Congratulations to the 2020 M&M Scholar Award Winners!

Each year the MAS supports students to attend the Microscopy and Microanalysis annual meeting. The M&M scholar awards are conferred for outstanding papers contributed to the Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) meeting, which are competitively judged based upon the quality of the submitted paper.

Please find here the list of this year’s students and post-doctoral scholars and consider seeking out their presentations at the upcoming M&M conference.


NIST Workshop (2020-07-13): Current Status and Future Perspective of In-Situ Electron Microscopy for Electronic and Quantum Materials

New developments in electron microscopy (EM) instrumentation now enable the observation and measurement of nanoscale processes in electronic and quantum materials for in situ/operando experiments. These experiments can provide fundamental insight into the structure, chemistry, and functionality of materials in their native or working conditions, measured at high spatial resolution and under various stimuli, such as heat, light, biasing, and liquid/gas environments.

This one-day virtual workshop organized by the Environmental Transmission Electron Microscopy (ETEM) Team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will provide a platform for sharing the state-of-the-art electron microscopy techniques that capture dynamic processes in electronic and quantum materials, and drawing attention to the emerging technologies in data acquisition and analysis. We will use the open discussion panel to identify current challenges and opportunities in the field, which could be addressed using the available tools.

This workshop recognizes the frontier research in the field of in-situ transmission electron microscopy and the future horizon focused on electronic and quantum materials, in honor of the multimodal approach for ETEM pioneered by Dr. Renu Sharma, who retired from NIST in November 2019. Renu has been a long-time advocate in the research fields of materials science and electron microscopy. Her contribution to in-situ electron microscopy is unparalleled.

The format of the workshop will include live-streaming lectures given by the invited speakers, and an open discussion panel.

There is no fee to attend this virtual workshop.

The workshop will be held on July 13, 2020. Registration closes on July 09, 2020.

Registration, the speaker schedule, and more details can be found here.

May 22, 2020 webinar: “Imaging SARS-COV-2 safely: Protecting the microscopy community”

As the SARS-COV-2 pandemic progresses, scientific focus will gradually shift from frontline testing and tracking capability to studying the fundamental cell biology of the virus and clinical progression of virus infection in human tissues. This webinar brings together expert microscopists and virologists who are studying inactivation of virus in cells and tissues for safe handling, imaging the cell biology of viruses and handling virus-infected human tissues.

The Francis Crick Institute is organizing a webinar “Imaging SARS-COV-2 safely: Protecting the microscopy community” that brings together expert pathologists, microscopists and virologists who are studying inactivation of virus in cells and tissues for safe handling, imaging the cell biology of viruses and handling virus-infected human tissues. Invited speakers will give short talks sharing their expertise, followed by a Q&A session to answer questions from the microscopy community.

When: May 22nd, 2020


Programme– please note these are London timings (+1hr CEST.-5 hrs ET). This webinar starts at 7 a.m. CT for the US.

13:00 – 13:10 Introduction and webinar etiquette
Lucy Collinson (Francis Crick Institute, London, UK)

13:10 – 13:30 Looking Covid in the eye: a perspective from an NHS   histopathologist
Dr Emyr Wyn Benbow (University of Manchester/Manchester Royal Infirmary)

13:30 – 13:50 Virus Inactivation for Imaging-how to get images of SARS-CoV-2 without endangering yourself or the community.
Dr Matthew Hannah (Public Health England)

13:50 – 14:10 Imaging viruses in high containment research labs
Professor Pippa Hawes (The Pirbright Institute)

14:10 – 14:30 Understanding coronavirus replication organelles
Dr Helena Maier (The Pirbright Institute)

14:30 – 14:50 The virologist’s toolbox. An overview of methods to manipulate RNA viruses and cells for imaging.
Dr Rachel Ulferts (Francis Crick Institute)

14:50 – 16:00 Panel Discussion/ Q&A- All

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.

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