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New Directions in Optical Microscopy

21th March 2018.  
W Brad Amos, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge              

Abstract 
The fourth seminar of the Light microscopy series will be given by William B Amos of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge in the College lecture theatre on Wednesday the 21st of March at 2.00 pm and will address New directions in optical microscopy. The seminar will cover: Multiphoton microscopy on the one hand and Super-resolution methods on the other.  The latter inclu Optical (structured Illumination) and Photochemical (Stimulated Emission Depletion STED, Stochastic optical reconstruction, STORM and Photoactivation Light Microscopy PALM)discuss standardised distances in compound microscopes, lens aberrations, diffraction in the light microscope, Rayleigh resolution and Fourier synthesis. The poster of the series can be downloaded here.

Biography
William Brad Amos was trained as a zoologist, researched in cell biology and is now a designer of optical instruments. With John White, Mick Fordham and Richard Durbin in Cambridge, he developed an instrument that has set the standard of modern confocal microscopes.  Derivatives of this instrument are now made by many companies and are in use throughout the world. His scientific work is now carried out done in collaboration with Gail McConnell in the University of Strathclyde. This collaboration has resulted in several novel applications of optical physics in microscopy, including what is arguably the greatest design change in microscope objectives  for 100 years. This is called the Mesolens, the name signifying that it has the wide field of a photographic macro lens and the high resolution of a microscope objective. 

 

 

 

 

Polarisation and Interference Methods

20th March 2018.  
W Brad Amos, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge              

Abstract 
The third seminar of the Light microscopy series will be given by William B Amos of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge in the College lecture on Tuesday tthe 20th of March at 2.00 pm and will address Polarisation and Interference Methods. The seminar will discuss the nature of polarised light, the way in which polarised light interacts with crystals and biomolecules, differential interference contrast using polarisation and the use of fluorescence in microscopy including fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, fluorescent lifetime measurements and Forster resonance energy transfer.

Biography
William Brad Amos was trained as a zoologist, researched in cell biology and is now a designer of optical instruments. With John White, Mick Fordham and Richard Durbin in Cambridge, he developed an instrument that has set the standard of modern confocal microscopes.  Derivatives of this instrument are now made by many companies and are in use throughout the world. His scientific work is now carried out done in collaboration with Gail McConnell in the University of Strathclyde. This collaboration has resulted in several novel applications of optical physics in microscopy, including what is arguably the greatest design change in microscope objectives  for 100 years. This is called the Mesolens, the name signifying that it has the wide field of a photographic macro lens and the high resolution of a microscope objective. 

 

 

 

 

Ray and Wave Optics and Practical Microscopy

19th March 2018.  
W Brad Amos, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge              

Abstract 
The second seminar of the Light microscopy series will be given by William B Amos of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge in the College lecture theatre on Monday the 19th of March at 4.00 pm and will address Ray and wave optics and practical microscopy. The seminar will discuss standardised distances in compound microscopes, lens aberrations, diffraction in the light microscope, Rayleigh resolution and Fourier synthesis. The poster of the series can be downloaded here.

Biography
William Brad Amos was trained as a zoologist, researched in cell biology and is now a designer of optical instruments. With John White, Mick Fordham and Richard Durbin in Cambridge, he developed an instrument that has set the standard of modern confocal microscopes.  Derivatives of this instrument are now made by many companies and are in use throughout the world. His scientific work is now carried out done in collaboration with Gail McConnell in the University of Strathclyde. This collaboration has resulted in several novel applications of optical physics in microscopy, including what is arguably the greatest design change in microscope objectives  for 100 years. This is called the Mesolens, the name signifying that it has the wide field of a photographic macro lens and the high resolution of a microscope objective. 

 

 

 

 

Resolution and the Nature of Optical Images

19th March 2018.  
W Brad Amos, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge              

Abstract 
The first seminar of the Light microscopy series will be given by William B Amos of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge on Monday the 19th of March in the College lecture theatre at 2.00 pm and will address Resolution and the nature of optical images. The seminar will discuss the nature of images obtained the light microscope, Abbe's equation for resolution as well as recent developments such Interferometric Fluorescent Superresolution Microscopy (iPALM) and Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS). The poster of the series can be downloaded here.

Biography
William Brad Amos was trained as a zoologist, researched in cell biology and is now a designer of optical instruments. With John White, Mick Fordham and Richard Durbin in Cambridge, he developed an instrument that has set the standard of modern confocal microscopes.  Derivatives of this instrument are now made by many companies and are in use throughout the world. His scientific work is now carried out done in collaboration with Gail McConnell in the University of Strathclyde. This collaboration has resulted in several novel applications of optical physics in microscopy, including what is arguably the greatest design change in microscope objectives  for 100 years. This is called the Mesolens, the name signifying that it has the wide field of a photographic macro lens and the high resolution of a microscope objective. 

 

 

 

 

Pietro Balagna

I am a 4th year medical undergraduate enrolled in the Harvey Course (the Medical Course taught in English of the University of Pavia).  I supervise in Medicine for the Harvey Course, I coordinate applications from the Volta Students Union to Acersat, the University body that supports students' activities and I offer the Course in Personal Development Planning to the new students admitted to College.


2017/18

Personal Development Planning  (All University Courses)

01. Tackling your University Course
02. Recognising your strengths and weaknesses
03. Making your personal development plan

 

Chinese Language

Volta aims to build strong links with several Chinese Universities and is keen to promote the learning of Chinese (mandarin) in College.  This project involves contacts with the Chinese Embassy in Rome - currently in progress - and aimed at securing membership of the so-called Confucius Institute, the organisation of the Chinese Ministry for Education of the People's Republic of China promoting Chinese language and culture outside China.

Two Colleges in Rome and three Universities (Cagliari, Tuscia and Urbino)) are currently members of the Institute.  Membership can entail support - financial and/or organisational - toward the teaching of Chinese language.

Volta hopes that its application for membership of the Institute will be successful and plans to run its first Chinese Course in 2018/19.

Spanish Language

Volta decided recently to promote the study of the Spanish language in College following a marked increase in the interest and the number of application for Erasmus placements at Spanish Universities, notably Barcelona.

Further Volta typically hosts between two and four Spanish undergratues each year as 'incoming' Erasmus students and, taken together, therfore, the case for the study of Spanish in College is a strong one.

The College hopes to launch the first Spanish Course at DELE B2 level starting from 2017/18, expects strong interest and is confident that the new Course will enhance the academic ties between Volta and Spanish Universities. Further details of the proposed Course structure can be found at this other web page.

German Language

 The first German classes of Volta were run thanks to the commitment of Claudio Neidhöfer, a senior medical undergraduate  and a long term member of College .

The organisation of a formal German Course at the level required by the majority of German University for Erasmus placecements (DSH level 1) follows the interest of a number of Courses in the initial classes and a deliberate College policy aimed at strenghtening the links between the Volta community and German acaemic Institutions. Volta students studying at German University find a solid infrastructure, strong teaching facilities and well defined sets of rules governing the rights and responsibilities of students and staff.  German Universities therefore provide one of the most effective learning environment across Europe and the students of Collegio Volta should not be denied access as a result of the insufficient knowledge of the German language.

Details of the current structure and arrangements of the German Course can be found at this other web page.

French Language

 The first French classes of Volta were run thanks to the commitment of Giulia Bonarettti, a distinguished undergraduate and later a graduate member of Volta.

The growing interest of Volta undergraduates in Erasmus placements and notably at French Universities and Research Institutes has been the major drive toward formal, College-based French Courses. French is a  language widely spoken in France and a number of other countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Far East and it is the language in which outstanding contributions to European literature, phisophy and science were made.  

The College is specially pleased therefore to be able to offer one level of French (DELF level B2).  This will increase awareness of the weight of French language and culture in the edfice of the European and western world at large, will surely expand the contacts between French academic Institutions and Pavia and will enable more students from Volta to study at French Universities.

Details of the current arrangements toward French Courses can be found at this other web page.

Spanish

Volta plans to offer a Spanish Language Course at a single level: Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) level B2 to College students (DELE tests can be taken at a number of Sopanish cultural Institutes (Instituti Cervantes) across the world. The closest to Collegio Volta is the Instituto Cervantes in Milan.  Following the pattern of College English, French adn German language Course, the Spanish Course under planning will involve 60 hours of teaching from mid November until late April arranged in 30 sessions of 2 hours each (two sessions per week). A poster of the Course can be downloaded here, a Course flyer can be downloaded here.

With the fall of the Spanish dictatorship in 1975 Spain has embarked in a successful journey of freedom and democracy in which Universities have played a major role. Spain hosts a number of fine Universities and Research Institutes and is a popular destination for Italian Erasmus students, not least because the Spanish life pattern is probably close enough to the Italian one.  College is detemined to implement a Spanish Course in order to ensure that Volta students moving to Spain make the best of their time of study there. 

The Course will be set at the standard required by the best Spanish Universities (the standard of language required differs at different Universities) and interested in the Course will be advised to take an online entrance test, such as the Spanish Placement Test offered by Oxford University that provides reliable and useful information about a student's entry level.

Every student at Volta is expected to study a language and currently has a choice of English (3 levels), French (1 level) and German (1 level).  Enrolment fee for all Language Courses at Volta for 2017/18 is expected to be € 100 per Course.

 

 

 

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