November  2016

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A New Technique Brings Color to Electron Microscope Images of Cells
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have found a way to attach artificial color to biological structures. Read more  here

Materials, Microscopy and Modeling Combine for Performance Upgrade to Jet Engines  Collaboration among materials scientists, electron microscopy experts and aerospace industry leaders may lead to major improvements in jet turbine engine performance. Read more   here
Professor Developing Super-Resolution Microscopy Techniques  The technique, published this year in Biomedical Optics Express , is called single objective light-sheet microscopy and improves on an existing method of  fluorescence microscopy Read more here

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Association News

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Remember to cast your vote  no later than December 15 and  make your voice heard!

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!
M&M 2017  will be held August 6-10, 2017.  The Call for Papers is now available and t he paper submission site will open tomorrow, December 1, 2016.

Renew Your Membership! 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.
M&M 2017 News

M&M 2017 Paper Submissions - Online starting December 5
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!

It is with sadness we announce that  E. Ann Ellis, an MSA member
 for   many years, passed away on 29 Octo ber 2016. Ann was known by all for her vast knowledge of microscopy, especially biological specimen preparation and her expertise in the chemistry and formulation of embedding resins, much of which was published in peer-reviewed journals. She was a charter member of the MSA Technologists' Forum (1982), served in several capacities on the Tech Forum board, and was an organizer/chair of a number of Tech Forum-sponsored scientific sessions as well as an Invited Speaker at the Annual Meeting and Microscopy & Microanalysis over the years. Ann was also a member and former Chair of the MSA Certification Committee, and past member of the MSA Nominating and Fellowship Committees. She was a member and officer of the Southeastern Microscopy Society (SEMS) and the Texas Microscopy Society (TMS). Ann held positions at the University of Florida, San Joaquin Delta College and Texas A&M University prior to her retirement in 2013.

More than anything, Ann was always willing to share her knowledge with others, and was a teacher and mentor to students and early-career microscopists. She was the Microscopy 101 Editor of Microscopy Today, which gave her an additional platform to share microscopy knowledge. Ann was recognized by MSA with the Professional Technical Staff Award in 2004, the Hildegard H. Crowley Outstanding Technologist Award in the Biological Sciences in 2010, and was elected as a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America in 2015. The citation on her Fellowship certificate reads, "For an outstanding career of selfless dedication to the field of microscopy in research, applications and educational outreach. Ann Ellis personifies excellence and professionalism."

Ann's obituary can be found at  E. Ann Ellis obituary and the online guestbook can be viewed  here.

We extend our deepest condolences to Ann's family and friends. She will be greatly missed.  

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.

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