The 13th conference on Frontiers of Electron Microscopy in Materials Science (FEMMS) 2011, will be held in Sonoma, CA, September 18 to 23. FEMMS is a biennial meeting focused on the most recent developments in the use of electron microscopy (primarily TEM) for materials science. This year's meeting is timely given the recent revolution in the development of aberration correctors and the increasing interest in the use of in-situ and ultrafast TEM methods. In this year's conference 46 speakers have been invited to discuss topics that include high resolution imaging and spectroscopy, ultrafast and in-situ microscopy, 3-D imaging techniques and various microscopy applications in nanoscience, including materials interfaces/defects and organic materials in bioengineering. The conference also features a distinguished lecturer, Professor Archie Howie, who has been selected for his long outstanding and exceptional contributions to the field of electron microscopy.

NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: The conference is typically attended by about 100 participants. Details about the location, organization and history of the FEMMS conference can be found on the conference website: The proceedings of this year's conference will be published in Ultramicroscopy and Microscopy and Microanalysis (depending on the content). Publication of the proceedings provides not only benefits to the conference attendees, including graduate students, but also provides opportunities for others who cannot participate in the conference. NSF support for this conference will be used to cover the registration and accommodation support for 10 graduate students. A main goal of the NSF proposal is to provide support for underrepresented graduate students (women and minorities) to learn about the latest capabilities in electron microscopy and to establish contacts and possible collaborations with leaders in the field.

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The 13th Frontiers of Electron Microscopy in Materials Science (FEMMS) 2011 conference was held in Rohnert Park, CA from September 18th to 23rd, 2011 ( The conference was attended by 158 scientists working in academia and industry in the US, Japan, Korea, China, Europe and Australia. The NSF grant supported 9 graduate students to attend the conference. The students were selected through review of an application package that included their abstract, a letter describing the reasons that they wanted to attend FEMMS and a letter of recommendation from their advisor. Each student presented a poster at the conference and interacted with the invited speakers at this time. As all meals were organized and taken together, the students were able to develop conversations with the speakers over the entire week. In addition, all the students helped out with the day-to-day organizational duties in the conference. Summary of the program schedule is shown in an attached image "FEMMS-schedule". Details: The NSF funds supported the attendance of 9 graduate students from US institutions. These students were: Emre Firlar (Stevens Institute of Technology) Hefei Hu (UI, Urbana-Champaign) Katherine L. Jungjohann (UC, Davis) Xuan Liu (Carnegie Mellon University) Mark McLean (Lehigh University) Jungwon Park (UC, Berkeley) Manuel Ramos (UT, El Paso) Cheyne M. Scoby (UC, Los Angeles) C. Austin Wade (Lehigh University) In addition to these graduate students, 2 more international graduate students were supported by the conference funds through Lawrence Livermore National laboratory. These students were: Kathryn Grandfield (Uppsala University, Sweden) Kyung Song (POSTECH, Korea) These awadees were introduced before the conference dinner. The group photo of students with the PI and the conferece organizer (Dr. Bigel Browning) is shown in another attached image "FEMMS.jpg".

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