May  2019

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Reston, Virginia 20191
M&M 2019


Don't wait to book your hotel! Special rates are good through July 3, 2019.

Book your hotel today to make sure you get the lowest rates and the best availability. Take advantage of excellent summertime rates when you book early and within the M&M 2019 room block. Please support the meeting and your societies and book your room reservations through this reservations site .

Submit a Paper to Present a Post-Deadline Poster!
  • Post-deadline papers will be accepted via email only.
  • DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 (midnight Pacific Time). No exceptions. Papers received after that deadline will not be considered.
  • If accepted, your post-deadline paper will be presented as a poster on Monday, August 5, 2019 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM.
  • To submit, please email your 2-page paper to:
  • CLICK HERE for more information.

M&M is excited 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.

Association News

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Renew Your MSA Membership Today

M&M 2019 is less than 90 days away! 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. 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 21!

Science News

The MSA Facebook page  regularly posts science news for you 

New 3-D printed microscope promising for medical diagnostics in developing countries
Researchers have used 3-D printing to make an inexpensive and portable high-resolution microscope that is small and robust enough to use in the field or at the bedside. The high-resolution 3-D images provided by the instrument could potentially be used to detect diabetes, sickle cell disease, malaria and other diseases.   Read more  here .

New Microscopy Technique Measures Activity of Deep Brain Regions
Since the 1990s, two-photon (2p) scanning microscopy has been the standard for brain imaging. Now, a novel microscopy technique developed by a team at the Rockefeller University, called hybrid multiplexed sculpted light microscopy (HyMS), will help build a more cohesive picture of the brain by allowing researchers to generate a picture of rapid cellular activity across multiple layers of brain tissue.  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

The PMCx60 organizers are pleased to offer financial support to qualifying PMCx60 registrants. All PMCx60 registrants are welcome to apply. The awards will be granted primarily based on financial need -- those who are unable to attend the PMCx60 without financial aid will be prioritized. More information can be found on the PMCx60 webpage and the   Financial Aid Award application . The deadline to apply is May 22, 2019, so make sure to submit your application soon!

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 ( , include "PMCx60" in the "Donation Made by:" field).

Communicating Science Professionally: an interactive webinar
Looking to improve your written or oral communication? MSA Student Council is hosting a panel of experts to discuss best practices for manuscript preparation and oral presentations. The event will be hosted on the Zoom platform, which does not require any special browser or software - just use the link !
Questions about the webinar, contact:
Cameron Varano - Student Council President
Send as email subject "Communicating Science" to

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  

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 or email us at
LAS  Upcoming Events

October 1-4, 2019
Buenos Aires, Argentina

CIASEM 2019 features over 20 international top experts sharing groundbreaking research findings and presenting original scientific works on the state of the art and new developments, covering a broad range of topics in Microscopy. The Congress theme will be "Microscopy as a tool for solving new scientific challenges."
Abstract submission deadline: June 12
Early Registration deadline: August 2

Click here to see other microscopy events happening around the world.
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

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 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 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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