2019 MAS Election Results

The MAS is excited to announce the results of its 2019 election results.  By vote of the members of the MAS, Chad Parish has been overwhelmingly re-elected as Secretary.  Our new directors for the three year term are Michelle Thompson of Purdue University and William (Will) Bowman of the University of California, Irvine. The new directors will replace Roseann Csencsits and Emma Bullock who are rotating off council after their three year stint.   Emma Bullock will continue her service to the society by taking over from Mike Nagorka as the Chair of the Membership Committee.

In addition, all of the changes to the By-Laws passed.  In general, they reflect changes in how the society is managed, replacing the corporate seal with corporate letterhead and defining eligibility for becoming a Fellow of the Society. The details are below.

Thank you to everyone who voted and to the individuals on council and the committees who through their service help to make the MAS a vibrant “member run” society.


Changes to the MAS By-Laws (changes are in bold-italics)

ARTICLE I

Offices

The Principal office of the Society shall be located with the Treasurer for the Society.  The Society may also have an office or officers at such other places as the Executive Council may from time to time designate.

ARTICLE II

Corporate Letterhead  

The Corporate Letterhead used for business documents shall include the name of the Society, the year of its incorporation, the words “incorporated in New York“, AND THE SOCIETY FEDERAL EIN (TAX ID).

ARTICLE III, Section 1. ELIGIBILITY:

  1. Fellows: Fellows of the Society shall be nominated from the Regular and Emeritus Membership by a selection committee designated by the Executive Council, and ratified at a regular Council meeting by two thirds of the members present and voting. Fellows are required to maintain membership in the Society according to one of the categories above, and retain the privileges and responsibilities according that category. The number of newly designated Fellows in any one calendar year shall not exceed 0.5% of the total membership.

ARTICLE VI, Section 6

 Indemnification:  All Officers and Directors as defined in Article V, Appointed Officers as defined in Article VI, Chairmen of duly appointed Committees under Article VII or employees of the Society shall be indemnified by the Society against all expenses and liabilities, including counsel fees, reasonably incurred or imposed upon him or her in connection with any proceeding to which he or she may be made a part, or in which he or she may be involved, by reason of his or her being or having been a member of the Executive Council, officer or employee of the Society, or any settlement thereof, whether or not he or she is a member of the Executive Council, or employee at the time such expenses are incurred, if such individual acted in good faith, for a purpose they reasonably believed to be in the best interests of the corporation and had no reasonable cause to believe their conduct was unlawful.  The foregoing right of indemnification shall be in addition to and not exclusive of all others to which such member of the Executive Council, officer, or employee may be entitled.

Announcing the Fall 2019 Goldstein Scholarship Winners

The Microanalysis Society, Springer and the Meteoritical Society are pleased to announce the winners of the Fall 2019 round of winners of the Joseph Goldstein Scholarship. This scholarship, intended to promote career advancement for early career members of the Microanalysis Society, increase interactions of junior and established microanalysts, and to advance the state-of-the-art in microanalysis measurements. Up to $1000 is provided for attending a microscopy or microanalysis training course or to travel to another facility for measurements that enhance the Scholar’s skills or the state of microanalysis.

  • Zachary Hasenbush from the University of Alabama
  • Kenta Ohtaki from the University of Hawaii
  • Olusegun Olisa from the University of Nigeria

GSA Announces Partnership with Zeiss for Scholarship in Microscopy Research

Boulder, Colo., USA: The Geological Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce a new research grant for 2020 in partnership with The ZEISS Group, a leading international technology company in the fields of optics and optoelectronics.

Together, GSA and ZEISS are offering GSA members an opportunity to apply for a new research grant of up to US$10,000, to be used for innovative microscopy in geoscience projects. ZEISS will also provide access to technology and expertise with the instrumentation.

Members of GSA who are master’s or Ph.D. students, post-doctoral researchers, or early career researchers (most recent degree completed within the last five years), at an institution in North America or Central America, are eligible to apply.

Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and members of other groups underrepresented in the geosciences are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

Applications are being taken online now through 3 February 2020, and the winner will be notified in April. Learn more and apply.

Microscopy image from Zeiss.

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The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with members from academia, government, and industry in more than 100 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.

 

Remembering Tom Huber, former MAS president

Tom HuberThomas G. Huber, the former MAS president, the MAS Fellow, the first CEO of JEOL USA and our friend passed away on Thanksgiving weekend after enjoying Thanksgiving with all his family. Tom was instrumental in creating an applications and service support network as well as field sales staff as part of forming JEOL, which becomes what is today JEOL USA, Inc. Tom also founded the JEOL Institute with the explicit task of hiring skilled applications staff in both TEM and SEM to properly and completely train the customers on not only what button to push or knob to twist but about the fundamental science behind the techniques.

Tom’s citation for the MAS Fellow is as following:

For outstanding leadership and sustained contributions to the development of commercial electron microscopes, development of MAS sustaining membership and financial support of the society.

Tom has been a strong bridge not only to connect academia and manufacturers but also to connect users and developers. We truly miss Tom.

Visitation will be held at the Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home (142 Elm Street, Marblehead, MA) on Friday, December 20, 2019 between 4:00 to 7:00.

Nominations for MAS Fellow Due December 1

Dear MAS Members,

Following our successful first two years of election of the Legends Class and then the Inaugural Class of MAS Fellows, MAS is soliciting nominations for the 2020 Class of MAS Fellows to be presented at M&M 2020. This 2020 Class should represent outstanding MAS members who have made sustained contributions to the field and the Society. Our long-term intent is that less than 10% of MAS membership will be designated “Fellow” at any given time. With the Legends Class and the Inaugural Class, we achieved this goal with the first two years of the program. Hereafter, we expect to elect about 0.5% of the membership each year (two to three).

Please consider any nominations you wish to make and submit a 2020 Fellow nomination package. The deadline for 2020 nominations is December 1, 2019. You may find directions for the nomination at https://the-mas.org/awards/mas-fellows/.

Thank you in advance on behalf of the Fellows Committee of MAS.

Tom Kelly

Chair, MAS Fellows Committee