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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Where Science Meets Society

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It’s the Little Things
Multiphoton Confocal Microscope Zeiss 710 with Mai Tai eHP Ti:Sapphire Laser; Imaris 3D Visualization Package

IGB Pollen Power Camp for Middle School Girls
Andrew Leakey, Glenn Fried and Mayandi Sivaguru
Core Facilities & Microscopy Suite

Funded by the NSF and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

These fancifully shaped orange and yellow modes represent individual pollen grains from a water-willow plant Justicia asclepiadea and white spruce Picea glauca respectively. A team of middle school girls participating in the IGB Pollen Power! summer camp created images of the pollen grain, which were then transformed into a 3D computer model and printed in plastic at the University of Illinois College of Business MakerLab. This is one of several hands-on activities through which camp participants learn about plant biology. The grant that provides support for the camp also funds research on development of ozone-resistance in corn.