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. We encourage anyone who works with microscopy to sign up as an AIMS member. Registration for the conference is separate and you can register through this link.

Scientific Poster Session: Undergraduate or graduate students who use microscopy in their research are invited to submit an abstract and present a poster. The abstract submission deadline is March 15th. Prizes will be awarded for best poster using light or EM for both undergraduate and graduate/postdoc levels. Details and Poster Guidelines. Awards will be given in both LM & EM and include $200/1st place and $100/2nd place [8 awards].

Image Contest: This year we are introducing our AIMS Image Contest. Images must adhere to the standard requirements for scientific publication. Deadline for submission is March 15, 2024.  There will be a first ($100) and second ($50) place prize as well as a People’s Choice ($25) award given at the conference [3 awards]. Contest Rules and Information. Submission Form Link. Must be an Arizona resident to participate.

Image Analysis Workshop: On Thursday March 21, 2024, there will be an all day Image Analysis Workshop that will include a review about different analysis platforms such as Cell Profiler, Elements, ImageJ/FIGI, as well as information about the ethics of image editing. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL.

All students who register as paid members will receive a free Sun Devil Microscopy Club t-shirt at the conference! 


2024 AIMS Conference

March 22, 2024
Sky Song, Building 3, Synergy I & II
Scottsdale, AZ

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AIMS 2023 Winter Newsletter
AIMS 2024 Program
AIMS 2024 Abstract Guide

|8:00AM – 8:45AM|


Opening remarks
Page Baluch – AIMS President
| 8:45AM – 9:00AM |


Building a State of the Art Electron Microscopy Facility on the Bones of the Past
University of Chicago Advanced EM Core Facility
Tera Lavoie Assistant Director, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
| 9:00AM – 10:00AM |


Morning Break – Vendor Demonstrations/Student Poster Session
| 10:00AM – 11:00AM |


Developing correlative cryo-EM imaging workflows and building two new cryo-EM centers at UW-Madison
Elizabeth R. Wright
, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Director, Cryo-Electron Microscopy Research Center, Director, Midwest Center for Cryo-Electron Tomography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
| 11:00AM – 12:00AM |


Buffet Lunch – Sky Song Synergy I
| 12:00AM – 1:00PM |


CXFEL Project
Bill Graves – Scientific Director, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
| 1:00PM – 2:00PM |


Cell Profiler
Beth Cimini – Senior Group Leader, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA
| 2:00PM – 2:45PM |


Imaging the Dynamics of Epithelial Differentiation
Vanderbilt Microscopy Core
Matt Tyska – Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Scientific Director, Cell Imaging Shared Resource, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
| 2:45PM – 3:45PM |


Short Talks from Diamond/Platinum Sponsors 
| 3:45PM – 4:20PM |


Afternoon Break
| 4:20PM – 4:30PM |


Effectively navigating the challenges of building and running Electron Microscopy facilities at all scales, from University Core facility to National Center
OHSU Multiscale Microscopy Core and the Pacific NW CryoEM National Center
Claudia Lopez – Microscopy Core Director, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland, OR
| 4:30PM – 5:30PM |


Student Awards/Closing Remarks
| 5:30PM – 5:45PM |


AIMS Business Meeting
Annual Society general meeting – open to the public
| 5:45PM – 6:15PM |