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M&M 2022 News

Mark "Register for M&M" off your to-do list!

Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) 2022 will be here before you know it! This year's conference is an opportunity to reconnect and reunite with your scientific peers. You can enjoy educational opportunities through a variety of symposia and sessions along with tutorials and poster presentations. View the scientific program listings here. Here's more of what you can expect:

• Sunday Short Courses and Pre-Meeting Congresses

• Plenary Sessions featuring Wendy Garrett, MD, PhD and James Rea

• Tutorials and Poster Presentations 

• Educational Opportunities through a variety of symposia and sessions 

• Technologists' Forum and Microscopy Outreach Sessions

• Exhibit Hall with Vendor Tutorials and the MSA Megabooth

• Unlimited Networking Opportunities with like-minded individuals and professionals from all levels

• And much more!

There's still time for you to register.

We're just a few short weeks away, so don't delay!


Association News

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 on 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

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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


The July Microscopy Today crossword puzzle is a contest for attendees of Microscopy & Microanalysis 2022!

Solve and bring your completed puzzle and the entry form in this issue to the Publications area of the MSA MegaBooth (booth 908) in the Exhibit Hall. Answers to many of the clues in this puzzle may be found in the MSA and MAS Society Awards articles of this issue. Four winners each day will be selected from the correct entries and prizes will be awarded during the Poster Awards presentation in the Exhibit Hall each day, Monday through Thursday. You must be present to win. One entry per person.


Finalists in the 2022 Microscopy Today Micrograph Awards competition are now available to view in our gallery. Voting is open for the People’s Choice Award.

Vote for your favorite micrograph

at the 2022 gallery.

Science News

Frequency-domain STED microscopy for selective background noise suppression

Nanoscopy describes the ability to see beyond the generally accepted optical limit of 200–300 nm. Stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy, developed by Stefan W. Hell and Jan Wichmann in 1994, and experimentally demonstrated by Hell and Thomas Klar in 1999, is a super-resolution technique for nanoscopy. STED microscopy has made considerable progress and is widely used in practical research. But its practical use involves some undesirable background noise, which negatively affects spatial resolution and image quality. Read more.

4D Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy: Unraveling an Exciting Technique

Dr. Colin Ophus works at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM), which is part of the Molecular Foundry. Dr. Ophus originally wanted to be an engineer, so he began his studies in electrical engineering and later switched to engineering physics, with no idea that his professional life would take such an interesting turn. Read more.

Technologists’ Forum News

The Technologists’ Forum is free to join and provides a community for those who work in the technical areas of microscopy sample preparation and imaging or anyone interested in expanding their skills.

2022 M&M Technologists’ Forum Schedule

Member’s Meeting: Monday, August 1

·    3:30-4:30pm: light refreshments will be available.

TechForum Sessions: Thursday, August 4

Speaker information can be found in the M&M2022 meeting app.

·      8:30-10:00am: X30 - Image Data Analysis Software Review [Room D138]– DEMOs following at the MegaBooth area at 10:30am

·      1:30-3:00pm: X31 - 3D SEM Techniques [Room D138]

·      3:30-5:00pm: X32 - Tissue Clearing Tips & Techniques [Room D137]

Did Someone Say Free Coffee!

During each TechForum Seminar on Thursday, August 4 we will randomly select the name of one attendee for a $25 Starbucks gift card.

Want another chance for free coffee? Follow MSATechForum on Twitter and post an awesome picture from your lab or useful technique advice. Be sure to include #MM2022Portland. On Monday, August 1 during the Tech Forum Member’s meeting, we will draw a name from the attendees and all who posted to Twitter for a $30 Starbucks gift card!

TechForum at the MegaBooth: On Thursday at 12:00PM there will be a drawing for one of John Grazul’s famous cigar boxes. This contains a collection of TEM sample prep supplies plus a few NY lottery scratchers! Tickets can be picked up at the MegaBooth throughout the meeting. Must be present to win!

MSA Student Council News

Sign-up for PMCx60 and

Meet the PMCx60 Plenary Speakers 

Are you looking forward to the great line-up of research & networking events for PMCx60? You can still sign-up! We're excited to announce the invited plenary speakers for PMCx60: Professors Melody Campbell, Vaso Tileli, and Sarah Loerch. Also, we will host a Saturday Banquet at the Theory Restaurant at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on July 30th. And you still have a chance to submit a poster for the PMCx60 poster session!

     Present a poster: Abstracts due July 15th! 

     Get recognized

     Learn more about PMCx60 

Already registered for M&M 2022 but need to add PMC?

Add PMCx60 and other exciting M&M events to your registration at this link.

“Preparing for M&M" webinar is fast approaching, but there's still time to register!

Panelists will share how to network at the conference as well as events to be engaged with, including vendor tutorials, scientific presentations, and MSA membership involvement opportunities. Even if you have attended M&M previously, please consider this opportunity to learn more about many activities that are available to maximize the value of your M&M experience.

     When: Friday, July 15 at 12 P.M. EDT.

     Where: Zoom (link will be sent to registrants on Thursday, July 14th)

     Register here 

Local Affiliated Societies

MSA members across the country have also established 25 local affiliated societies (LAS). These LAS hold regular meetings and 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 Breakfast Meeting During M&M 2022

Mark your calendar! MSA Local Affiliated Societies & MAS Affiliated Regional Societies Breakfast meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at 7:15 AM, PT. Look out for the room number in the meeting program.


LAS Programs

MSA provides LAS support with Tour Speakers, Grants-in-Aid, and Special Meeting grants. If you are planning any activities for your local society, please consider applying to one of these fundings. Details can be found at http://www.microscopy.org/communities/programs.cfm


LAS Activities

Reach out to your local colleges or high schools to promote microscopy-related sciences and STEM education. Contact MSA Student Council and work with the Regional Liaisons to attract more student memberships to your local societies. 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.


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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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