February  2017

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New Paradigm in Microscopy: Atomic Force Microscope
 on a Chip  
Researchers have developed an AFM that uses MEMS technology. What does this mean? The AFM fits on a computer chip!  Read more  here.

First Magnetic Resonance Microscope Has Human Biochemistry in Its Sights
Magnetic resonance imaging is one of the miracles of modern science. It produces noninvasive 3-D images of the body using harmless magnetic fields and radio waves. And with a few additional tricks, it can also reveal details of the biochemical makeup of tissue.  Read more  here.  

Barcode Scanner Microscope Films Neurons Firing 
Engineers at ANU have built an advanced microscope using barcode laser scanner technology that can film moving blood cells and neurons firing in living animals. Read more here. 
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MSA Announces Class of 2017 Fellows! 
The Class of 2017 Fellows are:
        David C. Bell
        Paul E. Fischione
        Christopher J. Kiely
        Jeanette Killius
        Laurence D. Marks
        Peter Rez
        Phillip E. Russell
        Heide Schatten

Have you Renewed Your Membership for 2017? It is Expired!
Renew now before it is too late. Memberships run January 1 thru December 31. 

Message from the President
In this issue of my monthly letter, I wish to introduce to you the new MSA Student
 Council, which was created by resolution of Council at its Winter Council Meeting last month in Tampa, and to bring you up to speed on their initiatives, including  a  major pre-meeting event to take place on the Saturday preceding M&M 2017. I can honestly say that in my experience of 25+ years of MSA membership, the level of student leadership and activity of the past several months is unprecedented.  Read more  here...

President Ian Anderson with  Student Council   President 
Triumvirate:  Past President, James Kilcrease,  President, 
Joshua Silverstein, and President Elect, Janet Gbur 
M&M 2017 News

M&M 2017 - Registration Opens March 1
The paper  submission site is now closed. Registration for the meeting opens on Wednesday, March 1. Click the "REGISTER NOW" button on the M&M 2017 website!

M&M 2017 - Special Anniversary Sessions
Did you know that this year marks the 75th anniversary of MSA, the 50th anniversary of MAS, and the 50th anniversary of the invention of the atom probe? Our 2017 joining societies are excited to offer special anniversary sessions by pioneering figures in Microscopy and Microanalysis! The sessions are listed here:

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 http://microscopy.org/communities/local.cfm.

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!

Upcoming LAS meetings are: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 http://microscopy.org/communities/local.cfm.

Upcoming LAS meetings are:

March 1
Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO)
March 2
New England Society for Microscopy (NESM)

March 3
Arizona Imaging & Microanalysis Society (AIMS)
March (week of March1
3-17, TBD)
Northern California Society for Microscopy (NCSM)
March 16
Minnesota Microscopy Society (MMS)
March 29
Philadelphia Society for Microscopy (PSM)
April 8
Southern California Society for Microscopy & Microanalysis
May 9
Notre Dame Imaging & Microanalysis Society (NDIMS)
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May 23-26
Southeastern Microscopy Society (SEMS)

Check the 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!

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.

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.

Phishing scam
I recently received a note from one LAS about a phishing scam, and I have also received notice of the same scam from Association Management. Please note the following paragraph and don't let it happen to you or your LAS!

The scam goes like this: A scammer spoofs the president's email address and sends an email to the treasurer, asking for an invoice to be paid. If the treasurer pays the invoice, the money is actually going to the scammer.


I'll need you to make a payment to a vendor as soon as possible. Let me know if you are available so I can have the beneficiary details sent to you.

Sincerely, <<PRESIDENT'S NAME>>"

They have been using the real names of both the treasurer and president, so it looks very real. However, the actual email address displayed for the "president" is a non-descript @aol.com email address.

Be alert and aware. There really isn't much to be done to prevent a spammer from spoofing the name on an email address, so vigilance with your payment requests is going to be your best bet to combat this.

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.

As always, you may contact me at beverly.e.maleeff@gsk.com with comments, questions or concerns.


MSA Book Series
The first two volumes in the MSA-Cambridge University Press Book Series on "Advances in Microscopy and Microanalysis" (AMM)
have been published.

These are :

Scanning Electron Microscopy for the Life Sciences. Heidi Schatten, editor. 2012

Liquid Cell Electron Microscopy. Frances Ross, editor 2016. 

These are the first volumes in a series commissioned to delineate advances in microscopy and microanalysis. There are a half dozen volumes to come that are under contract at present and more to come in the future. The description of this book series is as follows:

Microscopic visualization techniques range from atomic imaging to visualization of living cells at near nanometer resolution, and advances in the field are fueled by developments in computation, image detection devices, labeling and sample preparation strategies. Microscopy has proven to be one of the most attractive and progressive research tools available to the scientific community, and remains at the forefront of research in many disciplines, from nanotechnology to live cell molecular imaging. 

This series reflects the role of microscopy, defining it as any method of imaging objects of micrometer scale or less, and includes both introductory texts and highly technical and focuses monographs for researchers and practitioners in materials and life sciences.

We encourage the MSA membership to look for these volumes., some of which will include topics such as :

X-Ray Microscopy
Single Atom Tomography
Energy Filtered Electron Microscopy
Wavefront Shaping for Biological Imaging
The SEM Image: Formation, Optimization and Interpretation
Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy in the EM
Microscopic Nanocharacterization of Materials

If any member has an idea of topics for future volumes, please send a note to the series editors:

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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