January  2017

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Message from Executive Council
The Microscopy Society of America has joined as a signatory on a letter sent by the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to President Trump to express concern about negative impacts of his January 27 Executive Order (EO) on U.S. Science. Read more here.
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Researchers Test Capabilities Of Mobile Phone Microscopy For In Situ Mutation Analysis R esearchers from the Science for Life Laboratory in Sweden, led by Malte K├╝hnemund, along with engineers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed molecular assays and portable optical imaging designs that permit on-site diagnostics with a cost-effective mobile phone-based multimodal microscope.
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Scientists Retrieve 80-million-year-old Dinosaur Protein   
T wo new studies suggest that it is possible to isolate protein fragments from 
dinosaurs  much further back in time than ever thought possible. One study, led by Mary Schweitzer,  confirms her highly controversial claim to have  
recovered 80-million-year-old dinosaur collagen. The other paper suggests that protein may even have 
survived in a 195-million-year-old dino fossil.  Read more  here .

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Association News

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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
Happy Anniversary!

This year we mark 75 years as a Society, established in 1942 as the Electron  Microscopy Society of America (EMSA), and since our 50th anniversary the   Microscopy Society of America (MSA) . An embellished logo marking our 75th  anniversary, which many of you will have already seen in the promotional  materials for  Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) 2017 , now appears on all Society communications portals. During the coming year, I intend to write a monthly letter to the membership to apprise you of initiatives that the Society leadership has undertaken to mark this anniversary year, and to highlight the activities of MSA's communities to further its mission. Read more here...
M&M 2017 News

M&M 2017 Call for Papers
submission deadline is in 2 weeks!

Click HERE to access the paper submission portal.
(Full URL is below if link does not redirect you.)

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2017

* We are pleased to offer a new, more user-friendly submission site this year.
* The standard 2-page paper format is required. Click HERE to view/download a paper template.
* You will need to submit both a PDF site and an editable file of your paper (accepted formats are listed on the submission site).
* The printed Call for Papers was mailed with your November Microscopy Today, and is posted on the M&M 2017 site.
* Meeting registration opens March 1.
* Hotel reservations available beginning February 2.
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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:

February 16   
Minnesota Microscopy Society (MMS)
February 23-25
Texas Society for Microscopy (TSM) 
March TBD
Northern California Society for Microscopy (NCSM)
March 1
Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO)
March 2
 New England Society for Microscopy (NESM)
March 3
Arizona Imaging & Microanalysis Society (AIMS)
March 29
Philadelphia Society for Microscopy (PSM)
April 8
 Southern California Society for Microscopy & Microanalysis  (SCSMM)
May 23-26
Southeastern Microscopy Society (SEMS) 

  Check the LAS websites for more details.

**Save the date** The Philadelphia Society for Microscopy is holding its Spring Symposium on March 29 at the Bossone Center of Drexel University. Please check the PSM website at www.phillyscope.com for more details.

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.

Nominations for LAS Director: My term as LAS Director runs until December 2017. Elections for my successor will be held at the LAS Breakfast at M&M2017 in St. Louis. Nominations are now being accepted; you may self-nominate if you are interested. Contact me if you have any questions.

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

Have a great 2017!

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:

Microscopy Today

View the latest edition of Microscopy Today here! 

In Memoriam
We regret to announce the passing of Sterling P. Newberry on January 28, at the age of 101. Sterling was the last surviving founding member of our Society, from 1942. He contributed to our society throughout his carrier, especially for our 50th anniversary, in 1992. For this occasion, starting in 1990, he carried out video interviews of many of the pioneers in our field. This work has continued, and the list is at:

We also published Sterling's book " EMSA and its People - the First Fifty Years", which was given to each attendee of the 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting in 1992 in Boston. A few copies are still available from large booksellers. Sterling was given a certificate of special recognition at M&M 2006 in Chicago, the last he was able to attend.

We are saddened that he cannot be with us at our 75th annual meeting in St. Louis this summer, however it is very fitting that the meeting be held there, since Sterling built the very first electron microscope in the US there, in 1935. The 1939 version is at the Medical School of Washington University, and we hope to display it at M&M2017. Little is known about
 the early US election microscopes because they did not exceed the resolution of the light microscope, as did the 1938 Toronto TEM of Hillier
 and Prebus.

Sterling worked for many years at the General Electric Company, where he designed an electrostatic TEM that was not marketed and the first commercial x-ray microscope, of which about 100 were sold.

After GE, Sterling founded the MicroBit Company, which designed a "fly's eye" electron-optical memory device for computers (which was, of course, superseded by silicon devices). Subsequently, he pursued scientific studies at this private lab (CBI), collaborating with several scientists in applications of x-ay microscopy as well as continued development of x-ray microscopy. He was very active in scientific research into his 80s, and was enthusiastic about microscopy outreach and teaching to young people.

Our Archives house Sterling's complete scientific papers
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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