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M&M 2021 News

M&M 2021 Registration Now Open!
Registration is officially open for our M&M 2021 Virtual Meeting! We are excited to present a dynamic lineup of plenary speakers including, 2020 Kavli Awardee, Ondrej Krivanek, PhD, and COVID-19 vaccine developers, Kizzmekia S. Corbett, PhD and Jason McLellan, PhD. Join us for a robust scientific programming schedule along with live-chat Q&A sessions, opportunities to network, and so much more. Follow this link to reserve your virtual seat today: We look forward to connecting with you virtually this August. Take advantage of the early bird rate and register before June 1!

M&M 2021 Post-Deadline Virtual Posters

Post-deadline posters will be accepted until Wednesday, June 30, 2021
More information on submission requirements can be found in the link here.

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In case you missed it, congratulations once again to our 2021 Society Awards Recipients and the Class of 2021 Fellows!

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Using a new kind of electron microscopy to measure weak van der Waals interactions
A team of researchers from China, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia has used a new kind of electron microscopy to measure weak van der Waals interactions. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes creating what they describe as a molecular compass to measure weak van der Waals interactions using a new type of electron microscopy developed in the Netherlands. Read more.

Super-resolution structured illumination microscopy (part 1)
Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions A Theo Murphy meeting issue entitled Super-resolution structured illumination microscopy (part 1) organised and edited by Kirti Prakash, Benedict Diederich, Stefanie Reichelt, Rainer Heintzmann and Lothar Schermelleh and the articles can be accessed directly at  

MSA Student Council News

A description of the roles for the three executive positions (President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer) can be found on the MSA Student Council website,
  • President-Elect serves a three-year term, one each as President-Elect, President, and Past-President
  • Secretary and Treasurer positions serve a one-year term.
Graduate and undergraduate students that are members of MSA are encouraged to apply. This is a wonderful opportunity to hone your professional skills in leadership, communication, conference planning, and networking while advancing the growth of the student community in MSA.


Joshua Mitchell

This month's Student Spotlight is a fourth year PhD student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW-Madison) in the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPIB). As a member of Dr. Deane Mosher's research group, Josh studies eosinophils, a type of white blood cell often thought to respond to parasitic infections but are also involved in inflammatory conditions like asthma. Much of Josh's research explores the behavior of these cells and the mechanisms by which they affect various physiological and pathophysiological processes. Josh has many imaging tools at his disposal, but he primarily uses confocal microscopy to observe the morphological changes these cells undergo upon activation in real time.

Josh attended Grand Valley State University in Michigan as an undergrad on a pre-med track. His passion for research began as a junior when he had the opportunity to volunteer in a basic research lab. However, it still took him four years after graduating to realize that a career in medicine was not something he wanted to pursue. During that time, he worked as a lab manager and says, "Those years between school were invaluable." Having time off helped him figure out what he wanted to do with his life and decide what was important to him. This is Josh's advice to incoming students or those unsure of their next steps. "Don't just continue to graduate school because it's the logical next step. Give yourself the room to breathe and think about what you want." In fact, during those several years as a lab manager, Josh mentored undergraduate students and recognized that helping in their development was tremendously fulfilling. He intends to continue in this role when he completes his graduate studies.

Josh has always enjoyed community outreach; it is second nature to him, thanks in large part to his upbringing. His father, a therapist, and his mother, a youth minister, were always heavily involved in community service and outreach, something now that Josh wants to bring to the sciences. "I want to enrich the scientific environment we're in....I want to see greater diversity and better mental health." He expresses how important it is to introduce young students to STEM and make it fun and interesting, because science is fun! As an undergrad, Josh was involved with Science Olympiad in Michigan for many years. He and his group came up with all kinds of fun experiments for young students to explore natural phenomena: on a limited budget, they were able to show kids the wonders of cryo-protection, how sunscreen works, and even how to isolate DNA from strawberries! They were doing high-level science using basic household materials, what Josh calls "household science". Currently, he is Chair of the Graduate Leadership and Development Committee (GLDC) at UW-Madison and helps run a Code Academy for middle school students, helping them learn to design tools.

In his free time, Josh loves to exercise. He has even convinced some fellow graduate students to swim with him and they are currently training for a sprint triathlon in the fall. He and his wife also have a garden to which they tend. Josh has so many other interests outside of science, but most extraordinary is his love for writing haiku, two of which have been published!

Josh has such a dynamic personality, which certainly lends itself well to attracting young students to the joys of science. We are excited to showcase his efforts in the community and see where his passions for discovery take him next.

Region II Update:
Researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new micro molded scaffolding photoreceptor patch to repair damaged retinas. The success of this transdisciplinary solution was confirmed with electron microscopy images that show the ice cube tray shape of this material. Congratulations to Ma and team! Check out their work here: DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abf0344

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Local Affiliated Societies
Local Affiliated Societies News
by Ru-ching Hsia, LAS Director

MSA members across the country have also established 25 local affiliated societies (LAS). These LAS hold regular meetings, social events and publish newsletters to provide regional networking and outreach opportunities for the local microscopy community.
Regional LAS activities
The 56th annual meeting for the Southeastern Microscopy Society' (SEMS) will be held virtually on June 24, 2021! Please visit the SEMS website ( for meeting Flyer, Agenda and the "Call for Papers" information for the Ruska Student and the Robert Simmons Micrograph Competitions.
Find out more about your local microscopy society and their activities in the LAS community page at
LAS Programs

MSA provides LAS support with Tour Speakers, Grants-in-Aid and Special Meeting grants. Details can be found at
LAS Business Meetings
LAS Business Meeting of 2021 will be held on the second Thursday in the month of March, June, September, and December. Officers and Members of LAS are welcome to attend the meeting. Different LAS will be featured in each meeting and present their activities and events. We will also share ideas and tips for running local societies and events during the meeting. LAS are encouraged to work with regional liaisons from the MSA Student Council (StC), local colleges, and other regional scientific or teachers' societies, etc.
The next LAS business meeting will be held on June 10th, 1 to 2 PM EDT.  Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society (AIMS) and Oklahoma Microscopy Society (OMS) will share their experiences on their most recent virtual meetings. Treva Brown, the Director of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee of the MSA will also be present to give us an introduction on many initiatives the DEI committee have been implementing.
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

Focused Interest Groups

Biomedical Microscopy Focused Interest Group (DBM-FIG) will be hosting a series of "BioEM Talks" on four consecutive Fridays on July 31st, August 6th, 13th and 20th from 10:00 AM to 1 PM EDT (2 to 5 PM GMT). This series is to replace the Pre-meeting congress (PMCX 61) that was supposed to be held on the Sunday before the M&M this year. Each session in the series will include live presentations of three invited speakers, vendor exhibits and pre-recorded flash talks in the Gather Town virtual space. Attendees are encouraged to submit 5 min video flash talks along with a PowerPoint presentation of no more than ten slides. These flash talks (replacing traditional poster boards) will be grouped and presented on demand in the BioEM virtual Town Hall along with vendor exhibits. Tentative program and registration information can be found at the DBM-FIG website (

BioEM Talks are free and open to all to attend. We hope this series will serve as a new platform to stimulate more collaboration nationally and internationally in the biological EM community. Please feel free to download the BioEM Talks flyer and help us spread the word. Contact the chair of the organizing committee, Dr. Ru-ching Hsia ( for any inquiries.
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