December  2016

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Researchers Achieve Ultimate Resoluion Limit in Fluorescence Microscopy  With MINFLUX microscopy one can, for the first time, separate molecules optically which are only a few nanometers apart from each other.  Read more  here.

Optical 'Tractor Beam' Traps Biological Cells  Physicists in
 Germany have developed a novel technique for trapping biological cells with a laser beam. Using this technique, the researchers obtained super-resolution images of chromosomal DNA within E. coli cells.  Read more  here .

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Association News

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MSA 2017 Election Results are In! The Elected Candidates Are:
  • President-Elect: Robert Price
  • Treasurer: Peter Crozier
  • Physical Sciences Director: Elizabeth Dickey
  • Biological Sciences Director: Deborah Kelly
The Bylaws changes were approved.

MSA offers a research scholarship to full-time undergraduate students interested in pursuing microscopy as a career or major research tool. The application deadline is December 31, 2016. Do not wait and apply now!
Have you Renewed Your Membership for 2017? It Expires in 4 days!
Don't let your membership expire, renew now before the year is up. Memberships run January 1 thru December 31. 

Does Your CEMT Certificate Expire 12/31/2016? Don't fret, you can renew now by filling out this form and mailing it to MSA Headquarters.

Coming Soon!
Keep an eye out in January 2017 for the President's Blog and a message from our new President, Ian Anderson.

M&M 2017 News

M&M 2017 Paper Submissions - Now Open!
The online paper submission site for M&M 2017 in St. Louis will be available starting December 5, 2016. The portal, along with instructions and templates for our standard two-page papers, can be accessed here:  

We are pleased to bring you a new and updated submission platform this year. If you have submitted a paper to a previous M&M meeting, you will need to create a new account using a valid email address and a password of your choosing. 

The deadline for paper submissions is February 15, 2017, at 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time. Early submissions are encouraged!
Standards Committee News

The MSA / MAS / AMAS HyperDimensional Data File
(HMSA, for short) is intended to be a common format to permit the exchange of hyper-dimensional microscopy and microanalytical data between different software applications. The expected applications include:
  •  Hyper-spectral maps, such as electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), energy- dispersive x-ray spectrometry (XEDS), or cathodoluminescence spectroscopy (CL). 
  •  'Hyper-image' maps, such as pattern maps using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) or convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED). 
  •  3-dimensional maps, such as confocal microscopy, or focused ion beam (FIB) serial section maps.
  •  4-dimensional maps, such as double-tilt electron tomography. 
  • Time-resolved microscopy and spectroscopy. 

In addition to storing hyperdimensional data, the HMSA file format is suitable for storing conventional microscopy and microanalysis data, such as spectra, line profiles, images, and quantitative analyses, as well as experimental conditions and other metadata.

The format has being submitted to the International Standards Organization for acceptance and expects to join the ISO 22029:2012 the EMSA/MAS spectral file format, which has been
an international standard (ISO 22029:2012 ) since 1991.

Specification of this format are available on-line at:


JobMSA Job Placement Services

Looking for a job? Thinking about looking for a new job? 

Wondering what other opportunities are out there? Looking for the right candidate for a job within your organization? Well you're in luck. MSA has a Placement Office with a Job Board at Simply click on the link and start your search. 

As a job seeker, if you create an account, you will be sent a Job Flash email, which lists the most recent available job postings. The Job Flash is usually sent out on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. You can also search the jobs database (currently 160 jobs available) and use the Job Alert function to let you know when certain types of jobs are available You can also post your résumé /CV so that employers can search for you.

As an Employer you can create account and for a fee (reduced fees for our Sustaining Members) post a job and search for the résumé /CV of potential candidates. It's all just a click away at

Questions? contact: Dave Tomlin (Placement Office Chair) or Bob Dziuban (Association Management)
Local Affiliated Societies
Local Affiliated Societies News 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 at

With the meeting year now over, I hope that all the LAS meetings and symposia in 2016 were successful, and that everyone who attended had a chance to learn new things and meet colleagues old and new.

If your LAS is planning a meeting in early 2017, please let me know soon so I can announce it in an upcoming issue of the MSA Update. Remember that MSA provides LAS support with Tour Speakers, Grants-in-Aid and Special Meeting grants. Details can be found at

Nominations for LAS Director: My term as LAS Director runs until December 2017. Elections for my successor will be held at the LAS Breakfast next summer at M&M2017 in St. Louis. Nominations are now being accepted; you may self-nominate if you are interested. Contact me at if you have any questions.

Tax information for LAS: I am currently working with Bob Dziuban on a brand-new web page with a FAQ about incorporation and taxes for the Local Affiliated Societies. Stay tuned for an announcement when the page goes live.

Have a wonderful holiday season!
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.
Renu Sharma was elected as Co-Chair of the FIG Committee. Please welcome her to that role. 
Two Pre-Meeting Congresses were approved for the 2017 meeting in St. Louis, one organized by the Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy FIG and one organized by Focused Ion Beam FIG. Requests for a Pre-Meeting Congress in 2018 will be reviewed and approved at the 2017 Winter Council meeting in January.

Other Microscopy Events 
The next International Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy Meeting (EDGE 2017), will be held at Okuma, Okinawa, Japan, May 14 - 19, 2017. 

The purpose of the meeting is to cover the latest developments in electron energy loss spectroscopy and related techniques in the transmission electron microscope. The event is attended by approximately 100-130 participants from around the world in an informal setting and is aimed at promoting scientific discussions and cross-fertilization of ideas from complementary techniques. 

Abstracts will be due January 22, 2017. 

More information can be found in the attached flyer and at the conference website at:

Best Regards,
Scientific and Local Host Committee Chairs Odile Stéphan, Peter Crozier and Koji Kimoto

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