October  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!
Association News

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MSA 2019 Society Awards Deadline Approaching
The Microscopy Society of America (MSA) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 MSA Society Awards. The Society Awards consist of eight separate awards honoring individuals in the microscopy field. You can find out more about the awards and the nomination process on the  MSA website . Please note that all nominations are submitted online and must be completed by the deadline of October 31, 2018. For further information or questions please contact  AssociationManagement@microscopy.org .

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 !

The Piece of the Whole MOSAIC

Visit microscopy.org 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
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Combined X-ray and fluorescence microscope reveals unseen molecular details
         STED image (left) and X-ray imaging (right) of the same cardiac tissue cell from a rat.  Credit: University of Göttingen, M. Bernhardt et al. 
A research team from the University of Göttingen has commissioned a worldwide unique microscope combination at DESY's
X-ray source PETRA III to gain novel insights into biological cells. The team led by Tim Salditt and Sarah Köster describes the combined X-ray and optical fluorescence microscope in the journal
Nature Communications. To test the performance of the device installed at DESY's measuring station P10, the scientists investigated heart muscle cells with their new method. Read more here.

Revolutionary Microscopy Technique Nets Most Lucrative Prize in Science
A picture might be worth a thousand words-but inventing a way to take nanoscale pictures is worth US$3-million. The inventor of a 'super-resolution' microscopy technique that biologists are using to reveal the hidden molecular structures of cells is one of six big winners of this year's  Breakthrough Prizes-the most lucrative awards in science and mathematics. The winners were announced on October 17.  Read more  here .  
MSAStudentCouncilMSA Student Council News

MSA Student Council hosted PhD Pathways, an interactive Career Panel
On October 8, MSA Student Council successfully hosted an interactive career panel webinar featuring six panelists from diverse backgrounds. The webinar was recorded, and can be viewed here . This inaugural career panel establishes the foundation for future interactive web-based programming that provides information and communication for our student members. At this link , students and postdocs can:
  • provide suggestions for future webinars,
  • rate the experience of attending PhD Pathways, or
  • provide contact details to receive information about future programming.

MSA Student Council Appoints New Co-Chairs to PMCx60 Programming Committee
MSA Student Council is proud to announce the appointments of Eric Hoglund, a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Virginia, to Physical Sciences Co-Chair; Mike Casasanta, a Ph.D. Candidate at Virginia Tech, to Biological Sciences Co-Chair; and Jeana Owens, a Masters Student at Kansas State University, to Social Activities Co-Chair. The PMCx60 Programming Committee is already hard at work planning another rewarding Pre-meeting Congress for students, postdocs, and early-career professionals.


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 studentcouncil@microscopy.org , or donate to the PMCx60 via the MSA donation page ( microscopy.org/donation , include "PMCx60" in the "Donation Made by:" field).
For event details visit https://www.microscopy.org/students/x60.cfm . Please email the PMCx60 Program Chair, Ethan Lawrence, at ellawren@asu.edu 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  http://microscopy.org/communities/local.cfm .

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 http://www.microscopy.org
/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 pjansma@email.arizona.edu 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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Microscopy Today
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
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