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Hello from the new President of MSA - the first of January sees the new President take the reins of the society and all I can say is, you certainly hit the ground running!  Last weekend, the MSA Council held its annual Winter Meeting out in Reston Virginia.  This location makes it easy for the executive council members to meet with the MSA Association Management company Drohan Management Group , since they are located in Reston.  Executive council visits DMG on the Friday before the full council meeting to evaluate and discuss their society management activities. Read more.


M&M 2015 Important Meeting Information 

The Microscopy Society of America, the Microanalysis Society, and the International Metallographic Society invite you to Microscopy & Microanalysis 2015 in Portland, Oregon. The overarching M&M 2015 Portland theme is correlative imaging, with a nod to light-based technologies. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the "International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies" which will blend nicely with the interdisciplinary symposia that reflect the current environment of collaboration between scientists in different disciplines synonymous with our annual M&M meeting. Click here to access the Important Meeting Information guide for program highlights, hotel information, expo hall information and more. Be sure to check the  M&M 2015 website regularly for continued important updates.


M&M 2015 Call for Papers Open

The submission site for the M&M 2015 Call for Papers opened on Dec. 2, 2014 and will close on Feb. 9, 2015Papers need to be submitted in both PDF and editable formats (Word, TXT, LaTeX are accepted). Learn more and submit your paper by clicking here.
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What's happening in your area?

LAS Spotlight


MSA's Local Affiliate Societies (LAS) are regional groups that meet periodically to network and share science at the local level.  There are 34 LAS around the continental United States and Puerto Rico.  A list of LAS can be found here.  All who are interested in microscopy and microanalysis are welcome to attend LAS events! 


Upcoming meetings are being held by the following LAS:

Please check these LAS websites for additional details.

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