Microscopical Society of Southern California
2020 Meeting Program

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Weds January 15, 2020 at 7pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville.Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

This program presented by Alex Vila from the Olympus Corporation will introduce you to some of the newest technology in microscope imaging, providing a glimpse into the future of data gathering. 

The future of slide-Scanning

Talk introducing the new Olympus VS200 Research slid Scanner.  Slide viewer digital camera system.  Life science solutions. 

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Weds, February 19, 2020 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville.Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

ThomasWestonThis month we are pleased to have as our guest speaker, Thomas Weston, University of California Los Angeles. an award-winning electron microscopist.  Thomas will be sharing some of his beautiful images as well as guidance on acquiring microscopic images for publication.  Bring a friend. 

Abstract:
Thomas Weston is a research associate in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Young at the University of California Los Angeles. He has obtained undergraduate and master’s degrees at San Diego State University where he studied the interaction of Streptococcus agalactiae with the blood-brain barrier. During this time, he also worked closely with Dr. Steven Barlow (the now retired director of the electron microscopy core facility) as a teaching and research assistant. In his current position at UCLA, Thomas assists in a wide range of biological projects that require electron microscopy imaging. These include projects ranging in topics from lipid metabolism to neurological disease. Last summer, Thomas received a third-place award in the Microscopy Today Image Competition for his false-colored TEM depicting a dying aortic smooth muscle cell. For this presentation, Thomas will share his thoughts on taking high-quality images for publication, he will have a quick guidance section on an easy method to false-color electron micrographs, and will show some of his own work.

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Weds March 18, 2020 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. TENTATIVELY RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 15

This month, we will have the privilege of learning about the Spitzer Space Telescope.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. Tim Thompson - JPL Science Division, Retired.  He will talk about the telescope and its instruments, and present representative examples of the enormous science output from the Spitzer mission. 

Click for more info on Dr. Thompson.

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Weds April 15, 2020 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

This month, we will have the privilege of learning about the Spitzer Space Telescope.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. Tim Thompson - JPL Science Division, Retired, and past President of Los Angeles Astronomical Society.  He will talk about the telescope and its instruments, and present representative examples of the enormous science output from the Spitzer mission. 

Click for more info on Dr. Thompson.

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Weds May 20, 2020 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

amoebaThe Pond Life program is undoubtedly one of our best attended and most exciting hands-on meetings! This is the event that you bring in your microscope (if you have one) and a samples of pond water obtained from your neighborhood: basically pond water, ditch water, puddles, fountain water or any other natural water samples. If you don’t have a pond source then just come and enjoy the collections brought in by others. We hope to have water samples from all over southern California. This is a fun, hands-on meeting, and one at which we'll hope to see new and exciting discoveries.

Suggested equipment list: water samples, microscopes, illuminators and pipettes and tools to play with the water samples. (Extra microscopes are always a good thing to bring for guests to use.)

If you have books or publications that identify Pond Life then do bring those along as well.

Check out the amoeba to the right, courtesy of www.micrographia.com.

Here's a video by Tom Jones showing pond water organisms filmed at the Microscopy Society of Southern California, May 2015, Pond Life Meeting in Santa Monica, CA. The specimen is lake water collected from Lake Gregory, in Crestline, CA., with a 20um pore size plankton net. Two different microscopes were used. The Rotifer is probably Synchaeta sp. and is shown in dark field using an Olympus BH-2, 1.67x projection eyepiece, DCD condenser, mag changer set at 2x, and a DPlan 20x objective. The second and third parts of the video show Stentor sp., also in dark field, using an Olympus SZH Research Stereo Microscope, DF Plan 1x objective, ILLD illuminator base set to dark field, SZH-PT phototube with a 1.67x projection eyepiece. Zoom magnification was set at 64x. A Tucsen TrueChrome II camera at 1080p was used for all parts of the video.

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Weds June 17, 2020 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

 

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Weds July 15, 2020 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

 

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Weds, August 19, 2020 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

 

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Weds, September 16, 2020 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

 

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Weds October 21, 2020 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

 

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Weds November 18, 2020 at 7:00pm, Wildwood School in West LA, 11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 (map). Access is on Mississippi (one block north of Olympic) between Westgate and Grandville. Enter the alleyway between Westgate and Grandville on Mississippi and there is covered parking.

This is the annual Exhibition Meeting of the Society. This is one of the best events of the year and is a great deal of fun. Each member is encouraged to bring along an exhibit to share. Anything associated with microscopic subjects is welcome. Your exhibit could be simple, for example you could set up your microscope with your favorite slide. A projector will be provided for those bringing 35mm slides. Posters and display boards are also encouraged, along with the usual sales table. Please remember to bring a label or piece of paper with a brief description of your exhibit.

If you do not have an exhibit then please just come and see the tables and take advantage of the chance to sit down at the microscope with friends.

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No December meeting, instead the MSSC Holiday Banquet, Sat in Dec TBD 5 - 9:30pm, likely at Earth Wind & Flour Restaurant, 2222 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Come and celebrate the completion of another wonderful year with fellow MSSC members. Dinner cost $16-25, bring cash. All members and their guests welcome.

After dinner, we will present our annual report on the state of the Society followed by our special Christmas art under the microscope program.

RSVPs to MSSC President required.

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Note: ideas expressed by speakers at these meetings are their own, and do not necessarily represent those of the MSSC.

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