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M&M 2022 News

M&M 2022 On-Demand Sessions


Thank you to all who participated in the M&M 2022 In Portland! 

The meeting was a success, and we were excited to host everyone for sessions, visits with vendors, and networking.

For those that were not able to participate as a presenter or attendee in-person, our on-demand option is now available. Please Note: not all sessions from the in-person meeting are available on-demand, but we do have an engaging content library for you to review at your own pace.


The on-demand platform is now live and if you attended the in-person meeting, you have access to all content provided. You do not need to register for separate access to the platform. For those who did not attend in person, registration is available through this link. All login credentials were emailed on August 15. Recordings will be available for viewing through November 15, 2022.

Thank you again for a great return and don’t forget to save the dates for M&M 2023 in Minneapolis, MN: July 23-27.

Association News

The Microscopy Society of America is Accepting Nominations for MSA Fellow, Class of 2023

Do you know someone who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the field of microscopy and microanalysis through a combination of scientific achievement and service to the scientific community and the Society itself? The Microscopy Society of America is accepting nominations for MSA Fellow, Class of 2023. This major Society award honors MSA members for "significant contributions to the advancement of the field of microscopy and microanalysis" through both their scientific accomplishments AND service to MSA. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Submit a nomination by September 30, 2022.

MSA Society Awards Nominations for 2023 Now Open

Nominations for the 2023 MSA Society Awards are now open! All applications must be submitted by the deadline of October 31, 2022. This is an opportunity to participate in your Society's activities and to participate in honoring deserving individuals. All nominations are submitted entirely through an online form: filling in the basic nominee information and uploading the required supporting documents. For more information on these awards and the nomination process, click here.

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


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    Click the Upload Photo button at the top of the MOSAIC

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

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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

Reflectance Confocal Microscopy Improves Skin Cancer Diagnosis in New Trial

Findings from the randomized NET-DAM trial (Advanced Non-invasive Diagnostics for Early Cutaneous Tumor Diagnosis, Clinical-therapeutic and Economic Management) show that benefits to reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) are 2-fold for in vivo skin cancer diagnoses: The diagnostic method both reduces unnecessary lesion excision and identifies invasive melanomas at baseline. Read more.

Innovative microscopy method reveals how neurons struggle to reach their destination in Rett syndrome models

Using an innovative microscopy method, scientists at The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT observed how newborn neurons struggle to reach their proper places in advanced human brain tissue models of Rett syndrome, producing new insight into how developmental deficits observed in the brains of patients with the devastating disorder may emerge. 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.

2023 M&M Technologists’ Forum Session Planning

The next TechForum board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13. Anyone interested in helping determine the program for next year’s meeting is welcome to attend. Contact Page Baluch for the zoom link.

Technical Award Nominations Due by October 31, 2022

The Hildegard H. Crowley Award for Outstanding Technologist in the Biological Sciences and Chuck Fiori Award for Outstanding Technologist in the Physical Sciences are Society Awards that are given specifically to technologists for their contribution to the field of microscopy. All nominations must be submitted by October 31, 2022. Nomination guidelines can be found on the Awards Webpage.

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.

MSA Student Council News

M&M 2022 Annual PMCx60


Thank you for experiencing the 6th annual PMCx60 at M&M 2022 in Portland, OR with us! We offered a highly interactive forum for students (undergraduate and graduate), postdocs, and early-career professionals to discuss their cutting-edge research, and to network with peers, members of academia and industry, as well as vendors from a variety of top companies ahead of the main meeting.

If you attended the PMCx60 and have not yet provided your feedback, please fill out this form. We greatly value your opinions and ideas for improvement and are continuously re-evaluating our program based on your assessments.

Here are just a few highlights of the 6th annual PMCx60 in Portland, OR: 

Poster Session

Plenary and Invited Research Talks

Career Panel

Thank you to our PMCx60 team for organizing this exciting and rich program!

The MSA StC Nominating Committee is proud to announce the 2022-2023 Elected Executive Council Officers

     President: Louisa Mezache

The Ohio State University

     President Elect: Andres Marquez Rossy

University of Tennessee & Oak Ridge National Laboratory

     Past President: Aubrey Penn 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

     Treasurer: Jackson Spurling

Penn State University

     Secretary: Huiming Guo, University of California, Irvine

DEADLINE EXTENDED: StC Appointed Position Applications


The Call for Applications for the Appointed Positions will remain open through August 22nd. The link to the application and description of roles can be accessed on the MSA Student Council website, Responsibilities page. If you are interested in getting involved but aren’t sure if you’re ready for a full position, keep an eye on our communications for information about committees!

Call for Applications

Application for Appointed Positions

Regional Updates

Region VI

The Pan research group from University of California Irvine recently published their findings on phonon behavior on quantum dots via vibrational spectroscopy in TEM. With the aid of electron beam, the phonon dynamics of silicon-germanium quantum dots has been investigated with nanoscale spatial resolution. Reaching a 5.7 meV energy resolution in electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS), they are able to explore low energy features in material, e.g., phonon in this case. Also, they demonstrate the momentum transfer in their results. Such work shows the potential of vibrational EELS application in studying emerging quantum devices. The result is published in Nature – C. A. Gadre, X. Yan, Q. Song, J. Li, L. Gu, H. Huyan, T. Aoki, S. Lee, G. Chen, R. Wu, and X. Pan “Nanoscale imaging of phonon dynamics by electron microscopy,”. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-04736-8.


Region X

Recently, another early-career microscopists organization was founded: The DGE Young Microscopists (yDGE), belonging to the German Society for Electron Microscopy (DGE). We have already gotten to know each other at a joint games evening, and plan to have more joint events to strengthen international exchange.


Follow them on Twitter: @_ydge, or visit their website for more information: https://ydge.de/

Local Affiliated Societies

Local Affiliated Societies News

by Ru-Ching Hsia, LAS Director


MSA members across the country have 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.


LAS Quarterly Business Meetings

Our second LAS meeting in 2022 will be held virtually on

Thursday, September 8, 1-2 PM EST. 



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, please let me know so we can update the LAS directory on the MSA webpage.


LAS Programs

MSA provides LAS support with Tour Speakers, Grants-in-Aid and Special Meeting grants. If you are planning any activities for your LAS, please consider applying for one of these funding sources. Details can be found at http://www.microscopy.org/communities/programs.cfm


LAS Activities

Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (M3S) will be hosting a “We are all Forensic Scientists” meeting in Westmont, Illinois, on September 12th, 2022. For further information contact bbrandt@jeol.com.


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 the 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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