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Figure 3: MSA and MAS student awardees.


Pratibha L. Gai, Ronald Gronsky, Maximilian Haider, Michael Marko, David W. McComb, and Karren L. More. Te Burton Medal, for distinguished contributions by a scientist younger than 40, was awarded to Hari Shroff of the National Institutes of Health; B. Layla Mehdi of University of Liverpool was awarded the Albert Crewe Award for physical science research by a scien- tist not more than 6 years removed from postdoctoral gradua- tion; and Alex Noble of the New York Structural Biology Center received the George Palade award for life science research by an investigator not more than 6 years from postdoctoral gradua- tion. Matthew S. Joens (Washington University School of Medi- cine) received the Hildegard H. Crowley Award for Outstanding Technologist in the Biological Sciences, and Dmitri Zakharov (Brookhaven National Laboratory) was awarded the Chuck Fiori Award for Outstanding Technologist in the Physical Sciences. MAS introduced its inaugural class of 26 fellows to recog-


nize eminent scientists, engineers, and technologists in the field of microanalysis of materials for their outstanding research and service to the microanalysis community. MAS also honored David N. Seideman (Northwestern University) with the Peter Duncumb Award for Excellence in Microanalysis, and Miaofang Chi of Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the Kurt F. J. Hein- rich Award for research by an individual less than 15 years from their terminal degree. Lawrence Allard of Oak Ridge National Laboratory was awarded the MAS Presidential Science Award, and Lucille Giannuzzi (EXpressLO LLC) was honored with the Presidential Service Award. IFES recognized outstanding schol- ars with the 2019 IFES Travel Scholarship Awards to Olivia G. Licata of the University at Buffalo and Yi-Sheng (Eason) Chen of Te University of Sydney, Australia. In addition, over 50 Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Travel Awards sponsored by MSA and


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MAS were awarded (Figure 3). Best poster awards were also given out each day of the meeting. Congratulations to all awardees! Te technical program of the meeting consisted of 35 sym-


posia covering several topics in the biological, physical, and analytical sciences. One of the highlights of the meeting was a memorial symposium showcasing the work of the late Professor Ken Downing of the Berkeley Laboratory Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division, which was titled “Cryo- EM – from Physics to Cell Biology: Honoring the Remarkable Legacy of Ken Downing.” Te symposium featured talks on sin- gle-particle cryo-EM, cryo-EM tomography, and other cutting- edge microscopy methods he used for his seminal discoveries. Dr. Downing, MSA Fellow and former MSA president, was enormously influential in the field of electron microscopy and a wonderful mentor to the next generation of scientists. Figure 4 shows participants in other excellent symposia


that covered important areas of development within the fields of microscopy and microanalysis, including Data Acquisition Schemes, Working with Large Data in Both Biological and Phys- ical Sciences Imaging, Machine Learning Algorithms and Open Source Soſtware, New Frontiers in Atom Probe Tomography Developments and Applications, Current Trends and Challenges in Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy, Cutting-Edge Microscopy in the Pacific Northwest, Investigations of Energy Applications in Materials, and Advances in Cryo-EM Technology—to men- tion a few. Other presentations included Biological and Physical Sciences tutorials, dynamic roundtable discussions organized by the Technologists’ Forum, and the Microscopy STEM Outreach Microscopy Explorations program, which included hands-on activities, a workshop, and poster presentations for local middle and high school students (Figure 5).


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