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Regional Society (AReS) Update

Kerry Siebein, AReS and Tour Speaker Committee Chair, provides an update on the status of the MAS AReS

Microscopy & Microanalysis 2016 was a great meeting!  The AReS Meeting at M&M took on a new format this year. The MAS AReS joined the MSA LAS for a joint breakfast that was held on Tuesday morning July 26. There were 29 attendees at the breakfast from 15 affiliate societies. The main topics discussed were the benefits of incorporation of the affiliate societies, applying for tax free status and ways to increase membership especially among the early career scientists. Bev Maleef the MSA LAS committee chair reminded everyone that It is important for the AReS to incorporate the society. The members of the society will not be personally liable for the obligations of the society once incorporated. Please consider incorporating the AReS if you have not done so already. Bev also encouraged members to invite a new person to all the meetings. Introducing new scientists to the microscopy and microanalysis community will help to make and keep new members. Please let me know if you need any information on these topics.

It was a busy spring for many of the MAS AReS who have regional meetings between March and May. Highlights from a few of the meetings are presented below.

The 2016 Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society (AIMS) Annual Conference took place on March 16th at the University of Arizona in Tuscon. The conference consisted of invited talks, poster sessions with student awards, and vendor demonstrations and exhibits. AIMS hosted Tour Speakers from MAS and MSA. The MAS Tour Speaker was Nabil Bassim who presented on “Solving Materials Problems Using Electron and ion Microscopy”. C. Barry Carter spoke was the MSA Tour Speaker, he presented a talk titled “The Future of TEM & Why We Must Remember the Past”. There were also presentations on the “Development of Compact Ultrafast Fiber Lasers for Nonlinear Optical Microscopy” and “What Lies Beneath: Uncovering Biology Using the Latest Methods for Tissue Clearing, Imaging and Analysis”.

The Minnesota Microscopy Society Spring Symposium was held on April 29th in the Minnesota Science Museum. The symposium was focused on failure analysis and forensics. There were talks on Failure Analysis of Plastics, “Failure Analysis in Water Systems”, and the “Role of Microscopy in Solving Crimes”. Scott Walck present on “TEM Examination of Armor Ceramic Materials” as a MAS Tour Speaker. The symposium included vendor displays and free pass to the Science Museum exhibits.

The newly reborn Philadelphia Society for Microscopy had their first meeting on March 10 at Villanova University. They also had meetings on April 21 and May 19. They are planning a full day joint symposium on October 19 on Advances in Microscopy at Drexel University.

For those AReS who are having meetings in the fall please remember that you can request a tour speaker form MAS for the regional meeting. The MAS Tour Speaker web page has been updated to include two new Tour Speakers.  Through to 2017, MAS past president Tom Kelly and president Masashi Watanabe are available to speak at AReS meetings.  Tom has two talks: Applications of Atom Probe Tomography Across the Materials Spectrum” OR “Toward Atomic Scale Tomography.”  Masashi’s talk is on the “Theoretical Evaluation of Atomic-Resolution X-ray Analysis toward Quantification.” Lucille Gianuzzi and Vin Smentkowski were added to the MAS Tour Speaker list. Lucille’s talk is titled “Theory and Applications of FIB Specimen Preparation” and Vin’s talk is titled “Surface Microscopy and Microanalysis in an Industrial Research and Development Laboratory: General Electric Global Research Center”.  Please contact the TS chair to arrange for a visit by either one of these speakers. Abstracts for the Tour Speaker’s Talks can be found on the MAS Tour Speaker webpage. Remember that all arrangements by Affiliated Regional Societies for Tour Speakers must be made through the MAS AReS Director. If the designated Tour Speakers are not appropriate for your meeting, please contact the AReS Director to discuss alternative arrangements.

Also, to add even more flexibility, if an AReS group knows of a specific speaker they would like to hear, and that speaker is a MAS member in good standing, we will make every effort to secure that person for a specific meeting request.  Any suggestions for the Tour Speaker program are welcomed. This program belongs to the Society membership, and we want to remain flexible in our approach to the program so that the regional societies benefit from our rich and varied member-based expertise. 

A last note, the AReS web page was updated over the summer. Please check the contact information for your AReS and let me know if any changes need be made.

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