Captured my first image on the TEM (or any electron microscope for that matter):
Tonight in my microscopy class, we finally progressed past aligning the TEM to actually viewing a sample. To say I was stoked would be an understatement. In fact, I think it took me three days to stop telling every person I saw about it. But can you blame a girl? I was looking at bacteria (Proteus vulgaris to be exact), but they looked bigger than my face! I think it's safe to say I was over the moon when I found my first bacterium and brought those lovely flagella into focus. Who knew they could be SO long?! But I guess when you're viewing the world at 12,000x, things can look pretty big. While these samples were only negatively stained, I am slowly making progress on my embedded samples and hope to have those imaged soon.
I have to brag about our department for a second and just say how awesome it is that they offer a course graduate students can take where we get the chance to learn how to use EVERY microscope we have in our Optical Analysis Facility. I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity as a young microbiologist.