December  2019

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M&M 2020 News

The M&M 2020 Submission Site is now open! Visit the M&M 2020 website and click on the Submit Your Paper button, or go directly to the submission site:
Submission deadline is Friday, February 21, 11:59 PM, U.S. Pacific Time.
Please note: MSA is using a new submission site and data collections vendor this year, so don't be alarmed if everything looks a little different!

M&M 2020 is excited to offer Childcare services for children ages 6 months - 12 years. Services will be available Monday through Thursday, August 3-6 for full days, half-days, or by the hour. Registration in advance is highly recommended and will be available after May 1, 2020.
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Cast Your Vote in the MSA 2020 Elections

One of the most important events for the Microscopy Society of America is the annual election of its leadership, and as an MSA Member, this is your opportunity to have an impact on the future of your Society.

The MSA Nominations Committee has put together an impressive slate of candidates for the 2020 Election. Each candidate has submitted a brief bio, along with their credentials and their MSA Platform Statement, which can be found by visiting: MSA Elections. Members must have an active membership and log into the Members Portal on the MSA website in order to view the ballot and cast their vote. Please take a moment to review this information carefully. The voting process should take less than five minutes to complete.

Be sure to cast your vote no later than December 15, 2019. Election ballots will not be counted unless submitted by this date. 

 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  or visit

Renew Your MSA Membership by December 31

Don't let your membership lapse! We hope that you'll take a quick moment before the holidays to renew your membership and remain part of the community that brings microscopy and microanalysis professionals of all levels together. Keep your membership active to maintain your access to exclusive member benefits.  The deadline to renew is December 31, 2019.

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Please take this quick survey to let us know what you thought of your MSA membership experience over the past year. Your feedback will help us to ensure that we are providing you valuable benefits as an active member in MSA. 
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Digital Holographic Microscopy Enhances Cytometry and Histology
In recent years, quantitative phase imaging (QPI) has been continuously improved for purposes of high-resolution, label-free quantitative microscopy. Label-free imaging has received increased attention in the last decade as a minimally invasive way to observe proteins and cells, and to study the behavior and properties of biological specimens with minimized modification and sample preparation. Using noninvasive techniques means samples under investigation are not influenced by fluorophores or dyes, which can change the physiological processes or behavior of samples by causing cellular motility or migration.  Read more  here .
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Annual Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program

Thanks for applying for the 2020 Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program! If you missed the deadline of December 1 or weren't eligible this year, keep this opportunity in mind for next year.

2019-20 Webinar Series
Next Webinar : Early January
Topic : Communicating Science
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Preparing for M&M



Apply now: Electron Microscopy Summer School 2020

From June 7-13, 2020 NSF innovation platform PARADIM will host the 2nd Summer School on Electron Microscopy. The School will cover 2D, 3D and 4D imaging in the scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM), and will explore:
  • fundamental and practical aspects of aberration correction
  • electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS)
  • spectroscopic mapping
  • cryogenic STEM
  • imaging using pixelated detectors
The Summer School is divided into morning lectures and afternoon hands-on labs on state-of-the-art scanning transmission electron microscopes as well as on simulation and analysis software.

For more details, visit:

We Invite You to Sponsor the 4th Pre-Meeting Congress (PMCx60) at 
M&M 2020 in Milwaukee

If you would like to sponsor the PMCx60, please complete the sponsor form in the attached  Sponsor Information Packet and return it to Program Chairperson, Eric R. Hoglund via email (  at your earliest convenience. A member of the PMCx60 Programming Committee will contact you upon submission.

For more information about the PMCx60, the tentative agenda is available at, where you can review the final program from previous years, and many additional details about the PMCx60. Thank you for your time and consideration!

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.

The Diagnostic & Biomedical FIG is organizing a Premeeting Congress (PMCX62), "Contemporary Electron Microscopy Advances in Biomedical Research", at M&M2020 in Milwaukee.
Meetings sessions include:
  1. Automation and streamlining of workflow for diverse EM specimens
  2. Immuno electron microscopy and correlative LM-EM workflow, advances and challenges
  3. Challenges and Best practice in the preparation of plant, insect, aquatic/marine, and pharmaceutical specimens for EM
  4. Round table discussion: instrument-assisted and automated Bio EM sample processing, challenges and applications
Please click here for more details, including information about submitting an abstract.

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
LAS Meetings
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. 


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