March  2016
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The M&M 2016 Paper Submission Deadline has Passed! 
The submission site is now closed for submissions to the regular program.
The M&M meeting does allow for post-deadline poster submissions. Post-deadline posters are not included in the program proceedings and are NOT considered "published".  Please go to for more information.

Hotel reservations for M&M 2016 
Reservations are now available  . Book early for the best availability!

Online Registration
Registration is now open! Click here to access portal .

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  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


Science Magazine is now accepting submissions for a new short-form video competition!

All entries should be in video format, and all videos should last no more than 90 seconds. Other than that, no holds barred. You can narrate, animate, or even act out your data points to tell us your bigger story. Contest winners will be featured on the Science website and will receive a year-long membership to AAAS, including a subscription to Science.   Read more here..

Mississippi State University's College of Engineering will be hosting a Research Experience for Undergraduates May 31st-Aug 6th.

The students will have the opportunity to work with one of  15 participating faculty members whose research projects include topics such as biomaterials, nanoparticles, composites & polymers, and nanocrystalline materials. 
The program will also include professional and development seminars, industry site visits, and GRE preparation workshops.The REU participants receive a weekly stipend, on-campus housing, and a meal allowance. 
For more information about the program, faculty mentors, research projects, and/or to apply on-line please visit the college of engineering website: for application is March 1st.
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Got It Down Cold: Cryo-Electron Microscopy Named Method of the Year As the research The record-breaking cryo-EM images of beta-galactosidase reported last year in Science by a team at the NIH's National Cancer Institute, led by Sriram Subramaniam, took advantage of all of these advances and showed that cryo-EM has finally arrived.  Read more here... 
Interferometric scattering microscopy and its combination with single-molecule fluorescence imaging
Interferometric scattering microscopy (iSCAT) is a light scattering-based imaging modality that offers a unique combination of imaging speed and precision for tracking nanoscopic labels and enables label-free optical sensing down to the single-molecule level. In contrast to fluorescence, iSCAT does not suffer from limitations associated with dye photochemistry and photophysics, or the requirement for fluorescent labeling.  Read More here

Microscope shows live cancer cells in high resolution 3D
Now, a new microscopy technique could allow scientists to observe the cells as they interact with their environment. Instead of being flat on glass, the technique -- which is called microenvironmental selective plane illumination microscopy -- involves suspending cancer cells inside blocks of collagen. Read more here... 

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LAS. Local Affiliated Societies
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 .
Support your local affiliated society!  Upcoming meetings are:
April 9                   Southern California Society for Microscopy & Microanalysis (SCSSM)
April 14                 Indiana Microscopy Society (IMS)
April 21                 Northern California Society for Microscopy (NCSM)
April 21                 Philadelphia Society for Microscopy (PSM)
April 27                 Microscopy Society of the Ohio River Valley (MSORV)
April 29                 Minnesota Microscopy Society (MMS)
May 18-20           Southeastern Microscopy Society (SEMS)
May 18                 Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO)
                                **50th Anniversary**
Check the meeting links for additional details. 
Invite students & early career scientists & technologists to your LAS meetings and get them involved! 
Mark your calendars!  The 52nd annual meeting of the Southeastern Microscopy Society (SEMS) will be held May 18-20, 2016, in Pensacola, FL.  Please go to for more information.
On May 18th, the Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO) celebrates its 50th Anniversary at a joint meeting with SAS, ACS and AVS (see link above).  Congratulations, MSNO!
Tour Speakers:  MSA has Tour Speakers available to present on a variety of topics in biological sciences, physical sciences, and general microscopy themes.  Speaker information can be found at
Tax Webinar:  Follow-up information about the recent tax webinar will be available soon.  Stay tuned for details here in the MSA Update and at the LAS breakfast meeting at M&M 2016.
As always, feel free to contact me at
Start making your plans to meet at M&M 2016!


FIG. Focused Interest Groups
Attention all FIG Participants: 
Two Pre-meeting congresses will be sponsored by the Focused Interest Group's at the upcoming meeting in Columbus Ohio.

Exploiting the Diffractive Properties of Electrons for Solving Materials Problems
Organized by Electron Crystallography and Automated Mapping Methods FIG

Essentials of Atom Probe Tomography
Organized by the Atom Probe FIG

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