February  2018

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M&M 2018

The hotel reservations portal for M&M 2018 is open! Go to https://www.microscopy.org/MandM/2018/hoteltravel/hotel.cfm. The city of Baltimore is very busy in the summertime, so be sure to make your reservations soon. Don't be stuck out in the suburbs!

PS. The 2018 paper submission deadline has been extended 5 days to Tuesday, 20 February.
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Bo Huang Delivers 2018 Byers Award Lecture on Boundary-Pushing Microscopy
If a car were a microscopic living thing, how would biologists study it? Bo Huang, PhD, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, began this year's Byers Award Lecture in Basic Science with that question, which is inspired by his young sons' fascination with cars. Read more here.

Improving the piezoelectric microscopy characterization of ceramic materials
Side view of the two types of AFM probes used. The one at the right is a ultra-long tip which diminish the electrostatic interaction between the cantilever and the sample. Compared to the standard tip-which is images at the right side, the taller tip provides a cleaner piezoresponse signal in order to acquire the piezoelectric response of the material. Credit: CSIC  
A team of researchers from ICMAB has proved that unconventional AFM probes are suitable for acquiring a true piezoelectric signal in piezoresponse force microscopy. The work, titled "Diminish electrostatic in piezoresponse force microscopy through longer or ultra-stiff tips," is published in Applied Surface Science.
Read more  here.      
Growing opportunity for startups in the Global Life Science Microscopy Devices industry
Questale released a detailed assessment of trends in Global Life Science Microscopy Devices market. The research report includes diverse topics like total market size, key market drivers, challenges, growth opportunities, key players etc. We have also covered key market updates, the impact of regulations and technological updates in. New startups entering the space of Global Life Science Microscopy Devices need to carefully pick their niches and genres so that they can compete on an equal footing with global companies who have an end to end development studios, production capabilities and global skills and experience backing them. Read more  here.    

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Digital Editions of Microscopy Today
Did you know that you can access past issues of Microscopy Today online? You can also view the most cited and most read articles over the past month.

Renew Your Membership for 2018
Have you renewed your membership for 2018 yet? If not, you can pay your dues through the online members portal.

Cryo-EM at 2018 ACA Annual Meeting, Toronto
The cryo-EM community is excited to contribute to the annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) in Toronto, July 20-24, 2018. On Friday July 20, there will be a one-day workshop "Cryo-EM -A Guide to High-Resolution Structure Determination" providing a detailed overview of cryo-EM specimen preparation, image processing and building/refinement of atomic models. Please join us! Registration is now open at http://www.amercrystalassn.org/2018-meeting-homepage

Ernst-Ruska-Prize 2019 of the German Society for Electron Microscopy
The German Society for Electron Micorscopy invites candidates for the 2019 Ernst-Ruska-Prize. The prize is awarded for work carried out by younger scientists pioneering new capabilities of electron microscopy as a scientific technique through innovative instrumentation or novel methods of basic and general interest. Click here for more information.
Student Council New Regional Liaison Appointed

Student Council is excited to announce that the remaining Regional Liaison position has been filled! Joseph Lim has agreed to take on the role of Regional Liaison I, serving the Pacific Northwest. Joseph is no stranger to MSA as he has been an active participant in the Student Bursary Program and attended the last three Microscopy & Microanalysis meetings. His story also points to how MSA and MSA Student Council truly do represent a broad reach of backgrounds and interests in the field of microscopy. As an Army Veteran returning to school to pursue paramedic certification, he became inspired by professors in his biological sciences courses and was introduced to microscopy through them. He joined MSA three years ago when his Cell Biology professor encouraged him to join a professional organization. Joseph has been an enthusiastic part of the MSA student membership ever since. Welcome Aboard!

Take a minute to look at the MSA Student Council Regional Liaison map, connect with a local liaison, and remember to renew your MSA Student Membership or for PIs/faculty/staff please encourage your students to get involved and reach out to MSA Student Council at studentcouncil@microscopy.org!

Region I - Joseph Lim, Virginia Community College

Region II - Frank Barrows, Northwestern University

Region III - Tim Pegg, Miami University

Region IV - Jason Sardey, Temple University

Region V - Matt Nigro, SUNY Geneseo

Region VI - Kartik Venkatraman, Arizona State University

Region VII- Samantha Brady, University of Missouri-Columbia

Region VIII- Jackson Spurling, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Region IX- Kemaro Muir, Tuskegee University

Region X - Nhu Trieu, University of New Brunswick

Connect with Student Council on Social Media

Keep up with all of the exciting activities, student success stories, and student news from MSA Student Council. If you have not done so already, like and follow MSA Student Council on social media.

Please, faculty, and staff, use this as a way to share with students how involvement in MSA has been beneficial to you and post opportunities that might be open in your lab or workplace.

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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 studentcouncil@microscopy.org, or donate to the PMCx60 via the MSA donation page ( microscopy.org/donation, include "PMCx60" in the "Donation Made by:" field).

For event details visit www.microscopy.org/MandM/2018/program/congress_X60.cfm, and check out our final program from 2017 at www.microscopy.org/docs/Program_PMCRadMM2017.pdf .
Local Affiliated Societies

Local Affiliated Societies News
by Patty Jansma, 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 http://microscopy.org/communities/local.cfm.

LAS Meetings

Mark your calendars! Here is a list of Spring 2017 LAS meetings:

February 22-24 Texas Society for Microscopy
March 20 Three Rivers Microscopy Society Susheng Tan (sut6@pitt.edu)
March 27 Northern California Society for Microscopy
March 30 Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society
May 16-18 Southeastern Microscopy Society
April 13 Southern California Society for Microscopy & Microanalysis (SCSM)

Check the individual LAS websites for more details.

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 http://www.microscopy.org/communities/programs.cfm. Funds are still available for 2018. 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 pjansma@email.arizona.edu with comments, questions or concerns.

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.

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