September 2015
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MSA Fellows Nominations 2016 - Deadline EXTENDED
The deadline for MSA Fellows Nominations has been  extended through October 14, 2015!   The "MSA Fellow" designation is intended to recognize senior members of the Society who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the science and practice of microscopy imaging, analysis and diffraction techniques, and also to honor those who have had long-standing distinguished service to the Society. 

Click here  for nomination details and nomination form.

MSA is now on Instagram!
Image Credit: Peptide nanotubes - Pamela F. Lloyd
Follow MSA on Instagram at @Microscopy_Soc . Tag us in your micrographs and other microscopy-related pictures!

An M&M 2015 Recap
James Martinez, IMS Vice President & M&M 2015 IMS Co-Chair
It was great to see all of you who attended M&M 2015 in Portland this past August.  This year, we enjoyed amazing weather and an all-time high meeting attendance with 1870 scientific registrants and 1392 exhibitors, a 17% increase from 2014.  The program planning committee also accepted more than 1330 2-page papers, which were presented as platform and poster talks during the week.  The number of submissions achieved this year is a 30% increase from the previous record submissions. Read more.

L-R: James Martinez, Plenary Speaker Donald Pettit and Mark Sanders

The M&M 2016 website is now live!
On behalf of the sponsoring societies, we invite you to join us  July 24-28 in Columbus, Ohio for Microscopy & Microanalysis 2016. Columbus is the capital of Ohio, and is a vibrant, bustling city with great restaurants, fun nightspots, an up-and-coming culinary scene, and is a great family-friendly place to visit!

Participating at M&M 2016 will allow you to stay abreast of new technologies, learn new techniques, see the latest instrumentation, and most importantly, network with colleagues and make new connections. We hope that you will be able to join us in Columbus for what is certain to be a very exciting and educational meeting.

Visit the M&M 2016 website for more information about paper submission deadlines, exhibitor information, hotel & travel and more!

Upcoming MSA Membership Survey
Watch your email inbox in the upcoming weeks for a link to a brief survey from the MSA Membership Committee. Those who participate in the survey can enter for a chance to win a $100 American Express gift card!
In Memorium
Dr. Gina Sosinsky
It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Gina Sosinsky of the University of California, San Diego on September 3, 2015 from complications of a bone marrow transplant. She was 60.

Dr. Sosinsky's research was in gap junction structure and function and she mentored many graduate and post-doctoral researchers in this area. She was a long-time member of MSA and served the society in numerous capacities; in particular she was Biological Council Director from 2010-2012. Dr. Sosinsky received the Morton D. Maser Award for her numerous contributions to MSA in 2012.

Her husband, Dr. John Badger, and their three sons survive her. For more information, please click here .
SCI.Science News
The MSA Facebook page regularly posts Science News for you to read, like, share and engage in discussion with others. Haven't found us on Facebook yet? Join the conversation today!

Phagraphene, a relative of graphene, discovered
A group of scientists have predicted the existence of a new two-dimensional carbon material via computer generated simulation, a "patchwork" analogue of graphene called phagraphene. Read more...

Microscopic Evidence of Bacteria at the Lower Size Limit of Life
Scientists have captured the first detailed microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get. Read more...

Spinal Neuron Connections Probed with Fluorescence Microscopy
Using two-photon fluorescence microscopy, researchers have gained new insight into how the spinal cord mediates commands from the brain to get the body moving. Read more...

Electron microscopy allows direct observations of atomic displacements
Reserachers at the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy (MCEM) have developed new methods by which they can directly observe and measure the tiny displacements of atoms. Read more...
LAS. Local Affiliated Societies
What's happening in your area?
LAS Director's Message
T he MSA Local Affiliated Societies provide outreach and networking to the microscopy community in over 25 locations. The list of LAS can be found  here .

Many LAS have meetings in the fall.  If you would like your event publicized, please send me the details at least 6 weeks in advance.  Support your local affiliated society!

Upcoming Fall LAS meetings are:

October 13                           Chesapeake Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (CMMS)
October 14                           Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO)
October 15-16                     Appalachian Regional Microscopy Society (AReMS)
October 21                         Microscopy Society of the Ohio River Valley (MSORV)
November 6                        Michigan Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (MMMS)
November 13                     Oklahoma Microscopy Society (OMS)

Check the meeting links for additional details.  Invite students & early career scientists & technologists to your LAS meetings and get them involved!

An updated list of MSA Tour Speakers has been published here . There are some new speakers, and new topics from current speakers.  Please take a look at the titles and abstracts and contact me if you are interested in inviting any of these speakers to an upcoming LAS meeting.

Please note that as we approach the end of the year, funding for Tour Speaker support and Grants-in-Aid is becoming limited.  Check with me if your LAS will be seeking financial support for local meetings in 2015 other than those listed above.

Happy autumn!

Bev Maleeff, LAS Director
FIG. Focused Interest Groups
Promote your discipline.

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!