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Women In Microscopy Conference

March 8, 2021

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CST)

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The Microscopy Society of America Student Council and Northwestern University’s NUANCE center, are excited to be co-hosting a FREE half-day conference to highlight women in microscopy in honor of International Women's Day!

Please join us for research talks and panels, featuring a keynote from Dr. Ilke Arslan, Director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials and the Nanoscience and Technology division at Argonne National Laboratory.

Talks will highlight a diverse range of topics including cryo-EM, magnetism, and quantum imaging. Our career panels will be comprised of vendors, lab managers, and researchers from both academic and federal labs who can provide insight on working in microscopy.  

All are welcome and encouraged to attend! We hope you can join us for our celebration of women in microscopy!    


Conference Agenda

Welcome Address

1:00 - 1:05 PM

Prof. Deb KellyDirector of the Center for Structural Oncology; Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics; Professor of Biomedical Engineering; President-Elect of MSA

1:05 - 1:10 PM

Prof. Vinayak Dravid, Founding Director, NUANCE Center/SHyNE Resource


Keynote Speaker

1:10 - 1:55 PM

Dr. Ilke ArslanDirector of the Center for Nanoscale Materials and the Nanoscience and Technology division at Argonne National Laboratory. 

1:55 - 2:05 PM


Research Presentations

2:05 PM

Presentations (Track 1)

Presentations (Track 2)

2:05 - 2:35 PM

Dr. Kayla Nguyen: (UIUC) New Direct Electron Imaging Techniques for Quantum Materials

Dr. Sheri Singerling: (U.S.NRL) Using Microscopy to Study Stars: FIB-TEM Analyses of Presolar Grains

2:35 - 3:05 PM

Dr. Elisabeth Bianco: (Cornell) Atomic-resolution Imaging of Low-Temperature Structural Transformations via Continuously Variable Temperature Cryo-STEM

Dr. Xin Wang: (UC Irvine) Multiscale Understanding of the Microstructure-Mechanical Property Relationships in Mg and Mg alloys.

3:05 - 3:35 PM

Dr. Kun He: (Northwestern)
Study Materials Behaviors in Liquid and Gas Environment by In-Situ TEM

Dr. Juleen Dickson: (UW Madison) Cryo-Electron Tomography of the Microtubules in the Platelet Marginal Band

3:35 - 3:45 PM



Panel Discussions

3:45 - 4:20 PM

Vendor/Microscope Development

Facilities Management 

Research: Academia/Federal Labs

Dr. Natasha Erdman: JEOL USA - Product Manager

Dr. Kathy Walsh: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Sheri Singerling: Postdoctoral Research Associate at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Dr. Ana Pakzad: Gatan
Diffraction Product Manager 

Dr. Fengyuan Shi: University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Kayla Nguyen: Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Jennifer McConnell: Protochips - Product Manager

Tirzah AbbottNorthwestern University - NUANCE Center


Dr. Erica Stevens: University of Pittsburgh

Closing Remarks

4:20 - 4:30 PM

Stephanie Ribet, Materials Science Engineering, Doctoral Student, Northwestern University

Tirzah Abbott, Northwestern University, NUANCE Center


Committee Members: Co-Chair: Tirzah Abbott NUANCE, Co-Chair: Stephanie Ribet NUANCE MSA StC, Kathryn Dean NUANCE, Elizabeth King NUANCE, Ruari McDonnell NUANCE, Aubrey Penn MSA StC, Marie Taherzadeh NUANCE, Laura Wilson MSA StC, Yingjie Yang MSE StC