QMA-2019 – Round-up
QMA-2019, a MAS Topical Conference, was a yet another rousing success. Meeting at the University of Minnesota with one day of tutorials and three days of talks, there was something for everyone in the X-ray microanalysis community. The program is still available here (low res/high res.) Day one was filled with vendor tutorials from Cameca, JEOL, NCI Micro, Hitachi, Electron Microscopy Sciences, Mager Scientific, ThermoFisher, Oxford Instruments, Bruker, Probe Software, SPI Supplies, ibss Group, and EDAX followed by an opening reception in the magnificent Northrop Hall. Day two was dedicated to best practices in wavelength spectrometry; day three to best practices in energy dispersive spectrometry; and the final day to XRF and cathodoluminescence. The banquet on Wednesday night was enjoyed by all but particularly those who were fortunate enough to merit additional drink tickets. Cheer and goodwill reigned particularly on the 4th floor deck overlooking the campus quad.
Most important of all, through the generosity of the NSF, MAS, our corporate sponsors and the IUMAS we were able to offer financial support to 35 Early Career Scholars. This program encourages students, post-docs and early career professionals to attend MAS Topical Conferences and other events. Along with the Goldstein Scholar Program, this program demonstrates the MAS’ commitment to building the next generation of microanalysts.
Thanks to University of Minnesota and Anette von der Handt for hosting the event, to Heather Lowers and the full organizing committee for building the strong program and taking care of every detail. ‘Til we meet again in Portland at M&M 2019…