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M&M 2022 News

In case you missed it, the M&M Call for Papers site is officially open! View the M&M 2022 Call for Papers Brochure now!

You can also download the Manuscript Preparation & Information and M&M 2022 Paper Template for submission details.

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. Upon renewing, we'd like to ask for five minutes of your time to complete a brief membership survey to ensure that we are providing you valuable benefits as an active member of MSA. 

Let's get social!

Organizations like the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) could not function without support from volunteers. That's why the MSA is encouraging you to get involved with our newest Committee, the Communications Committee! Committee participation gives you a rewarding experience to share your interests while learning and giving back to the organization.


The MSA is launching a Communications Committee to assist with disseminating knowledge and increasing engagement regarding microscopy and microanalysis through social media. Committee members will be responsible for helping maintain the MSA's social media channels: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Volunteers must be comfortable with using social media content calendars, a social media scheduling platform (Hootsuite), and at times direct engagement through social media platforms. We ask that members commit to a monthly conference call (the third Thursday of the month via Zoom at 4:30 pm ET to plan out content and social media activities for the following month).


The Communications Committee will work directly with MSA Marketing Staff from Association Management. Please submit your statement of interest along with your level of experience working with social media in a professional setting. We are also seeking two committee co-chairs to help guide committee members and drive engaging scientific content. If interested, please detail your leadership qualities and how they will contribute to a committee position by January 31, 2022.

Submit your interest to join the Communications Committee!

Microscopy Today Upcoming Deadlines

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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


Don't miss these upcoming deadlines!

  • Microscopy Today Micrograph Awards: February 21, 2022
  • Microscopy Today Innovation Awards: March 21, 2022

For details about these competitions, please visit:


Science News

TIME 2021 Heroes of the Year

The Miracle Workers

The vaccines that first arrested the spread of COVID-19—and that will almost surely be adjusted to thwart the Omicron variant and future mutations—were never a foregone conclusion. Far from it. They were, after all, produced by human beings, subject to the vagaries of systems and doubt. There were times in their careers when, deep in the work that would ultimately rescue humanity, Kizzmekia Corbett, Barney Graham, Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman felt as though the problems they faced were ones they alone cared about solving. But exposing the inner workings of how viruses survive and thrive is what made the COVID-19 vaccines possible. Read more.

MSA Student Council News

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Grant Writing Mini-Series:

NIH Grants


MSA StC will hold the first in a two-part Grant Writing Webinar series at 3:00 PM (EST) on January 19th (Wednesday). Dr. Deb Kelly, this year’s MSA President, will share tips and tricks for successful NIH-specific grant writing. Registration is required to join Zoom. The webinar will also be live-streamed on MSA StC Facebook and YouTube Live. For the second part in the mini-series, Dr. Nina Lauharatanahirun will cover DOD/DOE Grant Writing techniques for a successful proposal - 3:30 pm EST on February 2nd!


When: 3:00 PM (EST), January 19th (Wednesday) 2022

Where: Zoom

RSVP Here: https://forms.gle/PGDuAGa2e6U5owdk7 

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 VI update:

A group of scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have recently developed a new direct electron camera system, named 4D Camera, specially designed for high frame rate data acquisition, which made it perfectly compatible for some special techniques like four-dimensional scanning transmission electron microscopy (4D-STEM). Using a new form of data called electron event representation (EER), the new 4D Camera system can preserve more information compared to previous detectors, which is helpful for further processing. With proper hardware for data-processing, one can reconstruct an image within sub-second time, which makes real-time ptychography and center-of-mass differential phase contrast (DPC) image possible. The result is published by IEEE Signal Processing Magazine -- P. M. Pelz, I. Johnson, C. Ophus, P. Ercius and M. C. Scott, "Real-Time Interactive 4D-STEM Phase-Contrast Imaging from Electron Event Representation Data: Less computation with the right representation". DOI: 10.1109/MSP.2021.3120981


Region X update:

Prof. Christoph T. Koch from Humboldt University of Berlin presents his lab’s way of practically implementing the FAIR principles for electron microscopy. FAIR stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable, which are four main principles of research data management. In his 4min-poster pitch, he gives a clear explanation based on an exemplary workflow from sample preparation to data analysis. It's worth a look! FAIR Data Infrastructure is the topic of Prof. Koch’s virtual poster presentation which you can find on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqjq8eQvuQM

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 its 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 Business Meetings

We will continue to host quarterly LAS Business Meeting in 2022. These meetings are held virtually on the second Thursday in the month of March, June, September, and December. This year’s meeting dates are:

  • March 10, 2022
  • June 9, 2022
  • September 8, 2022
  • December 8, 2022

Mark your calendar now! Different LAS or invited speakers will be featured in each meeting. We share many tips and ideas for running local societies and events during the meeting. LAS are encouraged to work with regional liaisons from the MSA Student Council (StC), local colleges, and other regional scientific or teachers’ societies. 

LAS Committee Co-Chair

We will be holding an election for a LAS Committee Co-Chair in February. If you are interested in this position or would like to recommend a candidate, please let me know.


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.


Wish you a new year filled with happiness, peace, and health.


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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