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Don't miss these upcoming MSA deadlines!

Submissions for MSA Fellows are due on Monday, October 31!

Do you know someone who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the field of microscopy and microanalysis through a combination of scientific achievement and service to the scientific community and Society itself? The Microscopy Society of America is accepting nominations for MSA Fellow, Class of 2023. This major Society award honors MSA members for "significant contributions to the advancement of the field of microscopy and microanalysis" through both their scientific accomplishments AND service to MSA. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Submit a nomination by October 31, 2022.

MSA Society Awards Nominations for 2023 are open through October 31!

Nominations for the 2023 MSA Society Awards are open! All applications must be submitted by the deadline of October 31, 2022. This is an opportunity to participate in your Society's activities and to participate in honoring deserving individuals. All nominations are submitted entirely through an online form: filling in the basic nominee information and uploading the required supporting documents. For more information and to view the nomination process, click here.

After a two-year hiatus...the MSA Strategic Initiatives Program is back!

In case you missed it, limited funding is available to support bold and innovative new programs that advance the MSA's updated mission and vision statement. 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. To learn more, click hereApplications are due no later than November 15, 2022.

It's time to renew your MSA membership for 2023!

Keep your membership active to maintain access to exclusive member benefits including peer networking, discounts on educational materials, savings on the annual Microscopy & Microanalysis conference, participation in Society activities, and so much more. Log in to the member portal and renew today!

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines:

M&M 2022 News

M&M 2022 On-Demand Sessions 

Available through November 15, 2022

There's still time for you to access on-demand content from M&M 2022! Please Note: not all sessions from the in-person meeting are available on-demand, but we do have an engaging content library for you to review at your own pace.


The on-demand platform is live; if you attended the in-person meeting, you can access all content provided. You do not need to register for separate access to the platform. Registration is available through this link for those who did not attend in person. All login credentials were emailed on August 15. Recordings will be available for viewing through November 15, 2022.

Publications News

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Submit an Article to Microscopy Today

The Editors of Microscopy Today (MTO) encourage and greatly appreciate submission of articles from microscope users as well as microscope manufacturers and suppliers. Of particular interest are summaries of in-depth articles published in peer-reviewed journals and articles that describe new equipment and applications. Microscopy Today is open access and there are no charges for publishing in MTO. All articles are available free to our subscription list of over 18,000 microscopists and through our collaboration with Cambridge University Press over 8,000 libraries worldwide. For further information email the Editor-in-Chief at Bob.Price@uscmed.sc.edu or visit


Please note, all authors of manuscripts recently accepted into Microscopy and Microanalysis, due to our transition to our new publisher, Oxford University Press (OUP), there are some delays in typesetting and sending out proofs to authors. Proofs should be available from OUP as the transition is finalized in the next couple of weeks. Thank you for your patience!

The new website for the journal will be https://academic.oup.com/mam. That site is populated with basic information, but the actual manuscripts and issues have yet to be transferred. You can already use the site to find instructions for submissions and links to the ScholarOne submission site. Stay tuned!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee News

Greetings from the Microscopy Society of America’s

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee!

We are finishing Hispanic Heritage Month and the MSA DEI Committee, along with the MSA, wanted to recognize essential contributions and influences to science and education in the United States by Hispanic, Latina, Latino, and Latinx members of the electron microscopy community. These members of the electron microscopy community are contributing to advancing science in their respective fields and training, educating, and mentoring the future workforce of the United States.

View our compilation here.

For more information or to get involved in the DEI committee, please contact DEI committee chair, Treva Brown at tbrow45@gmail.com.

Technologists’ Forum News

The Technologists’ Forum is free to join and provides a community for those who work in the technical areas of microscopy sample preparation and imaging or anyone interested in expanding their skills.

Professional Development Survey

The Tech Forum is working with other MSA committees and vendors to have a better understanding of training deficiencies affecting career preparation and employer expectations. We have created a survey to find out which skills early and established scientists would like to learn. Results from this survey will help us develop online and in-person training during a PMC at the annual M&M conference. We encourage you to check out the survey and provide your input. The Google survey can be found here.

Technical Award Nominations Due by October 31, 2022

The Hildegard H. Crowley Award for Outstanding Technologist in the Biological Sciences and Chuck Fiori Award for Outstanding Technologist in the Physical Sciences are Society Awards that are given specifically to technologists for their contribution to the field of microscopy. All nominations must be submitted by October 31, 2022. Nomination guidelines can be found on the Awards Webpage.

Certified Electron Microscopy Technologist [CEMT]

The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) provides the only certification of technologists in biological transmission electron microscopy available in the US. Certification can be important in determining job classification, salary level, and potential for advancement or promotion. Individuals with the requisite educational and/or occupational qualifications can attain certification by completing an application and passing both written and practical examinations.

·      The next registration deadline is Jan 27, 2023. For additional information and registration materials go to the CEMT Certification Program link.

MSA Student Council News

StC Appointed Positions: Still Accepting Applications!

While the official application deadline has closed, we will continue to accept applications for available positions until they are filled. Positions we are specifically targeting are Regional Liaisons and the PMCx60 Planning Committee which includes a Program Chair, Biological Science Co-chair, Social Chair. If you enjoyed the PMCx60 and would like to get involved but maybe aren’t sure, reach out! We’d love to chat with you about the positions, responsibilities, and benefits of StC participation. No previous leadership experience is required! We are a council of students, learning to be leaders together.


If you are interested in getting involved but aren’t sure if you’re ready for a full position, keep an eye on our communications for information about committees!


Click here for position descriptions.

Click here for the application form and instructions. 

Complete Our Survey:

What skills do you need for career development/advancement?


The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) has established an E-learning Task Force to identify how MSA can develop their online learning space to better serve our members and carry out the organization’s mission. As such, we are collecting information from trainees on what technical skills they may need to develop or advance their career beyond graduate school.


Let us know the types of microscopy techniques or skills you would like to learn: https://forms.gle/zcjPfUAC2UKKfPEQ8

Regional Updates

Don’t forget about the regional events happening this fall!

Region V

BioImaging North America (BINA) Community Congress

When: Monday, Oct 24 - Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Where: Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA (or virtually for free)

Registration: Closes September 30th (See event link for in-person registration fees)

Event link: https://www.bioimagingnorthamerica.org/events/bina-2022-community-congress/ 


Region VIII

Carolina Science Symposium

When: Friday, Nov.18, 2022 8am-5pm

Where: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Registration: Student fee is $10 (includes lunch!), RSVP by November 11th

Event link: https://www.aif.ncsu.edu/event/carolina-science-symposium-3/


Region IX

Bio TEM Workshop

When: Wednesday, Oct 26 - Friday, Oct 28, 2022, 8:30am-5pm

Where: University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Registration: RSVP by October 19th

Event link: https://gem.uga.edu/biological-tem-workshop/

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MSA Student Council

Our YouTube channel, MSA Student Council, has rich and diverse microscopy resources, including research webinars held by StC, career panels and young scholars offering invaluable insights based on their experiences. Subscribe to our channel to review our diverse events on YouTube 🤩:

     Advanced Microscopy Characterization Seminar Series;

     Grant Writing Series;

     Microscopy Careers Series: Industry, National Lab, and Academia;

     Communicating Science Series

… … (More events are coming soon!)

Local Affiliated Societies

Local Affiliated Societies News

by Bernd Zechmann, LAS Director


MSA members across the country have established 25 local affiliated societies (LAS). These LAS hold regular meetings and social events and publish newsletters to provide regional networking and outreach opportunities for the local microscopy community. Please join a local society or renew your membership in 2022. Find out more about your local microscopy society and its activities on the LAS community page at http://microscopy.org/communities/local.cfm.


LAS Activities

Philadelphia Society for Microscopy (PSM) will be hosting the “Drexel University Symposium” at Lebow College of Business, (Market and 32nd street, Philadelphia, PA) on October 19, 2022. For further information visit https://psm.microscopy.org/events/psm-drexel-university-symposium/


If your LAS is organizing an event (meeting, workshop, outreach), please let me know so we can advertise it in this newsletter and on the MSA webpage.


LAS Quarterly Business Meeting

The next LAS meeting will be held virtually on

December 8, Thursday 1 -2 PM EST. 


During these meetings, we share ideas for event organization, fundraising, and tips on publishing newsletters and boosting membership. All are welcome. 

Updating LAS Webpage

If you have new officers taking over the leadership in your society please let me (Bernd_Zechmann@baylor.edu) know so we can update the LAS directory on the MSA webpage.


LAS Programs

MSA provides LAS support with Tour Speakers, Grants-in-Aid, and Special Meeting grants. If you are planning any activities for your LAS, please consider applying for one of these funding sources. Details can be found at http://www.microscopy.org/communities/programs.cfm


If you are interested in starting an Affiliated Society in your region or have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at Bernd_Zechmann@baylor.edu


Bernd Zechmann

Focused Interest Groups

MSA FIGs are groups of MSA members who have organized, with the approval of the MSA Council, to promote a specific discipline relevant to microscopy or microanalysis. Each FIG must have a minimum of 10 members to remain active. All MSA members are eligible and encouraged to participate in the existing FIGs. There is an annual fee of $15 per FIG joined. Learn more about FIGs here.

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