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March 2009 - The Arizona Imaging & Microanalysis Society (AIMS) is a local professional society in the state of Arizona. We are affiliated with the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) and the Microbeam Analysis Society (MAS). AIMS' annual meeting will be held on March 12 (8:00AM – 5:00PM) at the University of Arizona Student Union South Ballroom. This meeting will provide a forum for the sharing of members' research and ideas, as well as an opportunity for learning about new techniques and concepts.
At other times during the year the society sponsors or co-sponsors special seminars on topics relevant to the Society's membership. AIMS' stated purpose is to promote the knowledge of biological, physical and industrial applications of microscopy, imaging and/or microanalysis and to promote the free exchange of ideas and information among academic, government and industrial users of these techniques. Some of these techniques include: light microscopy (bright field, dark field, phase contrast, polarized light, DIC), fluorescence microscopy, confocal microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (bright/dark field, electron diffraction), scanning electron microscopy (secondary electrons, auger electrons, backscattered electrons, "leaky vacuum/environmental" SEM), Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray Microanalysis, Energy Dispersive X-Ray Microanalysis, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Probe Microscopes (scanning tunneling, atomic force) and digital imaging (capture and manipulation).