Technologists' ForumThe mission of the Technologists' Forum is to promote those aspects of microscopy of interest to technologists. The Tech Forum is an MSA Committee with representation on Council by a liaison. Activities and benefits of the Tech Forum are available to all MSA members who wish to join. There is no extra fee to be a member of the Tech Forum. Their booth is part of the MSA Megabooth at the annual M&M meeting.
The Tech Forum is headed by a governing Board consisting of a Chair, vice-chair (selected by the Chair, approved by the Board, succeeds the Chair), and a past-chair; a secretary and booth chair(s) as appointed by the Chair with Board approval; plus optional special program advisors as chosen by the Chair with Board approval. Each term in office, except for special program advisors, is three years.
Some of the activities currently undertaken by the group include:
- The Annual Meeting scientific program includes a Technologists' Forum portion that typically consists of a Symposium, Special Topic, and Roundtable Discussion, with the Proceedings of these sessions published annually.
- The Professional Technical Staff Awards (PTSA). These awards were created by the Tech Forum to stimulate attendance at the annual Microscopy & Microanalysis conference for professional technical staff who ordinarily might not participate in a national meeting, and to encourage supervisors to support their staff in professional activities. Up to four awards are given annually, based on the quality of a first-authored paper submitted for presentation at the M&M conference. The awards consist of free full registration for the meeting, a copy of the Proceedings and the Sunday Opening Reception event. MSA will reimburse awardees up to $600 for travel, lodging and other expenses. Applicants must be regular paid-up members of MSA at the time of application. Abstracts will be judged by the MSA Technologists' Forum. Successful applicants must present their papers personally at the M&M conference of that year in order to receive the award. They are expected to attend and participate in the entire meeting. Former winners will not be eligible for another award. Application shall consist of: 1) a supporting letter from the applicant's employer, manager or supervisor, attesting to the applicant's status as a full-time professional support staff member; 2) a scientific paper for presentation, submitted according to the detailed instructions described in the annual Call for Papers; and 3) a copy of the paper to sent by the abstract deadline published in the Call for Papers.
- A Facilities Directory, currently being revised.
More information on the Technologists' Forum may be obtained by calling 1-800-538-3672 or by sending an email to Association Management.
Dr. John P. Chandler
Colorado School Of Mines
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
1500 Illinois St
Golden, CO 80401