March  2017

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Heat Treatment Offers Precise 
Control Over Catalytic  Activity of Metal Sulfide Nanoparticles
Nanoparticle catalysts developed by A*STAR
researchers can help split water to produce hydrogen, a clean-burning fuel that provides a convenient way to store renewable energy.  
Read more  here.          
Credit: A*STAR           
Laser Activated Gold Pyramids could Deliver Drugs, DNA into Cells without Harm
Researchers have developed a new method using gold microstructures to deliver a variety of molecules into cells with high efficiency and no lasting damage. Read more  here.  

Nanostructure 3D Printing mimics Bio-materials
The rapid rise of 3D printing has driven innovation in areas as diverse as manufacturing, bioengineering and food science. Now, researchers from Washington State University (WSU) have developed a method which can print metal structures with complex 3D architectures, controlling details down to the nanoscale and closely mimicking the architecture of natural bio-materials like wood and bone. Read more here. 
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"March for Science" Scheduled for April 22  
Saturday, April 22 - Earth Day - has been  designated a day for a nonpartisan set of activities that aim to promote science education and the use of scientific evidence to inform policy. A grass-roots group of scientists, the "March for Science," has planned scientific engagement activities at hundreds of locations throughout the United States and worldwide. Activities may include "teach ins," science events, open houses and rallies.

The "March for Science" is partnered by a variety of scientific organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of which the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) is a member society. While MSA has not officially affiliated with this event, we encourage our members who choose to participate to inform the Society of your involvement via its social media feeds or by contacting the Society. For more information, visit:

MSA to Discontinue Society 800 Number
The Society will be discontinuing its 800 number once its current contract runs out on June 30. Most members can call the MSA office at the regular telephone number, 703-234-4115, without incurring long distance charges (e.g, via cell phone). Alternatively, members wishing to speak to an MSA Staff Member by telephone can e-mail the office at with a short message and call-back number. Please let us know if you have any concerns about this change.
M&M 2017 News

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Watch your mail for the May 1 Microscopy Today for the M&M 2017 Pre-Meeting Guide & Preliminary Program!

JobMSA Job Placement Services

Questions? contact: Dave Tomlin (Placement Office Chair) or Bob Dziuban (Association Management)
Local Affiliated Societies
Local Affiliated Societies News
by Bev Maleeff, LAS Director

MSA's Local Affiliated Societies provide networking and outreach opportunities for the microscopy community. The list of LAS can be found at .

LAS Tax Exemption & Incorporation FAQ
I am pleased to announce the launch of the new LAS Tax Exemption & Incorporation website. The contents of a 2016 webinar by Paula Cozzi Goedert, MSA's attorney, form the basis of this new resource which can be found at, or by navigating to the MSA website, selecting Communities/Local Affiliated Societies and clicking on the last bullet - LAS Tax Exemption & Incorporation FAQ. The page is divided into 9 Topic Sections, with a series of questions and answers and, in some cases, relevant links to additional information. Please note that the information provided does not constitute legal advice or a legal opinion. It is for informational purposes only.

Special thanks to Bob Dziuban, MSA Managing Director, for his valued contributions, and for working with me to launch this project. I hope you find this information helpful and welcome your feedback.

LAS Programming
Upcoming LAS Meetings are:

March 29
Philadelphia Society for Microscopy (PSM)
April 8
Southern California Society for Microscopy & Microanalysis
April 27-28 New England Society for Microscopy (NESM) 
May 3
Microscopy Society of the Ohio River Valley
May 5
Minnesota Microscopy Society (MMS)
May 9
Notre Dame Imaging & Microanalysis Society (NDIMS)
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May 23-26
Southeastern Microscopy Society (SEMS)
May 24
Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO)

Check the individual LAS websites for more details.
If your LAS is planning a meeting, please let me know at least 2 months in advance so I can announce it in an upcoming issue of the MSA Update.

The Philadelphia Society for Microscopy (PSM) and the Bossone Research Center of Drexel University jointly present a one-day symposium on Microscopy Applications in the biological and physical sciences on Wednesday, March 29th. Keynote speakers are Jay Jerome of Vanderbilt University (MSA Tour Speaker) and Eric Wieschaus of Princeton University (1995 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine). Check
for details and registration.

The Microscopy Society of the Ohio River Valley (MSORV) will be holding their Spring meeting on May 3rd at Equistar Chemicals in Cincinnati, OH. Festivities begin at 3PM. More information is available at

Support your local affiliated society! Invite students & early career scientists & technologists to your LAS meetings. Better yet, bring a new member to your local meeting and get them involved!

MSA provides LAS support with Tour Speakers, Grants-in-Aid and Special Meeting grants. Details can be found at

Are you planning to attend M&M2017 in St. Louis? I look forward to seeing you there! LAS information will be available at the MSA MegaBooth in the Exhibit Hall. The LAS breakfast meeting will be held during meeting week, at which the next LAS Director will be elected. Stay tuned for more details.

LAS Leaders - Please check the LAS listings at and make sure we have the correct contact information for your group. Thank you.

As always, you may contact me at with comments, questions or concerns.

Happy Spring!!

Microscopy Today

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Focused Interest Group 
Focused Interest Group Update
Andrew Vogt, FIG Director

Did you know that there are 11 FIGs that promote a specific discipline to microscopy? Click here to check them out and contact the leader to get more information. If you are interested in joining one or more of them, please complete the membership form. You can also join a FIG when renewing your MSA membership; students may join one FIG at no cost.
Renu Sharma was elected as Co-Chair of the FIG Committee. Please welcome her to that role. 
Two Pre-Meeting Congresses were approved for the 2017 meeting in St. Louis, one organized by the Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy FIG and one organized by Focused Ion Beam FIG. Requests for a Pre-Meeting Congress in 2018 will be reviewed and approved at the 2017 Winter Council meeting in January.

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