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News From the Secretary: December 21, 2011


Dear INMS Members,

I hope you had an a productive year and that 2012 will bring success to your work. Thank you for supporting the Indiana Microscopy Society with your membership. The Executive Committee is pleased with the level of regular, corporate and student participation in 2011 and expecially with the content and attendance at our 2011 spring and fall meetings.

Your membership is now due for renewal. You may use PayPal from the website membership page. If you use paypal, please send the completed form to me (see address below) so my records are up to date. Or you can mail a check made payable to INMS for $10 along with the membership renewal forml. I need this form to make sure my records are current. If you joined or paid dues after August 31, 2011 you are current for 2012, thank you!


Profiles of INMS Members

The purpose of these member profiles is to help the INMS membership learn the scientific and personal interests of various members to foster networking within our society.

Megan Sullivan

Megan is the Student Representative for the Indiana Microscopy Society. Megan is from Paoli, IN and earned her BS in Biology with minors in Animal Behavior and Psychology from Indiana University and her PhD in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience from Princeton University. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Indiana University. Megan credits her high school biology teacher, Mr. Tom Anderson, and an eight week NSF funded summer program for high school students called “Explorations of Careers in Science,” for sparking her desire for a career in science.

She uses two photon microscopy and confocal microscopy to explore population encoding and anatomical characteristics of the auditory system and cerebellar function. Check out Megan's most recent paper entitled Reliable coding emerges from coactivation of climbing fibers in microbands of cerebellar Purkinje neurons (J. Neurosci. 29, 10463-10473).

Megan has a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Rosie. Her advice for anyone seeking to improve knowledge and development is to "Observe experiments in progress to advance understanding of microscopy."

George Sandusky

George grew up in Thorn, OH and earned degrees in Zoology and Chemistry. He continued his studies at Ohio State with degrees in Pathology and DVM. George obtained a PhD in Pathology at LSU and completed his Pathology residency at LSU. George's career at Lilly spanned 27 years where he established the Lilly internal human tissue bank to be used for discovery research and led the IHC molecular path lab where immunohistochemistry was used to validate targets for drug development and to develop biomarkers for clinical trial applications. He is currently employed by Indiana University School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology and in the IU Simon Cancer Center as a Pathologist. George is also responsible for the IU Simon Cancer Center Tissue Bank and now Co-Director of the IU School of Medicine Repository, the CTSI (Clinical Translational Science Institute) SSF (Specimen Storage Facility), and INBrain (IU Psychiatric Brain Bank). See George's latest publication: Elevated expression of cancer-associated proliferating cell nuclear antigen in high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia and prostate cancer. (Urology Today, June 6, 2011).

The modes of microscopy George uses in his research are Aperio Imaging whole slide scanner, Epifluorescense, Tissue MicroArrays Image analysis and ImmunoHistoChemistry Image analysis for human clinical trials and animal model biomarker development for human clinical trials.

When his is not at work George enjoys water sports, kayaking, gardening, and history.


Microscopy Society of America

Expand your knowledge of microscopy with MSA membership! Regular membership is $60 per year and Student membership is $20 per year. Members receive: subscription to Microscopy and Microanalysis and Microscopy Today, discounts on books, journals and other educational materials, MSA awards programs, speaker opportunities, and scholarships, and peer networking through the society's focused interest groups. The Microscopy and Microanalysis 2013 conference will be right here in Indianapolis.


Scholarships for Microscopy & Microanalysis

For INMS members: if you are have a presentation or poster that is appropriate for the Microscopy and Microanalysis meeting in Phoenix, AZ, you are eligible for a $500 scholarship. See the requirements and details for applying here.

From Our Corporate Sponsors

Applied Precision to Expand TIRF Capabilities Through a New Patent License Agreement with Yale University

Applied Precision Inc., a GE Healthcare company, is proud to announce that they have licensed new patents from Yale University. These exclusive technology licenses will allow Applied Precision to integrate enhanced TIRF microscopy into its existing product suite. The technology is termed "Ring-TIRF microscopy" because it illuminates samples with TIRF as an adjustable ring of light. This represents a significant improvement over conventional TIRF as it removes interference fringes and allows fast multi-angle illumination to correct for chromatic differences and 3D illumination of the cell cortex, as well as a modality for fast photoactivation or FRAP.

"This is the first major advancement in TIRF microscopy to come about in several years," said Paul Goodwin, Director of Advanced Applications at Applied Precision.


Oxford Instruments Releases 'Silicon Drift Detectors (SDD) Explained'

Anyone with an interest in Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) will want to read this FREE technical booklet, written by Oxford Instruments' team of detector experts! Covering 28 pages, it's packed with drawings, graphs and technical information - and written in an easy to understand manner for students as well as experts. Download it here.

SDD Explained covers the principles of the SDD in detail: How the electron beam causes X-rays to be emitted from the sample, how this X-ray energy is detected by the SDD, how the raw data from an SDD is processed, how artefacts such as ballistic deficit and pulse pile-up occur - and how they are managed.


Bruker announces a the new e-Flash HR+ EBSD for the most demanding applications

Like the companion e-Flash 1000+ EBSD detector, the e-Flash HR+ offers the ability move up and down under vacuum for the optimum collection position. It is available with the ARGUS™ forescattered (FSE) / backscattered electron (BSE) imaging system for fast sample surveying. The e-Flash HR is designed for non conductive samples where only low current can be used. Its native 1600 X 1200 pixel resolution makes it ideal for measurements of fine grains. For further information please contact Mark.Kelsey.

IXRF Systems now offers EBSD!

IXRF EBSD features include the fastest acquisition system on the market today, capable of capturing over 1150 patterns per second. Indexing is based on five calibration points, allowing for the fastest possible extraction of valuable data. Lightning fast indexing software and true data stream capture acquires and stores raw, unfiltered data for immediate or later analysis of the data it was originally acquired. Acquire, index, and analyze entirely on one machine in a matter of minutes. Call IXRF to inquire about the fastest and latest EBSD solution on the market today! 281-286-6485.


Please Support the INMS Corporate Members

Applied Precision
Carl Zeiss Microscopy
Electron Microscopy Sciences
FEI Company
Gatan, Inc.
Hitachi HTA
IXRF Systems, Inc
Mager Scientific, Inc
Oxford Instruments
Ted Pella, Inc

Contact the Secretary

Mike Esterman, Secretary
Indiana Microscopy Society
7263 North Baltimore Rd
Monrovia, IN 46157