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M&M 2020 News

NOTICE as of Thursday, May 7, 2020

Due to ongoing health concerns related to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as global and organizational travel restrictions and other concerns shared by the M&M community in recent surveys, MSA and MAS have decided to cancel the in-person meeting originally scheduled for August 2-6, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. We anticipate evolving the M&M 2020 Meeting content into a virtual (completely online) meeting in its place. More information will be shared with the M&M community as soon as it becomes available.

MSA/MAS Member volunteers, Association headquarters staff, and the M&M Meeting and Exhibits Management teams are already hard at work addressing the many specifics that would be inherent to this change. Details will be communicated as they become available, including firm virtual meeting dates and times, and more specific content information (if applicable). We appreciate your patience as this is a very large and multifaceted task. Read the full announcement here.
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Science News
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New Microscopy Technique Paves Way to Purer Pharmaceuticals 
A research project led by chemists at the University of Warwick first used ultrahigh resolution scanning tunneling microscopy to see the exact location of atoms and bonds within a molecule, and then employed these incredibly precise images to determine the interactions that bond molecules to one another. Read more.

Super-Resolution Microscopy Just Got More Super
Existing super-resolution microscopy systems are already good at observing and tracking individual molecules within intact cells. However, they need to get better at detecting the interactions between molecules. Read more.
MSA Student Council News
A Letter from the StC President and Program Chair
Dear MSA Students,
The level of uncertainty surrounding this year's M&M meeting has been concerning to many of us. With the in-person meeting now officially cancelled, this uncertainty is not eliminated but rather shifts to a different target. What will the meeting look like if it is virtual? How will we all continue to effectively share our science, network with our colleagues, and learn about future career opportunities?
Fulfilling our dedication to advancing the student microscopy community, the Student Council is working with MSA to reimagine the PMCx60 for Students, Postdocs, and Early-career Professionals. Our goal is to seamlessly integrate the event into whatever the M&M conference will look like this year. As plans are made, we will post updates on our social media accounts, communicate via email, and include announcements in the MSA Update.
If you have any concerns or suggestions regarding the PMCx60, please don't hesitate to contact us at .
Erica Stevens, President, MSA StC
Eric Hoglund, PMCx60 2020 Program Chair, MSA StC
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MSA Student Council Executive Council Announcement and Call for Nominations
MSA Student Council is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the StC Executive Officer positions.
The Call for Nominations for StC elected positions is now open and will close on May 30th.
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.
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 all while advancing the growth of the student community in MSA.
The Call for Nominations letter can be accessed on the MSA Student Council website,  Responsibilities page. Application materials must be submitted by May 30th to .

Heather Struckman

Our May Student Spotlight is Heather Struckman, a second-year graduate student at The Ohio State University pursuing her PhD in biomedical engineering. As part of Rengasayee Veeraraghavan's research group, Heather studies the mechanisms and structural origins of cardiac arrhythmias using a variety of electron and light microscopy techniques.

Heather has been quite active in MSA this year. MSA funded several Strategic Initiatives this year to support new and innovative programs that advance the mission of the Society. Heather's proposal, called "Stoked on Scopes," was awarded funding through this program for the next two years. The goal of her project is to make microscopy more accessible by providing light microscopes and microscopy-related curricula to students of all education levels in central Ohio. The program already has a strong start, having established outreach programs in a number of public schools in Columbus. The second year of the program will include expanding to other regions of the country. On the program, Heather explained, "I am so thankful to the MSA for the opportunity to be able to pursue this amazing project. I have been doing outreach throughout the first few years of my PhD program and it has become an integral piece of what I want to pursue in my future endeavors. The MSA Strategic Initiative allows me to broaden what I have already established and push it to new heights which I had only previously dreamed about before."

When taking a break from her research and outreach activities, Heather enjoys rock climbing with her dogs, Fritz and Ginger, and even travelled to Joshua Tree National Park to rock climb last year. While social distancing, Heather has taken up woodworking to keep busy at home.

Heather has additionally had her work featured on the cover of the February 2020 issue of Microscopy and Microanalysis, pictured here. Check out the article titled "Super-Resolution Imaging Using a Novel High-Fidelity Antibody Reveals Close Association of the Neuronal Sodium Channel NaV1.6 with Ryanodine Receptors in Cardiac Muscle" at this link.

 Staying sane and still learning while social distancing
We're certainly living in tumultuous times. StC has gathered links to a few of the helpful and happy corners of the internet that will hopefully brighten your day and advance your learning without a lab. Stay at home, wash your hands, and enjoy the following!
MSA Video Library

An archive featuring full videos of tutorials from past M&M meetings.
MSA StC YouTube Channel

Recordings of past webinars hosted by the MSA Student Council.

Microscopy training, including training modules and virtual microscopes.
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iBiology Microscopy Series
A video playlist specifically about microscopy and its applications.
American Society for Materials Webinar Archive
          A library of sponsored webinars on a wide variety of topics.
Elsevier Webinar Archive
          A library of webinars on a wide variety of topics.
BioTechniques Webinar Archive
          A library of sponsored webinars on a wide variety of topics.
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"Some Good News"
John Krasinski (a.k.a. Jim from The Office) started a Youtube Channel

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
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 the upcoming webinars to receive more information on this opportunity.
Did you miss the last webinar about User Facilities? 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 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. 

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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