August  2017

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MSA's 75th Anniversary Meeting

Microscopy & Microanalysis 2017 Meeting  

It's only a few days until the start of M&M 2017! The full M&M 2017 scientific program is now available on the M&M 2017 website. We look forward to seeing everyone in St. Louis! 

P.S. It's never too soon to start planning for M&M 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. Mark your calendars for August 5-9, 2018.
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Tilted microscopy technique better reveals protein structures
The conventional way of placing protein samples under an electron microscope during cryo-EM experiments may fall flat when it comes to getting the best picture of a protein's structure. In some cases, tilting a sheet of frozen proteins -- by anywhere from 10 to 50 degrees -- as it lies under the microscope, gives higher quality data and could lead to a better understanding of a variety of diseases, according to new research led by Salk scientist Dmitry Lyumkis.   Read more  here.           

Determining the parameters for transmission electron microscopy
Gas effects on the scattering of fast electrons contributing to the ESTEM probe and signal. Credit: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
While the phones in our pockets may be perfect for taking photos of our pets, taking good images of catalysts and other materials is far more complex, especially when you bring in scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The STEM imaging method is a way to observe catalysts while they're working, or under catalytic conditions. The challenge is that background scattering from reaction gases, chemical reactions that produce gases, involved lowers the image quality, obscuring vital details about the structure and chemical composition. Dr. Yuanyuan Zhu and Dr. Nigel D. Browning, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, demonstrated how to effectively image catalysts within the STEM method.
  Read more  here.           
Microscopy technique could enable more informative biopsies
MIT and Harvard Medical School researchers have devised a way to image biopsy samples with much higher resolution - an advance that could help doctors develop more accurate and inexpensive diagnostic tests.   Read more   here.  

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) Vs Photo-Induced Force Microscopy (PiFM)
There are many microscopy techniques out there, each different to the last. However, there is a new form of microscopy available on the marketplace known as photo-induced force microscopy (PiFM), which shows great similarities, and can be used in conjunction, with atomic force microscopy (AFM).   Read more  here.           
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MSA 2018 Society Awards
The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 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, 2017.  For further information or questions please contact .

MSA Fellows Class of 2018  
The Microscopy Society of America is also accepting nominations for MSA Fellow, Class of 2018. 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. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The Society encourages all of its Members to participate in honoring eligible colleagues in the field of microscopy by nominating them for MSA Fellow. The deadline is September 30, 2017. For instructions on the nomination process and submission of a nomination, please click here. For further information or questions please contact

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MSA to Discontinue Society 800 Number
The Society has now discontinued its 800 number. Most members can call the MSA office at the regular telephone number, 703-234-4115, without incurring long distance charges (e.g, via cell phone). Alternatively, members wishing to speak to an MSA Staff Member by telephone can e-mail the office with a short message and call-back number. Please let us know if you have any concerns about this change.
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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 on the LAS community page at

LAS/AReS Breakfast Meeting at M&M 2017
The annual LAS/AReS breakfast meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 8 at 7:15 AM in Room 280 at the Convention Center. Invitations were sent to the LAS Presidents of record in late June. Each LAS may send 2 representatives to the meeting. RSVP by July 20th so we can save a place for you!

PLEASE NOTE: The MAS 50th Anniversary lecture "Microanalysis: What is it, Where Did it Come From, and Where is it Going?" presented by Dale Newbury, is scheduled from 7:30-8:30AM on Tuesday, August 8, i.e., at the same time as the meeting.

Election of the new LAS Director will take place during the meeting, so if you are the designated representative from your LAS and you want to attend the anniversary lecture, please appoint a proxy to attend the LAS/AReS meeting and cast a vote in your place. Every vote counts!

LAS Meetings

Here is a preliminary list of Fall 2017 LAS meetings, as gathered from LAS websites:
Sept 27
Iowa Microscopy Society (IMS)
Sept 29
Midwest Microscopy 
Society (MMS)
Oct. 19-20
Appalachian Regional Microscopy Society (AReMS)
Nov. 1
Michigan Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (MMMS)
Nov. 3
Oklahoma Microscopy Society (OMS)

Check the individual LAS websites 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.

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 Fall 2017. 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. Look for me at the MSA MegaBooth at M&M 2017!

See you in St. Louis!!

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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