Oct 27, 2023 | Paola Pinto The College of Science at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), part of the University of Alabama System, expresses profound gratitude to Martha and G. Daniel Case for their generous endowment that keeps enhancing the Shelby Center for Science and Technology (SST). The endowed funds have been instrumental in advancing our commitment to nurturing young minds and fostering groundbreaking research endeavors. Thanks to this invaluable philanthropic support, we can acquire the resources our students, faculty, and staff need to further our mission. Nikon Ti2A microscope at the Shelby Center for Science and Technology The recent addition of the Nikon Ti2A microscope to our SST research facilities greatly improves the College's biology and chemistry research capabilities, empowering our students and faculty to go further in their scientific pursuits. Dr. Bradley R. Kramer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, emphasizes that the Nikon Ti2A's advanced features enable UAH investigators and students to delve into the complex world of protein distribution in various tissue and cell types. Equipped with high-powered objectives and a high-sensitivity, low-noise camera, it facilitates the capture of exceptionally detailed, high-resolution images. Its remarkable 25mm field of view enhances data capture in every image, while the motorized stage allows for seamless imaging of large tissue regions by stitching together multiple individual images, providing a comprehensive view of intricate biological structures. The integration of SRC Biosciences' stereology system elevates precision in estimating cell counts and other cellular components within three-dimensional tissue spaces. This innovative technology, complemented by an analysis workstation featuring NIS Elements software, is set to become a cornerstone in advancing scientific understanding and driving discoveries in cellular and tissue biology at UAH. Dr. Kramer highlights the immense potential of this new addition to our research capabilities. Revamped Study Area at the Shelby Center for Science and Technology. In addition to leveling up our research instrumentation, Martha and G. Daniel Case’s generous gift allowed us to make the SST lobby more functional: The revamped lobby space now boasts a sleek and contemporary design, creating an inviting and inspiring environment for our students. With comfortable seating arrangements and an atmosphere that encourages and facilitates focused study and collaboration, it has truly become a hub of productivity and innovation. The Case family's generosity has enriched the physical infrastructure of UAH's College of Science and planted the seeds for the development of innovative ideas and groundbreaking discoveries that will shape the future of science. As we move forward, we remain dedicated to utilizing these resources to inspire and empower the scientific minds of today and tomorrow, ensuring that the legacy of the Cases' philanthropy lives on in the discoveries and achievements of our students and faculty.