November  2017

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MSA 2018 Society Awards Deadline Extended
In order to allow MSA members more time to gather nomination materials, the deadline for MSA Society Awards nominations has been extended to November 15th. So there's still time to submit your nomination. The Society awards consist of eight separate awards honoring individuals in the microscopy field. You can find out more about the awards and the nomination process on the MSA website. Please note that all nominations are submitted online.  For further information or questions please contact .

Annual Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program   
Applications are now being accepted for MSA's Annual Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Program is intended to foster the educational and research potential of full-time undergraduate students interested in pursuing microscopy as a career or major research tool. Applications for research involving any area of microscopy are suitable for the program. The deadline to apply is December 31. Please visit the MSA website for further details.

M&M 2018 Website Now Available!
M&M 2018 will be held August 5-9, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Education Outreach
Are you interested in getting involved with the educational outreach activities of MSA? Please contact Kathleen Shugart, Education Outreach Chair, for more information.
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Single nanoparticle mapping paves the way for better nanotechnology
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the Technical 
The eight images show eight different nanoparticles of the same substance, palladium. Credit: Svetlana Alekseeva
University of Denmark have developed a method that makes it possible to map the individual responses of nanoparticles in different situations and contexts. The results pave the way for better nanomaterials and safer nanotechnology and were recently published in the journal Nature Communications.
  Read more  here.    

Cryo-electron microscopy advancements bring atomic-level life into clearer view
UC San Francisco researchers recently captured exquisite images of a protein caught in the act of binding to a novel therapeutic drug with enough resolution to model how the individual atoms of the protein and drug lined up.   Read more  here.         
Translational biology, medicine, and health doctoral student elected microscopy student council president
Cameron Varano, a fourth-year doctoral student in Virginia Tech's translational biology, medicine, and health program, was recently voted president-elect of the Microscopy Society of America's (MSA) student council. The position is a three-year commitment, as Varano will serve a year as president-elect, another year as president, and a final year as past president.   Read more  here.         
Nobel-winning technique like "Google Earth for molecules"
Three researchers won a Nobel Prize ... for developing a microscope technique that lets scientists see exquisite details of the molecules that drive life-basically providing a front-row seat to study these tiny performers in their biological dance.   Read more  here.           
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Student Council Appoints PMCx60 Program Co-Chairs

MSA Student Council is pleased to announce the appointment of the Program Co-Chairs for the X60 Pre-meeting Congress for Students, Postdocs, and Early-career Professionals. The event, to be held at Microscopy & Microanalysis in Baltimore, will be in its second year under the leadership of Program Chair, Will Bowman, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bukola Obayomi, Biological Sciences Co-Chair, is a first year Ph.D. student in Biology at Arizona State University under the mentorship of Dr. Debra Baluch. Bukola's research focus is on the regulation of smooth muscle in mouse uterine tissue.

Matt Caputo, Physical Sciences Co-Chair, is a fourth year Doctoral Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at Youngstown State University under the mentorship of Dr. Virgil Solomon. Matt's research involves the additive manufacturing of Ni-Mn-Ga ferromagnetic shape memory alloys from various powder media to investigate part functionality for potential actuator/sensor applications.

2nd annual Pre-meeting Congress for Students, Postdocs and Early-career Professionals

The MSA Student Council (StC) is organizing the 2nd annual Pre-meeting Congress for Students, Postdocs and Early-career Professionals in Microscopy & Microanalysis (PMCx60), to be held on the Saturday preceding M&M 2018 in Baltimore, MD.

The PMCx60 is a one-day conference organized by and for students and early-career professionals, and offers a highly interactive forum for participants to share cutting edge research, network, and engage with peers ahead of the main meeting.

The StC is soliciting financial support from the MSA community, and welcomes corporate sponsorship and donations from individuals/organizations to help build the future of microscopy and microanalysis.


Please consider sponsoring, donating to, and attending the 2018 PMCx60 in Baltimore, MD. To learn about the benefits of being a PMCx60 sponsor, email the StC at, or donate to the PMCx60 via the MSA donation page (, include "PMCx60" in the "Donation Made by:" field).

For event details visit:
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 on the LAS community page at

LAS Meetings

Mark your calendars! Here is a list of Fall 2017 LAS meetings, as gathered from LAS websites:
November 8-9
New England Society for Microscopy (NESM)
November 9
Pacific Northwest Microscopy Society (PNMS)
November 14
Central States Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (CSMMS)
November 17
Midwest Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (MMMS)

Check the individual LAS websites for more details.

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

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!

LAS Programs
MSA provides LAS support with Tour Speakers, Grants-in-Aid and Special Meeting grants. Details can be found at Funds are still available for Fall 2017. Please contact me as soon as possible if your LAS is interested in applying, and you haven't already received funding this year.

LAS Leaders
Make sure that we have the correct contact information for your LAS, including the current President, URL and Facebook address if applicable. From time to time I need to contact the LAS in a timely fashion and there may be delays if the address I have for your group is incorrect. Thank you.

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


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.

JobMSA Job Placement Services

Questions? contact: Dave Tomlin (Placement Office Chair) or Bob Dziuban (Association Management)

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