Dear MSA Colleagues,
This year we mark 75 years as a Society, established in 1942 as the Electron Microscopy Society of America (EMSA), and since our 50th anniversary the Microscopy Society of America (MSA). An embellished logo marking our 75th anniversary, which many of you will have already seen in the promotional materials for Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) 2017, now appears on all Society communications portals. During the coming year, I intend to write a monthly letter to the membership to apprise you of initiatives that the Society leadership has undertaken to mark this anniversary year, and to highlight the activities of MSA’s communities to further its mission.
First, let me say that I am humbled to serve as your President, particularly during this notable year of the Society. My volunteer work within the Microscopy Society of America has played a central role in my professional development over many years, and having the opportunity to lead the Society this year is a great honor. In the platform statement that I drafted as a candidate, I indicated that my focus would be on developing a new generation of leaders for the Society in anticipation of its centennial anniversary. I will highlight these efforts and our new student leaders in next month’s letter – stay tuned!
The turn of the year is a time of transition for the leadership of the Society. I wish to thank Mike Marko, who has served the Society capably as President for the past year, and who has earned the deserved rest that is transitioning to Past President during the coming year. I will value his counsel during my year as President. I also wish to thank those who have provided leadership to the Society for the past three years, and who have now rotated off council: John Mansfield, Past President; Teresa Ruiz, Director, Biological Sciences; and Paul Kotula, Director, Physical Sciences. I will miss John’s acerbic wit during our weekly teleconferences of the Executive Committee, but look forward to seeing him regularly in his new role as Editor-in-Chief of the Society’s journal, Microscopy and Microanalysis (MaM), which he formally took over from Bob Price on January 1.
I wish to thank all who agreed to run for our elected offices, and wish to congratulate those who are now beginning a three-year term on MSA Council: Bob Price, President-Elect; Deb Kelly, Director, Biological Sciences; and Beth Dickey, Director, Physical Sciences. Bob in particular brings a wealth of experience to the Council and the Executive Committee, not only as outgoing MaM Editor-in-Chief but as the only two-time M&M Program Chair and, indeed, leadership roles in many other areas central to the Society’s mission. I also wish to thank Peter Crozier, who agreed to serve a second three-year term as Treasurer.
One major initiative of the past few months that I will mention is the development of a joint member renewal portal with MSA’s sister society, the Microanalysis Society (MAS), and an expansion of the demographic profile. This was a major project that occupied Association Management and the Executive Committee for several months – arguably we bit off more than we could chew – but in addition to giving members of both societies the convenience of one-stop-shopping for dues renewal, it has provided the added dividend of familiarizing the leadership with the intricacies of our stakeholder database, which is a major (and, I believe, underutilized) asset of the Society. We will be considering further strategic use of the database in future. In the meantime, we welcome feedback – good and bad! – on your experience with the new joint member renewal site. If you have not yet taken the time to do so, please go in and update the information in your profile.
Best wishes for the New Year.
Ian M. Anderson
President, Microscopy Society of America
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