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The Oklahoma Microscopy Society is a local affiliate society of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA), the Microbeam Analysis Society (MAS) and the Oklahoma Academy of Science (OAS). The Society was founded as the Oklahoma Society for Electron Microscopy (Ok-SEM) in September 1977, becoming the 18th local affiliated society of MSA (then EMSA) and the 11th section of OAS. There are two scheduled meetings each year: (1) a technical meeting is held every fall in conjunction with the OAS and (2) a one- or two-day workshop is held every spring. Information about these meetings is located below.

An OMS membership form is available online in PDF format. A free reader for PDF files is at the Adobe web site. Membership in the Oklahoma Microscopy Society is available to anyone with an interest in microscopy. Corporate membership is $50, regular professional membership is $15 and student membership is $5 per academic year (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017). Membership privileges include participation in society events, two newsletters/year and access to mailing lists. For Paypal payments go to Advertisements are accepted from Corporate Members through the Secretary-Treasurer and Newsletter Editor (see Officers) and a free link to their WWW Corporate Home Page is provided.

The new OMS newsletter (Spring, 2016) is available online at this link (in PDF format). An archive of OMS newsletters is available at

2016 Fall meeting:

The 2016 Fall Technical Meeting was held in conjunction with the 105th Annual Technical Meeting of the Oklahoma Academy of Science on Friday November 4, 2016 at the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa at 1111 W. 17th St. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Daniela Nicastro, who is in the process of moving her lab from Brandeis University to UT Southwestern. Dr. Nicastro 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. Rules for the Timpano Award are available at the Timpano Award Rules site.

We also voted on the winners of the 20th Oklahoma Ugly Bug Contest, which provides fun activities and a microscope for winning primary (1-5th grade) schools and intermediate students (6th grade). We have not named the winners yet as voting is still continuing. For more information, see the Oklahoma Ugly Bug site.

Information about the Fall Technical meeting is also available from OAS at the following URL: Registration is available through links at this site. For your convenience, OSU-CHS provided a detailed campus map of the buildings.

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