2020 Core Facilities Service Excellence Awards
August 18, 2020
Core Facilities Administration is pleased to announce the Office for Research’s 11th annual Core Facilities Service Excellence Awards. The selection of award recipients was based upon information provided in 2020 annual reports as well as other considerations pertaining to the operation of facilities during the past year. In recognition of their achievement, each awarded core will receive a commemorative plaque and acknowledgment on the CFA website. Details on the annual reporting process and scoring criteria can be found here. Awardees typically score as Outstanding or Excellent in at least five of the eight categories that Core Facilities Administration uses to evaluate cores.
|Analytical bioNanoTechnology Equipment Core||Northwestern Proteomics Center of Excellence Core Facility|
|Biological Imaging Facility||NU Laser and Electronics Design Core|
|Biostatistics Collaboration Center||NUANCE|
|Center for Advanced Microscopy/Nikon Imaging Center||NUSeq|
|Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging||Peptide Synthesis Core|
|Center for Translational Imaging - Cardiovascular||Pulsed Laser Deposition Facility|
|Center for Translational Imaging - Neuro||Quantitative Bio-element Imaging Center|
|ChemCore||Reactor Engineering and Catalyst Testing Core|
|CTC Microsurgery Core||Recombinant Protein Production Core|
|DND-CAT||RHLCCC - Flow Cytometry Core|
|High Throughput Analysis Lab||RHLCCC Pathology Core|
|Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center||SBDRC|
|Keck Biophysics Facility|
Congratulations to all of the winners with special congratulations to NU-LED, Pulsed Laser Deposition, and rPPC as first time award recipients.
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CFaD Program Helps Cores Innovate
January 30, 2020
Core facilities frequently struggle to innovate, since effort funded through recharge activities must support delivering services and cannot be used to develop new service lines. This means that cores with very high recoveries have limited ability to develop new service lines, even when relatively small investments are needed to conduct proof of concept experiments needed to bring new services online. This problem is especially acute when these proof-of-concept experiments are needed to demonstrate capabilities for individual PI grants.
The Core Facilities Administration created the Core Facilities Development Grant Program (CFaD) to bridge this gap — and has already helped jumpstart efforts to enhance some Cores.
For example, the Center for Advanced Microscopy (CAM) and Mouse Histology and Pathology Laboratory (MHPL) used this program to develop new service lines to prepare thicker, sectioned tissue for analysis by light sheet microscopy through a process called clearing, where materials that scatter light are selectively removed. The Kalb group used this process to to compare the spatial distribution of premotor interneurons of the spinal cord between a mouse model of spinal muscular atrophy SMNΔ7 and wildtype littermates as part of a recent proposal.
According to Constadina Arvanitis, CAM facility manager: “This technology is very dependent on the core-to-core workflow between the MHPL and CAM. With this development grant, in addition to investigators being introduced to the technology, CAM and the MHPL could better develop the workflow of incoming clearing projects. This core-to-core interaction has by far increased the support we give to PI labs.”
The data generated under the program has led to more than 10 single investigator grants and is increasing utilization and sustainability for Office for Research cores. Learn more about CFaD here, or contact a member of the Core Facilities team.