June  2016

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New Electron Microscope method detects atomic-scale magnetism
Scientists can now detect magnetic behavior at the atomic level with a new electron microscopy technique. The researchers took a counter intuitive approach by taking advantage of optical distortions that they typically try to eliminate. Read more Here

Hayfever sufferers, know your enemy: Scanning Electron Microscope pictures of grains of pollen
Hay fever sufferers can now see the face of their invisible enemy - thanks to these Scanning Electron Microscope images of pollen grains. A Swiss scientists named Martin Oeggerli, who uses the name Micronaut for his art, uses a Scanning Electron Microscope in his cellar to capture images of pollen grains. This picture shows a grain of willow pollen wedged between flower petals.  Read more here
Single particle analysis taking biological research to the next level
Recent advances in technology have led to great developments in many fields - especially the field of medicine. In particular, better image detection has vastly improved electron microscopes, allowing for closer study of macromolecular complexes. Read more here

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M SA Fellows - Class of 2017
The Microscopy Society of America will begin accepting nominations for MSA Fellows, Class of 2017 soon. This Class of Fellows will have the distinction of being honored in the  75th anniversary of the Society !

The upcoming M&M 2016 meeting provides an ideal setting to speak with colleagues about supporting the nomination of a deserving individual. The Society encourages all of its Members to participate in honoring colleagues in the field by nominating them for MSA Fellow.
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M&M 2016 Scientific Program is NOW AVAILABLE! 
Pages from the 2016 Onsite Program Guide have been posted

PLUS: Watch your email next week for information on downloading the M&M 2016 Mobile App!

The M&M 2016 Meeting Guide and Exhibitor Directory has been posted on the M&M 2016 website

M&M 2016 Registration is still open!  Click here to access the online registration portal.

M&M 2016 Post-Deadline papers have been posted! 
We have a record-setting 60 papers this year, which will be presented on Monday, July 25 in the Exhibit Hall at M&M 2016. Click here to access papers and presenter info.

Is Your MSA Membership Renewed for 2016?
MSA Membership is on a calendar-year basis. That means that all MSA memberships expired on December 31, 2015, unless they were renewed for 2016 prior to that date. We keep January and February as a renewal "grace period"; however, memberships not renewed before May 1, 2016 will no longer receive MSA member benefits, including suspension of your subscriptions to Microscopy and Microanalysis Journal and Microscopy Today Magazine, as well as being ineligible for the member registration fee at the annual M&M Conference. 

To renew now: go online for payment with credit card at   
using your MSA member login, or for payment by check, send an email to  AssociationManagement@microscopy.org  to request an invoice. 

Let's make 2016 the year of increased Student engagement!  
Enhance your experience, network, and get involved! For more information visit the MSA website http://www.microscopy.org/about/committees.cfm
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Organizer: Elizabeth Wright, Emory University


These full-day courses run from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday.

  • A certificate of participation will be issued to each participant.
  • Two (2) Continuing Microscopy Education Units are available (registration fee $10 for members).
  • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks are included. (Breakfast & lunch are on your own.)
  • Separate registration/fees required (click here for more information).
X10 Cryo-preparation for Biological EM
Kent McDonald, Danielle Jorgens, Rick Webb, Helmut Gnaegi

In this course, we will review why cryo-techniques for biological specimen preparation are superior to conventional methods. We will discuss some low-cost cryo-methods, as well as some of the latest equipment and techniques for high-pressure freezing, freeze substitution, cryosectioning and correlative LM-EM. We will show how to recognize ice-damage artifacts and provide a library of reference materials that can be accessed online after the course. Persons taking this course should leave with a better understanding of these biological cryotechniques and their role in different applications such as correlating light and EM, EM tomography, EM immunolabeling, cryo-EM of vitrified sections, as well as their routine use for the best-available preservation of cellular fine structure.
X11 Electron Cryotomography Image Processing Using RELION
Sjors Scheres, Tanmay Bharat

The course will begin with an explanation of the RELION algorithm. Next, the limitations of tomographic data will be discussed along with the missing wedge. Strategy for CTF estimation and CTF correction using the combined 3D CTF and missing wedge model in RELION will be explained.The practical course that will follow will show how to setup of files and directories for RELION sub-tomogram averaging, including generation of 3D CTF models. Tomographic data will then be classified in 2D and 3D. Finally, sub-tomogram averaging will be conducted using the auto-refinement program in RELION with an emphasis on how to assess refinement quality, Euler angle distributions and whether more data is needed.
X13 Practical Considerations for Image Analysis and Use of ImageJ/Fiji
James Grande

The course first focuses on a wide range of practical topics in the field of image analysis, covered in an easy-to-understand format so that users with little or no experience can comprehend how image analysis can provide extensive quantitative measurements leading to better understanding of material performance. Treating image analysis as a problem-solving tool, along with discerning key metrics within a microstructure, will be discussed through several real-life examples. The course then will cover the use of the public-domain image-analysis package ImageJ/Fiji. This analysis tool will be explored in terms of its extensive capabilities and types of image-analysis projects, using several examples. Programming considerations will be discussed, with basic examples of batch-processing images for enhanced analysis of structural features. Finally, the strengths and weaknesses of image-analysis tools, and options for applying them in various types of imaging systems, will be described and discussed.
X14 Advanced Focused Ion Beam Methods
Lucille Giannuzzi, Joe Michael

The use of FIB instruments in materials and biological science laboratories is growing rapidly. The versatility and capabilities of these tools are also rapidly improving. This course will first cover ion/solid interactions, which are so important for a user of FIB instrumentation to understand. We will then discuss techniques of sample preparation for SEM and TEM, using conventional liquid-metal Ga+ ion FIBs. We will introduce liquid-metal alloy sources, the gas field-ionization source, the plasma-ion source, and the various ions that are now commercially available to benefit differing applications. The course will conclude with discussions of 3D applications and nanofabrication.
X15 Nanomaterial Microscopy & Microanalysis: Tools and Preparation
Lou Germinario, Phillip Russell, John Thornton 

With the wide variety of analytical instrumentation available, the selection of the correct "tool" for analysis of nanomaterials is critical. By introducing various microscopy and microanalysis methods, this workshop should provide a solid foundation for nanomaterial characterization for the beginning to intermediate investigator. The importance of choosing the proper preparation technique, to minimize introduction of artifacts and to ensure that representative samples are identified for subsequent analysis, will also be discussed.
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Local Affiliated Societies News
by Bev Maleeff, LAS Director

There are more than 25 MSA Local Affiliated Societies providing outreach and networking to the microscopy community. The list of LAS can be found at here.
Support your local affiliated society! Invite students & early career scientists & technologists to your LAS meetings and get them involved!

our Speakers: MSA has Tour Speakers available to present on a variety of topics in biological sciences, physical sciences, and general microscopy themes. Several Tour Speakers have spoken at LAS meetings in 2016, including Barry Carter, Jay Jerome, Sara Miller, Jeanette Killius and Ilke Arslan. Many thanks for their service to the Society! Speaker information can be found   at here .
Local Affiliated Societies News
by Bev Maleeff, LAS Director

There are more than 25 MSA Local Affiliated Societies providing outreach and networking to the microscopy community. The list of LAS can be found at http://microscopy.org/communities/local.cfm.

Tour Speakers: We are seeking volunteers to fill new Tour Speaker positions. Do you have a subject that you are passionate about sharing with microscopists at LAS meetings? This is a great opportunity to serve MSA and to share your expertise with students, early career scientists, technologists and experienced microscopists. Check http://www.microscopy.org/communities/programs.cfm for details or contact me at beverly.e.maleeff@gsk.com.

LAS/AReS Breakfast: The annual LAS Breakfast meeting will be held during M&M 2016, on Tuesday, July 26th at 7:15 AM at the Columbus Convention Center. For the first time, this will be a joint meeting with the Microanalysis Society Affiliated Regional Societies (MAS AReS). This event is invitation-only; invitations have been sent to LAS leaders and attendance is limited to 2 representatives per LAS or AReS chapter. If you have received an invitation, please RSVP to me by Thursday, 14 July. Kerry Siebert (AReS Chair) and I are looking forward to meeting with our local leaders, along with MSA & MAS Council members and Association Management. Bring your ideas and your appetites!

Tax Webinar: A review of the LAS tax webinar and a related Q&A session will be one topic covered at the LAS/AReS breakfast. This is an important issue and has generated a great deal of interest over the past few months. If you are an LAS leader, this is information that you need to know!

I hope to meet many of you at M&M 2016. Look for me at the MSA MegaBooth and around the meeting. I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

As always, feel free to contact me at beverly.e.maleeff@gsk.com.

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