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M&M 2017

Many thanks to all who attended M&M 2017 in St. Louis! Check out this album of some of the best photos from the event. Don't forget to mark your calendars for M&M 2018, taking place in Baltimore, Md from August 5-9, 2018.
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Microscopy Tool Can "See" Through Dense Tissue: Study
A novel imaging technique allows researchers to peer through thick, three-dimensional tissues using a holographic microscope and economical, easily transported tools, according to a study published today (August 11) in Science Advances. The tissue preparation and imaging protocol is meant to serve as an alternative to costlier techniques that aren't easily accessible in resource-starved areas.   Read more  here.           

Using four-dimensional electron microscopy to track diffusion of nanoparticles in a liquid

4D imaging of nanoparticle diffusion in liquid. Credit: Xuewen Fu
A team of researchers at Caltech has developed a way to capture on film the superfast propulsive motion of Brownian objects, particularly those at the nanoscale. In their paper published on the open-access site Science Advances, the team describes using four-dimensional electron microscopy techniques to capture real-time imagery of gold nanoparticles as they diffused in a liquid.
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Association News

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MSA 2018 Society Awards
The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 MSA Society Awards. 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 and must be completed by the deadline of October 31, 2017.  For further information or questions please contact .

MSA Fellows Class of 2018  
The Microscopy Society of America is also accepting nominations for MSA Fellows, Class of 2018. This major Society award honors MSA members of at least 10 years for "significant contributions to the advancement of the field of microscopy and microanalysis" through both their scientific accomplishments AND service to MSA. In very special circumstances the 10 year membership requirement may be waived. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The Society encourages all of its Members to participate in honoring eligible colleagues in the field of microscopy by nominating them for MSA Fellow. The deadline is September 30, 2017. For instructions on the nomination process and submission of a nomination, please click here. For further information or questions please contact

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.

MSA to Discontinue Society 800 Number
The Society has now discontinued its 800 number. 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 with a short message and call-back number. Please let us know if you have any concerns about this change.
Student Council Update

The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) Student Council held its first formal officer elections and successfully launched the Pre-Meeting Congress for Students, Postdocs, and Early Career Professionals at Microscopy & Microanalysis 2017, the Society's annual meeting, in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Student Council features offices that parallel those of the MSA Executive Committee and the major standing committees of the Society. The officers were elected on August 8 by the students in attendance. All Student Council officers must be students at the time of their election, but serve their terms to completion even if graduating in the interim.

The new members of the Student Council are: Janet Gbur, Case Western Reserve University (President); Cameron Varano, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (President-Elect); Joshua Silverstein, Miami University of Ohio (Past-President); Jie Yang, Boston University (Secretary); and Ethan Lawrence, Arizona State University (Treasurer). In addition, William Bowman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was appointed Chair of the Student Council Program Committee, and is principal organizer of the second Pre-Meeting Congress (PMC) for Student, Postdocs, and Early Career Professionals, designated PMCx60, which is organized by student leaders.

"The first annual election of Student Council officers represents an important milestone in the history of the Microscopy Society of America, and it is fitting that this historic event took place at the 75th anniversary of the Society," said MSA President Ian M. Anderson. "These events were driven by the student leaders themselves, and ushers in a new era of the Society where professionals in our community can assume significant leadership roles at every stage of their career."

The Inaugural PMCx60 featured a dynamic program with plenary lectures by 2017 winners of MSA's major early career awards - the Burton Medal, Albert Crewe Award and George Palade Award - and invited lectures by 13 M&M Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Award winners representing the continental U.S., United Kingdom, and Australia, and contributed posters representing U.S. universities and national laboratories in addition to outstanding research from South Africa, Australia, Germany and The Netherlands. The event included a career networking luncheon and welcome social and closing reception for the 55 attendees. "I was excited for the opportunity to propose and realize this event, and the success of the inaugural PMC is a direct consequence of the outstanding student leaders in the society, the generosity of the community's sponsor network, and the constant support from MSA leadership." said William Bowman, PMCx60 Chair, "It has been a pleasure working with them on this event, and we look forward to building this into the premier event for students, postdocs, and early-career professionals in microscopy and microanalysis."

The Student Council is actively growing its community, expanding leadership roles, along with creating more opportunities for individuals to get involved. Planning is already underway for M&M 2018 Student Council activities and the PMCx60. If you want to get involved, email the Student Council at
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 Director Election Results
Congratulations to Patty Jansma, who was elected LAS Director for 2018-20!

LAS/AReS Breakfast 
Thanks to all who attended the LAS/AReS joint breakfast meeting at M&M2017. The discussion topics included introduction of the MSA Student Council (SC) and its activities and how the Local Affiliates can interact with the SC throughout the year; LAS Tax Exemption & Incorporation FAQ web page; LAS Tour Speakers, Grants-in-Aid and Special Meeting support; and the new LAS website initiative.

LAS Presidents of record will receive meeting minutes from me in the near future. If the information listed for your LAS is incorrect, please let me know ASAP.

LAS Meetings

Mark your calendars! Here is a list of Fall 2017 LAS meetings, as gathered from LAS websites:
Sept 21
Minnesota Microscopy Society (MMS)
Sept 27
Iowa Microscopy Society (IMS)
Sept 28
New England Society for Microscopy
Sept 29
Midwest Microscopy 
Society (MMS)
Oct 4
Microscopy Society of NE Ohio (MSNO)
Oct. 5
Northern California Society for Microscopy (NCSM)
Oct. 19-20
Appalachian Regional Microscopy Society (AReMS)
Oct. 25
Microscopy Society of the Ohio River Valley (MSORV)
Nov. 1
Michigan Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (MMMS)
Nov. 2
Philadelphia Society for Microscopy (PSM)
Nov. 3
Oklahoma Microscopy Society (OMS)

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.

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

Happy Fall!!

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. 
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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