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Announcing one of our M&M 2015 Plenary Speakers!


We are pleased to announce astronaut Dr. Donald Pettit as one of our M&M 2015 Plenary Speakers! Dr. Pettit received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University in 1978 and a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1983. A veteran of three spaceflights, Dr. Pettit has logged more than 370 days in space and over 13 EVA (spacewalk) hours. He lived aboard the International Space Station for 5-1/2 months during Expedition 6, was a member of the STS-126 crew, and again lived aboard the station for 6-1/2 months as part of the Expedition 30/31 crew.


We look forward to Dr. Pettit's insight on onboard microscopy! The spaceflight environment remains one of discovery on scales large and small. Since the US Skylab orbital station, when onboard microscopy was used inflight to examine bacterial and fungal growth, many diverse samples have been microscopically analyzed both inflight and following return to Earth by state of the art facilities. Don't miss Dr. Pettit's talk at M&M 2015 in Portland on August 3rd!


Click here to read more about Dr. Pettit. 

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The Local Affiliated Societies 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.


One of the benefits provided by MSA to the LAS is our Tour Speaker Program.  A number of MSA members, including the President, Past-President and President-Elect, can speak at LAS meetings on topics related to their individual research interests, dependent on their availability.  In order to support local society meetings, MSA will provide reimbursement for travel expenses for a tour speaker to attend LAS meetings.  More details about this program can be found here.


If your LAS is interested in inviting an MSA Tour Speaker for an upcoming meeting, or if you would like more information about becoming a Tour Speaker yourself, please contact me at 


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


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

The Spring 2015 MSORV Meeting is scheduled for April 15th, 3-7 PM at TechSolve in Cincinnati.  The meeting is being hosted by Frank Platek from the Food and Drug Administration.  This meeting is being focused on microscopy as a forensics tool.  Frank will give a talk using actual FDA cases.  The key speaker, Skip Palenik, will speak and give examples from many famous cases he has worked on.  8-10 vendors will be on hand to exhibit.  Abstracts and directions are available on the MSORV website,


May 20-22: Southeastern Microscopy Society (SEMS) 


Check these LAS websites for additional details.



I am still looking for contacts from the following LAS.  If you are an officer or member of one of these groups 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) 

Don't forget to register for Microscopy & Microanalysis 2015!  The LAS breakfast will be held during meeting week (day and time TBA), and up to 2 representatives from each LAS will be invited to attend.  The breakfast is a combination of LAS business, networking and camaraderie.  More details to come.

See you in Portland!


Bev Maleeff, LAS Director

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