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The 13th biennial meeting of the Australian Microanalysis Society was held in Hobart Tasmania from the 11th to the 13th of February. Our sister societies of microscopy and microanalysis were well represented. Read more.


One of MSA's Distinguished Scientists celebrates his 80th birthday!

MSA President John Mansfield sends a happy 8oth birthday message to Harald Rose, one of MSA's Distinguished Scientist Award recipients! Harald Rose celebrated his 80th birthday on February 14, 2015.



Register for M&M 2015!

Online registration is NOW OPEN! A valid credit card is required to register (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Click here to register now.

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has today unveiled a powerful electron microscope with the ability to pinpoint the position of single atoms. READ MORE...

Researchers are designing portable microscopes that cost just a few dollars to make. READ MORE...

Researchers from North Carolina State University are using a technique they developed to observe minute distortions in the atomic structure of complex materials. READ MORE...



Molecular inhibitor breaks cycle that leads to Alzheimer's

Using transmission electron microscopy, a molecular chaperone has been found to inhibit a key stage in the development of Alzheimer's disease. READ MORE...

What's happening in your area?

LAS Spotlight


The Southeastern Microscopy Society would like to invite you to join us for the Society's 51st Annual meeting to be held May 20-22, 2015.  The meeting will be held at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in downtown Decatur, GA located at 130 Clairemont Avenue.  Further, we would encourage you and your students to consider submitting an abstract for a poster or platform presentation at the meeting. READ MORE...



LAS Director Message


The grass roots of MSA are our Local Affiliated Societies.  The LAS provide programming and networking to the microscopy community in over 30 locations in the continental United States and Puerto Rico.  The list of LAS can be found here. 


Please support your local affiliated society! Upcoming LAS meetings are:


March 4: Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO)

March 5: New England Society for Microscopy (NESM)

March 13: Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society (AIMS)

March 19: Northern California Society for Microscopy (NCSM)

April 15: Microscopy Society of the Ohio River Valley (MSORV)

May 20-22: Southeastern Microscopy Society (SEMS)


Please check these LAS websites for additional details. 


I am currently in the process of updating the web page content for the MSA LAS.  I have reached out to each contact as listed, and unfortunately some of those email addresses have bounced.  If you are an officer or member of one of the following LAS please contact me at 

  • Alabama Imaging and Microscopy Society (AIMS)
  • Madison Area Technical College Society of Electron Microscopists (MATCSEM)
  • Metropolitan Microscopy Society (MMS)
  • Microscopy Society of Puerto Rico (MSPR)
  • Three Rivers Microscopy Society (3RMS)



Bev Maleeff, MSA LAS Director


Current Local Affiliated Societies

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FIG Update


There is a new focused interest group this year on "3D Electron Microscopy in the Biological Sciences" which is  a forum for the discussion of the latest progress in 3DEM of macromolecules, macromolecular assemblies, sub-cellular components and whole cells in their native environment (See Session B05: Ruiz, Bullitt, Ohi). This FIG will offer a framework for the critical exchange of ideas in a broad range of microscopy techniques that will cover, but are not limited to, electron tomography, sub-volume analysis, single particle EM, electron microscopy of ordered assemblies from helical to 2D crystal arrangements and correlative imaging methods.


To see all the FIGS with contact information, click here.


The Electron Microscopy in Liquids and Gases (EMLG) FIG is sponsoring a Pre Meeting Congress in Portland on Sunday, August 2, 2015: "Measuring Materials' Functionalities and Dynamics in Liquid and Gaseous Environments" (Xin, Unocic, Sharma, Jyang). This one-day congress will provide a forum for the communication of emergent opportunities, challenges, and practical limitations of measuring materials functionalities and dynamics in the presence of liquids and gases in electron microscopes.


For more information click here.


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