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M&M 2021 News
The M&M 2021 Submission Site is now open! 

Go to the M&M 2021 website and click on the Submit Your Paper button, or go directly to the submission site:
The submission deadline is Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:59 PM, U.S. Eastern Time.
This year, presenters will have to option to indicate their presentation preference (Virtual or In-Person) during the submission process. Even if you know you cannot attend the in-person meeting, please still submit your paper! The submission site will not open again after the deadline.

For more information on M&M 2021, visit the website at:
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Congratulations to the 2021 Elected MSA Leadership 

Deborah Kelly

Christine Brantner

Cheri Hampton
Biological Sciences Director

Donovan Leonard
Physical Sciences Director

Renew Your MSA Membership for 2021
If you haven't already, now is the time to renew your membership to avoid a lapse in member benefits! We hope that you'll take a moment to renew your membership and remain part of the community that brings microscopy and microanalysis professionals of all levels together. 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 or visit

Show your support for MSA when you purchase a t-shirt!

It's not too late to purchase a t-shirt designed by the MSA Student Council as part of last year's Year-End Giving Campaign. T-shirts are tagless Champion brand shirts -- and we've added youth sizes for your future microscopists to enjoy as well! Purchase yours today!
Science News
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We are very excited to have Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett and Professor Jason McLellan as two of our plenary speakers for the Microscopy & Microanalysis 2021 meeting in August. Read more about their role in the COVID-19 vaccine development below.

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett-Why You Should Know Her Name
Now that the first two COVID vaccines are rolling out, people are turning their attention to those who had a hand in developing them. By now, we're well aware of Dr. Anthony Fauci and his team, but there's someone we are just learning about. Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, a Black woman, has been influential to the development and success of the vaccine. And it's important to know who she is. Read more.

They spent 12 years solving a puzzle. It yielded the first COVID-19 vaccines.
Jason McLellan was wandering around a ski shop of Utah's Park City Mountain Resort, waiting for his new snowboarding boots to be heat-molded to his size-nine feet, when his smartphone rang. It was Barney Graham, deputy director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Vaccine Research Center. Two days earlier, the World Health Organization had announced that several unidentified pneumonia-like cases had been reported in Wuhan, China. People were fatigued and feverish, with dry coughs and headaches. These symptoms weren't unusual for early January, but some people were short of breath, and a few felt like they'd been hit by a trainGraham told McLellan, a structural virologist at the University of Texas at Austin, that the ailment appeared to be a beta-coronavirus, meaning it fell into the genus of viruses that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). He asked McLellan: "Are you ready to get back in the saddle?" Read more.
MSA Student Council News

Stay tuned for future webinars on the following topics:
  • Proposal Writing and Applying for Funding
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Microscopy
  • Communicating Science: Data Visualization
  • Microscopy Careers Mini-series (Professors, Industry, National Labs)
  • Preparing for M&M

Social Media Committee Is Now Recruiting
  • Looking to get involved? Help us create content for microscopists (informational) and for public outreach (creative)
  • Responsibilities tailored to your schedule
  • Contact Chris or Louisa for more information: 

Region VIII Update

Research performed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently achieved single molecule transport between probes on a surface. The joint research project with the University of Graz in Austria utilized a scanning probe microscope to maneuver organic molecules along a silver surface with a large degree of control. This ability, along with the measurements that can be obtained during movement, unlocks a new look into velocity measurements and energy dissipation for molecules during diffusion and collision. Read the full article here.

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 and 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. 
Focused Interest Groups
Renu Sharma, 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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