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President's Blog - May 2017

June 06 2017 by Ian M. Anderson
President’s Letter
May 2017


Dear MSA Colleagues,

I am dedicating my May blog to highlighting MSA’s 75th anniversary meeting, Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) 2017. The June 26th early registration deadline is fast approaching, and rooms in two of the meeting’s bloc hotels are fully booked. We have recently contracted for additional rooms in the Magnolia Hotel adjacent to the Convention Center to increase the space available for meeting attendees. Please join us in celebrating this historic meeting for the Microscopy Society of America (MSA)!

As part of our 75th anniversary celebration, we have invited all living past presidents of MSA to join us and the majority of these have graciously agreed to attend. M&M 2017 will provide a unique opportunity for today’s members to meet and celebrate past Society leaders whose efforts have made MSA the international leader in microscopy and microanalysis that it is today.

The first M&M 2017 technical offering will be a Saturday Pre-Meeting Congress (PMC) organized by the new MSA Student Council for students, early career professionals, and the entire microscopy and microanalysis community.
  • Keynote presentations will be given by the Society’s 2017 early career major award winners: Chris Russo (Burton Medalist), Sai Veeraraghavan (Palade Award) and Pinshane Huang (Crewe Award).
  • Invited talks will be presented by M&M 2017 Student and Postdoctoral Scholars who will be honored at the meeting.
  • The PMC will also feature a career development session, contributed poster session for students and postdocs, a Friday evening reception and a Saturday evening banquet.
See the preliminary program for full details, and return for the latest details, including the PMC’s generous sponsors posted on the PMC web page. This event will allow you to see a selection of award-winning research by the Society’s newest members. Come and celebrate our early career professionals!

MSA will also be marking its 75th anniversary with displays and slide shows of historical photos from different eras in the Society’s history. Prominently featured will be the photo above, which depicts leaders in the new field of electron microscopy at the inaugural meeting in Chicago in 1942. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose for selfies with this photo as a backdrop. Show your 2017 Riff on this historic gathering of our “founding fathers!”

In addition to the usual Monday morning plenary lectures during the opening session, M&M 2017 will also feature early morning plenary anniversary lectures on the other three days of the conference. The anniversary lectures will be hosted by the three sponsoring societies and presented by pioneering figures in microscopy and microanalysis. In order for these lectures to be featured with no competing programming, they have been scheduled at an early 7:30 am (sorry!), but we will have complimentary coffee and a hand-held breakfast item for you to grab on the way in, so you won’t need to go in search of breakfast.

  • Tuesday morning features a lecture by Dale Newbury, and sponsored by the Microanalysis Society (MAS), which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary at M&M 2017.
  • Wednesday features a lecture by John Panitz, the co-inventor of the atom probe field ion microscope, and sponsored by the International Field Emission Society (IFES). We welcome IFES, which is co-sponsoring M&M for the first time in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the invention of the atom probe and hope to have many more joint meetings with the group.
  • Thursday morning will feature a lecture sponsored by MSA in the biological sciences by Bob Glaeser, past Society President and pioneer in cryo-EM. But wait, there’s more! The Society will be sponsoring a bonus lunch-time lecture in the physical sciences by Ondrej Krivanek, a pioneer in aberration-correcting electron optics.
These anniversary lectures are in addition to must-see Monday plenary lectures. Nobel Prize winner Eric Betzig is a pioneer in super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, a very hot microscopy area, and will feature dynamic imaging from molecules to organisms. LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) collaborator Keith Riles will present on the fundamental science and latest results of the LIGO group, which recently reported the third observation of gravitational waves from the collision of super-massive black holes.

Please join us at M&M 2017 to celebrate MSA’s historic 75th anniversary and the 50th anniversaries of our co-sponsoring societies, MAS and IFES. I am sure you’ll enjoy all of this special anniversary programming, in addition to the outstanding array of scientific sessions, instrumentation demonstrations and exhibits, and social events and opportunities to greet old friends and meet new ones that makes M&M the largest annual meeting in the field!

Ian M. Anderson
President, Microscopy Society of America

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