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M&M 2020 News

Registration for M&M 2020 is NOW OPEN! We invite you to join us for a week of professional learning in the fields of microscopy and microanalysis. Reunite with old friends and connect with new ones while enjoying all Milwaukee has to offer! Get a glimpse of what you can expect by viewing the Meeting Update. Register by June 1 to take advantage of the early bird rate!

Notice regarding COVID-19:  The effect of COVID-19 on event planning is a rapidly-evolving situation. MSA and MAS Leadership are aware that many upcoming conferences have been canceled or postponed, and that several organizations and universities have enacted travel bans for the 2nd quarter.  MSA and MAS Leadership have determined that it is too early to make changes for August. The Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) community will be informed immediately if any changes or decisions are made that will affect M&M 2020,  but as of today, all plans regarding M&M 2020 in August in Milwaukee, WI are moving forward as scheduled . Note that should the event be postponed, registration fees will be transferred to the re-scheduled event, and if M&M 2020 is canceled, registration fees will be refunded.


Book your hotel room now! Special rates at the hotels below are available until July 1, 2020 or until the room blocks at the conference hotels are sold out. Reserve your room early to ensure availability.
  • Hilton Milwaukee City Center (Main Conference Hotel) - $189
  • Hyatt Regency Milwaukee - $194
  • DoubleTree by Hilton - $195
  • Hyatt Place Milwaukee - $199 (includes complimentary breakfast)
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites - $199 (includes complimentary breakfast)

Association News
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Last Chance to Renew Your Membership !  

Have you renewed your MSA membership for 2020? Now is the time more than ever to keep your membership up to date! Members can save on registration fees for M&M 2020 and continue to receive complimentary subscriptions to Microscopy Today and Microscopy and Microanalysis, among several additional benefits. Click here to renew your membership today!

Congratulations to the MSA Fellows Class of 2020!

Ian M. Anderson 

For his long-term and tireless efforts at MSA, including the initiation of the Student Council, a path for the future of the Society. For his scientific contributions to HREM, AEM, spectroscopy, elemental mapping and atom probe analysis.

Elizabeth C. Dickey

For her outstanding microscopy contributions to the understanding of oxide nanostructures and their relevance to diverse fields including catalysis, fuel-cells and structural mechanics.

J. Bernard Heymann 

Bernard Heymann is an internationally renowned specialist in software for biological electron microscopy. He has created, applied, and widely supports Bsoft, a powerful package for image reconstruction and electron tomography.

Masashi Watanabe 

For outstanding contributions to quantitative STEM-XEDS microanalysis through his development of the zeta factor technique, and to the development of atomic-level microanalysis techniques for analytical electron microscopy.

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

Science News
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Merging old and new microscopy yields best 3D view yet inside cells
By combining electron microscopy (EM) with the latest super-resolution microscopy (SR), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and UC Berkeley scientists have obtained exquisitely detailed views of the complex innards of cells, all in 3D.  In a report in this week's issue of the journal Science, the researchers describe their technique, called cryo-SR/EM, and display some of the colorful images they captured. These include detailed pictures of the tentacled vesicles that shuttle and sort cargo in the cell, views of a delicate web that connects neighboring neurons in the brain, and images of the rearrangement of DNA in the nucleus as a stem cell differentiates into a neuron .   Read more here .

Using ultrasound localization microscopy to detect oxygen levels in tissues
Researchers at the  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using a new application of an existing imaging technique that may help detect tumors in humans.
The technique, super-resolution ultrasound localization microscopy, was used to visualize the distribution of blood vessels and measure oxygen levels in tumors. The study was carried out in chicken embryos, but the researchers hope to extend the studies in humans.  Read more here .
Upcoming Events
Please Save the Date for the Spring 2020 MSORV Meeting!

The meeting will be held  Wednesday, April 22nd from 3-7pm  at:
Center for  E lectron  Mi croscopy and  A nalysi S
The Ohio State University
1305 Kinnear Rd, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43212
Two talks are scheduled for the meeting one by Cheri Hampton on cryo-TEM and the other by James Lallo on XPS surface analysis.


50th Annual Lehigh Microscopy School (LMS)

Main courses at the Lehigh Microscopy School include a variety of SEM and TEM techniques. Specialized Courses cover everything from FIB to quantitative X-ray Microanalysis. See more details about the available courses here .

For more details, visit:  
Early bird registration deadline: April 12, 2020

MSA Student Council News

Share your images with the community!

Want the world to see your awesome images? You could be featured on the MSA #MicroscopyMonday posts. Submit to the MOSAIC: click "Upload a Photo" at .

2020 Webinar Series

Next Webinar : Friday, March 13, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Topic : Core Facilities: What is Available and How to Apply
We are excited to announce that each student who attends the remaining webinars in this year's series will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Make sure you leave your email address with us during this upcoming webinar to receive more information on this opportunity.
Did you miss the last webinar about Communicating Science? No worries! Watch the full webinar ( ), subscribe to our YouTube channel, and join our future webinars.

Future Webinar Topics
Applications Scientist: Career Options in Industry
Basic Microscopy Techniques
Preparing for M&M

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.
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