August  2018

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M&M 2018

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Association News

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Microscopy Society of America Bids to Host the 20th International Microscopy Congress in 2022
The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) Council and MSA International Committee are pleased to announce that MSA has submitted a bid to host the 20th International Microscopy Congress (IMC-20) in 2022 in Portland, Oregon, USA. The proposed dates for IMC -20 are July 30-August 5, 2022. The IMC meeting is a world wide international microscopy congress held every four years. Read more here.

Nominations for MSA Fellows, Class of 2019 is now open
The Microscopy Society of America is accepting nominations for MSA Fellow, Class of 2019. This major Society award honors MSA members of at least 10 years for " significant contributions to the advancement of the field of microscopy and microanalysis" through both their scientific accomplishments AND service to MSA. In very special circumstances the 10 year membership requirement may be waived.

The deadline is September 30, 2018. For instructions on the nomination process and submission of a nomination, please click here. For further information or questions please contact

MSA 2019 Major Society Awards: Nominations Now Soon.
The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 MSA Society Awards. The Society awards consist of eight separate awards honoring individuals in the microscopy field. You can find out more about the awards and the nomination process on the MSA website. Please note that all nominations are submitted online and must be completed by the deadline of October 31, 2018. For further information or questions please contact

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Image of fixed macrophages using three chromophores created by the FLUMIAS-DEA miniaturized fluorescence microscope during Science Verification Test.
Space Station Shrinks Fluorescence Microscopy Tool
Honey, I shrunk the microscope! A miniaturized fluorescence microscope makes it possible to observe changes in living cells in microgravity. Future observations of astronauts' cells could tell scientists important information about how the body adapts to space.  Read more here.

Liquid microscopy technique reveals new problem with lithium-oxygen batteries
Using an advanced, new microscopy technique that can visualize chemical reactions occurring in liquid environments, researchers have discovered a new reason lithium-oxygen batteries-which promise up to five times more energy than the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles and cell phones-tend to slow down and die after just a few charge/discharge cycles.   Read more  here.      
Electron microscope detector achieves record resolution
Electron microscopy has allowed scientists to see individual atoms, but even at that resolution not everything is clear. The lenses of electron microscopes have intrinsic imperfections known as aberrations, and special aberration correctors - "like eye glasses for your microscope," said David Muller, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Engineering in the Department of Applied and Engineering Physics (AEP) - have been developed over the years to correct these defects.  Read more  here.    

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SA StC Student Spotlight

In the final installment of our series spotlighting students in microscopy, we spent some time learning more about Kemaro Muir, a recent masters graduate in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University and his area of research.

I start my new position at Intel Corp. the first week of September. I will be responsible for ensuring the microchips are within the acceptable quality standards. I will mostly focus on quality control with emphasis on mechanical integrity.

Current research focus:
I used the SEM to look at several topographical and internal components of my materials. These include micro coatings, the fiber matrix, alloy interfaces, and corrosion effects. I examined Pearlites and their relative grain boundaries. The SEM was extremely beneficial for analyzing fractures which allowed me to predict factor of safety and component failures. I also utilize EDS to confirm the presence of corrosion after environmental studies.

MSA involvement:
As a regional liaison, I wanted to make an impact within the community and assist in outreach of MSA. I hoped to extend the organization and its benefits to my region. Many students in my discipline use electron microscopy for characterization and material analysis. Increasing participation in society events among the students in my region and from my university would greatly benefit them. The conference I presented at last year (M&M 2017) gave me additional insight into my research with the commentary I received from industry insiders. I also enjoyed access to papers published in the associated journal. Professional memberships can be a great resource.

Interesting personal note:
I am from Jamaica, so the challenges were mostly related to the jargon here and socializing among my peers. Cultural difference especially among interactions between women and men. I especially found the cuisine interesting. Jamaica, which is an island after all, is more laid back culturally than the USA. I definitely adjusted well to the music here.

MSA Student Council - Call for Applications

MSA Student Council is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for appointed positions.

A description of the roles for the 16 appointed positions can be found on the MSA Student Council website, Responsibilities page. All positions serve a one-year term.

Graduate and undergraduate students that are members of MSA are encouraged to apply. The Call for Applications letter can be accessed on the MSA Student Council website, Responsibilities page. Application materials must be submitted by September 3rd to

MSA Student Events for M&M 2018

Don't forget to check out all the exciting events planned for students at M&M 2018! Visit the MSA StC website or follow us on social media. And, make sure to mark your calendars to attend the Student Council Meeting!

StC Nominating Committee Presents Slate

The StC Nominating Committee has selected its slate for the 2018-2019 StC leadership positions (President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer). You can read about each candidate on the MSA website. Elections will be held during the StC meeting at M&M, August 7th. Come cast your vote and build the StC community.

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 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.

I look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!


Focused Interest Group Update

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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