The Clemson Light Imaging Facility is celebrating the importance of light microscopy with “Exploring the Magnificent Microcosm,” a symposium on October 22 from 9:00 to 4:30 in the Clemson Life Sciences Facility (CLIF).

The symposium will feature guest speakers and talks by current users that highlight the types of advanced microscopy currently being applied at CLIF and how advanced microscopy can help with research.

Guest speakers are Dr. Robert Price, USC School of Medicine; and Dr. Hugo Sanabria, Clemson University Department of Physics and Astronomy.

CLIF PHOTO-1“Exploring the Magnificent Microcosm,” may also be of interest to artists, art enthusiasts, designers and others. The event is open to the public.

Many scientific discoveries have been made using advanced light microscopes in the Clemson Light Imaging Facility. Here, researchers study samples such as cancer cells, harmful bacteria, parasites, and toxins in the water and soil. Findings from such studies may be used to advance research discoveries in areas including human health, materials science, environmental conservation and restoration, and product and economic development.

HOOKEd on Microscopy

At CLIF science becomes art as cellular organisms reveal themselves in shapes, patterns and colors for a performance under the lights.

The popular “HOOKEd on Microscopy” contest is a showcase for the beautiful, riveting images that can be produced with a microscope. The contest brings entries from people around country. The only requirement is that the image be taken with a light microscope.

HOOKEd on Microscopy winners will be announced at 2:45 pm. Final votes can be made from 9:00 – 1:00 pm.

For a complete agenda of the day’s events, please contact To view all of the entries for the “HOOKEd on Microscopy” Micrograph competition, please visit the CLIF Facebook page at

About CLIF

The Clemson Light Imaging Facility houses a collection of 11 light microscopes. Some of the most technologically advanced light microscopes in the southeastern United States are located there. Two full-time scientists and four undergraduate interns are available to teach researchers how to use the systems. Scientists at Clemson and nearby schools or private businesses use the state-of-the art microscopes and access the technical and scientific support of the staff.

For more information about the equipment and services offered by the CLIF, visit the website at