McCrone Professional Associations
American Chemical Society (ACS)
As a celebration of “National Chemistry Week,” McCrone Research Institute has been an exhibitor for more than 20 years providing demonstrations to families, young people ages 10-16 years old, and teachers – introducing people to the wonders and capabilities of the microscope. Chemistry Day is held annually at local universities and is sponsored by: American Chemical Society (ACS), Chicago Section in Partnership with Science Chicago. Learn more
American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
McCrone Research Institute (McRI) regularly offers courses for Art Conservators with special assistance from the AIC. Each year, the Conservation Center Institute of Fine Arts at New York University hosts a McRI course with discounted tuition for AIC members. We also teach courses on Microscopy for Art Conservators at our facility in downtown Chicago and at the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies in Mount Carroll, Illinois, with special discounts for AIC members. Learn more
California Association of Criminalists (CAC)
The California Association of Criminalists, in conjunction with the A. Reed and Virginia McLaughlin Endowment Fund, and McCrone Research Institute work cooperatively to provide a Customized Forensic Microscopy course in California. Through this endowment, California criminalists will gain specialized training in all aspects of forensic polarized light microscopy on your site using McCrone Research Institute’s microscopes, expertise, and experience. Learn more
Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
McCrone Research Institute has enjoyed a long tradition of cooperation with the Campbell Center, offering courses and instruction in microscopy, microanalysis and microchemistry. These courses meet the training needs of individuals who work to preserve historic landscapes and cultural, historic and artistic properties. For nearly 30 years, the Campbell Center (located in Mt. Carroll, Illinois) has offered individual courses and workshops. The course “Microscopy for Pigment and Fiber Identification in Art and Artifacts” is taught there every year by Dr. Gary J. Laughlin of McCrone. Learn more
Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts – New York University
The Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts – New York University (NYU) has repeatedly coordinated with McCrone Research Institute to offer the “Chemical Microscopy of Art and Artifacts” course for conservators and art history professionals at their facility in New York, New York. The emphasis of this course will be on art objects, especially paintings, but also textiles and paper. Students learn to use the microscope and sampling procedures necessary to study a wide variety of materials including pigments and fibers. Learn more
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Dr. McCrone attended Cornell University and, under the study of Émile Chamot, completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 1938 and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1942. After leaving Cornell for Chicago, he incorporated McCrone Research Institute in 1960 and later dedicated the laboratories and building in Chicago to the late Professor Émile Monnin Chamot.
In the 1990s, Dr. McCrone and Mrs. Lucy McCrone made possible the full endowment of the Chamot Professorship at Cornell University. Light microscopy is now regularly taught in the departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Fiber Science and Apparel Design at Cornell University. Dr. Gary Laughlin teaches Chemical Microscopy (McRI course #1202) in Baker Lab every summer. Learn more
Evanston Township High School (ETHS)
McCrone Research Institute has been a speaker at Evanston Township High Schools annual career education program, called “Career Connections.” Helping students to make the connection between the importance of what they are learning in high school and how it translates into the world of work, by speaking to science classes about our career journey and experiences and demonstrating the capabilities of the microscope. We also host two students each year for a day of job shadowing. Learn more
Know Your Chicago – The University of Chicago, Graham School of General Studies
McCrone Research Institute has been a featured part of the 2008 Know Your Chicago: CSI tour. The institute hosted 240 guests over 2 days. The guests were given an introduction to Polarized Light Microscopy and McCrone. Tour guests learned about collecting trace evidence from bullets and even had some hands on time in the lab identifying hair and fibers. Learn more
Light microscopes and stereo microscopes from Leica Microsystems combine outstanding optical performance with student-friendly features. Leica provides microscopes for various training courses, workshops and special events in support of McCrone Research Institute’s educational and research programs. Learn more
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
McCrone Research Institute has in its collections a large number and variety of painting materials including pigments from the private collection of Edward Waldo Forbes, former Director of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. McRI’s Forbes collection includes hundreds of pigments and related materials in powder form including photomicrographs, descriptions and microscope preparations suitable for examination by light and electron microscopy and chemical analysis. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has amassed a database for informations in their Forbes Pigment Database including inventory, locations and analysis results. Learn more
National Guard Bureau Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CST) Microscope Specialty Training Program
McCrone Research Institute has been selected to teach specialized microscope and micro-analytical training to the National Guard Bureau’s Civil Support Teams. The program is producing students with advanced and specialized scientific skills in microscopical techniques and procedures used to combat the threat of WMD terrorist and warfare acts to mitigate their impact on human health and the environment. WMD-Microscopy specialists are instrumental in combating the threat of WMD terrorism by bringing their skills to the military and civilian response communities.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
McCrone Research Institute staff produced and contributed photomicrographs of pigments for display in the Monet’s Water Lilies exhibit at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The exhibit re-unites the three panels of Water Lilies. The exhibit also features a “Looking Closer” gallery, which used X-radiography to explore how Monet developed and reworked Water Lilies over the course of eleven years. The photomicrographs are displayed in the “Looking Closer” gallery as part of an interactive touch screen feature.
NIJ Forensic Microscopy Training Program I & II
The NIJ Forensic Microscopy Training Programs provide basic and advanced forensic microscopy education and training to prepare forensic scientists for the identification and characterization of physical evidence. Participants will learn polarized light microscopy and related techniques through intensive, hands-on courses and instruction. Courses in Forensic Polarized Light Microscopy, Advanced Forensic Microscopy: Human and Animal Hair, Advanced Forensic Microscopy: Hair and Fibers, Advanced Forensic Microscopy: Paint and Polymers, Sample Preparation and Manipulation, and Advanced Forensic Microscopy: Glass began in January 2008. They are open to forensic science practitioners in microscopy or trace evidence, who work in state or local crime laboratories. McCrone Research Institute has received federal funds from the National Institute of Justice to provide advanced training to forensic scientists. The project is funded under support of cooperative agreements 2007-DN-BX-K207 and 2009-DN-BX-K212.
State Microscopical Society of Illinois (SMSI)
Dr. McCrone invited the State Microscopical Society of Illinois (SMSI) into McCrone Research Institute during the 1960s, providing gratis clerical, secretarial and professional services in addition to facilities for the storage of its collections. SMSI continues to utilize McRI lecture rooms and classrooms for its adult and young student groups, general meetings and workshops. SMSI holds its annual meeting and auction at the annual Inter/Micro conference, hosted by McRI, and presents awards to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to microscopy. Learn more
University of Illinois at Chicago
As part of the requirements to complete a Masters of Forensic Science program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), students attend Forensic Microscopy training at the McCrone Research Institute. UIC affords full graduation credit for McRI course work completed and McRI offers internships and scholarships to UIC students. Learn more