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History and Rationalle

"Microscopy & Imaging Resources on the WWW" first came on-line in February of 1996 as a sub-set of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center's Experimental Pathology Core (the name was changed to the Cellular Imaging Core in Nov 2002 and then to the Cellular Imaging Facility Core in Nov 2008).

The Facility Core's role is to provide microscopy & imaging related technical support for SWEHSC Investigators. Developing educational materials about microscopy and imaging techniques seemed like a natural outgrowth of the mandate to support members of the Center.

There is a wealth of information on the WWW about microscopy and imaging techniques, however, it is still not well cataloged. I have tried to collect relevant sources that provide educational and technical information about biological microscopy and imaging in a manner that is non-commercial (in the case of information from vendors) and clear enough for graduate students who are neophytes to microscopy and imaging.

I regularly update and add to the links on these pages, as well as add my own original material as I have the time to develop it.

I (Doug Cromey) have managed this site since it first came online. Along the way I've had to learn how to work with HTML, CSS and now Drupal.  I have experience with most of the microscopic techniques on this site, although I will fully admit that I am not what I would consider an expert in any one of them. I have collected these sites as much for my own reference as for the members of the SWEHSC and other visitors from around the world.



I have "glossed over" a number of minor changes that occurred over the last few years, as well as the semi-regular updates and checks for "bad links".

  • Spring 1996 - the site began with individual pages on histology, confocal microscopy, digital imaging and free publications of interest to microscopists.
  • September 1996 - the home page "Microscopy & Imaging Resources on the WWW" was added, as well as an electron microscopy page.
  • October 1996 - the site was announced on the Microscopy & Confocal listservs.
  • March 1998 - the site was completely overhauled and redesigned.
  • Summer 1998 - the web server's domain name was changed from www.pharm.arizona.edu to www.pharmacy.arizona.edu, however the old domain is still (to this day) being forwarded.
  • March 2000 - the existing pages were moved from the pharmacy web server to the new swehsc.pharmacy.arizona.edu server.
  • Summer 2000 - the web pages were completely updated and reorganized, the HTML was modified to fit the official SWEHSC design templates, several new pages were created (K-12 educational resources, links to on-line microscopic images, light microscopy, fluorescence techniques).
  • March 2001 - The site was formally announced on the Microscopy, Confocal & Histology listservs. Page requests for the "old" pages are now being forwarded to the new site. Digital Imaging page is expanded to four pages, including the Ethics page.
  • Fall/Winter 2002-2003 - The Core's name was changed from the "Experimental Pathology Core" to the "Cellular Imaging Core". The web pages were updated to reflect this name change, links were checked/added and a number of downloadable PDF document resources were added.
  • Winter 2004 - The SWEHSC web site was redesigned in the Fall of 2003. The new design was "rolled out" in March 2004.
  • Spring 2008 - The SWEHSC web site was again redesigned in the Fall of 2007. The new design was "rolled out" in October 2008. Based on low usage statistics, a few pages (Search, References for Writers, References for Scientists) were retired this time around.
  • June 2010 - Added Google Analytics to the Cellular Imaging Core pages, link and content updates, etc.
  • March 2012 - The process was begun to port the HTML site over to Drupal. This involved updating pages and matching the new site design. Since this is (at least) the sixth design some of these pages have worn, the hope is that by going to Drupal we can change the site's theme without a lot of extra work required to change the content.
    Since the site has had so many different domain names, the decision was made to make a clean break with past URLs and most of them go to a We've Moved page which would direct people to the new pages. The ability to blog and have news feeds led to the decision to stop creating a 5x/year PDF newsletter.