Our Meetings
GMS History
Microscopy Course

Our Meetings

Meetings are informal, and have included facilities tours, workshops, and programs by guest speakers. The early history of microscopy has been highlighted with talks about early microscopists such as Antony van Leeuwenhoek and W. "Snowflake" Bentley. Dr. Walter C. McCrone has twice addressed the Society, and was the Society's first Honorary Achievement Award recipient.

Other meetings have explored forensic science, biology (insects, fungi, and wood), photomicrography, geology, and materials analysis (from microchips to earth's environmental particles to lunar particles). Techniques such as microtomy and micromounting have been discussed, as well as the latest equipment used by today's microscopist - polarized light microscopy (PLM), Fourier transform infrared microspectroscopy (micro-FTIR), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM, respectively), Interference and 3-Dimensional microscopy. Tours have included laboratories of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Federal Department of Agriculture, US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, and US Customs, as well as commercial laboratories and facilities.