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Fees to use the Microscope Facility
effective July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 (FY13)

It has been 5 years since we last raised rates for members and their unassisted use of equipment (self-use). Unfortunately, all our costs, particularly maintenance costs, have increased. Hence, we have increased all rates an average of 10% this fiscal year. To soften the effect for member labs, their membership fees will stay at last year's rates and will only increase to new rates at their anniversary renewal during the fiscal year (FY13). Next fiscal year, please anticipate another, but much smaller rate increase. The FY13 rates effective July 1, 2012 (prior rates) are listed below.

Payment arrangements for Facility services must be established in advance. Typically, a single account is used for charging expenses from an entire lab group, generating monthly billing statements.

Lab Membership in Facility (12 month commitment) Members Non-Members
Membership fee (per lab, under one faculty PI) $120 /mo n/a
First 2 hours of unassisted microscope use for each month (shared by entire lab); hourly charge for additional usage included
(no additional fee)
not eligible
Basic training: network/server access and image formatting included
(no additional fee)
not eligible
Equipment use        
All microscopes: staff-assisted/staff-supervised $125 /hr $125 /hr
Confocal & specialized microscopes: unassisted use (self-use)
Except (see below): Olympus Color Histology (OLC), Olympus Upright (OL2), Nikon Fluor Dissecting (NKD)
$25 /hr not eligible
Basic microscopes: unassisted use (self-use)
Only: Olympus Color Histology (OLC), Olympus Upright (OL2), Nikon Fluor Dissecting (NKD)
$14 /hr not eligible
Training (prepare for unassisted self-use) $115 /hr not eligible
Certification (test to allow unassisted self-use) $25 /15 min not eligible
Specimen preparatory equipment, unassisted self-use
Supplies are not included; bring your own.
$14 /hr Leica Cryostat only
Computer workstation and image analysis
(Imaris, Volocity, MetaMorph, Zen, SlideBook, etc.)
(no additional fee)
$14 /hr
Custom Projects: Specimen Preparation & Imaging Services        
Custom specimen preparation and imaging services
Lab supplies included, except for high-pressure freezer
$125 /hr $125 /hr
Supplies: high-pressure freezer
Session fee includes all liquid nitrogen and labor to prepare equipment before freezing session. Session fees can be shared between users of the same freezing session. Specimen supplies are sufficient for standard triplicate freezing of each specimen. Fees do not include labor for specimen preparation and their freezing or freeze-substitution (labor extra).
Missed reservation ("No-show") Penalty:
(Zeiss LSM 510-Meta1, 510-Meta2, & 710NLO only)
$75 /episode n/a
Excess reservation time not used
(Zeiss LSM 510-Meta1, 510-Meta2, & 710NLO only)
$16 /hr n/a

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