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It is with sadness we announce that E. Ann Ellis, an MSA member for many years, passed away on 29 October 2016. Ann was known by all for her vast knowledge of microscopy, especially biological specimen preparation and her expertise in the chemistry and formulation of embedding resins, much of which was published in peer-reviewed journals. She was a charter member of the MSA Technologists' Forum (1982), served in several capacities on the Tech Forum board, and was an organizer/chair of a number of Tech Forum-sponsored scientific sessions as well as an Invited Speaker at the Annual Meeting and Microscopy & Microanalysis over the years. Ann was also a member and former Chair of the MSA Certification Committee, and past member of the MSA Nominating and Fellowship Committees. She was a member and officer of the Southeastern Microscopy Society (SEMS) and the Texas Microscopy Society (TMS). Ann held positions at the University of Florida, San Joaquin Delta College and Texas A&M University prior to her retirement in 2013.

More than anything, Ann was always willing to share her knowledge with others, and was a teacher and mentor to students and early-career microscopists. She was the Microscopy 101 Editor of Microscopy Today, which gave her an additional platform to share microscopy knowledge. Ann was recognized by MSA with the Professional Technical Staff Award in 2004, the Hildegard H. Crowley Outstanding Technologist Award in the Biological Sciences in 2010, and was elected as a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America in 2015. The citation on her Fellowship certificate reads, "For an outstanding career of selfless dedication to the field of microscopy in research, applications and educational outreach. Ann Ellis personifies excellence and professionalism."

Ann’s obituary can be found at E. Ann Ellis obituary and the online guestbook can be viewed here.

We extend our deepest condolences to Ann’s family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

E. Ann Ellis   1948-2016


It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of Dr Ahmed H. Zewail on the 3rd of August 2016. Dr. Ahmed Zewali was 70 and is survived by his wife, Dema Faham, and their four children. Ahmed H. Zewail was the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and a professor of physics at California Institute of Technology, and the recipient of the 1999 Chemistry Nobel Prize.

The Egyptian-born researcher was also well known beyond the halls of academic science. For years he crisscrossed the globe serving as an international science ambassador and a member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology. In that capacity, he promoted scientific and educational collaborations between the U.S. and countries in the Middle East—part of a plan to foster friendlier relations and improve U.S. standing in that region.

Zewail is pictured here on the
Caltech campus in 2011.
Credit: Mitch Jacoby/C&EN


It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of Dr Patrick Echlin on the 24th of October at the age of 83.

Patrick was well known to many involved with the Society as he channelled his enthusiasm for microscopy through handbooks, scientific articles and events. He is Past President, an elected Fellow, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and received the Distinguished Scientist Award in Biological Sciences from the Microscopy Society of America in 2001. He was made a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America in 2009.

Outside of the MSA and RMS, Patrick was a lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences and Director of the Multi-Imaging Centre, School of Biological Science at the University of Cambridge until he retired in 1999. He taught for more than thirty-five years at the Lehigh University Microscopy School and was the author and co-author of eight books on scanning electron microscopy and x-ray microanalysis. His research focused on imaging and microanalysis of biological materials at cryogenic temperatures, spanning important aspects of specimen handling, preparation, and artifacts as well as instrumentation including the scanning electron microscope and scanning transmission electron microscope equipped with energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometers.

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