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M&M 2022 News

M&M 2022 On-Demand Sessions 

Available through November 15, 2022

For those that were not able to participate as a presenter or attendee in-person, our on-demand option is available. 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 and if you attended the in-person meeting, you have access to all content provided. You do not need to register for separate access to the platform. For those who did not attend in person, registration is available through this link. All login credentials were emailed on August 15. Recordings will be available for viewing through November 15, 2022.

Thank you again for a great return and don’t forget to save the dates for M&M 2023 in Minneapolis, MN: July 23-27.

Association News

Submissions for 2023 MSA Fellows are open through September 30!

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 the 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 September 30, 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 on these awards and the nomination process, click here.

Upcoming Deadlines:

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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


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee News

Greetings from the Microscopy Society of America’s

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee!

We are still excited about our first official Microscopy and Microanalysis DEI Social that was held in the Portland Convention Center! We enjoyed over 200 guests that indulged in our very own hand selected “Around the World” Food menu, built and fostered connections across industry and other institutions, and got everyone excited for what MSA DEI has in store for several more upcoming occasions.

To see the DEI committee grow from a simple conversation, to meeting in the corner of an empty conference room, to starting Lens on Diversity talks via virtual platforms, to seeing so many smiling faces supporting the efforts we are setting forth to make within the society and beyond was simply PRICELESS!

Please be on the lookout for our DEI resource corner in upcoming newsletters.

As a committee, we will continue promoting respect, acceptance, teamwork, sustainability, and innovation within the Society and scientific communities that we each individually represent. 

As always, continue to be the change you wish to see in the world.

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

Science News

Liquid cell transmission electron microscopy analysis of semiconductor nanocrystals

Semiconductor nanocrystals of different sizes and shapes can govern the optical and electrical properties of materials. Liquid cell transmission electron microscopy (LCTEM) is an emerging method to observe nanoscale chemical transformations and inform the precise synthesis of nanostructures with expected structural features. Researchers are investigating the reactions of semiconductor nanocrystals with the method to study the highly reactive environment produced via liquid radiolysis during the process. Read more.

Advanced microscope techniques could pave way for improved computer memories

Phase transitions — such as those between solids, liquids, and gases — occur in all kinds of different substances, and they can happen rapidly or slowly. Scientists plan to use phase transitions to be able to control the electronic, structural or magnetic properties of different materials as they undergo these changes, such as for use in new types of computer memories. Read more.

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 determine 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 at: https://forms.gle/UDkyBSN4SodzJ7kh9.

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, and Post-doc Liaison. 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 its 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 careers beyond graduate school.


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

Regional Updates

There’s so much activity nationwide this semester! We have many regional events over the next few months. Check them out!

Region II

Inter/Micro 2022 — 72nd Annual

International Microscopy Conference

When: Tuesday, Sept. 20 – Friday, Sept. 23, 2022

Where: McCrone Research Institute, Chicago, IL

Registration: Student fee is $175 for the full meeting

*Registration includes a two-day Workshop: Introduction to Hair and Fiber Microscopy

Event link


Midwest IGB Core Minflux Workshop

When: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022 9am-12pm

Where: The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB Core), University of Illinois (This workshop will also be presented via Zoom!)

Registration: Contact core-event-reservations@igb.illinois.edu

Event link


Region IV

Philadelphia Society for Microscopy/Drexel University Symposium

When: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022  8am-3:30pm

Where: Lebow College of Business, Philadelphia, PA

Registration: FREE to student poster presenters!

Event link


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 

Region VIII

Appalachian Regional Electron Microscopy Society (AReMS) Fall Meeting

When: Thursday, Oct. 6 - Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

Where: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Registration: Student fee is $35 (includes a tour of Oakridge National Lab!)

Event link


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

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

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, 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.


New LAS Director

LAS director Dr. Ru-Ching Hsia was appointed program chairperson for the M&M meeting 2023 in Minneapolis. To focus on this task she resigned from the LAS director position. The MSA council appointed Dr. Bernd Zechmann as LAS director until the end of this term. We want to thank Dr. Ru-Ching Hsia for her excellent work!


LAS Quarterly Business Meetings

The next LAS meeting will be held virtually on

December 8th, Thursday 1 -2 PM EST. 


We share ideas for event organization, fundraising, and tips on publishing newsletters and boosting membership during these meetings. 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


LAS Activities

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.


If you are interested in starting an Affiliated Society in your region or have any questions and 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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