Smithsonian and Olympus Team Up for Q?rius - A Comprehensive Educational-Scientific Experience for the American Public

         Smithsonian and Olympus Team Up for Q?rius - A Comprehensive
          Educational-Scientific Experience for the American Public

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." --Albert Einstein

PR Newswire

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., Dec. 10, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Olympus, a global technology
leader in imaging solutions for healthcare, life and materials science and
consumer electronics products, is partnering with the Smithsonian, the world's
largest museum and research complex, to create Q?rius (pronounced "Curious"),
a new hub of scientific activity and education based at the Smithsonian's
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington D.C. Olympus is
supporting Q?rius, the comprehensive 10,000-square-foot experiential learning
center, with a donation of dozens of microscopes and imaging systems that will
enable museum visitors, along with remote participants, to access more than
6,000 bones, minerals and fossils in the NMNH's collection and engage in
active, ongoing scientific inquiry.

Q?rius is a first-of-its-kind interactive and experimental environment.
Through involvement with scientists and interactions with thousands of
authentic objects, visitors will experience how science is relevant to them
and how they can develop the skills to become the scientists of tomorrow.
Q?rius is designed so that students and other visitors will contribute to the
world's body of scientific knowledge and participate in investigating actual
research questions by working with actual research objects. A key part of the
process is that students, with help from Smithsonian scientists, will use
professional-level microscopes and other instruments to probe and study
specimens that get them engaged in and excited about the scientific process.

"We are grateful to Olympus for their generous donation of software,
accessories, manpower and high quality microscopes to Q?rius," said Elizabeth
Duggal, Associate Director for Public Engagement at the NMNH. "Through their
support we are able to offer students the unique opportunity to examine
collections using the same scientific instruments that Smithsonian researchers
do every day. We're fortunate to have a partner like Olympus who shares our
vision of inspiring the next generation of scientists to become better
stewards of our natural world."

Olympus is contributing significantly by the donation of more than 50 fully
loaded, professional scientific microscope imaging systems, along with a
variety of cameras, monitors, PCs, stands, software and more. As part of its
donation, Olympus is providing a DSX100 opto-digital imaging system, a
free-angle wide-zoom microscope that combines cutting-edge optical performance
with the operational convenience of a smartphone or tablet. The DSX100 will
capture detailed 3D images of specimens for archiving and online access,
enabling people to participate in aspects of the Q?rius experience from
anywhere in the world. Other key instruments donated include a comprehensive
BX63 life science research microscope system equipped with fluorescence and
differential interference contrast illumination optics and an advanced
research digital camera; a BX53 life science research microscope configured
for polarized light microscopy; several BX43 upright compound teaching
microscopes, each equipped with five viewing heads for teaching and group
observation; and dozens of stereo and dissecting microscopes set up throughout
the Q?rius space for use by visitors and school groups. As an added benefit,
users will be coached and mentored in using the equipment by Smithsonian
scientists and trained educator-volunteers. Along with hardware and software,
Olympus is providing extensive staff time for training and support.

"It is an honor to be part of the vital Q?rius program. We are proud to help
members of the public participate in the scientific process in collaboration
with The Smithsonian, and, through their experience, be inspired to support
scientific research and to pursue careers in science," said Hidenao Tsuchiya,
President, Scientific Equipment Group, Olympus Corporation of the Americas.
"Olympus has roots in innovation, healthcare and service to humanity that go
back nearly a century. Today, supporting science education is one of our top
corporate priorities, and we are a natural fit with the goals and challenges
of Q?rius."

Q?rius, located on the ground floor of the museum at the north entrance on
Constitution Avenue N.W., will open to the public on Dec. 12. Olympus
equipment has already arrived at the Museum and the full complement of
instruments will be in use by the end of December.

For more information about Q?rius, visit

About Olympus America Inc., Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus America Scientific Equipment Group, a division of global technology
leader Olympus, provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for
researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators. Olympus microscope systems
offer unsurpassed optics, superior construction and system versatility to meet
the ever-changing needs of microscopists, paving the way for future advances
in life science. Its industrial division produces innovative test,
measurement, inspection and imaging instruments used for quality control, R&D
and other technical applications. Olympus' portfolio of micro-imaging and
metrology systems supplies reliable, economical solutions designed to enhance
safety, security, quality and productivity.

About Olympus
Olympus is a global technology leader, designing and delivering innovative
imaging solutions in its core business areas:

  oMedical and Surgical Products: Gastrointestinal endoscopy, minimally
    invasive surgical products, and accessories
  oLife Science Imaging Systems: Advanced research, clinical/educational
    microscopes, and research/educational digital imaging systems
  oIndustrial Measurement and Imaging Instruments: Industrial research,
    engineering, test, inspection and measuring instruments
  oCameras and Audio Products: Digital cameras and voice recorders

Through this technology, Olympus focuses on enhancing people's lives every day
and helping people enjoy the continuum of life. For more information, visit

About the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is the most visited
natural history museum in the world. Opened in 1910, the museum on the
National Mall is dedicated to maintaining and preserving the world's most
extensive collection of natural history specimens and human artifacts. It also
fosters significant scientific research and educational programs and
exhibitions that present the work of its scientists to the public.

SOURCE Olympus America Inc.

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