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Microscopy with Foldscope, A Paper Microscope

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140 32nd Street

#Suite 108

Brooklyn, NY 11232

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Join us to fold your own microscope and discover the wonders of the microscopic world! For this workshop we will be working with Foldscopes, portable origami-based microscopes made simply of paper and a lens. With its 140X magnification power, a Foldscope can be used to observe anything biological or non-biological that you can stick on a slide.

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • assemble a Foldscope
  • prepare microscope slides
  • view your samples with your phone camera
  • use Foldscope in “camera lucida” configuration, project the image you are viewing onto a paper, and draw what you see!

We will also discuss the general principles of light microscopy and have a look at the engineering design process of the Foldscope. Participants are encouraged to bring their smart phone, as well as their own samples to view under the Foldscope.

Sumeyye Yar is a scientist, science educator, maker, and do-it-yourself biology supporter. She received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and worked for three years as a post-doctoral researcher at Northwestern University. Her scientific research expertise is in cardiac muscle biochemistry and cardiometabolic diseases. She has published in numerous scientific journals and conference proceedings. She was also the recipient of several prestigious grants and fellowships, including American Heart Association pre- and post-doctoral fellowships. After completing her post-doctoral studies, she moved to the Netherlands where she taught introductory biotech classes at Waag society’s community laboratory. While teaching at the Waag, she also learned how to use 3D design and fabrication tools to build open source laboratory hardware. She reinvented, as part of her personal project, a 3D printable camera lucida microscope adaptor that converts a regular microscope to a drawing microscope. She has recently moved to NYC and started teaching at Genspace while at the same time partaking in outreach educational activities of BioBus. She is also currently collaborating with a New York-based artist on a BioArt project to grow in vitro meat in a dish.

Jen Liu is a New York-based visual artist working in video, performance, and painting, on topics of national identity, economy, and the re-motivating of archival artifacts. She is a 2017 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in Film/Video, as well as the NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship in Digital/Electronic Art. She has presented work at The Whitney Museum, The New Museum, and Issue Project Room, New York; Royal Academy and ICA in London; Kunsthaus Zurich; Kunsthalle Wien and das weisse haus, Vienna; the Aspen Museum of Art; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; MUSAC, Leon; as well as the 2014 Shanghai Biennale (China) and the Coreana Museum in Seoul, Korea. She has also received multiple grants and residencies, including Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; Sommerakademie, Bern, Switzerland; de ateliers, Amsterdam, NL; the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York; among others. In 2017 she was a resident artist at Tulsa Artist Fellowship in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in 2018 she will be a Swatch Artist in Residence in Shanghai, China, and Pioneer Works Visual Arts resident in Brooklyn, NY.

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