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AReS and Tour Speakers Winter 2017

While there is a lull in the AReS activity for winter, things were certainly busy in fall and will be busy again starting in March. The fall AReS/LAS meeting ranged from dinner meetings with one or two technical presentations to multi-day symposiums with tutorials and student poster competitions.  A summary of the various fall AReS meetings are presented below. The topics ranged from materials science to neural imaging, and even an ugly bug contest.

The Appalachian Regional Microscopy Society (AReMS) Fall meeting was a 2 day event including a one day of hands on tutorials, technical presentations, a student poster session, and a meeting banquet. The meeting took place at the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The tutorials were on the Leica Confocal SP8 Platform, “Nanoindentation and Nanomechanics in the Focused Ion Beam and Leica Cryo-CLEM”. The featured speakers were Sara Miller from Duke University, Larry Taylor from UT Knoxville’s Department of Petrology and Geo chemistry, and Chad Parrish from Oak Ridge National Lab.

The Capital District Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (CDMMS) had a joint meeting with ASM of Eastern NY at the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute. The meeting consisted of a poster session, dinner, and a technical presentation on “Understanding EBSD: How Can I Use EBSD to Solve My Problem” by Shawn Wallace of EDAX. There was also a student poster and micrograph contest with cash prizes.

The Chesapeake Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (CSM) hosted a fall meeting at George Washington University’s Nanofab and Imaging Center. Christine Brantner gave a tour of the facility which was followed by dinner and a technical presentation by Davi Bock of HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus on imaging neuronal circuits. 

The Michigan Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (MMMS) held their Fall Meeting in November. The meeting consisted of technical presentations and a student poster session. Paul Kotula was an MAS Tour Speaker at the meeting. Paul’s talk was on “Data Analysis in Materials Characterization.” Jeanette Killius was also a featured speaker; she spoke on the “Limits and Advantage of Light and Electron Microscopy When Studying Neural Circuits.” The winner of the student poster session in the Biology Division was Maria Donovan for OU, and Tommaso Constanzo from CMU won the Materials Sciences Division poster competition.

The Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (M3S) held their Fall Meeting in November at the Baxter Healthcare Corporate Headquarters. The technical presentations were focused on biological imaging techniques including “Optical Coherence Tomography for Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials,” an Overview of Cryo-Electron Microscopy of biological and soft matter samples, electron microscopes in pathology diagnosis, “Multi-scale microscopy,” and “Chemical identification at the nanoscale: basics and applications of surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS).”

The Southern California Society for Microscopy and Microanalysis held their Fall Meeting on November at the City of Hope, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Duarte, CA. There were 2 technical presentations on electron tomography: “Opening Windows into the Cell: Cryo-electron Tomography of Intact Cells for Structural Cell Biology” given by Elizabeth Villa and “Atomic Electron Tomography: 3D Structures without Crystals” given by John Miao.

The Minnesota Microscopy Society (MMS) hosted a fall dinner meeting on Oct 3 with a talk on “The Use of Microscopes in a Variety of Forensic Disciplines Employed by the Oregon State Police.” Descriptions of the microscopic techniques as well as case studies were presented.

The microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio, INC (MSNO) hosted a fall dinner meeting at ASM Headquarters in Materials Park, Ohio. The meeting began with a vendor exhibition and a tour of the ASM Headquarters. There were two technical presentations and student awards. 

The New England Society for Microscopy hosted a symposium at the Whitehead Institute in November. There were four technical presentations, dinner, and a round of lightning talks at the Fall Symposium and Business Meeting. The technical presentations were “3-Dimensional Characterization of Resin Embedded Biological Samples Using SBF-SEM and MED-SEM," "From CCD to DDD: A Story About TEM Recording Media," "Flexible Fiber Probes for Multimodal Interaction with Neural Circuits," and "Exploring Photon-Less Optical Microscopy".

The 2016 Fall Technical Meeting of the Oklahoma Microscopy Society (OMS) was held in conjunction with the 105th Annual Technical Meeting of the Oklahoma Academy of Science in November at the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. The keynote speaker was Dr. Daniela Nicastro, who is a leading expert in cellular cryo-electron tomography, studying the three-dimensional structure and function of cytoskeletal assemblies, molecular motors, organelles, and cells using a combination of cutting-edge methods to elucidate the structure-function relationships of macromolecular complexes in their native organization. OMS also hosted a number of contributed talks, competition for the 2016 Timpano Award for the best student presentation, and voting for the 2016 Ugly Bug Contest. The winners of the Timpano Award were First Prize: Kayla Miller for "Choride and Sulfate Exchange in Short-Term, Low Temperature Brine + Jarosite Experiments" by Kayla M. Miller (OU), Andrew S. Elwood Madden (OU), Charity M. Phillips-Lander (OU), Janice L. Bishop (SETI/NASA Ames), and Megan E. Elwood Madden (OU)" and Second Prize: Michael Anderson for "Tissue Clearing with PACT, Fluorescent Immunohistochemistry and 3-Dimensional Reconstruction for the Spatial Evaluation of Protein Interactions" by Michael B. Anderson and Kenneth E. Miller, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.

It is great to see such an active AReS/LAS program. The upcoming winter and spring 2017 AReS meetings are presented below.

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