Challenges in preparing samples for food sciences” presented to CMMS members and guests on July 14, 2020 by John Shields (Director of Georgia Electron Microscopy at the University of Georgia). Please excuse the missing introduction at the beginning of the recording.

CMMS Speaker Series, part-1 with Nestor Zaluzec

Hyperspectral Imaging of Soft and Hard Matter in the Analytical Electron Microscope: Current and Future Prospects” presented to CMMS members and guests on July 09, 2020 by Nestor J. Zaluzec Ph.D. (Senior Scientist & Principal Investigator at Argonne National Laboratory).

CMMS: Summer Speaker Series

Hello CMMS,

On behalf of the Chesapeake Microscopy & MicroanalysisSociety (CMMS), we’re pleased to present a Summer Speaker Series, featuring three engaging microscopy talks in July by guest speakers Nestor J. Zaluzec, John Shields and Bernd Zechmann.  

You’re invited to join us on Zoom next week for our first virtual talk on July 9th at 3pm.

1. Speaker: Nestor J. Zaluzec Ph.D. –  Senior Scientist & Principal Investigator at Argonne National Laboratory
Topic: “HyperspectralImaging of Soft and Hard Matter in the Analytical Electron  Microscope: Current and Future Prospects”
Date: July 9 at 3pm

2. Speaker: John Shields Ph.D. –  Director of George Electron Microscopy at the University of Georgia
Topic: “Challenges in preparing samples for food sciences”
Date: July 14 at 3pm 

3. Speaker: Bernd Zechmann Ph.D. –  Director of the Center for Microscopy and Imaging at Baylor University, President of the Texas Society for Microscopy
Topic: “Preparation of plant samples for TEM and SEM investigations – why small labs struggle to keep up with technological advances.”
Date: July 23 at 3pm

Please register at

There will be a brief question & answer session after each talk. Attendees are encouraged to use their webcams and microphones to encourage discussion. Hope to see you there!

– Joe Mowery
CMMS President-Elect
Biologist, Electron & Confocal Microscopy Unit, USDA ARS 

CMMS Newsletter – April 2020

Check out the latest edition of the CMMS Newsletter, in this issue we bring you a series of interesting interviews, announcements and activities from the local Chesapeake region.

  • Presidents Column by Dr Robert Pope
  • CMMS Board Member Update
  • Focus on a Local Microscopist: Interview with Dr Kunio Nagashima
  • Announcment of the 2020 MSA Hildegrade H.Crowley Award Winner: Joe Mowery
  • New Microscopy Related Job Postings
  • Spotlight on a Microscopy Company: Interview with Stacie Kirsch, owner of Electron Microscopy Science
  • 10 Online Courses on Microscopy and Image Analysis
  • Quarter Microscopy Puzzle: Spot 10 differences in the Carnegie Electron Probe Lab
  • Behind the scenes video with CMMS Board Member Emma Bullock at the Carnegie Institution
  • My EMS Academy Biological TEM Workshop Training Experience: Interview with Mary Beth Friss

CMMS Fall Social Outing 2019

Meteorites: From Microscopes to Telescopes!

On Friday, 18 October 2019, CMMS had our Fall Social event at the Maryland Space Grant Consortium (MDSGC) at Johns Hopkins University. The evening began with delicious pizza from Joe Squared, and was followed up by CMMS Treasurer Emma Bullock giving a talk about meteorites – what they are, how we recognize them, some of the methods we can use to study them (focusing on optical and scanning electron microscopes – this is a Microscopy event after all!), and what they can tell us about our solar system.

CMMS Treasurer Emma Bullock brought along some real meteorites to the Fall Social. Here she is demonstrating an imaginary meteorite crashing through the atmosphere.

Following the talk, a series of hands‐on demonstrations gave everyone a chance to be a scientist for the night. Liz Carter demonstrated a Hitachi tabletop scanning electron microscope (generously provided by CMMS sponsor Angstrom Scientific) that was used to look at everything from butterflies to seeds, while CMMS President Ru‐ching brought along a USB microscope that allowed everyone to get up close to some fantastic insects. Emma had brought some real meteorites that people could hold – including a piece of an asteroid core (a rock made of metal!), a piece of the solar system that is 4.567 billion years old (older than planet earth!) and a meteorite that is a mix of metal and rocky material (one of the most beautiful types of rock). Our hosts at MDSGC also laid on demonstrations, including a mirascope (which uses mirrors to make it look as though an object in a box is floating above the box), and a series of “discharge tubes” containing different gases – when a current is passed through the gas, different spectral lines can be viewed through a diffraction grating. Different gases have different emission spectra –astronomers use this technique to look at distant stars and determine the elements of which they are made.

Close‐up of one of the meteorites. This is a piece of an iron meteorite that fell in the Sikhote‐Alin mountains in Russia in 1947. It is a piece of an asteroid core, and was chosen “the most fun meteorite to hold” by attendees of the CMMS Fall Social, owing to its smooth surface.

One of the highlights of the evening was the opportunity to use the MDSGC telescope to observe other planets. We were incredibly lucky to have a beautiful clear night, and so were able to see Jupiter (plus three of its moons) and Saturn (and its large moon Titan).

Attendees got the chance to use the Maryland Space Grant Observatory 20” telescope to look at Saturn and its large moon Titan.
This image of a butterfly antenna was one of many awesome images taken by our attendees at the CMMS Fall Social. The instrument used was a Hitachi tabletop SEM, kindly supplied by Angstrom Scientific and operated by Liz Carter. For more information about Angstrom Scientific and their products, check out their website at
Passing a current through a tube filled with gas, then looking through a polarizing lens at the spectrum of the emitted light, can tell you about the composition of the gas. It is a technique used by astronomers to look at the composition of distant stars.

The event had a fantastic turnout – over 50 people came out to celebrate microscopes and telescopes with us, including about 15 children, many of whom are now keen to become astronauts and engineers. We hope you can join us for our next event.

– Emma Bullock, CMMS Treasurer