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Scientists set record resolution for drawing at the one-nanometer length scale
The ability to pattern materials at ever-smaller sizes -- using electron-beam lithography (EBL), in which an electron-sensitive material is exposed to a focused beam of electrons, as a primary method -- is driving advances in nanotechnology. When the feature size of materials is reduced from the macroscale to the nanoscale, individual atoms and molecules can be manipulated to dramatically alter material properties, such as color, chemical reactivity, electrical conductivity, and light interactions.    Read more  here.           
Chip-based nanoscopy: Microscopy in HD quality
New imaging potential: Standard resolution (left) compared to (center, right) high resolution and super-resolution obtained with the chip-based technique. Credit: Bielefeld University/Robin Diekmann 
Physicists at Bielefeld University and the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø have developed a photonic chip that makes it possible to carry out super-resolution light microscopy, also called 'nanoscopy,' with conventional microscopes. In nanoscopy, the position of single fluorescent molecules can be determined with a precision of just a few nano-meters, that is, to a millionth of a millimeter.
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New microscopy method breaks color barrier of optical imaging
Researchers at Columbia University have made a significant step toward breaking the so-called "color barrier" of light microscopy for biological systems, allowing for much more comprehensive, system-wide labeling and imaging of a greater number of biomolecules in living cells and tissues than is currently attainable. The advancement has the potential for many future applications, including helping to guide the development of therapies to treat and cure disease. Read more   here.  
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Microscopy Society of America Awards Forty Scholarships for 75th Anniversary Meeting
The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) announced that it has awarded a record forty (40) scholarships to early career researchers to attend its annual meeting on the occasion of the Society's 75th anniversary. The Society will support twenty-seven (27) students and thirteen (13) postdoctoral researchers to attend Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) 2017, to be held August 6-10, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. 

MSA President's Blog: March for Science  
MSA President Ian Anderson attended one of the 600+ rallies held as part of the #MarchforScience on Saturday, April 22 - Earth Day. He shares his thoughts from the event in his April President's blog. Read more here.

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

The Official Pre-Meeting Guide has been mailed with your May 2017 Microscopy Today, and is available here. The Week-at-a-Glance schedule, as well as the ancillary meetings schedule, are both included in the publication.

Registration is OPEN! Register now and save $100 until June 22.

Hotels in St. Louis are filling fast. Don't get shut out! Book your hotel today.

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 on the LAS community page at

The annual LAS/AReS breakfast meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 8 at 7:15 AM (room TBA). Invitations will be sent to the LAS Presidents of record as we get closer to the meeting. Please check the LAS community page to ensure that the correct President is listed for your LAS. Election of the new LAS Director will take place during the meeting, AND AT THE SAME TIME - PLEASE NOTE: The MAS 50th Anniversary lecture "Microanalysis: What is it, Where Did it Come From, and Where is it Going?" will be presented by Dale Newbury, from 7:30-8:30AM on Tuesday, August 8, i.e., at the same time as the LAS/AReS breakfast meeting.

SO, if you are the designated representative from your LAS and you want to attend the lecture, please appoint a proxy to attend the LAS/AReS meeting and cast a vote in your place. Every vote counts!

LAS Programming
Upcoming LAS Meetings are:

May 18
Oklahoma Microscopy Society (OMS)*
May 24-26 Southeastern Microscopy Society (SEMS)*
May 24
Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO)
May 25
Philadelphia Society for Microscopy (PSM)

*MSA Tour Speaker presentation

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.

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

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

See you in St. Louis!!
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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