November  2018

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M&M 2019

WATCH YOUR MAIL! The M&M 2019 Call for Papers brochure will arrive with the November issue of  Microscopy Today . Also included is a beautiful color poster with meeting highlights to hang in your office or lab. 
Submit your paper starting December 3!

Our local affiliate society in Portland, the Pacific Northwest Microscopy Society (PNMS), is excited to announce their planned social activities during M&M 2019! 

Activities include a dinner cruise on the Willamette River, a Pub Crawl in the convention center district, and a Segway Tour of Portland. For details and to register, visit the M&M 2019 social events page, or go directly to the PNMS registration page.

PNMS is handling registrations and payment directly through their site. For questions regarding these events, please direct questions to the contact information listed on their page.
Association News

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Deadline to Submit Proposals is December 1!

MSA Strategic Initiatives - Request for Proposals
Limited funding is available to support bold and innovative new programs that advance the mission statement and goals of MSA. Applications are solicited for proposed programs that will increase knowledge or disseminate knowledge in the science and practice of microscopy, imaging, and compositional analysis as well as instrumentation related to these activities. Proposals should address one or more of these areas of emphasis designated by council:

Areas of Emphasis for 2019 Applications (these areas are defined loosely and should not be viewed as limiting):  
  1. Novel initiatives that promote student involvement in microscopy.
  2. MSA-branded dissemination of information regarding new advances in microscopy, microanalysis, image analysis.
  3. Enhancement of member benefits leading to retention of members.
  4. Leadership training/mentorship to provide future leaders for MSA and the field of microscopy.
  5. Initiating or enhancing academic, governmental and industrial partnerships (excluding microscopy vendors and vendors of microscopy-related products) in microscopy application and development.
  6. Collection, preservation and dissemination of microscopy-related information (technical procedures, basic theories, scientific backgrounds, MSA archived material, etc.).
You can find more information regarding this initiative and submit your proposal here by December 1.

Elections Open November 15

One of the most important events for the Microscopy Society of America is the annual election of its leadership. As an MSA Member, this is your opportunity to have an impact on the future of your Society. Each candidate has submitted a brief bio, along with their credentials and their MSA Platform Statement which can be accessed beginning November 15 via the Members Portal on the MSA website. Please take a moment to review this information carefully. The voting process should take less than five minutes to complete. Votes must be cast online by December 15.

Annual Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program
Applications are now being accepted for MSA's Annual Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Program is intended to foster the educational and research potential of full-time undergraduate students interested in pursuing microscopy as a career or major research tool. Applications for research involving a ny area of microscopy are suitable for the program.  The deadline to apply is December 31 . Please visit the  MSA website  for further details.

The Piece of the Whole MOSAIC

Visit to see the MOSAIC live!

MSA is proud to introduce its newest collaborative project. Introducing the "Piece of the Whole" MOSAIC, a design 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

Important biomedical microscopy technique can now image deeper into tissue
Comparison between 2P- and 3P-LSFM.
A recently developed technique known as light-sheet fluorescence microscopy has led to many biological discoveries by allowing researchers to create 3-D images of tissue, even live animal embryos, using fluorescent tags. Now, researchers report the ability to increase the imaging depth of light-sheet fluorescence microscopy with the use of an optical phenomenon known as three-photon absorption. Read more here

Miniaturization, Increased Resolution Drive Microscopy's Future
Miniature fluorescence  microscope s and other system components, such as liquid lenses, are among emerging microscopy advancements that are bettering optical inspection in areas including the life sciences and machine vision . Now, such technology is taking researchers, microscopists, and others deeper into cellular and biological samples.  Read more  here .  
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Micrograph Awards
During the course of a year, many significant and interesting micrographs are acquired as still images or video clips. The editors of  Microscopy Today wish to promote and honor such micrographs.
About a year ago, Editorial Board Member Robert Simmons and his wife Camille came to me with an idea. They suggested that  Microscopy Today sponsor a micrograph competition where the scientific significance of an image weighs as much as the aesthetic qualities of the image. They volunteered to help implement such a contest. The MSA Council approved the project at M&M 2018 in Baltimore, and the  Microscopy Today Micrograph Awards program is now set to begin, with the first awards to be presented at M&M 2019 in Portland, OR.
All types of microscopy are welcome. There are three micrograph categories:
Published micrograph category  for images appearing for the first time in a publication of the previous year. Thus, for the 2019 awards, only micrographs published in 2018 would be eligible.
Open micrograph category  for unpublished images acquired by any microscopist.
Video micrograph category  for movie clips up to 60 seconds in length, acquired directly with a microscope or generated as a video reconstruction from microscopy data.
A panel of judges will select a number of finalists in each category. Finalist micrographs will be displayed on social media, websites, and publications. From these finalists the judges will select a first prize winner in each category. The microscopy community at large will have an opportunity to vote for the "people's choice award," their choice for the best micrograph of the combined categories.
Submission of still images and videos for the  Microscopy Today Micrograph Awards program will be through an MSA website available in January. The timeline begins with the submission deadline of February 21, 2019. Finalists will be notified in April. The  Microscopy Today Micrograph Awards will be presented on Wednesday of the August M&M meeting. The top winners will receive cash prizes, and winning images will be featured on the cover of the September issue of this magazine.
I invite you to participate in this competition. Please submit your still images or videos. We look forward to receiving your work by the submission deadline of February 21, 2019.
Charles Lyman
Microscopy Today
MSAStudentCouncilMSA 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
/communities/programs.cfm. Funds are still available for 2018. 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

Did you know that there are 11 FIGs that promote a specific discipline to microscopy? Click  here  to check them out and contact the leader to get more information. You can join a FIG when renewing your MSA membership or while updating your member profile; students may join one FIG at no cost.
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