September  2016

Science News  | Association News | Job Placement | LAS |  FIG
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our profile on LinkedIn View on Instagram
SCI. Science News
  The MSA Facebook page   regularly posts science news for you
Join the conversation  today  to read, like, share and engage in discussion with others. 
Students Investigate Mechanical Properties of Spider Web
It isn't often that 8th graders inspire scientists with their class project. When a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that a spider's web from the basement had an unusual pattern, they invited a small team of middle school students to investigate its mechanical properties. Their work caught the attention of the MIT researchers and also landed a talk at M&M 2016. Read more
Credit: Concord Middle School students / MIT researchers. 
Area 404: How Facebook's New Hardware Lab Is Propelling It Into The Future  If you're a heavy user of Facebook, Messenger, or Instagram, you'd probably never guess that on the first floor of a building at the social networking giant's Silicon Valley campus, behind a key-card access door that grants entry only to a select few people, is a scanning electron microscope. Read more 
Stanford Physicists Develop a More Sensitive Sicroscope
Physicists at Stanford have figured out how to make low-light microscopy clearer without increased risk of damaging light-sensitive specimens. Read more 

Oxygen X-Ray Maps: Comparing a Vintage WDS System with a Modern SDD System
To study the distribution of elements in solids, X-ray
mapping by scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) or electron
microprobes has proved to be a quite convenient technique. These
maps are obtained by scanning the electron beam (continuously
or digitally) across the specimen surface to generate characteristic
X-ray signals as a function of beam position. Read more 

Don't quite understand how social media works & why it's important? Access this free and interactive how to guide 
ASSOC. Association News

M&M 2017 Website Now Available!      MSA News Header
M&M 2017 will be held August 6-10, 2017 at the  America's Center Convention Complex  in  St. Louis, Missouri The paper submission site will open December 1, 2016.
MSA Major Society Awards 2017 
Beginning this year, nominations are submitted entirely through an online form: filling-in the basic nominee information and uploading the required supporting documents. For more information on these awards and the nomination process, click here.  The deadline is October 31, 2016 . To submit a nomination, click here .

Georgia Electron Microscopy
Georgia Electron Microscopy is offering their Biological TEM workshop October 24-26, 2016. All day courses in Conventional sample pre, negative staining and basic training on TEM and ancillary preparation equipment. 
More information, and sign up details, can be found at or contacting John Shields at 
MSA 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)
LAS. Local Affiliated Societies
Local Affiliated Societies News 
Bev Maleeff, LAS Director
MSA's Local Affiliated Societies provide a platform for outreach and networking to the microscopy community. The list of LAS can be found at .

Autumn is here! Schools are back in session, and many LAS are holding their fall meetings. Upcoming meetings are:
Oct. 3  Minnesota Microscopy Society (MMS) 
Oct. 5  Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO) 
Oct. 6-7  Appalachian Regional Microscopy Society (AReMS) 
Oct. 20  Central States Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (CSMMS) 
Oct. 20  Philadelphia Society for Microscopy (PSM) 
Oct. 27  Microscopy Society of the Ohio River Valley (MSORV)
Nov. 3  Michigan Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (MMMS) 
Nov. 3-4  Pacific Northwest Microscopy Society (PNMS) 
Nov. 4 
Oklahoma Microscopy Society (OMS) 
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!

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

MSA provides LAS support with Tour Speakers, Grants-in-Aid and Special Meeting grants. Details can be found at

LAS/AReS Breakfast: Meeting minutes have been emailed to everyone who attended the breakfast and to presidents of LAS/AReS chapters who were not able to attend. If you fall into one of those 2 groups and you have not received the minutes, please let me know.

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. Nominations are now being accepted; you may self-nominate if you are interested. Contact me if you have any questions.

As always, you may contact me at with comments, questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful autumn! 
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.

FIG Leaders, please submit your activity request forms for 2018 activities to Andy Vogt by the end of October. Also, an election ballot will go out by email on October 15 for FIG Committee Co-Chair. If you are interested please contact Andy Vogt.

Would you like your LAS, FIG, or other MSA Program or Committee to be highlighted in the MSA Update? Do you have an interesting article you would like to share for Science News?  Submit today!