Microscopy & Microanalysis 2018

Yoosuf Picard, Program Chair Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University , Pittsburgh , PA 15213

T e Microscopy Society of America (MSA), the Microanalysis Society (MAS), and the Microscopical Society of Canada/Société de Microscopie du Canada (MSC/SMC) invite you to Microscopy & Microanalysis 2018 (M&M 2018), August 5–9, in Baltimore, Maryland. T e conference will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center, conveniently located two blocks from the famed Inner Harbor. T e Baltimore Inner Harbor is a wonderful, family-friendly locale with excellent restaurants, shopping, and activities, including the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and the USS Constellation , docked at the Inner Harbor for visitors to board and explore.

As always, M&M will feature the latest innovations, applications, and instrument developments from hundreds of global researchers employing microscopy and microanalysis across the biological and physical sciences. T e M&M 2018 meeting will feature two plenary lectures, close to 40 symposia covering a broad range of topics, and numerous educational opportunities for attendees in the form of courses and tutorials. T ere will also be a full schedule of pre-meeting congresses and short courses taking place prior to the meeting. T e annual microscopy exhibition will again be the largest in the world, with 120 companies from the USA and 12 other countries. For our fi rst plenary speaker, we are pleased to feature Manu Prakash, Assistant Professor of BioEngineering at Stanford University. Prof. Prakash will speak on the very real possibility of how and why “Every Child in the World Should Carry a Microscope in T eir Pocket.” Prof. Prakash is the inventor of a 50-cent functional microscope, called the Foldscope, made mostly of paper and using origami principles to realize micro-optics, self-alignment, and sub-micron image resolution. T rough his company, Foldscope

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Instruments, Prof. Prakash has distributed tens of thousands of microscopes to 135 countries. Children around the globe are sharing their micrographs, experiences, and discoveries online through the “Microcosmos” program. Prof. Prakash is a current HHMI–Gates Faculty scholar, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, one of the “Brilliant 10” featured by Popular Science in 2014, and a 2014 MIT Technology Review top 35 innovator under 35 years of age. He has presented two TED talks featuring the use of origami and paper to create cost-eff ective diagnostic tools.

Our second plenary speaker is Jon Larsen, a world-renowned jazz guitarist who is also a “citizen scientist” and the author of In Search of Stardust , the fi rst comprehensive popular science book on micromete- orites. His book provides a photo atlas presenting hundreds of microme- teorites imaged by high-resolution color light microscopy and by

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scanning electron microscopy. While tens of thousands of tons of meteorites strike the Earth’s surface each year, the vast majority are dust-sized extraterrestrial specks only a few hundred micrometers in size. Historically, these microme- teorites, or stardust, were thought to be discoverable only in pristine areas like Antarctica or isolated deserts. Larsen became the fi rst individual to demonstrate how to fi nd micrometeorites in populated areas. Larsen travels extensively to work with scientists in collecting and isolating micrometeorites, as well as analyzing the dust particles’ structure and chemistry. Larsen will share his experiences and insights in a lecture titled “Using Microscopy to Find Stardust Anywhere,” showing how your nearest rain gutter could hold an array of tiny, extraterrestrial stones! Larsen has facilitated a community-based network of researchers through a program called “Project Stardust” so that anyone can conduct independent fi eldwork and lab analysis to document their own micrometeorite discoveries. • 2018 May

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