March  2018

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M&M 2018

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FlatScope: Team designs lens-free fluorescent microscope
Lenses are no longer necessary for some microscopes, according to Rice University engineers developing FlatScope, a thin fluorescent microscope whose abilities promise to surpass those of old-school devices.  Read more here.

Super-resolution microscopy in both space and time
HeLa cells maximum intensity projection of 3D 2nd order bSOFI of labelled microtubules, color encodes z-position with one slice of the complementing 3D phase image providing cellular context. Credit: T. Lasser/EPFL
Super-resolution microscopy is a technique that can "see" beyond the diffraction of light, providing unprecedented views of cells and their interior structures and organelles. The technique has garnered increasing interest recently, especially since its developers won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014. Read more  here.      
Atomic Structure of Ultrasound Material Not What Anyone Expected
Lead magnesium niobate (PMN) is a prototypical "relaxor" material, used in a wide variety of applications, from ultrasound to sonar. Researchers have now used state-of-the-art microscopy techniques to see exactly how atoms are arranged in PMN - and it's not what anyone expected. Read more  here.    

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Association News

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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.

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

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 Membership Campaign

The MSA Student Council Membership Campaign is in full swing! Student Council is committed to growing its membership base and showcasing the benefits of professional membership to undergraduate and graduates students. In the coming months, Student Council will be showcasing student success stories from members across the country and abroad through our social media channels, newsletter, and MSA Update.

Faculty, staff, PIs, industry mentors, and postdocs, please take a minute to talk to the students that you mentor and discuss the benefits of membership in MSA. Professional membership and leadership experience is paramount to student development - help us facilitate that connection to MSA. 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


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

For event details visit, and check out our final program from 2017 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:

March 20 Three Rivers Microscopy Society
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March 27 Northern California Society for Microscopy
March 30 Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society
April 12 Oklahoma Microscopy Society
April 13 Southern California Society for Microscopy & Microanalysis (SCSM)
May 16-18 Southeastern Microscopy Society

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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