November  2019

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M&M Meeting Updates

M&M 2020 Call for Submissions portal will open the first week of December 2019 and will close Friday, February 21, 2020. For up-to-date meeting information, visit

M&M 2020 is excited to offer Childcare services for children ages 6 months - 12 years. Services will be available Monday through Thursday, August 3-6 for full days, half-days, or by the hour. Registration in advance is highly recommended and will be available after May 1, 2020.
Association News

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MSA is now an affiliate of the Science History Institute

The Science History Institute  (SHI) is a prestigious and well-funded institution. One of their interests is the history of microscopy. They hold occasional lectures and conferences, and they produce on-line and hard-copy publications. They yearly fund 12 scholars to carry out on-site science history research.

MAS has also joined as an affiliate, and each Society has a seat on the Heritage Committee, as does member-at-large Charles Lyman. The MSA Archivist also has a seat on the Instrumentation and Artifacts Committee.

SHI will be the repository for the Archives of both MSA and MAS. SHI is also interested in collecting the papers of scientists whose careers have ended. MSA recommends deeding such papers directly to SHI, rather than first to MSA.

In addition to books and papers, SHI accepts significant instruments for display in their museum. The SHI is also interested in historically significant whole laboratories or instruments that are too large to display; they hope to develop "virtual tours" of these before they are dismantled.

The current MSA Archivist (Mike Marko) has a collection of early microscopes (TEMs and LMs) and accessories, which will eventually be transferred to SHI. These instruments can be viewed by appointment, and a "virtual tour" website of the MSA instruments is planned.
For more information, contact the MSA Archivist ( [email protected]).

The Ultramicrotomy Award by Diatome

The Ultramicrotomy Award by Diatome (formerly the Diatome Award) is an award given at the Microscopy and Microanalysis meetings every year during the poster sessions. This award is given to a poster presenter for ultramicrotomy with a diamond knife outside of an electron microscope. If you have used an ultramicrotome to prepare your samples, please state this in the materials and methods and look for a checkbox on the paper/poster submission form to identify your poster for the judges. Big, beautiful micrographs on your poster should attest to you wonderful sample preparation and ultramicrotomy skills. Other criteria for your images are: high resolution, excellent composition, lovely contrast and perfect focus. So sharpen your diamond knives and get sectioning. The poster submission site opens soon! We hope to see many great examples of ultramicrotomy on your posters in Milwaukee in August.

Don't Miss These Upcoming MSA Deadlines!
MSA Strategic Initiatives
Up to $15,000 ($20,000 for a two-year proposal) is available to support bold and innovative new programs that advance the mission statement and goals of MSA. Primary applicant must be a member of MSA. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on November 15, 2019.  Click here for details.

MSA Undergraduate Research Scholarship Applications
The MSA Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program has been providing funding for undergraduate research for over 25 years. Over 100 projects covering a wide range of topics in the physical and biological sciences have received support through this program. Nearly all the scholarship recipients have maintained a strong interest in imaging and analytical sciences and have gone on to graduate school, professional school, teaching, or industry positions. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019. Click here for instructions.

Membership Renewal
The membership renewal process is currently underway! Get a head start on renewing your 2020 membership today. Keep your membership current to maintain access to exclusive member benefits.  The deadline to renew is December 31, 2019.

We'd love to hear from you! Please take this quick survey to let us know what you thought of your MSA membership experience over the past year. Your feedback will help us to ensure that we are providing you valuable benefits as an active member in MSA.  Click  here  to access the survey.
Microscopy Today Micrograph Awards

Winning images from the 2019 Microscopy Today Micrograph Awards Competition featured on the September 2019 cover!
The 2020 Microscopy Today Micrograph Awards Competition is now accepting entries! The competition, open to all types of microscopy, is divided into three categories:
  • Published micrograph category: static/still images first published within the calendar year prior to the contest.
  • Open micrograph category: unpublished static/still images acquired by any microscopist.
  • Video micrograph category: movie/streaming data clips up to 15 seconds in length, or up to 60 seconds in length with the proviso that only 10-15 seconds will be used, acquired directly with a microscope or generated as a video reconstruction from microscopy data. Confocal light microscopy image stacks that create 3-D images may be submitted as a still or as an animated sequence exhibiting
    3-D characteristics.
To see the rules and submit your entry, visit:

The submission site, now open, closes on February 21, 2020.

Science News

The MSA Facebook page  regularly posts science news for you

4D electron microscopy images charge density at sub-angstrom scales
Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) can be used to detect electric charge density as well as image atoms. This new advance comes from researchers at the University of California, Irvine, who used the technique to show how interfacing a ferroelectric oxide with an insulating oxide can produce an electron-rich region in between the two materials. The work is an important step towards understanding and engineering material structures with strongly-correlated electrons.  Read more  here .
MSAStudentCouncil MSA Student Council News

Annual Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program

The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) is pleased to announce a scholarship in the sum of $3000 to motivate the educational and research potential of the full-time undergraduate students interested in pursuing microscopy as a career or major research tool. The award will help to provide student stipends, supply costs, and limited travel expenses associated with research. Additional support in the form of instrument use time, equipment purchases, etc. is generally provided by the student's supervisor and/or through the sponsoring institution. The applicant must be an MSA member, enrolled in a full-time or part-time undergraduate degree program, and conducting the aforementioned research in the field of electron microscopy during their junior or senior years. The application deadline is December 1st, 2019 and the scholarship would be awarded by January 15th.

2019-20 Webinar Series
Did you miss the last webinar about the Benefits of MSA? No worries! Watch the full webinar ( ), subscribe to our Youtube channel, and be on the lookout for announcements for future webinars.
Webinar Topics
Communicating Science: Writing and Presenting at Every Level
Applications Scientist: Career Options in Industry
Core Facilities: What is available and how to apply
Basic Microscopy Techniques
Preparing for M&M

FIGFocused 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 (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.

The Diagnostic & Biomedical FIG is organizing a Premeeting Congress (PMCX62), "Contemporary Electron Microscopy Advances in Biomedical Research", at M&M2020 in Milwaukee.
Meetings sessions include:
  1. Automation and streamlining of workflow for diverse EM specimens
  2. Immuno electron microscopy and correlative LM-EM workflow, advances and challenges
  3. Challenges and Best practice in the preparation of plant, insect, aquatic/marine, and pharmaceutical specimens for EM
  4. Round table discussion: instrument-assisted and automated Bio EM sample processing, challenges and applications
Please click here for more details, including information about submitting an abstract.

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 and 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 [email protected] with comments, questions or concerns.


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