October  2019

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M&M Meeting Updates

Mark Your Calendar!
  • M&M Call for Submissions portal will open December 3, 2019.
  • Deadline is February 21, 2020 (NO EXTENSION this year!)
  • Child Care will again be offered at M&M 2020. Be on the lookout for details!
Association News

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Don't Forget These Upcoming MSA Deadlines!
MSA Society Awards Nominations
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.  All applications must be submitted by the deadline of October 31, 2019. For more information on these awards and the nomination process, click  here.

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
Membership renewal season has officially begun! 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.

Before you renew, we'd love to hear from you! Please take this quick survey to let us know how you would rate 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

Micrograph Awards

Do you have a published micrograph that you are proud of?

Consider entering it in this competition. If not, you may enter any micrograph with scientific relevance in the OPEN category.

To see the rules and submit your entry, go to the following:

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

Science News

The MSA Facebook page  regularly posts science news for you

Super-Resolution Microscopy Now Possible in Real-Time
They can make tiny cell structures visible: cutting-edge light microscopes offer resolutions of a few tenths of a nanometers-in other words, a millionth of a millimeter. Until now, super-resolution microscopes were much slower than conventional methods, because more or finer image data had to be recorded. Together with partners from Jena, researchers from Bielefeld University have now developed the super-resolution SR-SIM process further. The academics show that SR-SIM is also possible in real time and at a very high imaging rate-and thus suitable for observing movements of very small cell particles, for example. Their findings were published September 20, 2019, in the journal Nature Communications. Read more  here .

Multimodal X-ray and electron microscopy of the Allende meteorite
Multimodal microscopy can combine complementary nanoscale imaging techniques to extract comprehensive information on the chemical, structural and functional aspects of heterogenous samples. X-ray microscopy can achieve high-resolution imaging of bulk materials with chemical, magnetic, electronic and bond orientation contrast. In parallel, electron microscopy can provide spatial resolution at the atomic scale while quantifying the elemental composition.  Read more here
MSAStudentCouncil MSA Student Council News

New Leadership to Continue the MSA Student Council Tradition of Progress

The MSA Student Council elected a new President Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary in June 2019, and installed these new officers in August at M&M. Appointed Position applications then closed on August 15th, and new appointed officers were introduced to their positions. The current StC officers are:

Elected Officers:
  • President - Erica Stevens
  • Past President - Cameron Varano
  • President Elect - Abinash Kumar
  • Secretary - Aubrey Penn
  • Treasurer - Jackson Spurling
Appointed Officers:
  • Program Chair - Eric Hoglund
  • PMCx60 Biological Sciences Co-Chair - Louisa Mezache
  • PMCx60 Physical Sciences Co-Chair - Kartik Venkatraman
  • PMCx60 Social Co-Chair - Jenna Wardini
  • Communications Chair - Joseph Kim
  • Regional Liaison Chair - Piyush Haluai
  • Region III Liaison - Laura Wilson
  • Region V Liaison - Berit Goodge
  • Region VI Liaison - Yingjie Yang
  • Region IX Liaison - Mercedeh Yeganeh
Regional Liaison positions are still available, and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Multiple Region X Liaisons (international) will be considered.

MSA President Elect, Esther Bullitt, commented on the recent activities of the StC:
"Congratulations to the MSA Student Council on their continued successes! These enthusiastic scientists are increasing student participation in the Microscopy Society, and providing new programming to educate and engage our members. We greatly appreciate that the Student Council again organized, identified sponsors, and hosted their highly successful pre-meeting congress PMCx60. We welcome their initiative and celebrate their successes, which include an expanded role in the society by hosting webinars on 'How to publish', 'PhD career paths', and 'How to prepare for, and attend, the Microscopy & Microanalysis meeting'. I look forward to working with their new leadership for another great year."


StC Webinar Series coming soon!

Last year, the StC hosted three successful webinars that provided students with information about PhD pathways, scientific communication, and preparing for M&M. This year we will continue hosting informative and educational webinars, with the topics listed below. All MSA members and non-members are welcome to join! The topic of the first webinar of the year is "Benefits of MSA" and will be held early next month. Be on the lookout for email updates, and spread the word to any and all microscopists.

Webinar Topics
Benefits to MSA: making the most of your membership
Communicating Science: writing and presenting at every level
Applications Scientist:
Core Facilities: what is available and how to apply
Basic Microscopy Techniques
Preparing for M&M  

Undergraduate Research Scholarship Opportunity

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 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.

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 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 http://www.microscopy.org/communities/programs.cfm. 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.


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.
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