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M&M 2022 News

Time is winding down to submit papers for M&M 2022!

The M&M 2022 Call for Papers portal will close on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PST. Visit the M&M 2022 website and click on the "Submit Your Paper" button, or go directly to the submission site, here.

The deadline to submit is February 17, 2022.

Visit the M&M 2022 Website

Association News

There's still time to renew your MSA membership for 2022!

Keep your membership active to maintain access to exclusive member benefits including peer networking, discounts on educational materials, savings on the annual Microscopy & Microanalysis conference, participation in Society activities, and so much more. Renew today!

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


Don't Miss These Upcoming Deadlines!

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Microscopy Today Micrograph Awards: Deadline: March 7, 2022

Learn more.

The goal of this international competition is to identify and showcase scientific micrographs and movie clips. While there must be scientific content in the images, winning entries will also exhibit exceptional composition and other esthetic qualities. The competition, open to all types of microscopy, is divided into three categories:

  • Published micrograph category
  • Open micrograph category
  • Video micrograph category

A panel of judges will identify a number of finalists in each category and also select the first ($500), second ($300), and third ($100) prizes in each category. Members of the microscopy community will have the opportunity to vote for the "people's choice award."

Microscopy Today Innovation Awards: Deadline: March 21, 2022

Learn more.

Each year Microscopy Today presents ten awards to organizations or individuals who have launched or published innovations in microscopy or microanalysis. Winning products and methods are selected based on their usefulness to the microscopy community. The entries most likely to win are those that provide better, faster, easier, or entirely new methods of analysis using a microscope or microanalytical instrument.

Upcoming Microscopy Events

Virtual Microscopy Characterisation of Organic-Inorganic Interfaces 2022

Tuesday 1 March - Wednesday 2 March 2022

13:00 - 20:20 GMT | 14:00 - 21:20 CET | 08:00 - 15:20 EST


The 6th Microscopy Characterisation of Organic–Inorganic Interfaces (MCOII) meeting will again be hosted virtually, but it will keep the main goals and aspirations of all the previous editions. We will use the advantages of the virtual format and this time not only connect experts from different branches of the microscopy community (the life sciences and materials science) but also bridge two continents in a joint discussion on the challenging but increasingly important topic of studying hybrid organic–inorganic materials. The transatlantic scientific organiser team of Nadja V. Tarakina (MPIKG, Germany) and Lena F. Kourkoutis (Cornell University, USA) have put together an exciting two-day programme. This meeting is free to attend. Learn more and register today!

Hold the Mayo! A Virtual Winter Research Extravaganza

Thursday, February 24, 2022 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST

Please join us on Feb 24th for a virtual tour of the Mayo Clinic Microscopy Facility and presentations on dissection of brain architecture and chemistry using state-of-the-art microscopy by Mayo researchers.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. Feel free to forward the registration link to colleagues. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Science News


Omicron’s Spike Protein Captured via Cryo-Electron Microscopy

The first molecular-level structural analysis of the Omicron variant spike protein in complex with human ACE2 is now available. The near-atomic resolution analysis—using cryo-electron microscopy—yields insights into how the heavily mutated Omicron variant attaches to and infects human cells. Read more.

Photo credit: Atomic structure of the Omicron variant spike protein (purple) bound with the human ACE2 receptor (blue). [UBC Faculty of Medicine]

Scientists invent world's first advanced laser microscope to study chiral molecules

Scientists from Durham University's Chemistry Department have developed the world's first laser scanning confocal microscope that can harness Circularly Polarized Light (CPL) to differentiate left and right-handed molecules, also known as chiral molecules. Read more.

MSA Student Council News

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2022 Women in Microscopy Conference


The Microscopy Society of America Student Council (MSA StC) and Northwestern University’s NUANCE Center ​are excited to present a half-day online conference to highlight women in microscopy in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2022. You don't want to miss out on the amazing panelists, presenters & keynote speaker: Prof. Frances M. Ross from MIT!


Date: March 8th (Tuesday) 2022

Time: 1:00 PM (CST) - 4:30 PM (CST)

           Online networking event from 4:30 - 5:30 PM (CST)

Location: Virtual event; Register for Zoom Link

RSVP Here: http://ow.ly/LWJe50HKT9U

RSVP Today!
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Renew here: https://portal.microscopy.org/

StC Appointed Position Applications Are Open!


The Call for Applications for the Appointed Positions (Social Chair and Regional Liaisons) will remain open until all positions are filled. There are only a few roles left, so please contact studentcouncil@microscopy.org for updated information on which positions are not yet filled!


The application and role descriptions 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!

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Call for Applications

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Application for Appointed Positions

Regional Updates

Region III

Interested in learning more about cryo-electron microscopy from a professional? Attend Giovanna Grandinetti’s virtual talk, “Making the Most of Your Glacios Time” on Friday, February 25, 2022 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm Eastern Time. This event is hosted by the Center for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis (CEMAS) at The Ohio State University as part of their larger Beyond the Scope discussion series. Register here and keep an eye out for future events, which are always open to the public!

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, 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 their activities on the LAS community page at http://microscopy.org/communities/local.cfm.


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. We are currently updating the list of tour speakers, please let me know if you have any recommendations.


LAS Quarterly Business Meetings

Our first meeting in 2022 will be held virtually on

March 10th, Thursday 1 -2 PM EST. 



  • Bernd Zechmann, President of Texas Microscopy Society
  • Marcela Redigolo, Leader Elect of Diagnostic & Biomedical Microscopy Focused Interest Group (DBM-FIG)

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.


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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