The Microanalysis Society has established charitable funds to support various outreach activities. These funds honor three colleagues for their outstanding scientific contributions to the field of microanalysis, their mentorship and their roles as active members of MAS. Please consider donating using the links below. You will be asked to specify an amount on the PayPal page. If you want to donate to more than one fund, please donate one fund at a time.
The Chodos Fund – Arthur A. Chodos (1923-2005)
- Arthur A. Chodos was one of the founding members of the Electron Probe Analysis Society of America, which eventually became today’s Microanalysis Society. He served on the Executive Council as President and Treasurer, and in several other offices over the course of twenty years. He was recognized with the MAS Service Award in 1980. During his long career at the California Institute of Technology, he established a premier microanalysis laboratory, developed electron microprobe techniques, software and correction procedures, and created the first automated microprobe system optimized for analysis of geological materials. He also made major contributions to lunar science studies, including analysis of samples from the Apollo moon missions.
- Originally established as the Potter Fund to honor a member of the Colorado/Mountain States Affiliated Regional Society and to support student meeting attendance, the fund was renamed as the Chodos Fund in 2008, to foster student activities at the national Society level. The Chodos Fund was last used in 2014 to provide travel support for IUMAS International Scholar attendance at the IUMAS-6 meeting held in conjunction with Microscopy and Microanalysis 2014 in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Fiori Fund – Charles E. (Chuck) Fiori (1938-1992)
- Charles E. ‘Chuck’ Fiori is fondly remembered for his buoyant personality, his invaluable scientific work and his dedication to MAS, which he served as Secretary and as President. In the course of his thirty-year career, he worked at Scripps Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Institutes of Health and finally at the National Institute of Standard and Technology, having previously served there in its earlier incarnation as the National Bureau of Standards. He also participated in the Lehigh Microscopy School short courses as a lecturer. His skills in all aspects of instrumentation, combined with his knowledge of physics, mathematics, computers, programming, and data acquisition and analysis were the foundation upon which he built his career as an experimentalist, data analyst, software developer, prolific author and much requested speaker. His work as one of the three developers of the Desktop Spectrum Analyzer (DTSA) program for advanced spectral interpretation of energy- and wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectra is a lasting legacy and an invaluable tool for microanalysts everywhere.
- Established in 1993, the Fiori Fund is currently used to provide travel support to MAS Tour Speakers invited to meetings of our Affiliated Regional Societies. The fund was also established to support student and technologist travel, reflecting the wide scope of Chuck Fiori’s involvement in MAS.
The Goldstein Fund – Joseph I. Goldstein (1939-2015)
- Joseph I. Goldstein began his career as a professor of materials science and engineering at Lehigh University in 1964. He became a world-renowned expert in microanalysis, with much of his work focusing on identification of materials in meteorites and lunar rocks. He left Lehigh to serve as Dean of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst from 1990 to 2004. He served as President of MAS in 1991, was a recipient of the Society’s Presidential Science Award (link) and Duncumb Award (link). In addition to a wealth of technical publications, Joe and several co-authors produced the textbook Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis, which remains an indispensable resource, updated twice since its publication in 1991. He is also noted for his contributions to instrument development, including the electron probe microanalyzer, the scanning electron microscope and the analytical electron microscope, tools that form the foundation of work in the field of microanalysis.
- Joe founded the Lehigh University Microscopy School, an annual series of short courses that, since its launch in 1970, has provided training to thousands of students from around the world. Building on this model of career advancement through ongoing education, the Goldstein Scholar Award program was established in 2016.
- More information on the Goldstein Award can be found here.
- Please consider donating to one or more of these funds. The donations are handled through PayPal where you may either donate using a credit card or through a PayPal account. You will be asked to specify an amount on the PayPal page. If you want to donate to more than one fund, please make one donation at a time.
- If you wish to donate by check:
- Please make check payable to Microanalysis Society, and indicate the fund to which you are donating. If you would like a receipt, please include a note to that effect.
- Send check to: Elaine Schumacher, MAS Treasurer, 1604 W. Canterbury Court, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-2304
- Thank you for your donation!