October  2017

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2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson, winners of this year's Nobel prize in chemistry. Photograph: UNIVERSITY LAUSANNE/COLUMBIA/CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY/EPA

The Microscopy Society of America would like to extend our congratulations to Drs. Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for their Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work in "developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution." All three Scientists have been honored by MSA with the Distinguished Scientist Award. Dr. Dubochet received his award in 2009; Dr. Henderson in 2005; and Dr. Frank in 2003.
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MSA 2018 Society Awards
The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 MSA Society Awards. The Society awards consist of eight separate awards honoring individuals in the microscopy field. You can find out more about the awards and the nomination process on the MSA website. Please note that all nominations are submitted online and must be completed by the deadline of October 31, 2017.  For further information or questions please contact  AssociationManagement@microscopy.org .

MSA Fellows Class of 2018 Nominations Extended   
Several people have expressed an interest in submitting nominations for the 2018 Class of Fellows, but unfortunately missed the Sept 30 deadline for submission of the Nomination Packages. To accommodate these Nominations and to allow others to nominate MSA members who have made outstanding contributions to microscopy the deadline for Fellows nominations has been extended to October 31, 2017. For further information on the MSA Fellows program and guidelines for submission of a nomination package please visit http://www.microscopy.org/awards/fellows.cfm.

M&M 2018 Website Now Available!
M&M 2018 will be held August 5-9, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The paper submission site will open November 1, 2017.

Education Outreach
Are you interested in getting involved with the educational outreach activities of MSA? Please contact Kathleen Shugart, Education Outreach Chair, for more information.

MSA to Discontinue Society 800 Number
The Society has now discontinued its 800 number. Most members can call the MSA office at the regular telephone number, 703-234-4115, without incurring long distance charges (e.g, via cell phone). Alternatively, members wishing to speak to an MSA Staff Member by telephone can e-mail the office AssociationManagement@microscopy.org with a short message and call-back number. Please let us know if you have any concerns about this change.
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Microscopy Tool Can "See" Through Dense Tissue: Study
Nikon, one of the leading manufacturers of microscopes, also hosts an annual microscopy competition (and you can use any company's microscopes to enter). We've shared some of our favorite images with you in years past, since they've been every bit as artistic as good photography and, in many cases, reveal important details about the natural world-details that we'd otherwise never be able to appreciate.   Read more  here.    

Latest microscopy videos will show chemistry from another angle
Envisioning chemistry is a video series that made waves last year with its amazing footage of everyday chemical transformations, from precipitation to combustion, without glassware getting in the way. The Beauty of Science team behind the project, headed by Yan Liang, shot the ultra high definition footage using state of the art microscopy and infrared cameras.   Read more  here.         
Nobel Chemistry Prize Won for Capturing Proteins in Action
Images produced by cryo-electron microscopy show proteins in detail. Credit: Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Just before noon [on Weds. Oct 4], Stockholm time, three real visionaries struck scientific gold: the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The researchers had developed ways of imaging complex proteins at the atomic level, adopting electron microscopes to see how the molecules create antibiotic resistance, convert light into energy for photosynthesis, and how the Zika virus functions. "For developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the chemistry prize to Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, Joachim Frank of Columbia University in New York City, and Richard Henderson of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England.
  Read more  here.           
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Would you like to help build MSA Student Council?

MSA Student Council is seeking outgoing, creative individuals to be a part of our growing leadership team. We are adding 10 leadership roles in the form of Regional Liaisons for the 2017-2018 academic year!

MSA Student Council Regional Liaisons aim to:
  • Promote MSA Student Council to your university peers and other students in your region;
  • Develop relationships with Local Affiliated Societies (LAS) and/or university organizations in your region;
  • Raise awareness and support MSA Student Council and student activities at Microscopy & Microanalysis.
MSA Student Council is committed to growing its community, one that will not only provide dynamic student programming at Microscopy & Microanalysis, but to create opportunities for professional development and leadership throughout the year.

Are you interested in becoming a Student Council Regional Liaison 2018? Email: studentcouncil@microscopy.org with the subject: StC Regional Liaison no later than October 20.

2nd annual Pre-meeting Congress for Students, Postdocs and Early-career Professionals

The MSA Student Council (StC) is organizing the 2nd annual Pre-meeting Congress for Students, Postdocs and Early-career Professionals in Microscopy & Microanalysis (PMCx60), to be held on the Saturday preceding M&M 2018 in Baltimore, MD. The PMCx60 is a one-day conference organized by and for students and early-career professionals, and offers a highly interactive forum for participants to share cutting edge research, network, and engage with peers ahead of the main meeting.

The StC is soliciting financial support from the MSA community, and welcomes sponsorship and donations to help build the future of microscopy and microanalysis. Please consider sponsoring, donating to, and attending the 2018 PMCx60 in Baltimore, MD. To learn about the benefits of being a PMCx60 sponsor, email the StC at studentcouncil@microscopy.org, or donate to the PMCx60 via the MSA donation page ( microscopy.org/donation, include "PMCx60" in the "Donation Made by:" field).

For event details visit:
Local Affiliated Societies
Local Affiliated Societies News
by Bev Maleeff, LAS Director

MSA's Local Affiliated Societies provide networking and outreach opportunities for the microscopy community. The list of LAS can be found on the LAS community page at http://microscopy.org/communities/local.cfm.

LAS Meetings

Mark your calendars! Here is a list of Fall 2017 LAS meetings, as gathered from LAS websites:
October 13
Midwest Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (MMMS)
October 19-20
Appalachian Regional Microscopy Society (AReMS)
October 25
Microscopy Society of the Ohio River Valley (MSORV)
November 1
Michigan Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (MMMS)
November 2
Philadelphia Society for Microscopy (PSM)
November 2
Southern California Society for Microscopy & Microanalysis (SCSM)
November 3
Oklahoma Microscopy Society (OMS)
November 4
Minnesota Microscopy Society (MMS)
November 8-9
New England Society for Microscopy (NESM)
November 9
Pacific Northwest Microscopy Society (PNMS)

Check the individual LAS websites for more details.

If your LAS is planning a meeting in the fall, please let me know at least 2 months in advance so I can announce it in an upcoming issue of the MSA Update.

Support your local affiliated society! Invite students & early career scientists & technologists to your LAS meetings. Better yet, bring a new member to your local meeting and get them involved!

LAS Programs
MSA provides LAS support with Tour Speakers, Grants-in-Aid and Special Meeting grants. Details can be found at http://www.microscopy.org/communities/programs.cfm. Funds are still available for Fall 2017. Please contact me as soon as possible if your LAS is interested in applying, and you haven't already received funding this year.

As always, you may contact me at beverly.e.maleeff@gsk.com with comments, questions or concerns. 


Focused Interest Group 
Focused Interest Group Update
Andrew Vogt, FIG Director

Did you know that there are 11 FIGs that promote a specific discipline to microscopy? Click here to check them out and contact the leader to get more information. If you are interested in joining one or more of them, please complete the membership form. You can also join a FIG when renewing your MSA membership; students may join one FIG at no cost.

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