January  2019

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M&M 2019

The submission portal is open! Submit your 2-page paper as soon as possible. The deadline is Friday, February 15.
A brochure with meeting updates and details is included in your January issue of Microscopy Today.
M&M 2019 will be in Portland, Oregon and it is sure to be a fantastic meeting. Mark your calendar to book your hotel room starting February 4. Online registration will be available beginning March 4.

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Micrograph Awards
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: Still images first published within the calendar year prior to the contest.
          Open micrograph category: Unpublished still images acquired by any microscopist.
          Video micrograph category: Movie clips up to 60 seconds in length, acquired directly with a microscope or generated as a video of a reconstruction from microscopy data. Confocal light microscopy image stacks that create 3-D images may be submitted as a still in the Open category or as an animated sequence exhibiting 3-D characteristics.
          The micrograph submission site will be open January 1 to February 21, 2019. 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." All micrograph awards will be presented at the annual M&M meeting.
          To submit your micrograph, go to http://www.microscopy.org, scroll to the bottom, and click on "Microscopy Today Micrograph Awards submissions."
Association News

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Renew Your MSA Membership Today!

It's time to renew your MSA membership for 2019!  Keep your membership active in order to maintain access to exclusive member benefits including peer networking, discounts on educational materials, savings on the annual Microscopy & Microanalysis conference, and much more. Please take a moment to renew your membership and remain part of the community that brings microscopy and microanalysis professionals of all levels together. Click here to renew today!

The Piece of the Whole MOSAIC

Visit microscopy.org to see the MOSAIC live!

MSA is proud to introduce its newest collaborative project. Introducing the "Piece of the Whole" MOSAIC, a design 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!
  • Click the Upload Photo button at the top of the MOSAIC
  • Search names, techniques and subjects to connect with other members of the society
  • Cultivate the community and share the MOSAIC
Science News
The MSA Facebook page  regularly posts science news for you 

Deep learning for electron microscopy

Finding defects in electron microscopy images takes months. Now, there's a faster way. It's called MENNDL, the Multinode Evolutionary Neural Networks for Deep Learning. It creates artificial neural networks-computational systems that loosely mimic the human brain-that tease defects out of dynamic data. It runs on all available nodes of the Summit supercomputer, performing 152 thousand million million calculations a second.  Read more here .
The same image shown using different analysis methods. a) Raw electron microscopy image. b) Defects (white) as labelled by a human expert. c) Defects (white) as labelled by a Fourier transform method.
d) Defects (white) as labelled by the optimal neural network. (From article above)

New method gives microscope a boost in resolution
Scientists have been able to boost current super-resolution microscopy by a novel tweak. They coated the glass cover slip as part of the sample carrier with tailor-made biocompatible nanosheets that create a 'mirror effect'. This method shows that localizing single emitters in front of a metal-dielectric coating leads to higher precision, brightness and contrast in Single Molecule Localization Microscopy (SMLM). Read more here
MSAStudentCouncilMSA Student Council News

The MSA Student Council (StC) is organizing the 3rd annual Pre-meeting Congress for Students, Postdocs and Early-career Professionals in Microscopy & Microanalysis (PMCx60), to be held on the Saturday preceding M&M 2019 in Portland, OR.
The PMCx60 is a one-day conference organized by and for students and early-career professionals and offers a highly interactive forum for participants to share cutting edge research, network, and engage with peers ahead of the main meeting.
The StC is soliciting financial support from the MSA community and welcomes corporate sponsorship and donations from individuals/organizations to help build the future of microscopy and microanalysis.

Please consider sponsoring, donating to, and attending the 2019 PMCx60 in Portland, OR. To learn about the benefits of being a PMCx60 sponsor, email the StC at studentcouncil@microscopy.org , or donate to the PMCx60 via the MSA donation page ( microscopy.org/donation , include "PMCx60" in the "Donation Made by:" field).
For event details visit https://www.microscopy.org/students/x60.cfm . Please email the PMCx60 Program Chair, Ethan Lawrence, at ellawren@asu.edu if you are interested in sponsorship or have any questions about the PMC.
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  http://microscopy.org/communities/local.cfm .

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 http://www.microscopy.org

As always, you may contact me at pjansma@email.arizona.edu with comments, questions, or concerns.

Focused Interest Groups

Did you know that there are 11 FIGs that promote a specific discipline to microscopy? Click  here  to check them out and contact the leader to get more information. You can join a FIG when renewing your MSA membership or while updating your member profile; students may join one FIG at no cost.
In Memoriam 

MSA announces with regret the passing of Aldo Armigliato on November 10, 2018. Aldo was born on October 13, 1940 in Naples, Italy, the son of Nelson Armigliato and Gisella Thalmann. In 1951 his family moved to Padua where Aldo completed, in 1959, his high school degree in classical studies. He obtained his doctor's degree in Physics in 1964 at Padua University, with a particular interest in condensed matter physics. In September 1969 he married Paola and in 1970 he moved to Bologna having obtained a position at the Italian National Research Council (CNR).

He was principal scientist of the CNR Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems in Bologna until his retirement in 2007 but was still active in the lab until early 2018. During his long career, he published over 200 scientific articles, was co-editor of 4 books and actively attended and organized a large number of international conferences and workshops. His main scientific interests were electron microscopy and microanalysis of materials, components and devices for microelectronics. His latest publication (Microscopy and Microanalysis 24(3), 1-14) is dated May 2018. 

Everyone who worked with him or simply met him at one of the many workshops and conferences on microscopy and microanalysis around the world, will undoubtedly miss his scientific competence and his gentle human touch.
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