The Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society hosts an annual conference every spring. This annual meeting provides a forum for members to discuss research and exchange ideas, as well as an opportunity for learning about new techniques and concepts.

Once you sign up as an AIMS member you can register for the conference in the member’s area. Undergraduate and Graduate Students and PostDocs are invited to submit an abstract and compete in the poster competition for cash prizes. Submission deadline is Friday March 23rd. [Student Poster Award Information]

If you are traveling to Flagstaff and need overnight accommodations, we have a block of rooms reserved at the Drury Inn and Suites from March 29-31. Members can use this link to book the room or by calling 1-800-325-0720 and referring to the group number 2331805. The rooms will be released February 25 but there is no penalty if we don’t fill all of them. The rooms are running at the discounted rate of $189.99/night.

For those of you attending the meeting form out of town, parking is available in Lot P66, near the Skydome. Please see the parking map. The conference will be in the Dubois Center (building number 64) a short walk from he parking lot. Signs will be in place to guide you. Day permits cost $7/day and may be purchased in one of 3 ways:
1. At the kiosk in Lot P66
2. Through using zone 4690.
3. Online permits may be purchased and printed form home or office by logging into “Manage my Parking“, creating a guest account and selecting “purchase permit.” Print the temporary permit and display it so it is visible from the outside on the passenger side dashboard. [Small Kiosk Visitor Map]

2018 AIMS Annual Conference

March 30, 2018
Dubois Center Ballroom
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

NAU Campus Map (opens in a new window)
AIMS_Newsletter Spring 2018 (PDF)
AIMS 2018 Conference Program (PDF)


AIMS 2018 Program


|10:30 – 11:30 a.m.|

Opening remarks

Aubrey Funke – AIMS President
|11:30 – 11:45 a.m.|

Geometric Effects on Light Driven Photocatalytic Micro-motors

Dylan Nicholls, Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Dr. John Gibbs’ Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
|9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.|

Buffet Lunch -Dubois Center Ballroom

|12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.|

Chewing the Fat: The role of microscopy in uncovering the role of lysosomes in the atherosclerotic cellular lipid accumulation

Jay Jerome, Co-director of the Cell Imaging Shared Resource, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, MSA Sponsored Speaker and past MSA President
|2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.|

Vendor Exhibits/Poster Session/Vendor Posters

|3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.|

Slime Molds and Cotton: Using EM Cyro-Preservation Techniques to Study the Deposition of the Cellulose Extracellular Matrix in Relation to Structure, Function and Development

Mark Grimson, Senior Scientist, W.L. Gore and Associate, Inc., Flagstaff, Az
|4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.|

Final Announcements/Student Awards

|5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.|

Business Meeting

Annual Society general meeting – open to the public
|5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.|