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M&M 2020 News

Mark your calendars! Registration for M&M 2020 will open in March! Get a glimpse of what you can expect by viewing the Meeting Update where you'll find plenary sessions and program highlights, registration fees, and special M&M hotel rates.

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.
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.
Association News
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New Year. New Leadership Members
Thank you again to everyone who voted in the 2020 MSA Leadership Election. Your newly elected council members are:
President-Elect: Peter Crozier
Treasurer: Janet Gbur
Biological Sciences Director: James Fitzpatrick
Physical Sciences Director: Masashi Watanabe 

Membership Feedback Survey Winners
The 2019 Membership Feedback Survey is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who provided feedback as we work to ensure that we are providing you with the best membership experience. We'd like to congratulate the three winners who were selected at random in the drawing for a chance at one of three American Express gift cards:
Milton Pierson - $25 
Paul Voyles - $25
William Longo - $100

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 [email protected]  or visit

LAS Website Project
On behalf of the LAS website team, we invite you to participate in the LAS website project.

As you may know, the scope of the project is to develop a landing page for your LAS, using your logo, color scheme and images, so that the MSA local affiliated societies' websites will have a harmonized look and feel. While participation is not mandatory, the team and MSA Council feel that this is an excellent platform for membership recruitment and retention. 

During the development of your landing pages, you will be provided with an active link, and may be invited to participate in a virtual meeting with the web developers to view and comment, and ultimately to approve your website prior to deployment.  An example can be seen at .

For more information and to participate, please contact Deb Leland at [email protected] and cc Bev Maleeff at [email protected]Do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.
Science News
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Two-Photon Microscopy Shows Learning Involves Different Areas of Brain
To explore how learning and memory-building take place in the brain, scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine used a laser-assisted imaging tool to monitor and measure levels of AMPAR molecules, which help send messages between neurons, in mouse brains. Their experiments, they said, add to evidence that motor-based learning can occur in multiple areas of the brain, even in areas not typically associated with motor control.   Read more here  .

MSA Student Council News

2019-20 Webinar Series
Next Webinar : January 17th at 5 PM ET
Topic : Communicating Science
To join the Communicating Science webinar, enter 681-207-8662 as the Meeting ID into Zoom or follow this link: . Sign up to receive updates or submit a question before the webinar at this link:
Our current panelists are:

Yoosuf Picard
Associate Research Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Editor,  Microscopy and Microanalysis

Huolin Xin
Assistant Professor
Physics and Astronomy
University of California, Irvine
M&M Program Chair

We are excited to announce that each student who attends all of the remaining webinars in this year's series will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Make sure you sign up for this upcoming webinar to receive more information on this opportunity.
Did you miss the last webinar about the Benefits of MSA? No worries! Watch the full webinar ( ), subscribe to our YouTube channel, and join our future webinars.

Webinar Topics
Applications Scientist: Career Options in Industry
Core Facilities: What is Available and How to Apply
Basic Microscopy Techniques
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:
Application Deadline : February 15, 2020

Share your Images with the Community!

Want the world to see your awesome images? Send them to us to be featured on the MSA StC #MicroscopyMonday posts. Click the link below to submit your image and follow us on Instagram @msastudentouncil to keep up with the latest news.

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. 

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 [email protected] 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.

The Diagnostic & Biomedical FIG is organizing a Premeeting Congress (PMCX62), " Contemporary Electron Microscopy Advances in Biomedical Research ", at M&M 2020 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.
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