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McCrone Microscopy Training Course Schedule

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Courses and schedule are subject to change. Check back here frequently for updates and revisions:

2020 McCrone Microscopy Courses

NEW COURSE COMING FALL/WINTER 2020: Microscopy of Combustion Products: Char, Soot, and Ash

April 2020

April 20 – 24: Asbestos Fiber Counting [NIOSH 582] Canceled
April 27 – May 1: Microscopical Identification of Asbestos Canceled

May 2020

May 4 – 8: Applied Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) (1201) / Forensic Microscopy Canceled
May 11 – 15: Food Microscopy Canceled
May 18 – 22: Microscopy of Extraneous and Foreign Matter in Food

June 2020

June 8 – 12: Inter/Micro 2020: International Microscopy Conference: Canceled
June 17 – 18: Microscope Cleaning, Maintenance and Adjustment
June 22 – 26: Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis

July 2020

July 13 – 17: Asbestos Fiber Counting [NIOSH 582]
July 20 – 24: Applied Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) (1201) / Forensic Microscopy
July 27 – 31: Microscopical Identification of Asbestos
July 27 – 31: McCrone Chemical Microscopy at Cornell University

August 2020

August 10 – 14: Sample Preparation and Manipulation for Microanalysis
August 18 – 20: Fluorescence Microscopy
August 24 – 28: Microscopy for the Conservator of Art and Artifacts

September 2020

September 1 – 3: Digital Imaging and Photomicrography
September 21 – 25: Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis

October 2020

October 5 – 9: Advanced Forensic Microscopy (1701) / Advanced Applied Polarized Light Microscopy
October 19 – 23: Asbestos Fiber Counting [NIOSH 582]
October 26 – 30: Indoor Air Quality: Fungal Spore Identification

November 2020

November 2 – 9: Applied Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) (1201) / Forensic Microscopy
November 9 – 13: Microscopical Identification of Asbestos
November 16 – 20: Advanced Asbestos Identification

December 2020

December 7 – 11: Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis