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M&M 2022 News


In case you missed it, registration and hotel room blocks for M&M 2022 are now open!

We invite you to join your scientific peers as we convene in beautiful Portland, Oregon, the site of our last in-person meeting in 2019! Early bird registration will run through June 1, 2022, so save when you register early (save even more when you join MSA to qualify for the member discount!).

**NEW in 2022** On-Demand Content: MSA and MAS will make available selected content after the close of this year’s meeting to anyone that was not able to attend or present in-person. For onsite attendees, there will be no additional charge for this access. If you will not or cannot attend in-person, please select the "Post Conference On-Demand Content" option when registering. The on-demand content schedule will be available in mid-July.

Association News

The MOSAIC is a digital platform for you to share your microscopy and microanalysis work on the MSA homepage.


It is through your eyes that we can focus on the big picture of the Society. Share your world within our world!

     Click the Upload Photo button at the top of the MOSAIC

     Search names, techniques, and subjects to connect with other members of the society

     Cultivate the community and share the MOSAIC

Submit an Article to Microscopy Today

The Editors of Microscopy Today (MTO) encourage and greatly appreciate submission of articles from microscope users as well as microscope manufacturers and suppliers. Of particular interest are summaries of in-depth articles published in peer reviewed journals and articles that describe new equipment and applications. Microscopy Today is open access and there are no charges for publishing in MTO. All articles are available free to our subscription list of over 18,000 microscopists and through our collaboration with Cambridge University Press over 8,000 libraries worldwide. For further information email the Editor-in-Chief at Bob.Price@uscmed.sc.edu or visit


Science News

A Look at the Evolution of the Virus That Causes COVID-19

Since the initial outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, the continued emergence of new variants has challenged scientists and forced many people worldwide to adapt to what feels like an ever-changing virus. Read more.

NASA uses moonlight to improve satellite accuracy

NASA's airborne Lunar Spectral Irradiance, or air-LUSI, flew aboard NASA's ER-2 aircraft from March 12 to 16 to accurately measure the amount of light reflected off the Moon. Reflected moonlight is a steady source of light that researchers are taking advantage of to improve the accuracy and consistency of measurements among Earth-observing satellites. Read more.

Technologists’ Forum News

The Technologists’ Forum is free to join and provides a community for those who work in the technical areas of microscopy sample preparation and imaging or anyone interested in expanding their skills. Join us at the annual Tech Forum member’s meeting at M&M 2022 to learn more about our events and how to become more involved.

Tech Forum 2022 M&M Session Updates

During the annual meeting, the Tech Forum will join forces with the B07 [3D Volume Electron Microscopy in Biology Research] and B10 [Development, Challenges and Biomedical Applications of Tissue Clearing, Expansion Microscopy and Volumetric Imaging] session organizers to provide the techniques portion of the research presentations. These sessions include:

     X30 – Technologists' Forum Roundtable: Image Data Analysis Software Review [B10 complimentary session]

     X31 - 3D SEM Techniques [B07 complimentary session]

     X32 - Tissue Clearing Tips & Techniques [B10 complimentary session]

In addition, we will have the Tech Forum booth with software and equipment demos at the M&M MegaBooth. For more information, please see the Tech Forum session descriptions or final conference program.

Certified Electron Microscopy Technologist [CEMT]

The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) provides the only certification of technologists in biological transmission electron microscopy available in the US. Certification can be important in determining job classification, salary level, and potential for advancement or promotion. Individuals with the requisite educational and/or occupational qualifications can attain certification by completing an application and passing both written and practical examinations.

The next registration deadline is August 16, 2022. For additional information and registration materials go to the CEMT Certification Program link.

MSA Student Council News

MSA Student Council Executive Council

Call for Nominations is open now! 

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Call for Nominations

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Application / Nomination Form

The Call for Nominations for StC elected positions is open now and will close on April 30th, 2022.

A description of the roles for the three executive positions (President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer) can be found on the MSA Student Council website, Responsibilities page.

     President-Elect serves a three-year term, one each as President-Elect, President, and Past-President

     Secretary and Treasurer positions serve a one-year term.

     No previous leadership experience is required

Graduate and undergraduate students that are members of MSA are encouraged to apply. This is a wonderful opportunity to hone your professional skills in leadership, communication, conference planning, and networking while advancing the growth of the student community in MSA. 

Are you excited about M&M 2022 in Portland?

Your MSA StC leaders are too! Don’t forget to sign-up for PMCx60 when you register for the conference–you won’t want to miss this opportunity.

More info here:


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‘A Day in the Life of a Microscopist’ Webinar

The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) Student Council (StC) is hosting an online webinar 'A Day in the Life of a Microscopist' at 4pm ET on Thursday, April 21, 2022.


During this webinar, you will have an opportunity to find out what it's like working as a microscopist at varying institution types (i.e., NASA, National Lab, academic setting, industry).


Panelists for this webinar are:

     Dr. Donovan Leonard (Oak Ridge National Lab)

     Tirzah Abbott (Northwestern University)

     Dr. Wayne Jennings (NASA)

     Laura Wilson (GE Aviation)


Here is the link to register: https://forms.gle/Vn6jMBUxZ56iTrpW6

Local Affiliated Societies

Local Affiliated Societies News

by Ru-ching Hsia, LAS Director

MSA members across the country have also established 25 local affiliated societies (LAS). These LAS hold regular meetings, and social events, and publish newsletters to provide regional networking and outreach opportunities for the local microscopy community. Please join a local society or renew your membership in 2022. Find out more about your local microscopy society and its activities on the LAS community page at http://microscopy.org/communities/local.cfm.


New Tour Speaker List

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. A group of new Tour Speakers is now available. Please find the information at https://www.microscopy.org/communities/speakers.cfm.


LAS Quarterly Business Meetings

Our second meeting in 2022 will be held virtually on June 9th, Thursday 1 -2 PM EST. 



     Jessica Riesterer, President of Pacific Northwest Microscopy Society (PNMS)

     Gail Celio, President of Minnesota Microscopy Society (MMS)

We share ideas for event organization, fundraising, and tips on publishing newsletters and boosting membership during these meetings. All are welcome. 

Updating LAS Webpage

If you have new officers taking over the leadership in your society in the new year, please let me know so we can update the LAS directory on the MSA webpage.


LAS Activities

Southeastern Microscopy Society (SEMS) will be hosting its 57th annual meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, on May 18-20, 2022. Find meeting details at https://southeasternmicroscopy.org/2022-meeting/. Registration is already open.


If you are interested to start an Affiliated Society in your region or have any questions and concerns, please feel free to contact me at rhsia@carnegiescience.edu.


Ru-ching Hsia

Focused Interest Groups

MSA FIGs are groups of MSA members who have organized, with the approval of MSA Council, to promote a specific discipline relevant to microscopy or microanalysis. Each FIG must have a minimum of 10 members to remain active. All MSA members are eligible and encouraged to participate in the existing FIGs. There is an annual fee of $15 per FIG joined. Learn more about FIGs here.

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