June  2019

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M&M 2019

M&M 2019 - Meeting Update


Interested in sharing some recent work? 
Present a  post-deadline poster!

Deadline: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
(no exceptions; no extensions)
M&M is accepting papers to be presented as Post-Deadline Posters only. Papers must follow the standard M&M template.  All post-deadline posters will be presented on Monday, August 5. All presenters must register for the meeting for at least one day (Monday).
Association News

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Save Money on M&M 2019 When You 
Renew Your MSA Membership

Early bird registration for M&M 2019 ends on June 24! Did you know that when you renew your MSA membership, you can save money on conference registration?  Keep your membership active in order to maintain access to exclusive member benefits including peer networking, discounts on educational materials, and much more. If you haven't already, 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. 

After you renew, enjoy immediate member benefits by saving even more on conference fees when you register for M&M 2019 before the early bird deadline on June 24!

The Piece of the Whole MOSAIC
Visit microscopy.org to see the MOSAIC live!
Be sure to follow us on  Instagram  and  Facebook  to see a highlighted micrograph from the MOSAIC every week on #MicroscopeMonday!

The "Piece of the Whole" MOSAIC is collaborative project designed 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
FIGs In Memoriam

MSA reports the passing, in March this year, of our 1976 President, Dr. Etienne de Harven. He received his medical degree with high honors in Belgium. After early work on centrioles with Bernhard in Belgium, he did cancer research at Sloan-Kettering and was Professor of Cell Biology at Cornell 1968-1981, focusing on EM of viruses. From 1981, he was Professor at the Banting Institute, University of Toronto, from which he retired in 1993. Later in life he became known for his strong opinions on AIDS research.
Science News

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Atomic force microscopy goes 3D
Ten years ago, researchers succeeded in significantly increasing the lateral resolution of low temperature atomic force microscopy (AFM) by functionalizing the AFM tip with a single carbon monoxide (CO) molecule. This so-called bond-imaging technique was a new landmark for visualizing the atomic structure of single molecules. Unfortunately, the technique, which works by scanning the AFM tip, kept at a constant height, across a surface sample, is only suitable for flat or nearly flat molecules and not bulky, 3D ones. A team at the Justus Liebig University Giessen in Germany has now overcome this problem by exploiting the tunnelling current between the AFM tip and sample to control the tip height so that it closely follows the molecule's topography.  Read more  here .

Staying in shape: MBL microscopy helps reveal how bacteria grow long, not wide
The slender, rod-shaped Bacillus subtilis is one of the best-studied bacteria in the world, a go-to system for exploring and understanding how bacteria grow, replicate and divide. One of its outstanding mysteries has been how it manages to keep its precise diameter while growing and and getting bigger end-to-end.   Read more here

MSAStudentCouncil MSA 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.
PMCx60 conferees:  We are currently accepting poster submissions for presentation at PMCx60! This is a great chance to expand your audience by presenting your research to peers and colleagues, and there is a cash prize for best poster, as voted on by the PMCx60 attendees.

Poster submission to the PMCx60 is very simple, just email your accepted M&M paper and the poster title to be printed in the PMCx60 program book to Meeting Chairperson Ethan Lawrence at ellawren@asu.edu

Please see the images below for steps to attend the PMCx60 and meeting highlights.

The StC is soliciting financial support from the MSA community and welcomes donations from individuals/organizations to help build the future of microscopy and microanalysis.

Please consider donating to support the PMCx60 financial aid program via the MSA donation page ( microscopy.org/donation, include "PMCx60" in the "Donation Made by:" field).

MSA Student Council Announces Slated Executive Council Positions
MSA Student Council (StC) is pleased to announce Slate for the StC Executive Council (EC) Officer positions!

A description of the roles for the three executive positions (President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer) can be found on the MSA Student Council website,  Responsibilities
page. The President-Elect serves a three-year term, one each as President-Elect, President, and Past-President while the Secretary and Treasurer positions serve a one-year term.

President-Elect - Abinash Kumar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
I am a second year PhD student at North Carolina State University working with Prof. James LeBeau (moving to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 2019). Currently, I am working on finding the atomic scale origin for relaxor behavior in materials along with implementing machine learning algorithms in electron microscopy. I have been involved with the area of electron microscopy since my undergraduate at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. My previous experiences involve working with teams in organizing events during my college's cultural and technical festival and mentoring few undergraduates. These experiences helped me to develop good communication and decision taking skills. As MSA StC provides a great platform for networking, I would like to expand this association by reaching out to many schools and the general public by organizing several events including fundraisers. It would be good to see MSA StC to lead in developing a large association for students across the globe with the help of several microscopy societies.

Secretary - Aubrey Penn, North Carolina State University
I am a second-year graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University working with Prof. James LeBeau. My current research is focused on explaining interfacial phenomena in complex oxide thin films using a variety of scanning transmission electron microscopy techniques. Before coming to NCSU, I received my master's degree in chemistry from Western Kentucky University, where I first became acquainted with electron microscopy. Since then I have grown in my knowledge of the technique and love of the microscopy field, in part, through my association with MSA. I have been a member for two years and had the pleasure to attend my first M&M Conference last August. It would be an honor to serve the Society and its members as the Student Council Secretary. As secretary, I would work to maintain the welcoming and supportive community I have come to know.

Treasurer - Jackson Spurling, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
The opportunities to serve as Region VIII Liaison during 2017-18 and as Secretary during 2018-19 have allowed me to become involved with the MSA StC leadership, particularly in the area of member outreach. In these positions, I have assisted the MSA Student Council chiefly through its goal to provide networking platforms to student members. This has been accomplished through having dialogue with regional members as well as through activities like webinars and social media outreach. I would like to continue to contribute to the Student Council by supporting these and other methods of outreach to student members through the position of Treasurer. I have been honored to serve with StC these last two years, and I hope to be given the opportunity to continue to make MSA a welcoming organization for new and current members by supporting current and future outreach initiatives.

As per the MSA Student Council Policies and Procedures, each MSA Student Member as of May 1st will receive an electronic ballot for the EC elections. Student Members will have from June 1 to June 30 to cast their vote for EC.

The Call for Applications for the Appointed Positions (Program Chair, Communications Chair, Regional Liaison Chair, PMCx60 Co-chairs, and Regional Liaisons) will be available on July 1st. The application and role descriptions can be accessed on the MSA Student Council website,  Responsibilities page. Application materials must be submitted by August 15th to studentcouncil@microscopy.org.

Preparing for M&M Portland: an interactive webinar
Looking to make the most of M&M 2019? MSA Student Council is hosting a panel of experienced M&M attendees to discuss what to expect and how to make the most of the annual conference. The event will be hosted on the Zoom platform, which does not require any special browser or software - just use the link  zoom.us/j/244219898 !

Questions about the webinar, contact:
Cameron Varano - Student Council President
Send as email subject "Preparing for M&M" to  studentcouncil@microscopy.org

MSA Student Bursary Program for M&M 2019
Once again, MSA is offering the student bursary program for the Microscopy & Microanalysis 2019 meeting. Students are encouraged to attend the annual meeting with the opportunity to offset some of the meeting costs. Many Student Council officers and members started their M&M experience as student bursars, which is a great opportunity to interact with peers and assist the society throughout the conference. If you would like to participate in the student bursary program for 2019 to help offset your meeting costs send an email to Student Council at the link below. Registration is now open.

Questions about the bursary/volunteer program or would like to participate contact:
Cameron Varano - Student Council President

Send as email subject: Student Bursary to studentcouncil@microscopy.org  

Benefits of MSA Student Membership
Did you know MSA Student Members...
  • Receive discounted registration to M&M 2019?
  • Receive discounted registration to PMCx60 at M&M 2019?
  • Receive Microscopy and Microanalysis and Microscopy Today?
  • Can apply for the Student Bursary Program for M&M 2019?
And that's just the start! MSA Student Membership is filled with benefits for undergraduate and graduate students and MSA Student Council programming at M&M 2019 is without a doubt some of the most exciting to date! If you have not done so already, visit " Join MSA" and renew your MSA Student Membership to take advantage of all the benefits of membership. Let's grow our community!
There are multiple ways to connect with the MSA Student Community - Like and follow Student Council on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, visit our web pages on microscopy.org/students or email us at studentcouncil@microscopy.org.
Twitter:         https://twitter.com/MSAStudent
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.

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 http://www.microscopy.org/communities/programs.cfm. Funds are still available for 2019. Please contact me as soon as possible if your LAS is interested in applying, and you haven't already received funding this year.

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


FIGFocused Interest Groups

Focused Interest Groups

Andy Vogt, 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. 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. You may contact the FIG leader directly or attend a business meeting at M&M to learn more. 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.

Three FIGs are organizing symposia in Portland: 3D Electron Microscopy in the Biological Sciences, Diagnostic & Biomedical Microscopy, Facilities and Operations Management, and Pharmaceuticals! Consider attending. More information will be available in a later MSA Update.

Are you interested in highlighting your FIG in an MSA Update? Contact me for more information.