Notice Regarding COVID-19 and M&M 2020

The MSA and MAS leadership are monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely. At this time, we continue to plan for the M&M 2020 meeting in Milwaukee, August 2-6. We remain watchful and mindful of everyone’s health and well-being, but also focused on delivering a highly-anticipated and important event for the M&M community.

The M&M 2020 Early Registration deadline has been pushed back to July 1, 2020, to allow for maximum planning flexibility. Because the news surrounding and effects of the pandemic are changing daily, we encourage you to wait to register and/or make travel plans until after May 1. At that time, we hope to be able to more effectively analyze the situation as it relates to summertime events and travel.

Lehigh Microscopy School cancels 2020 session

BETHLEHEM, Pa., USA: In line with the exceptional measures taken by Lehigh University to mitigate the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19, the 2020 Lehigh Microscopy School, originally scheduled for May 31-June 5, 2020, in Bethlehem, Pa., has been canceled.

The Lehigh Microscopy School, a weeklong series of courses that keeps engineers, scientists, and technicians abreast of developments in scanning electron microscopy, was set to mark its 50th anniversary.

“Although we are disappointed to cancel this year’s programming, without question, the safety of our lecturers, participants, and staff is our top priority,” says the school’s director, Chris Kiely, a professor of materials science and engineering in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Registered participants will receive full registration refunds.

The next session of the Lehigh Microscopy School is scheduled for June 6-11, 2021. For more information and the latest updates, follow the Lehigh Microscopy School on LinkedIn.

Notice Regarding COVID-19 and EBSD 2020 Topical Conference

The organizing committee and Microanalysis Society are closely monitoring the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). As of today, we intend to proceed with the conference as planned, but we have decided to temporarily pause registration in order to minimize any potential inconvenience to attendees. The wellbeing of all attendees is our primary concern, and a final decision on whether to proceed with the conference will be made no later than April 1st, following guidance from the CDC and the University of Michigan. If the conference goes ahead, both the registration and abstract deadlines will be extended until at least May 1st. If, on the other hand, we cannot host EBSD 2020 on the planned dates, the topical conference will be postponed until May/June 2021, with refunds offered to all current registrants.

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

Election Results

President-elect – Heather Lowers

Please join me in congratulating our new and returning Executive Council members for 2019. Our incoming President Elect for January 2019-August 2020 is Heather Lowers. Elaine Schumacher will stay for a second term as Treasurer (2019-2020). The incoming directors are Donovan Leonard and Abigail Lindstrom (2019-2021). Many thanks to our two outgoing Directors, Vincent (Vin) Smentkowski and Julie Chouinard for their service to MAS over the last three years. In addition, the change to the By-Laws to clarify the annual audit requirement was approved.

Happy New Year,

Rhonda Stroud
MAS President