May  2018

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M&M 2018

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Newly improved glass slide turns microscopes into thermometers
The humble glass microscope slide may be primed for a makeover.A study published online today (May 2, 2018) in the journal Nature Communications describes how an updated version of this centuries-old tool can now enable scientists to see tiny objects while also measuring their temperature. Read more here.

New method for interpreting cryo-EM maps makes it easier to determine protein structures
A new algorithm makes interpreting the results of cryo-electron microscopy maps easier and more accurate, helping researchers to determine protein structures and potentially create drugs that block their functions. Read more  here.      
New microscope captures detailed 3-D movies of cells deep within living systems
Inside the spinal cord of a zebrafish embryo, new neurons light up in different colors, letting scientists track nerve circuit development. Credit: T. Liu et al./Science 2018
Our window into the cellular world just got a whole lot clearer. By combining two imaging technologies, scientists can now watch in unprecedented 3-D detail as cancer cells crawl, spinal nerve circuits wire up, and immune cells cruise through a zebrafish's inner ear.
Read more  here.    

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Association News

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May 2018 Microscopy Today Digital Edition Now Available
The digital version of the May 2018 Microscopy Today edition is now available online. Please click the following link to 
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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

In Memoriam

Richard Francis Earl Crang, 81, passed away on April 13, 2018, at his home in La Grange Highlands. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, Steven and Douglas; four grandsons; and three adult stepsons.

After receiving his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Iowa, he held academic positions at Wittenberg University, Bowling Green State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and The City University of New York.

In the 1990s, Dr. Crang helped to pioneer the field of online learning, which included the development of an influential online course and electronic textbook in plant anatomy. His most recent work has been as co-author for a just-completed comprehensive textbook on plant anatomy.

Dr. Crang is the only U.S. plant biologist to be awarded Fellowship status by the International Society of Environmental Botanists; the first recipient of the BGSU's Outstanding Research Award; and the second recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the Electron Microscopy Society of America. He was a Sloan Fellow.

Upon retirement, he performed outreach work in Colombia and North Korea. Relentlessly curious, he traveled to 41 countries, where he eagerly engaged with local people and enthusiastically explored local cultures. He was a lover, collector and supporter of art.
SA StC Student Spotlight

In the second of our series spotlighting MSA Student Success Stories, we spent some time learning more about MSA Student Member, Diane Haiber and her area of research.

Academic background:
I got my undergraduate degree at University of Arizona with a major in Material Science and Engineering. After graduating in 2015, I came to Arizona State to earn my PhD in Material Science and Engineering. Currently, I am a third year PhD student working in the Peter A. Crozier research group.

Current research focus:
We develop and apply advanced electron microscopy including monochromated electron energy loss spectroscopy and in-situ TEM for renewable energy materials. Specifically, my work aims to reveal structure-function relationships in visible-light absorbing photocatalysts for solar fuel production by leveraging these different techniques.

MSA involvement:
At the PMCx60 for M&M 2017, I presented a poster titled, "Revealing the Structure of Graphitic Carbon Nitride through Low-Dose TEM using a Direct Electron Detector", focusing on using Low Dose TEM to characterize structural disorder in graphitic carbon nitride. I also gave an oral presentation at the main conference on the same project in addition to a poster titled, "Monochromated EELS and Optical Spectroscopy of Layered Carbon Nitrides."

Advice to new graduate students:
I would say to any new graduate student to try new things and go outside of your comfort zone - that is where personal growth takes place. Whether that is mentoring undergraduate students, pushing yourself to present at conferences, or getting involved in the graduate student community, all of these facilitate growth beyond technical skills. Delve into your research and see where it takes you! Networking and expanding your knowledge of different fields can be as straightforward as starting conversations on LinkedIn.

Interesting personal note:
In my free time, I listen to podcasts, dance the Melbourne shuffle to house and techno music, or play with my French bulldog in the year-round sunny weather. On campus, I started an ad-hoc graduate student community with a group of students. We are working on making professional development events and collaborating with the chemical engineering graduate community to have symposiums where students can present their research.

MSA Student Bursary Program for M&M 2018

Once again, MSA is offering the student bursary program for the Microscopy & Microanalysis 2018 meeting. Students are encouraged to attend the annual meeting with the opportunity to offset some of the meeting costs. Many Student Council officers and members started their M&M experience as student bursars, which is a great opportunity to interact with peers and assist the society throughout the conference. If you would like to participate in the student bursary program for 2018 to help offset your meeting costs send an email to Student Council at the link below. Registration is now open.

Questions about the bursary/volunteer program or would like to participate contact:

Janet Gbur - Student Council President

Send as email subject: Student Bursary to

Benefits of MSA Student Membership

Did you know MSA Student Members...
  • Receive discounted registration to M&M 2018?
  • Receive discounted registration to PMCx60 at M&M 2018?
  • Receive Microscopy and Microanalysis and Microscopy Today?
  • Can apply for the Student Bursary Program for M&M 2018?
And that's just the start! MSA Student Membership is filled with benefits for undergraduate and graduate students and MSA Student Council programming at M&M 2018 is without a doubt some of the most exciting to date! If you have not done so already, visit " Join MSA" and renew your MSA Student Membership to take advantage of all the benefits of membership. Let's grow our community!

There are multiple ways to connect with the MSA Student Community - Like and follow Student Council on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, visit our webpages on or email us at


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

LAS Meetings

Mark your calendars! Here is a list of Spring 2018 LAS meetings:

May 16-18 Southeastern Microscopy Society
May 16 Philadelphia Society for Microscopy

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
. 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 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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