December  2017

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2018 MSA Leadership Election
Many thanks to everyone who already voted in the 2018 MSA Leadership Election. One of the most important events for the Microscopy Society of America is the annual election of its leadership, so please make sure to vote by December 15, 2017.

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 any area of microscopy are suitable for the program. The deadline to apply is December 31. Please visit the MSA website for further details.

M&M 2018 Paper Submission Portal is NOW OPEN!
Submit your paper through the portal on the M&M 2018 website: Deadline is February 15, 2018.

Renew Your Membership for 2018
Have you renewed your membership for 2018 yet? If not, you can pay your dues through the online members portal.
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DIY: Scientists release a how-to for building a smartphone microscope
Credit: University of Houston
Add one more thing to the list of tasks your smartphone can perform. University of Houston researchers have released an open-source dataset offering instructions to people interested in building their own smartphone microscope. Read more here.

Designing new metal alloys using engineered nanostructures
Materials science is a field that Jason Trelewicz has been interested in since he was a young child, when his father-an engineer-would bring him to work. In the materials lab at his father's workplace, Trelewicz would use optical microscopes to zoom in on material surfaces, intrigued by all the distinct features he would see as light interacted with different samples. Read more  here.         
Scientists visualize structure of key DNA repair component with near-atomic resolution
Cells continuously replicate to repair and replace damaged tissue, and each division requires duplicating DNA. As the DNA duplicates, errors inevitably occur, resulting in damage that, if left unrepaired, can lead to cellular death.   Read more  here.               
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Student Council Grows Leadership Team

MSA Student Council is continuing to grow its leadership team and pleased to announce the appointments of Communication Chair, Regional Liaison Chair, and eight Regional Liaisons.

Shardai Johnson, Communication Chair, will oversee the Student Council social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and help coordinate outbound communications. She is a graduate student at Tuskegee University in the Material Science and Engineering program and her current research is centered on the morphological effects of low temperature plasma on hydrothermal carbonization of catalyzed waste coffee. She is looking forward to bridging students across different disciplines with the Microscopy Society of America.

Erica Stevens, Regional Liaison Chair, will oversee the Student Council membership campaign and coordinate efforts for the Regional Liaisons. She is a third-year Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh working under Dr. Markus Chmielus. Her primary research focuses on additive manufacturing of functional materials, particularly magnetocaloric materials.

The Regional Liaisons will focus on promoting MSA Student Council, develop relationships with undergraduate and graduate students and Local Affiliated Societies in their region, and encourage involvement in MSA Student Council activities at Microscopy and Microanalysis.

Region I (AK, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY)
Currently available - Email

Region II (ND, SD, NE, WI, IA, MN, IL)
Frank Barrows, Applied Physics Ph.D. student, Northwestern University & Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Region III (MI, OH, IN, WV)
Tim Pegg, Botany Ph.D. student, Miami University

Region IV (PA, NJ, DE, MD)
Jason Sardey, Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. student, Temple University

Region V (NY, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME)
Currently available - Email

Region VI (HI, CA, NV, UT, AZ, CO, NM)
Kartik Venkatraman, Materials Science & Engineering Ph.D. student, Arizona State University

Region VII (KS, OK, TX, MO, AR, LA)
Samantha Brady, Biochemistry Ph.D. student, University of Missouri-Columbia

Region VIII (KY, TN, VA, NC, SC)
Jackson Spurling, Materials Science & Engineering undergraduate student, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Region IX (MS, AL, GA, FL)
Kemaro Muir, Mechanical Engineering masters student, Tuskegee University

Region X (Canada/International)
Nhu Trieu, Biological Sciences masters student, University of New Brunswick
The MSA Student Council (StC) is organizing the 2nd annual Pre-meeting Congress for Students, Postdocs and Early-career Professionals in Microscopy & Microanalysis (PMCx60), to be held on the Saturday preceding M&M 2018 in Baltimore, MD.

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 2018 PMCx60 in Baltimore, MD. 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, and check out our final program from 2017 at .
Local Affiliated Societies
Local Affiliated Societies News
by Bev Maleeff, LAS Director

MSA's Local Affiliated Societies provide regional networking and outreach opportunities for the microscopy community. The list of LAS can be found on the LAS community page at

LAS Meetings

Upcoming LAS meetings, as gathered from LAS websites:
February 22-24, 2018
Texas Society for Microscopy (TSM)
March 27, 2018
Northern California Society for Microscopy (NCSM)
May 16-18, 2018
Southeastern Microscopy Society (SEMS)

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. Please remember to check with the LAS Director before inviting a Tour Speaker to attend your meeting.

Details can be found at

LAS Leaders
Make sure that we have the correct contact information for your LAS, including the current President, URL and Facebook address if applicable. 

Au revoir!
This is my last LAS News Update, as my term as LAS Director is over at the end of 2017. Heartfelt thanks to my fellow Council members, Association Management, and to all the Local Affiliates for making these past 3 years challenging and fun. I've learned a lot, and enjoyed meeting so many of you over the past 3 years.

I'll still be around, working on the LAS website project, so stay tuned. I hope to see you in Baltimore next August.

Please welcome Patty Jansma to her new role as LAS Director in 2018! Reach out to her ( with your LAS requests.

Happy holidays!

Focused Interest Group 
Focused Interest Group Update
Andrew Vogt, FIG Director

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. If you are interested in joining one or more of them, please complete the membership form. You can also join a FIG when renewing your MSA membership; students may join one FIG at no cost.

JobMSA Job Placement Services

Questions? contact: Dave Tomlin (Placement Office Chair) or Bob Dziuban (Association Management)

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