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Nikon’s Small World Winning Images Exhibit at the National Academy of Sciences

Nikon Instruments and the National Academy of Sciences today announced that the 32nd exhibition of Nikon’s Small World winning images will be featured at the National Academies Keck Center in Washington, D.C. from November 1 through December 20, 2006. The exhibition will be celebrated with a reception on November 16 at the Keck Center. After its initial showing in the National Academies Keck Center, the exhibit will move to the National Academy of Sciences Building at 2100 C St., N.W., where it will be on view from Jan. 15 to May 1, 2007.

Founded in 1975 to recognize excellence in photography through the microscope, Nikon’s Small World competition is the leading forum for celebrating the beauty and complexity of objects seen through the light microscope. The competition is open to all scientific disciplines and photographic formats. The annual selection of winners is chosen by an independent panel of judges.

“Each year Small World winning images contribute to an ever growing historical archive reflecting our artistic and scientific progress in technology, research, communication, medicine, and industry,” said Lee Shuett, senior vice president, Nikon Instruments. “The modern microscope has evolved from a simple optical device to a high tech system of information processing and imaging technology. These technologies come together to help us to better understand our world and create incredible imagery unlike any the world has ever seen.”

“The disciplines of science, art, and technology share a common purpose: to illuminate and deepen our understanding of the world around us,” said JD Talasek, director of Exhibitions and Cultural Programs at the National Academy of Sciences. “Images such as those presented in the Small World exhibition exemplify the power of these disciplines to make the invisible visible. This revelation of natural phenomenon inspires awe and renews our sense of discovery.”

Related events:
Sidewalk Science, Nikon Small World Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: September 25 - January 31, 2007
Location: Sidewalk Science screen outside of the Koshland Science Museum, 6th & E Sts NW, Washington, DC
Hours: 24 hours per day
More Information: (202) 334-1201, ksm@nas.edu, or http://www.koshland-science.org

Microscope demonstration and discussion with Dr. Jennifer Waters, Harvard Medical School
Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., and 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: Koshland Science Museum, 6th and E Sts NW, Washington, DC
More Information: (202) 334- 1201, ksm@nas.edu, or http://www.koshland-science.org

Nikon Small World Exhibition
Date: Wednesday, November 1 to December 20, 2006
Time: By appointment, call (202) 334-2436
Location: National Academies’ Keck Center, First Floor Gallery, 500 Fifth
St NW, Washington DC

Exhibition reception with introduction by Lee Shuett, senior vice president, Nikon Instruments
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2006
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: National Academies’ Keck Center, First Floor Gallery, 500 Fifth St NW, Washington DC

Nikon Small World Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: January 15 - May 1, 2007
Location: National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C St NW, Upstairs Gallery
Hours: Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More Information: (202) 334-2436, arts@nas.edu, or http://www.nationalacademies.org/arts

ABOUT NIKON INSTRUMENTS INC.
Nikon Instruments Inc., world leader in microscope and advanced digital imaging technology, is committed to providing its customers with quality products for bioscience research and industrial applications; high-performance semiconductor wafer handling and inspection equipment; and advanced high-speed, vision-based and optical measuring tools. For more information, visit the Nikon Web site at http://www.nikonusa.com. Product related inquiries can be directed to Nikon Instruments at 800-52-NIKON.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
The National Academies - National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council - provides independent, objective advice on issues that affect people’s lives worldwide. For over twenty years, the Office of Exhibitions and Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences has sponsored exhibitions, concerts, and other events that explore relationships among the arts and sciences. For further information, please visit http://www.nationalacademies.org/arts.

ABOUT NIKON’S SMALL WORLD COMPETITION
The Nikon Small World contest was founded in 1975 to recognize excellence in photography through the microscope. Each year, Nikon makes the winning images accessible to the public through the Nikon Small World calendar, a national museum tour, and an electronic gallery featured at http://www.nikonsmallworld.com. The competition’s reputation has grown over the years and is regarded as the leading forum for recognizing beauty and complexity as seen through the microscope. The competition is open to anyone with an interest in photomicrography. Participants may access entry forms and submit their images in traditional 35mm format, or upload digital images directly at MicroscopyU.

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