise of research breakthroughs that could lead to clinical trials and, ultimately, improved health care.
 
“Research at core facilities opens up avenues that can lead to medical treatments and new ideas about treatments,” said Mitra Dutta, vice chancellor for research at UIC. “It is these basic science discoveries that clinicians pick up on and bring to clinical trials.”
 
As defined by the National Institutes of Health, a core facility is a centralized, shared resource that provides biomedical and behavioral investigators with access to instruments, technologies and services as well as expert consultation.
 
“Nationally, core facilities have become increasingly important in the last five years,” said Donald H. Levy, vice president for research and for national laboratories at UChicago. “Our ability to offer open access to three great research institutions’ core facilities is an important tool for recruiting and retaining faculty and students.”
 
Each of the three schools has from 20 to 60 core facilities offering a wide range of resources. UChicago has a biostatistics laboratory and pharmacology core, UIC a nuclear magnetic resonance lab and core genomics facility and Northwestern a skin disease research center and cell imaging facility, to name just a few.
 
A few years ago, the CBC funded an analysis of the pros and cons of open core facilities among the three schools. The analysis was positive, and faculty saw the advantage of eliminating indirect costs.
 
“The MOU represents a substantial, long-term effort,” said Philip E. Hockberger, director of core facilities at Northwestern. “We now have an agreement that benefits researchers at all three universities, and the CBC helped get the ball across the goal line.”
 

Novak to Lead Instrument Shop
May 9, 2014
Giles Novak has been appointed as the new faculty director of the Tech Instrument Shop – Evanston for a three-year period beginning in June. In this position, Novak will directly oversee the shop, a full-service machining, fabrication and repair facility that has been supporting the research mission of the University for approximately 40 years. 
 
Among his responsibilities as faculty director, Novak will chair the faculty advisory committee, supervise staff and their professional development, lead fundraising efforts to expand the shop’s capabilities and services, and partner with the Office for Research to make strategic decisions to ensure its financial stability. 
 
The faculty advisory committee includes:
 
• Giles Novak, physics and astronomy, committee chair
• Michael Bedzyk, materials science and engineering
• Kornel Ehmann, mechanical engineering
• Matthew Grayson, electrical engineering and computer science
• William Halperin, physics and astronomy
• Elad Harel, chemistry
• Harold Kung, chemical and biological engineering
• Richard Van Duyne, chemistry
• Gary Wojtowicz, facilities management
 
Novak is Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and his research is in the area of astrophysics and astrophysical instrumentation. His research group is currently building instrumentation for balloon-borne as well as high altitude ground-based telescopes, which they will use to observe cold Galactic clouds where new stars are forming. 
 
He received his PhD in physics from the University of Chicago in 1988, followed by postdoctoral research at the University of Massachusetts and Princeton University, before joining the faculty of Northwestern in 1993. 
 
Novak has served on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory User’s Group, SOFIA Science Steering Group, NASA-APRA and NSF astronomy division proposal review panels, and the National Science and Engineering Research Council Physics Evaluation Group of Canada. He was also the lead author of the SOFIA Design Reference Mission Case on “Magnetic Fields, Turbulence, and Star Formation.”
 
“The Instrument Shop performs a vital service to researchers,” says Novak, “not least because of the training it provides to graduate students who learn design skills via their interactions with the shop’s experienced instrument builders.”

Core Facilities Paper Receives Award
Feb 19, 2014

Each year an article published in the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities’ (ABRF) Journal of Biomolecular Techniques is selected for recognition as the most outstanding research article published in the journal over the past year. This year the Journal of Biomolecular Techniques Outstanding Manuscript Award Committee selected “Best Practices for Core Facilities: Handling External Customers.” Phil Hockberger, Executive Director of Research Facilities (OR), was first author of the paper. To read the full article click here


Documents From Core Facilities Financial Workshop Now Available!
Jan 24, 2014

Documents from the Core Facilities financial management workshop, “Core Facility Finances: Creating a Sustainable and Compliant Model” are now available.Please select the links below to download the files.  

  1. January 2014 Core Finance Workshop
  2. Wei_Core_Workshop_01-2014
  3. NUCore_Core_Workshop_01-2014

2013

DNASTAR for NU Users
Dec 20, 2013

The Feinberg School of Medicine and the NU Office for Research have jointly licensed the Lasergene (DNASTAR) analysis software for all investigators at NU. There is no cost for use of the software.

The Lasergene Core Suite includes the following modules:

SeqBuilder Pro, MegAlign, MegAlign Pro, SeqMan Pro, EditSeq, GeneQuest, PrimerSelect, GenVision and SeqNinja

For more information or to receive a copy of the software with installation instructions please contact the informatics team in the NUSeq Core facility (nuseq@northwestern.edu).

Licenses are now free for users.


Messenger service option for transporting lab materials between campuses
Dec 9, 2013

Arrow Messenger Service is NU’s preferred vendor for messenger services, offering same-day shipping of research materials for under $25.00. This service exists as a legal means of materials transport between campuses. Delivery advantages of using Arrow Messenger Service include: 

  • Low prices  Prices are aggressive due to the University’s large potential volume.
  • Multiple service levels  Arrow’s four delivery options vary according to the distance traveled and the time allotted for delivery.
  • Multiple delivery methods  Bicycle, automobile, or van delivery is available. Bike messenger service for the Chicago campus to other downtown locations is the fastest and least costly service at a little less than half the car rate.
  • Simple ordering and billing  You can place your order over the phone using a P-card or online using a blanket PO number. Arrow directly bills departments on a monthly basis.

For more information and to download an application and pricing list, please visit the page here.


 

2012

2012 Oustanding Core Facility Awards
Dec 18, 2012

The Office for Research has selected four core facilities for the 2012 Outstanding Core Facility Award for exemplary service and support of research. For the first time, three additional core facilities have been selected for honorable mention. You can read more about the Awards below. More information here.

Events Archive

2019

Core Facilities Colloquium – 10/31/19
November 1, 2019

This year’s CF Colloquium highlighted the topic of Inclusivity in Core Facilities.  Sue Weintraub, Professor of Biochemistry & Structural Biology at UT Health-San Antonio, presented her experience as a long-standing Director of a Mass Spectrometry Core Facility in a keynote address.

Student groups (Women in Science and Engineering Research and NU Building on Diversity) encouraged the core facilities community to consider an open minded perspective.

Celina Flowers, Assistant Provost for Faculty, expanded on methods, techniques and mindsets to promote inclusive hiring. Twenty four Core Facilities were awarded Service Excellence Awards.

We hope to see everyone next year!


Core Facilities Colloquium – 10/31/19
October 7, 2019

Please join us on the Chicago Campus (Wieboldt Hall, 5th Floor – Conley Lounge) to celebrate cores and engage in our theme this year, Inclusivity in Core Facilities. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. A detailed agenda is coming soon.


NUCAPT Atom-Probe Tomography Workshop, Oct 22-23, 2019
October 3, 2019

Northwestern University’s Center for Atom-Probe Tomography (NUCAPT) cordially invites you to the 2019 NUCAPT Workshop onAtom-Probe Tomography: New Developments & Training on October 22-23, 2019, at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA.

The first day of the APT workshop, Tue Oct. 22nd, will provide hands-on tutorials on APT data analysis using CAMECA’s IVAS® 3.8 software. The second day, Wed Oct 23rd, will include presentations on the most recent developments in APT, inluding CAMECA’s new AP Suite™ 6 software, correlative TKD/EBSD and STEM imaging techniques, as well as APT applications to biomaterials, advanced alloys, ceramics and semiconductors, and other special topics presented by experts in the field.

The APT workshop will have four individual sessions (times and room TBA) that can be registered for separately at https://tinyurl.com/yy85pfsj:

  •     Tue Oct. 22nd AM:  IVAS 3.8 Training Module 1 (Reconstruction) & Module 2 (Visualization and Analysis Basics)
  •     Tue Oct. 22nd PM:  IVAS 3.8 Training Module 3 (Advanced Analysis of APT Data)
  •     Wed Oct 23rd AM:  New Developments in APT Software, APT Correlative Methods, and APT Technology
  •     Wed Oct 23rd PM:  Applications of APT in Materials Analysis and Special Topics

Please register by October 15, 2019 for all or any of the sessions through our Registration Link at https://tinyurl.com/yy85pfsj

All those interested in learning more about APT are encouraged to attend.   The workshop registration is free, but active participation in the IVAS 3.8 training modules is limited to 25 people. The final detailed program will be circulated to all registered participants ahead of the workshop. Updated information and the registration link are available at http://nucapt.northwestern.edu/.

Thank you for forwarding to others who may be interested in attending the APT workshop, please also peruse and distribute the attached one-page flyer. Please let us know if we can help with any questions, and we look forward to your participation!

See you at the workshop and with best regards,

Dieter Isheim, Chantal Sudbrack, David Seidman (Workshop Organizers)

P.S.: If you are new to APT, Atom-probe tomography (APT) is an atomic-resolution three-dimensional (3D) chemical imaging technique for nanoscale materials analysis. Examples of nanomaterials and nano-structured materials analyzed by APT will be discussed at the workshop.


CLP Hosts Pre-Clinical Imaging Conference
May 15, 2019

Core facility experts, researchers gather to exchange best practices in preclinical imaging

From preclinical imaging best practices and career opportunities for facility managers, to core research and commercialization, the 2019 Pre-clinical Imaging Consortium (PIC) Annual Meeting held at Northwestern University, April 28-30, covered a lot of territory.  More than 150 core facility experts, faculty and researchers from across the US attended the conference, hosted by Chemistry of Life Processes Institute’s Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI) and sponsored by over twenty companies in partnership with the World Molecular Imaging Society.

Faculty and experts from Northwestern and several other academic institutions presented exciting new imaging facility research. The program also included ample time for networking, roundtables, power pitches by industry vendors and poster sessions led by scientists and facility managers from participating universities. The gala dinner was sponsored by Bruker BioSpin and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“The mission of the PIC,” said the consortium’s co-founder Chad Haney, PhD, managing director, CAMI, “is to create a meeting place where knowledge of operating preclinical imaging facilities is shared openly.”

Advancing cutting-edge research

The fifth annual meeting kicked off with a talk by Heather Gray-Edwards, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School who is developing a new gene therapy to correct the enzyme deficiency found in people with Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease. Lysosomal storage diseases (there are more than 40 altogether) are often fatal pediatric diseases. A specific protein deficiency that breaks down waste products within the cell is the cause.  For several of these diseases, gene therapy clinical trials are ongoing, or about to start, but a way to track therapeutic efficacy is lacking.

Together with the research lab of Thomas Meade, PhD, faculty director of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute’s Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging, she developed a series of MRI-based contrast agents that non-invasively track the delivery of a therapeutic protein and its activation for the therapeutic effect. Using high field strength MR imaging (7 Tesla) they developed an entirely new way of non-invasively demonstrating that the gene of interest was active. The novel approach enables Gray-Edwards and collaborators from UMMS and Auburn University in Alabama to immediately assess the efficacy of gene therapy treatments.

Martha Vitaterna, PhD, research professor and deputy director of Northwestern’s Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology, provided an overview of a landmark study that she and fellow collaborator Fred Turek, PhD, Charles & Emma Morrison Professor, conducted in partnership with NASA’s Human Research Program.  The goal of the research was to determine the effect of space flight on gut microbiota, the thousands of species of bacteria that live inside the stomach and intestines. The yearling investigation tested the gut bacteria of astronaut Scott Kelly during a space mission against his identical twin brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly who served as the experiment’s baseline.  The study found that two major categories of bacteria in Scott Kelly’s gut microbiome had shifted during spaceflight, but the diversity of bacteria in his microbiome remained unchanged.  Northwestern’s CAMI facility was instrumental in producing the whole body fat measurements for the experiment. This was one of several studies by the team examining how spaceflight affects the human body, including changes in gene expression, bone density, immune system responses and telomere dynamics.

Career Paths for Facility Managers

A leading advocate for the professionalization of cores as a scientific field Philip Hockberger, PhD, associate vice president for research at Northwestern, discussed his efforts to create a new professional path for those looking to make a difference in managing core facilities.

According to Hockberger, the U.S. government invests approximately $30 billion per year in research (core) facilities.

“Maximizing that investment requires development of a professional workforce to operate and manage those facilities effectively,” said Hockenberger in a statement.  “Effective management requires multiple skill sets including technical, writing, business and management skills. Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management offers a five-day executive education course specifically for managers and administrators overseeing core facilities.”

At Northwestern, professional development of staff working in core facilities includes membership in regional and national organizations, presentations at conferences and colloquia, advanced technical training, and participation in mentorship programs, said Hockberger. Northwestern also has core-specific job families for staff working in core facilities as well as publication guidelines for users of core facilities.

Commercializing Core Discoveries

The program wrapped up with a no-holds-barred primer on commercialization given by veteran entrepreneur Thomas Meade, PhD, the Eileen M. Foell Professor of Cancer Research and Professor of Chemistry, Molecular Biosciences, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Radiology. Meade cautioned attendees to consider the risks before diving in because the odds of a biotech startup actually making it to an exit strategy is low— about 1 in 103, he says.

“Don’t do it. It’s a black hole,” joked Meade. “It’s deeper than you’re ever going to see in. And once you’re in, you’re never going to get out.”

He also refuted some common misconceptions, such as believing the process will make academics rich, or an assumption that scientists understand business and marketing. Typically, the process doesn’t make people wealthy. He also strongly encouraged would-be entrepreneurs to listen to the experts and seek outside counsel from business people. Meade talked from experience having started five companies based on translational discoveries he made in the lab.

Some of his breakthroughs, such as an electronic DNA biosensor that instantly detects the presence of diseases like cystic fibrosis and also has broad applications for agriculture, succeeded brilliantly.  Others, including one startup he spent more than 6,000 hours over 10 years developing, are unlikely ever to reap any benefits. Nevertheless, he admitted to being bit by the entrepreneurial bug and notes that several of his post docs and graduate students have become very wealthy from the process.

2018

Stratocore’s List of Events & Resources for Cores
Oct 29, 2018

Stratocore’s Rand Haley has compiled a list of core facility management literature.

The page also contains a list of events and organizations for Core Facility professionals.

More information can be found here, https://www.stratocore.com/events-resources/


Leadership and Management in Core Facilities Course 2018
Oct 9, 2018

Another year – and a new cohort of participants have completed the annual Kellogg Executive Education Course!

Two travel awards were presented to participants from Canada and Australia.

The curriculum for the course focused on business management skills and deep insights into the nuances of leadership in a university setting. The four-day executive learning experience focused specifically on helping core facility professionals to enhance their business and management skills and develop the leadership capacity to run their operation more effectively.

More information and registration can be found here, https://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/executive-education/individual-prog…

Congratulations to our group of participants on completing the course!

We now look forward to the Applied Learning Projects (ALP) conference in the spring of 2019. An ALP is a chance to apply knowledge from the course and address a real need within your core. Participants in the ALP conference share their projects with their colleagues and prizes are awarded to the top 3, as voted by peers. Can’t wait to see and hear all of the ideas!


 

2017

Kellogg Leadership in Core Facilities Course 2017
Dec 1, 2017

This year’s Kellogg Executive Education Course, Leadership and Management in Core Facilities, ran 11/13-11/16 in downtown Chicago. Participants included Directors, Managers, Program Administrators, and Financial Administrators of cores at Northwestern, University of Illinois at Chicago, John Hopkins University, U. of Nebraska-Lincoln, McGill, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, U. of Minnesota, and Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.

All 20 participants benefited from the expertise of professionals in the areas of Marketing, Leadership, Accounting, and Management & Organizations. Each year, the course seeks to enrich core facilities staff in cultivating a successful business model and the many facets of running a smooth and stable business.

See you next year!


Colloquium Celebrates Cores
Oct 27, 2017

The annual Core Facilities Colloquium and Awards Luncheon took place on September 26, 2017.

Keynote speaker Jennifer Waters, PhD, Director of the Nikon Imaging Center at Harvard Medical School, delivered a presentation stressing the importance of professional training.

The core facilities community heard from their colleagues about running seminars, workshops, high level outward-facing training, and supporting formal education.

Awardees of the Core Facility Awards were presented with plaques, monetary awards, and certificates.

Congratulations to all and see you next year!


2017 Core Facilities Colloquium and Awards Luncheon
Oct 20, 2017

Core Facilities were honored at the 2nd annual Core Facilities Colloquium and Awards Luncheon on 9/26/17 in the Guild Lounge.

Jennifer Waters, PhD, Director of Harvard University Medical School’s Nikon Imaging Center, presented her experiences with training and education to the NU core facilities community.

This year’s Outstanding Core Facilities, Gold Star Cores, and Honorable Mentions were invited to receive their awards in front of their peers.

Congratulations to everyone and we hope to see at next year’s event!


Nikon Holds Inaugural Directors Meeting for Centers of Excellence and Nikon Imaging Centers
Aug 18, 2017

Nikon Instruments Inc. held its inaugural Nikon Center of Excellence and Nikon Imaging Center directors meeting on August 1-2, 2017. Hosted by the Center for Biologic Imaging, University of Pittsburgh, this is the first time the center directors have convened in-person with Nikon to discuss their current research and how to enhance collaboration.

Organized by Simon Watkins, Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Cell Biology and Director of the Center for Biologic Imaging (CBI), and sponsored by Nikon Instruments Inc., this meeting brought together directors of the elite Nikon Imaging Centers and Centers of Excellence (COEs).  Included among the attendees were Josh Rappoport, the Director of the Center for Advanced Microscopy (CAM) and Nikon Imaging Center (NIC) at Northwestern University, Jennifer Waters, Director of the Nikon Imaging Center at Harvard, and Mark Sanders, Director of the University Imaging Centers and Nikon Center of Excellence at the University of Minnesota. 

[Northwestern Note: Recently both Drs. Watkins and Sanders participated in the Northwestern University microscopy program review, and Dr. Waters will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Northwestern University Core Facility Colloquium. Read the full article here.]

Nikon Imaging Centers and Centers of Excellence are collaborative microscopy centers that are dedicated to providing top academic and research institutions with pioneering imaging technologies and enhanced research capabilities. The centers seek to better scientific understanding while also giving these leaders a voice in future Nikon product development.

Throughout the event, directors from the individual centers gave presentations about cutting-edge research applications being carried out at their facilities. They also addressed their center’s needs in terms of imaging technology, data management and support.

“This meeting was a big step forward for the Nikon Imaging Center and Center of Excellence network,” said Stephen Ross, Ph.D., General Manager, Products and Marketing, Nikon Instruments. “Cutting-edge research is happening at each of these centers, and we are excited to help facilitate better collaboration between the centers and Nikon. We look forward to continuing to learn from them about their specific needs as we develop the next generation of imaging technology.”

Those in attendance included:

  • Darcy S. Peterka, Columbia University
  • Gary Laevsky, Princeton University
  • Matt Kofron, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Randy Blakely, Florida Atlantic University
  • Ken Dawson-Scully, Florida Atlantic University
  • James A.J. Fitzpatrick, Washington University
  • Bryan A. Mills, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Joshua Rappoport, Northwestern University
  • Mark Sanders, University of Minnesota
  • Jose Lasalde, The University of Puerto Rico
  • Gustavo Menezes, Federal University of Minas Gerais
  • Jennifer Waters, Harvard Medical School
  • Anna Payne-Tobin Jost, Harvard Medical School
  • James Chambers, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Enfu Hui, UC San Diego
  • Kathy Spencer, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Simon C. Watkins, University of Pittsburgh
  • Claudette St. Croix, University of Pittsburgh
  • Nikon Instruments Inc. (President, VP for Sales, GM for Product & Marketing, GM for Service, GM for Software, Senior Management from Sales, Product & Marketing)
  • Nikon Corp. Members (Senior Management from Planning and Product Development)

2017 Core Facility Awards
Aug 11, 2017

Dear Directors, Managers and Business Administrators of Core Facilities:

We are delighted to announce the Office for Research’s 8th annual core facility awards. Selection of award recipients was based upon information provided in 2017 annual reports as well as other considerations pertaining to the operation of facilities during the past year. All facilities will receive detailed feedback on the assessment process and their performance in the coming weeks.
 
All faculty and staff working in core facilities at Northwestern University are invited to the Core Facilities Colloquium and Awards Luncheon on September 27.
All awardees will be honored guests at the luncheon and acknowledged in OR’s Fall Newsletter and on the core facilities website.
 
The Gold Star Award is bestowed on facilities that have placed in the top 10% four or more times. Each of these facilities will receive a commemorative plaque, and each full-time employee will receive $200. The 2017 Gold Star Awardees are:
 
Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center (CAM-NIC)
Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC)
Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE)

 
The Outstanding Core Facility Award is bestowed on facilities that place in the top 10% (excluding Gold Star Awardees). Each facility will receive a commemorative plaque and a $2,000 voucher for discretionary use related to the operation of the facility (e.g., professional development, workshop, seminar program). The 2017 Outstanding Core Facility Awardees are:
 
High Throughput Analysis Laboratory (HTA)
Medicinal and Synthetic Chemistry Core (ChemCore)
RHLCC’s Flow Cytometry Facility

 
The following are recognized as Honorable Mention for placing in the top 20%. The 2017 Honorable Mention facilities are:
 
Biostatistics Collaboration Center (BCC)
Center for Translational Imaging (CTI)
Simpson Querrey Institute’s Peptide Synthesis Core
Skin Disease Research Center (SDRC) Core Facilities

 
Please join us in congratulating all of these facilities for their outstanding achievements!


Core Facilities @ the NU Community Picnic
Aug 1, 2017

Thanks to all Core Facilities staff, directors, and managers who joined Core Facilities Administration at the July 22 NU Community Picnic!

It was great to see familiar and new faces among the NU and Evanston community that came out for some fun in the sun.

Even though the lawn was squishy from the rain on the day before it didn’t stop us from having a great time!

Hope to see you there next year!!


Kellogg Course – ALP Workshop Winners
May 19, 2017

This year’s Kellogg Leadership and Management in Core Facilities course inspired 9 core facility staff members to apply what they learned in the course to an existing issue/need within their core facility.

This past week, the core staff presented their projects to their peers during the ALP (Applied Learning Project) Workshop in Hardin Hall. Post event, participants submitted their votes for their favorite presentaitons and the below winners have been awarded funds for the continued development of their projects.

Congratulations to all the participants and the below winners!

1st Place ($1000 award/voucher): ­ Jessica Hornick (BIF), Comprehensive instrument training program for incoming graduate students
2nd Place ($750 award/voucher): ­ Habibi Goudarzi (IMSERC), Cultural issues of IP and authorship
3rd Place ($500 award/voucher): ­ Ying Jia (NUFAB_Tech), Growing Commercial Usage at NUFAB
3rd Place ($500 award/voucher): ­ Dina Arvanitis (CAM), User Core Utilization Cluster Analysis


 

2016

 
Kellogg Leadership and Management in Core Facilities Course 2016 Completed
Dec 20, 2016
he Kellogg Executive Education course took place on November 14-17, 2016, and was attended by 23 Operation Directors and Managers of Core Facilities.
 
Kellogg faculty covered topics that included managerial accounting, strategic marketing, value pricing, leading with influence, intellectual property, and strengths based leadership.
 
Upon completion, participants formed teams to implement course content into their facilities.
A follow-up workshop to share and assess outcomes will take place in May.
 
Congratulations to all of the attendees for completing this course!
 
More information about Kellogg’s LMCF can be found here.

 
LED MICROSCOPY INITIATIVE INFORMATION SESSIONS
Oct 14, 2016

Christopher Mauer, Advanced Imaging Specialist at Nikon Instruments, will help you learn why making the switch to an LED Iluminator, helps the environment, improves your research, and saves money.

Please join us on either campus on the following dates to learn more:

EVANSTON
October 19, 2016
2:15-3:15 PM
Chambers Hall – Ruan Conference Center
600 Foster
 
CHICAGO
October 25, 2016
10:15-11:15 AM
Lurie – Baldwin Auditorium (1-123)
303 E Superior

Colloquium Presentations Available
Sep 27, 2016
Job Families, ABRF Mentoring and Professor Mondragon’s presentations are attached below.

Core Facilities Colloquium and Awards Luncheon
Sep 26, 2016

The Core Facilities Colloquium and Awards Luncheon took place on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Hilton Orrington Hotel in Evanston.

Keynote speakers Vinayak Dravid and Alfonso Mondragon expanded on this year’s theme of Confederations: New Opportunities for Core Facilities. Discussion sessions included Core-Specific Job Families, Confederation and Partnership Opportunities and Mentorship and Networking Opportunities.

Outstanding cores were honored and an air of celebration prevailed. Thanks to all who joined us for this event. See you next year!


2016 Core Facility Awards
Aug 26, 2016

We are delighted to announce the Office for Research’s 7th annual core facility awards. Selection of award recipients was based upon information provided in 2016 annual reports as well as other considerations pertaining to the operation of facilities during the past year. All facilities will receive detailed feedback on the assessment process and their performance in the coming weeks.
 
All faculty and staff working in core facilities at Northwestern University are invited to the Core Facilities Colloquium and Awards Luncheon on September 23 (see attachment). All awardees will be honored guests at the luncheon and acknowledged in OR’s Fall Newsletter and on the core facilities website.
 
The Gold Star Award is bestowed on facilities that have placed in the top 10% four or more times. Each of these facilities will receive a commemorative plaque, and each full-time employee will receive $200. The 2016 Gold Star Awardees are
 
Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center (CAM-NIC)
Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE)
Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC)

 
The Outstanding Core Facility Award is bestowed on facilities that place in the top 10% (excluding Gold Star Awardees). Each facility will receive a commemorative plaque and a $2,000 voucher for discretionary use related to the operation of the facility (e.g., professional development, workshop, seminar program). The 2016 Outstanding Core Facility Awardees are
 
RHLCC’s Flow Cytometry Facility
Medicinal and Synthetic Chemistry Core (ChemCore)
Center for Translational Imaging (CTI)

 
The following are recognized as Honorable Mention for placing in the top 20%. The 2016 Honorable Mention facilities are
 
High Throughput Analysis Laboratory (HTAL)
Simpson Querrey Institute’s Peptide Synthesis Core
Skin Disease Research Center (SDRC) Core Facilities


LED Microscopy Initiative Nikon Presentation Available
Feb 22, 2016

Christopher Mauer, NIkon’s Advanced Imaging Specialist, gave two talks on the Evanston and Chicago campuses in late January 2016 on why the time for switching to an LED illuminator is NOW.

Topics included how LEDs help the environment, improve research, and save money.

You can view the PDF of the presentaiton here, Mauer – Jan 2016 Presentation.

If you have any questions about the LED Microscopy Initiative, please contact Christopher Mauer, cmauer@nikon.net or Phil Hockberger, p-hockberger@northwestern.edu


 

2015

Kellogg Leadership and Management in Core Facilities Course Completed
Nov 23, 2015

The Kellogg Executive Education Course took place November 16-19, 2015, and was attended by Operation Directors and Managers of Core Faciities.

This year, iLab Solutions, LLC presented two travel awards to participants from U. of Nebraska – Lincoln (Sophie Alvarez) and McGill University in Montreal, Quebec (Claire Brown).

Kellogg faculty covered topics that included Team Building, Managerial Accounting, What is YOUR Value Proposition, Marketing Strategies, and Value Pricing Strategies.

More information about the course can be found here.


2015 Outstanding Core Facility Awards
Sep 23, 2015

Four cores were honored at the Outstanding Core Facilities Luncheon on 9/17/15 in the Allen Center.

The Center for Advanced Molecular Imagaing (CAMI), the Developmental Therapeutics Core (DTC), the Peptide Synthesis Core, and the Skin Disease Research Center (SDRC) are the 2015 recipients of the Outstanding Core Facility Award.

Vice President for Research, Jay Walsh and Executive Director of Research Facilities, Phil Hockberger lauded the awardees’ excellent achievements.

Congratulations!

CAMI: Jay Walsh (VPR), Xingyao He, E. Alex Waters, Sheila Judge, Phil Hockberger (Executive Director of Reserach Facilities)

DTC: Jay Walsh (VPR), Fraser Aird, Christine Mantis, Angki Kandela, Mike Sara, Phil Hockberger (Executive Director of Reserach Facilities)

Peptide Synthesis Core: Jay Walsh (VPR), Kathy Burgess, Mark Karver, Chris Tarczynski, Phil Hockberger (Executive Director of Reserach Facilities)

SDRC: Jay Walsh (VPR), Aya Kobeissi, Amy Paller, Pnkaj Bhalla, Phil Hockberger (Executive Director of Reserach Facilities)


Office for Research Announces 2015 Core Facility Awards
Jul 17, 2015

The Office for Research (OR) recently announced its 6th annual core facility awards. Selection of award recipients was based upon information provided in 2015 annual reports as well as other considerations pertaining to the operation of facilities during the past year. All facilities will receive detailed feedback on the assessment process and their performance in the coming weeks. All awardees will be recognized in OR’s August Newsletter.

This year OR introduced a new Gold Star Award for facilities that placed in the top 10% four or more times. Each of these facilities will receive a commemorative plaque, and each full-time employee will receive $200. The 2015 Gold Star Awardees are

Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center (CAM-NIC)
Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE)
Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC)

The Outstanding Core Facility Award is bestowed on facilities that place in the top 10% each year (excluding Gold Star Awardees going forward). The faculty directors, managers, staff and business administrators of these facilities will be honored guests at an awards luncheon in September sponsored by OR. In addition, each facility will receive a commemorative plaque and a $2,000 voucher for discretionary use related to the operation of the facility (e.g., professional development, workshop, seminar program). The 2015 Outstanding Core Facility Awardees are

Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI)
Developmental Therapeutics Core (DTC)
Simpson Querrey Institute’s Peptide Synthesis Core
Skin Disease Research Center (SDRC) Core Facilities

OR also acknowledged Honorable Mention facilities that placed in the top 20% this year. The 2015 Honorable Mention facilities are

RHLCC’s Flow Cytometry Facility – and Most Improved!
Medicinal and Synthetic Chemistry Core (ChemCore)
High Throughput Analysis Laboratory (HTAL)

Congratulations to all of these facilities for their outstanding achievements!


2014

Kellogg Core Leadership Course Completed
Dec 17, 2014
This Kellogg Executive Education course took place on December 8-11, 2014, and was attended by 19 Operation Directors and Managers of Core Facilities.
 
Kellogg faculty covered topics that included team building, building strong social networks, managerial accounting, value pricing strategies, understanding customers, segmentation-targeting-positioning, YOUR value proposition, and creating a culture of innovation.
 
Guest speaker, Michael Stanley (Chroma Technology Corp.), shared experiences and lessons learned from a small business perspective.
 
Upon completion, participants formed teams to implement course content into their facilities. A follow-up workshop to share and assess outcomes will take place in May.
 
More information about the course can be found here.

2014 Outstanding Core Facility Awards Luncheon
Sep 29, 2014
The following core facilities were selected by the Office for Research for the 2014 Outstanding Core Facility Awards:
  1. Center for Advanced Microscopy (CAM – formerly called CIF)
  2. Center for Translational Imaging (CTI)
  3. Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC)
  4. Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE)

Winning facilities distinguished themselves in various ways that demonstrated exemplary service and support of research at the University. In particular, selections were based upon administrative services, research and technical staff, resource management, self-assessment, participation in educational and outreach activities, communication of services within and outside of the University, and results of a University-wide customer satisfaction survey.

On September 26, 2014, the Director, Manager and staff of each winning facility were honored guests at an Outstanding Core Facilities Luncheon  sponsored by the Office for Research.

 

 

2013

2013 MWACD Meeting: Presentations
Nov 19, 2013

https://sites.google.com/a/my.abrf.org/mwacd/2013-presentations


Pictures from Outstanding Core Facilities Luncheon
Sep 18, 2013

The following core facilities were selected by the Office for Research for the 2013 Outstanding Core Facility Awards:

  1. Skin Disease Research Center (SDRC) Core Facilities
  2. Cell Imaging Facility (CIF)
  3. Dow-Northwestern-DuPont Collaborative Access Team (DND-CAT)

Winning facilities distinguished themselves in various ways that demonstrated exemplary service and support of research at the University. In particular, selections were based upon administrative services, research and technical staff, resource management, self-assessment, participation in educational and outreach activities, communication of services within and outside of the University, and results of a University-wide customer satisfaction survey. Each winning facility received a $2,000 Award for use related to the operation of the facility (e.g., professional development, hosting a workshop, seminar program).

On September 10th, the Director, Manager and staff of each winning facility were honored guests at an Outstanding Core Facilities Luncheon, sponsored by the Office for Research.

2012