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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, 2018-June 30, 2019). Membership privileges include participation in society events, two newsletters/year and access to mailing lists. For Paypal payments go to http://www.ou.edu/research/electron/oms/paypaldues.html. 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 latest OMS newsletter (Spring, 2018) is available online at this link (in PDF format). An archive of OMS newsletters is available at http://www.microscopy.ou.edu/oms-newsletters/.

Donations?

We are always looking for support for donations to OMS activities, including Ugly Bug contest, Timpano grad student travel award and speaker's fund. Corporate members who donate $200 or more enjoy complimentary membership for one year; those who donate $1000 or more for the Oklahoma Ugly Bug contest can have their logo on our posters as major donors.

2019 Spring Workshop:

The 2019 OMS Spring Workshop is being organized by President Tingting Gu on the University of Oklahoma Norman Campus (OU) in Norman, OK, on Friday, March 8, 2019, starting at 9 am. Registration is at a special site at see OMS Spring meeting registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/3WBk3lFH2sg9J35B2 at Google forms. Registration payment is located online as a separate Paypal Registrations site. If you use a membship-related site, be sure you are a current member (see link above to join!). There are two confirmed speakers so far, Dr. Liangzhong (Shawn) Xiang and Dr. Qinggong Tang. They will be presenting talks on photoacoustic microscopy and fluorescent laminar optical tomography. At poster is available at the Spring Workshop Poster site. More information about our Spring Meeting will be updated on the OMS website at http://www.ou.edu/research/electron/oms. The workshop will be preceded by Please check it back later.

On Thursday, March 7 (the night before the Workshop), OMS will hold a Kid's Night of Science Activities" at the OU Microscopy Lab with two actual SEMs! <-- (Follow the link above for an informational poster). --> Participants will be students from local schools including potentially winners from the Ugly Bug contest. This event (Kid's Night with a Microscope) has become a tradition on the evening preceding the workshop since the first time it was offered in 2008. Children will have a great opportunity to operate two actual scanning electron microscopes (a Hitachi TM-3000 and a brand new Hitachi TM-4000).

2019 Fall meeting:

The 2019 Fall Technical Meeting will again be meeting with Oklahoma Academy of Science at their 108th Annual Technical Meeting on Friday, November 8, 2019, which will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. Details about the Fall Technical meeting will be available from Oklahoma Academy of Science at the following URL: http://www.oklahomaacademyofscience.org/technical-meeting1.html. Because of the complexity of having OAS running the meeting, exhibitor tables are not possible for Fall meetings, but we would be happy to display literature for free for corporate members to help keep in touch with attending members! UCO is in the OKC metro area so we expect attendance will be high.

2018 Spring Workshop:

The 2018 Spring Workshop was organized by President Bill Meek on the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Campus (OSU-CHS) in Tulsa, OK on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Here is an outline of activities:

  • At 11:00 am-12:00 noon was a talk on "Microscopy in the Life of a Medical Examiner."
  • At 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm was the keynote MSA-sponsored speaker, Dr. Bob Price, who will present "Some Basics of Confocal Imaging: How Deep is Deep and are They Really Colocalized?" Questions asked by operators of confocal microscopes often include how deep can I image into a tissue, are the labeled structures co-localized, and can I quantify the fluorescence in the image? This presentation discussed the role of optics, selection of appropriate fluorochromes, and the proper set up of imaging parameters on a confocal microscope to correctly address these types of common questions. Bob Price received his graduate degrees from Southern Illinois University and has directed core imaging facilities at Southern Illinois University, Case Western Reserve University and The University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
  • This concluded with lunch. The Student Micrograph Competition was won by David Heck and second prize by Micheal Anderson. There is a web site with some of the competitors at URL: http://www.ou.edu/research/electron/oms/contest.shtml.

On Thursday, April 12 (the night before the Workshop), OMS held a "Kid's Night of Science Activities" at the OSU-CHS Microscopy Lab with two actual SEMs! (Follow the link above for an informational poster). Participants were students from local schools including some winners from the Ugly Bug contest. This event (KNWAM) has become a tradition on the evening preceding the workshop since the first time it was offered in 2008. Children had a great opportunity to operate two actual scanning electron microscopes (a Hitachi TM-3000 and a brand new Hitachi TM-4000). We thank the Microscopy Society of America for their continuing support of OMS.

A listserv list is now available for all of the members at: OMS-L@lists.ou.edu, to the OMS Executive Board at: OMS-EXEC@lists.ou.edu, and to all of the OMS Corporate members at: OMS-CORP@lists.ou.edu.

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