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Michigan Teacher Wins Digital Microscope from Olympus


'MIC-D' Microscope Adds Digital Imaging Technology to Pontiac's Science Program

Melville, N.Y., August 12, 2003 - Olympus America Inc., a leading provider of innovative, high quality optics and digital products for the consumer and healthcare markets, today announces that Tiah McKinney of Pontiac School District in Pontiac, Mich., was the winner of a promotional contest and received a MIC-D digital microscope for her district. The MIC-D is a digital microscope that sends images directly to a computer, allowing educators to display magnified images on a computer monitor or a projection screen for viewing by an entire class of students.

McKinney and 25 other educators attended the Summer Leadership Institute hosted by the National Science Education Leadership Association from July 13-16 in Plymouth, Mass. McKinney participated in the "Digital Decisions: Instructional Technology in the Science Classroom" workshop and her name was selected as the winner of the MIC-D microscope.

After receiving the MIC-D microscope, McKinney immediately started preparing a presentation on the digital microscope for all science teachers in her district. "The MIC-D is so amazing, it's going to revolutionize the way we teach science in Pontiac this year," McKinney said. "The ability to show an entire class the same magnified image is something we've never been able to do before and it will make a true difference in the teachers' abilities to ensure our students are all mastering critical science concepts. And the instructional materials available on the MIC-D website mean we can immediately start using this when our students return to the classroom on August 25, 2003."

McKinney joined the Pontiac School District in November 2002 as a Science Consultant. In September 2003 she will become the district's Curriculum Supervisor - Science. The district has an enrollment of 12,300 students who attend classes in 14 elementary schools, five middle schools and two high schools.

"Being able to show what MIC-D is and how it works during the National Science Education Leadership Association conference allowed us to highlight digital imaging technology to hundreds of science educators," said Christopher Higgins, Product Manager (Olympus Scientific Equipment Group). "Teachers deserve to have the very best instructional technologies in their classrooms and we are thrilled that Tiah McKinney will be able to infuse Pontiac's science instruction with MIC-D and the wealth of lesson plans and instructional resources provided on its companion website."

About MIC-D
The heart of the MIC-D is a CMOS digital camera that sends digital images directly to the computer. Traditional microscopes use eyepieces for viewing, allowing only one student at a time to see the enlarged image. With the MIC-D, an entire class can see the magnified image at the same time on a computer monitor or projection screen, viewing full-color 310,000-pixel (640 x 480) images. Using bundled software, images can be instantly captured, saved, modified and e-mailed. And if one image is not enough, the MIC-D can even make digital real-time or time-lapse AVI movies.

Key to the MIC-D is its inverted design-the lens looks up at the stage rather than down on the specimen. This allows, for example, large objects and dishes of water to be observed with remarkable clarity. Additionally, the MIC-D features a versatile illumination system that can be tilted at different angles to enhance contrast and even allows reflected light viewing for solid materials.

Instead of a series of fixed lenses, the MIC-D uses one master lens that zooms from 22x to 255x. Students and teachers can change magnification easily, via a tactile handgrip, without moving or disrupting the sample. And with the inverted design, the sample is almost always near the lens so only minor focusing is required.

Digital image galleries show all the illumination techniques possible with the MIC-D. Also available are an online demo, an illustrated "how to" guide for the digital microscope, sample applications, plus curricula on optics, microscopy and digital image processing. Find all of these resources at http://www.mic-d.com/.

Pricing and availability
For ordering information, visit http://www.mic-d.com/. The MIC-D is also available from Fisher Scientific Company L.L.C. (www.fisherscientific.com). Suggested retail price is $995.

About Olympus
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., with its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing optical-digital product solutions for health care and consumer segments. The company leverages R&D investment in technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines that include:

  • Minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical endoscopes;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Chemistry-immuno analyzers and lab automation systems; and
  • Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.
  • In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus America Inc. a subsidiary of Olympus Optical Co., serves health care, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial and other service offerings and is the leading brand in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical microscopes. Olympus America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and parent company to develop state-of-the-art products and services that are innovative, intelligent, and easy to use. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.