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September 2014 President's Blog

September 25 2014 by Jeanette Killius

September is a busy month.  We wrapped up the M&M 2014 meeting and sent delegates and students to the International Microscopy Conference-18 (IMC-18) in Prague, CZ, September 7-12.  We are putting the finishing touches on the program for M&M 2015 in Portland, OR, August 2-6, 2015 and asking for input for symposia for M&M 2016 in Columbus, OH, July 24-28, 2016.  In addition, nominations are now being accepted for Fellows of MSA and for the major Society award categories.

The IMC-18 conference in Prague was a very successful meeting with over 3000 participants presenting 2312 abstracts.  To the right is a photo of IFSM President C. Barry Carter opening the conference.  The Opening Ceremony included a beautiful interpretation of microscopy by two light artists.  See the article in this issue with a link to their presentation.

Our delegates to IMC-18 were Peter Crozier, Charles Lyman, Robert Price and Nestor Zaluzec.  In addition to attending the conference, they voted in the General Assembly for officers of the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM) and the site of the IMC-19 meeting.   To the left is a panoramic photo of the General Assembly in session.

The new members of the IFSM Executive Committee are John Mansfield, Pavel Hozak, Paul Midgley and Syu Matsumura.  The new General Secretary is Angus Kirkland, new Treasurer is Paul Fischione, and the new President is Kazuo Furuya.  The IMC-19 meeting will be held in Sydney, Australia in 2018.  The IFSM Executive Board also honored the following microscopists at the meeting:  John Spence of Arizona State University won the John Cowley Medal; Ondrej Krivanek of Nion received the V. Ellis Cosslett Medal; Chunlin Jia of Jülich was the recipient of the Hatsujiro Hashimoto Medal; and Alasdair Steven of NIH was awarded the Eduard Kellenberger Medal.   Congratulations to all! 

We were pleased to award seven $1000 travel scholarships to MSA students to attend the meeting.  Join me in congratulating William Bowman, Matthew Janish, Qianlang Liu, Ben Miller, Nicolas Schneider, Pinghong Xu, and Andrew Yankovich.

MSA would like to thank Peter Ingram for his 8 years of dedicated service on the IFSM Executive Committee. Among his contributions was the rewriting of the IFSM Bylaws, which has had a major impact on how the Federation works.  Thank you, Peter.

The Program Committee for M&M 2015 in Portland, Oregon has been working hard and the program is nearly complete.  The Call for Papers will be going out in November and the website for paper submission should open in December.  Currently the Program Committee for M&M 2016 in Columbus, Ohio has been requesting suggestions for symposia.  See the call for Symposium Ideas in this issue for more information.

The award of MSA Fellow is a highly coveted honor given to a senior member of MSA.  It recognizes an individual’s contributions to the science of microscopy and service to the Society.  Nominations for this award will close next week on September 30, 2014.  

Also being accepted at this time are nominations for the major MSA awards:  Distinguished Scientist (biological and physical), Burton Medal (to a scientist under 40 years of age), Outstanding Technologist (biological and physical), Morton D. Maser Distinguished Service Award (to a volunteer who has provided dedicated service to the Society), Albert Crewe Award for a post-doc in physical science, and the George Palade Award for a post-doc in biological science.  Nominations for these awards are due November 15, 2014.  For a complete description of each of these awards and criteria for nomination, read the article in this issue of MSA Updates.

Also in this issue of MSA Updates, Alice Dohnalkova, LAS Director, continues her discussion of federal and state tax exemption issues presented at the LAS Breakfast during M&M 2014.  She will poll Local Affiliate Societies to determine what their needs are on this subject. 

 I hope you have a wonderful fall and see you next time!

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