April  2019

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M&M 2019


This is the overall schedule of symposia platform and poster sessions, and includes a preliminary schedule of meetings and social events. The FULL SCIENTIFIC SCHEDULE (individual papers) will be available in early June.


Take advantage of the early bird rate and REGISTER NOW for the meeting! Register early (by June 21) and save $100 on your fees.

M&M is excited to be able to offer Childcare Services for children ages 6 months - 12 years!
  • Available for full days, half-days, or by the hour.
  • Offered Monday through Thursday, August 5-8.
  • Located at the Portland Doubletree Hotel.
Parents must register online directly with the childcare company, Accent on Children's Arrangements , based in New Orleans.

Association News

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Renew Your MSA Membership Today

Have you renewed your MSA membership for 2019?  Keep your membership active in order to maintain access to exclusive member benefits including peer networking, discounts on educational materials, savings on the annual Microscopy & Microanalysis conference, and much more. Please take a moment to renew your membership and remain part of the community that brings microscopy and microanalysis professionals of all levels together. Click here to renew.

Congratulations to the 2019 MSA Fellows!

The Piece of the Whole MOSAIC
Visit microscopy.org to see the MOSAIC live!
The "Piece of the Whole" MOSAIC is collaborative project designed to connect the society through visual media. 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 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
Science News

The MSA Facebook page  regularly posts science news for you 

Testing radiation resistance without using a nuclear reactor
The University of Huddersfield's combined electron microscope and ion beam accelerator is a world-class facility responsible for a large and growing global network of research collaborations. One of the latest is a partnership with Brazil's leading university and the scientific significance of this link and how it could help ensure the safety of nuclear power is described in an article that appears in its journal.  Read more  here .

A soft spot for stem cells helps cornea healing
New research led by scientists at Newcastle University, UK reveals a potential revolutionary way to treat eye injuries and prevent blindness - by softening the tissue hosting the stem cells which then helps repair wounds, inside the body.
The team discovered that the simple application of a tissue-softening enzyme, collagenase, prevents the loss of corneal stem cells following an injury and could prevent patients from losing their sight. It offers hope to almost 500,000 people a year who lose their sight due to chemical burns including acid attacks.   Read more here
MSAStudentCouncil MSA Student Council News

The MSA Student Council (StC) is organizing the 3rd annual Pre-meeting Congress for Students, Postdocs, and Early-career Professionals in Microscopy & Microanalysis (PMCx60), to be held on the Saturday preceding M&M 2019 in Portland, OR.
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 2019 PMCx60 in Portland, OR. To learn about the benefits of being a PMCx60 sponsor, email the StC at studentcouncil@microscopy.org , or donate to the PMCx60 via the MSA donation page ( microscopy.org/donation , include "PMCx60" in the "Donation Made by:" field).
For event details visit https://www.microscopy.org/students/x60.cfm . Please email the PMCx60 Program Chair, Ethan Lawrence, at ellawren@asu.edu if you are interested in sponsorship or have any questions about the PMC.


MSA Student Council Executive Council Announcement and Call for Nominations

MSA Student Council is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the StC Executive Officer positions.
The Call for Nominations for StC elected positions is now open and will close on April 30, 2019.
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. The President-Elect serves a three-year term, one each as President-Elect, President, and Past-President while the Secretary and Treasurer positions serve a one-year term.
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 all while advancing the growth of the student community in MSA.

The Call for Nominations letter can be accessed on the MSA Student Council website,  Responsibilities page. Application materials must be submitted by April 30th to studentcouncil@microscopy.org.
LAS  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 http://microscopy.org/communities/local.cfm.

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 http://www.microscopy.org/communities/programs.cfm. Funds are still available for 2019. 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 pjansma@email.arizona.edu with comments, questions or concerns.


FIGs Focused Interest Groups

Focused Interest Groups

Andy Vogt, Chair

Join a FIG! FIGs are groups of scientists that practice or have interests in specific disciplines (currently 11) to which microscopy and microanalysis is applied. As an MSA member, you can join one or more. FIGs not only boost scientific understanding through knowledge sharing, but also provide opportunity to network with scientists who share common interests. FIGs may organize lunches, symposia or pre-meeting congresses at M&M. A complete list of FIGs is on MSA website. You may contact the FIG leader directly or attend a business meeting at M&M to learn more. Are you already a member of a FIG? Consider volunteering and make an impact! It's members are what makes FIGs successful. Talk to your FIG leader. Interested in starting a FIG? Start by reviewing the updated version of the FIG Guidelines and then contact me.

Three FIGs are organizing symposia in Portland: 3D Electron Microscopy in the Biological Sciences, Diagnostic & Biomedical Microscopy, Facilities and Operations Management, and Pharmaceuticals! Consider attending. More information will be available in a later MSA Update.

Are you interested in highlighting your FIG in an MSA Update? Contact me for more information.
FIGs In Memoriam

MSA sadly reports the passing of James Pawley on March 7, 2019.  He was born in 1944 in England and educated in the US.  In 1978 he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he remained.  His contributions to microscopy were related primarily to cell biology and to engineering, and were many and varied.  He started by making several practical improvements to the Madison high-voltage EM, and then went on to develop use of high-resolution low-voltage SEM.  Subsequently, he became a confocal light-microscopy pioneer.  He is well-known for editing the Handbook of Biological Confocal Microscopy (Springer), which is now in its third edition (1989, 1995, 2006).  After retiring, he devoted considerable effort to raising the alarm about climate change.
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