March  2019

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M&M 2019


Online registration  is now open for M&M 2019, 
August 4-8 in Portland, Oregon!

Discounted registration is available for society members. Members can save up to $125 on the regular registration fee. Join or Renew today

M&M is excited to be able to offer Childcare Services for children ages 6 months - 12 years!
  • Available for full days, half-days, or by the hour.
  • Offered Monday through Thursday, August 5-8.
  • Located at the Portland Doubletree Hotel.
Parents must register online directly with the childcare company, Accent on Children's Arrangements , based in New Orleans.

Don't wait to book your hotel!  Hotel rates have increased dramatically in Portland over the past several years, and last-minute bargains are rare. Book your hotel now through the M&M reservation portal for the best rates and availability.
Association News

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Renew Your MSA Membership Today

Have you renewed 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.

M&M Tutorials Now on Vimeo!

In case you missed it, you can now access past tutorials from M&M on Vimeo!  The MSA Online Video Library provides you with free access to videos of M&M Tutorials and other MSA sessions for online viewing.  Follow us on Vimeo where you can view tutorials of your choice anytime and anywhere from your desktop, tablet, or mobile device. 

The Piece of the Whole MOSAIC
Visit to see the MOSAIC live!
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
Science News

The MSA Facebook page  regularly posts science news for you 

Rice University researchers have created a method to design custom masks that transform 2D fluorescent microscopy images into 3D movies. Credit: Landes Research Group/Rice University
Shaping light lets 2-D microscopes capture 4-D data
Two years ago, the Rice lab of chemist Christy Landes introduced super temporal resolution microscopy, a technique that allowed researchers to image  fluorescent molecules  20 times faster than traditional lab cameras normally allow. They've now developed a general method to let a microscope capture 3-D  spatial information  along with the fourth dimension, molecular movement over time. Read more here.

Flipping the view: New microscope offers options for drug discovery, safety and effectiveness
A new type of microscope may give doctors a better idea of how safely and effectively a medication will perform in the body.  Purdue University  team developed the microscope based on concepts of phase-contrast microscopy, which involves using optical devices to view molecules, membranes or other nanoscale items that may be too translucent to scatter the light involved with conventional microscopes.  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.
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, or donate to the PMCx60 via the MSA donation page (, include "PMCx60" in the "Donation Made by:" field).
For event details visit . Please email the PMCx60 Program Chair, Ethan Lawrence, at 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
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 with comments, questions or concerns. 

FIGs Focused 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.
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