August  2019

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M&M 2019

  Thank you for attending M&M 2019!

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Thank you again to all the attendees, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, program committee, volunteers, and everyone who made M&M 2019 a success. We look forward to seeing you in Milwaukee, WI for M&M 2020! 

M&M 2019 - Attn: Awardees & Invited Speakers:
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M&M 2021 - Request for Symposium Ideas
Watch Your Email! An e-blast will be sent out next week (week of August 26) with an informal call for symposium ideas for M&M 2021 in Pittsburgh, PA. Detailed instructions and guidelines will be included.
Association News

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Nominations for MSA Fellows, Class of 2020 are now open!

The Microscopy Society of America is accepting nominations for MSA Fellow, Class of 2020. 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, 2019. For instructions on the nomination process and submission of a nomination, please click here

Nominations for the 2020 MSA Society Awards are now open! 

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.  All applications must be submitted by the deadline of October 31, 2019. For more information on these awards and the nomination process, click   here.

The Piece of the Whole MOSAIC
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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!
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Science News

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The Eye of the STORM: Microscopy Techniques in Contemporary Neuroscience
Neuroscientists today are confronting head-on the feat of teasing apart complex circuitry in both healthy and diseased brains. Fully characterizing how the brain goes awry in disease states such as neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders depends heavily upon the ability to visualize specific neuron subtypes. Thankfully, molecular neuroscience has been revolutionized by  advanced microscopy tools  such as confocal laser scanning microscopy, structured illumination microscopy (SIM), direct stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (dSTORM), and stimulated emission depletion microscopy (STED). In this article, we explore how these exciting techniques are fueling progress in the field.  Read more  here .

SLAP microscope smashes speed records
A new microscope breaks a long-standing speed limit, recording footage of brain activity 15 times faster than scientists once believed possible. It gathers data quickly enough to record neurons' voltage spikes and release of chemical messengers over large areas, monitoring hundreds of synapses simultaneously-a giant leap for the powerful imaging technique called two-photon microscopy.  Read more here

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MSAStudentCouncil MSA Student Council News

MSA Student Council - 2019 Elections and Successful Pre-Meeting Congress
The Student Council features offices that parallel those of the MSA Executive Committee and the major standing committees of the Society. The officers were, for the first time, elected by electronic ballot. This ballot was sent to all student members on June 1, and closed June 30th. All Student Council officers must be students at the time of their election, but serve their terms to completion even if graduating in the interim.
The newly elected members of the Student Council are: Erica Stevens, University of Pittsburgh (President); Abinash Kumar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (President-Elect); Cameron Varano, Penn State (Past-President); Jackson Spurling, The University of Tennessee Knoxville (Treasurer); and Aubrey Penn, North Carolina State University (Secretary).
The third annual PMCx60 at M&M 2019 in Portland, OR featured a dynamic program with plenary lectures by Prof. James LeBeau (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Prof. Kelsey Stoerzinger (Oregon State University), and Dr. Alex Noble (New York Structural Biology Center). There were joint and parallel biological and physical sciences sessions featuring 9 M&M Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Award winners, and 24 posters were submitted and presented by attendees. Based on feedback, a Professional Development Session was added to the program this year, alongside an Early-career panel discussion. There was also increased interaction between sponsors and attendees. This year there were 76 registrants for the PMCx60 (including 14 international registrants), continuing a steady increasing trend.  

MSA Student Council Appoints New Program Chair
MSA Student Council is proud to announce the appointment of Eric Hoglund to Chair of the Student Council Program Committee. He will be the principal organizer of the fourth Pre-meeting Congress (PMC) for Students, Postdocs, and Early-career Professionals, designated PMCx60, which is organized by student leaders . Eric is a Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia in the Materials Science and Engineering program. His research involves structural characterization of interfaces and their vibrational state using TEM and EELS. He is looking forward to planning the Pre-meeting Congress for Students, Postdocs, and Early-career Professionals (PMCx60) as the program chair. His previous year serving as the Physical Sciences co-chair for the PMCx60 and positions on the Graduate Student Board at the University of Virginia make him well qualified for planning the premier event.

MSA Student Council - Call for Applications Extended for Regional Liaisons
MSA Student Council is extending the Call for Applications for Regional Liaisons through October 1, 2018.
The Regional Liaisons focus on promoting MSA Student Council, developing relationships with undergraduate and graduate students and Local Affiliated Societies in their region, and encouraging involvement in MSA Student Council activities at the annual meeting, Microscopy and Microanalysis. A map of the regions associated with each liaison are shown below. Extended opportunities are also available for international students interested in serving as a liaison outside of the United States. Please email MSA Student Council for details,

  A description of the roles for the Regional Liaison Chair and Regional Liaison 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 October 1 to
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

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

As always, you may contact me at with comments, questions or concerns.


FIGFocused 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 (FIG Communities). 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 or by clicking here. You may contact the FIG leader directly or attend a business meeting at M&M to learn more. Visit the FIG Store to sign up. 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. FIGs are for students too! If you are a student, your fees are waived for the first FIG you join.

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