2020 Morton D. Maser Award
University of Georgia
John Shields has been a member of MSA since 2000. He has served as: MSA Volunteer Coordinator (2004-2007), Proceedings Editor (2007-2015), Microscopy Today Editorial Board (now Columnist, 2006-present), Microscopy and Microanalysis Administrative Editor (2015-present), Archive Committee (2017-present, MSA Strategic Initiative Committee member (2017-present), and Facilities Operation and Management FIG Secretary/Treasurer (2016-2019). He is also an active member of his local affiliate society, the Southeastern Microscopy Society (SEMS), where he is currently the Proceedings editor. He has also served as President, Newsletter Editor of SEMS and has served numerous times as Local Arrangement Chair and Program Chair for SEMS’ annual meetings. John has also been active in his local community, where he volunteers at a homeless shelter and Conversation Practice volunteer for foreign students. John travels to China every other summer to work with Chinese English teachers.
John received his B.S. in Biology (1983) from California State University, Bakersfield, and his M.S. in Biology (1986) at Stephen F. Austin State University, TX under Charles Mims, where he was first introduced to electron microscopy. John received his Ph.D. in Botany (1996) from the University of Georgia (UGA) working on membrane recycling and spore development in fungal spores. He taught biology and botany for several years at Truett-McConnell College while working as a post-doc at UGA. For the last 22 years he has been the Managing Director of Georgia Electron Microscopy at the University of Georgia, Athens. He continued to teach courses in electron microscopy and advanced techniques in microscopy until just recently. He continues to train students, researchers and staff electron microscopy techniques and currently runs three-day workshops on biological EM preparation and instrumentation.