[nabs-l] Microscope Usage in Science Classes

Neel Sheth sheth.neel.s at gmail.com
Mon Dec 4 15:19:44 UTC 2017

Hello Logan, 
When it comes to microscopy, I’ve found that the best solution is to ask your university’s disability services office to hire a lab assistant with a scientific background, ideally, someone in the same major. For my general microbiology lab last semester, I had a lab assistant who had taken the same course the year before, so had plenty of practice using microscopes. During labs, I would take any additional notes on the procedure I’d think I needed, and use read through the procedure in the lab manual. The assistant would perform the stain with the exact instructions I gave him, even going as far as to asking me how to adjust the magnification on the microscopes for each observation. For this particular lab, we had to come back to the life sciences building a few times a week after lab days to make more observations. The assistant would then send me an email with the observations at the end of the week. 
Let me know if you have any other questions. 

> On Dec 3, 2017, at 8:10 PM, Logan Anderson via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am a university student studying genetic biology. Due to my major I have to take classes that have labs focusing on microscope use and students are tested on their ability to effectively use microscopes to figure out information. I was wondering if any of you have figured out strategies to utilize microscopes or ways of dealing with the information microscopes are used to get. It is important for me to understand what my peers would see under the microscope in class, because understanding cells and their visual appearance is an important part of genetics. i have no usable vision. I usually have a lab assistant who is there to explain anything visual to me, but I am still having trouble understanding the material. I also use a Draftsman during labs, though it doesn't help much, because it is difficult for me to distinguish details in the pictures drawn. 
> Thank you,
> Logan
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