On 20 November, the Centre for Advanced Microscopy (CAM) and the Computer Tomography Lab (CT Lab) hosted an event to celebrate the opening of the joint Advanced Imaging Precinct (AIP).
Attendees enjoyed a tour through the new facilities where the capabilities of the two facilities were highlighted. The event culminated in the unveiling of a plaque in the AIP foyer designed and created by two Canberra artists, Dr. Julie Brooke and Geoff Farquhar Still.
Dr Frank Brink and Dr Melanie Rug conducted a tour of CAM's facilities. Professor Tim Senden, Director of the Research School of Physics and Engineering and Head of the CT Lab, spoke to guests about the CT equipment and capabilities. Dr Mark Lockery, Microanalysis Research Officer and SEM Process Engineer, also spoke with visitors about the ANFF Scanning Electron Microscope, which is housed in the AIP.
Dr Melanie Rug, Director of the AIP, the ANU node of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF), welcomed guests and spoke about CAM's move to the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR), acknowledging the support of the different colleges, the users of the two facilities, the generosity of JCSMR in hosting CAM and the CT Lab, and the collegiate attitude which has helped to make this possible.
Professor Kiaran Kirk, Dean of the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment (CMBE), also spoke about the new precinct and the artwork.
The plaque unveiling was performed by Professor Kiaran Kirk, Professor John Carver, Acting Dean of the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (CPMS) and Director of the Research School of Chemistry, and Professor Thushara Abhayapala, Deputy Dean of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), symbolising the shared facilities at the ANU campus.
After the unveiling, Dr Julie Brooke and Graham Farquhar-Still spoke about the plaque and the inspiration for the commissioned work.