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M&M 2015 Preview

Mark A. Sanders, M&M 2015 Program Chair

Jeanette Killius, MSA Past-President


The Microscopy Society of America (MSA), the Microanalysis Society (MAS), and the International Metallographic Society (IMS) invite you to Microscopy & Microanalysis 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Portland has earned plenty of awards, such as: "Best Place to Live"; Best Walking Town in America"; Best Running Town"; Best Cycling City in the U.S." and now Portland, also known as the "City of Roses", will be the perfect late summer host for our annual M&M meeting. Certainly many of you fondly recall previous visit there in 2010 and some may even recall our 1999 stint!






Visit the M&M 2016 "Come to Columbus" booth in Portland!
Dr. Dave Tomlin

Did you know that M&M 2016 will be in Columbus, OH July 24-28, 2016? Have you wondered what there is to do in Columbus? Never fear, we have the answers. The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau will be on-site at M&M 2015 in Portland (August 2-6, 2015) and will be able to answer all your questions. The CVB will have brochures and maps available about the local area and most importantly they will have Buckeyes (they don't call us the "Buckeye State" for nothing). What's a Buckeye you ask? Well you will have to stop by and find out for yourselves. The Microscopy Society of the Ohio River Valley (MSORV) will also be on hand to make luggage tags using attendees' business cards and an M&M 2016 save the date card. The M&M 2016-"Come to Columbus" booth will be located outside the Exhibit Hall off to the side of Registration.  Make sure you stop by with all your questions and don't forget to pick up your free Buckeye and luggage tags. Quantities are limited. Hurry while supplies last. Call a buddy. Bring a friend. Don't you dare miss it!

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LAS Spotlight: Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO)


New outreaching efforts of Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO) in 2015


Min Gao (Current MSNO president)

MSNO has recently started to elevate the efforts to connect with different local groups, for example, students, microscopy facilities and professionals beyond MSNO's traditional Cleveland-Akron-Kent coverage, technical societies in related fields in northeastern Ohio, local companies, etc.  These efforts, initialized by the new leadership, are part of our new comprehensive approach to respond to some of the challenges faced by many of the technical societies like us. We believe that these timely adjustments combined with the strong foundation built over the years could make MSNO a more sustainable success.


MSNO, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, has been an active regional group in the past and in the recent years. A well-established program includes two small annual meetings (2 talks and dinner format, with 40-70 attendees for each meeting) in winter and fall, a local May Conference (with 170-180 attendees in recent years) co-organized with 3 other local societies (with MSNO as the leading and most active party), a strong sponsorship from vendors, and an active website and LinkedIn/Facebook pages.



LAS Director's Message


The Local Affiliated Societies are the MSA local outreach to the microscopy community in over 25 locations.  The list of LAS can be found here. 


Please support your local affiliated society!  An upcoming LAS event is:

Check the link for additional details.  You will also find an interesting article about MSNO, written by MSNO President Min Gao, elsewhere in this MSA Update.


Local affiliated society meetings usually take a break during the summer, and many LAS are planning now for their fall meetings.  Take the time to learn about your local affiliated society and take advantage of the networking and volunteer opportunities for you, your staff and students.


Microscopy & Microanalysis 2015 is fast approaching.  The LAS breakfast will be held during meeting week (Tuesday, 4 August), and up to 2 representatives from each LAS will be invited to attend.  The breakfast is a combination of LAS business, networking and camaraderie.  Invitations will be sent very soon to the representatives for whom I have contact information.  Please contact me at if you have any questions about your LAS.

See you in a few short weeks in Portland!


Bev Maleeff, LAS Director

Current Local Affiliated Societies

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