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MAS 2014 Election of Officers - Candidates

The council-nominated candidates running for society leadership in 2014

There is one council-nominated candidate for Secretary and four council-nominated candidates for two Director positions.

Candidate for Secretary: Heather Lowers

Heather Lowers

MAS Involvement:

    • Member since 2003
    • MicroNews Editor since 2009
    • MAS Director (2009-2011)
    • Secretary (2012-2013)
    • Acting Secretary (2011-2012)

Heather Lowers received her B.S. in Geology from Mount Union College in 2000. She received an MS in Geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines in 2005. 

She began her career as a student at the U.S. Geological Survey where she now oversees the Denver Microbeam Laboratory. 

Heather specializes in using SEM/EDS, EBSD, and EPMA to answer questions related to ore deposit models, elements of environmental concern, and geological materials and human health.

Candidate for Director: Gianluigi Botton

Gianluigi Botton

MAS Involvement

    • Member since the early 1990’s
    • Co-organizer of EELS-AEM related symposia at M&M 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012

Gianluigi obtained a B. Eng.. in Engineering Physics at Ecole Polytechnique Montreal and PhD in Materials Engineering in 1992.

He is currently the Canada Research Chair in Microscopy of Nanoscale Materials at McMaster University. 

Previously he has served as president of the Microscopical Society of Canada, chaired and organized two national conferences, and was the local organizer of an international conference and scientific co-chair of an international conference

His interests are related to the development and application of AEM, and EELS in particular, to study the structure and properties of nanoscale structures. 

Candidate for Director: Brendan Foran

Brendan Foran

MAS Involvement

    • Member since 2001
    • Co-organizer of Several M&M Symposia
    • MAS Co-Chair, M&M 2010

Brendan Foran is a Section Manager in the Electronics and Photonics Laboratory at The Aerospace Corporation, responsible for a group focused on microscopy and microanalysis of microelectronic components for failure analysis and assessment of reliability for use in space.

Brendan obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from the Stony Brook in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1996.  He did a short post-doc in Materials Science doing X-ray and TEM of polymers, also at Michigan before heading to Texas where he spent nearly ten years doing FIB and TEM for semiconductor process development.  

For the past seven years, Brendan has been at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA. 

Despite growing management responsibilities, Brendan still spends a good number of hours per week using FIB, SEM, and TEM conducting research to assess space parts reliability. 

Candidate for Directory: Phil Rice

Phil Rice

MAS Involvement

    • Member since 1998
    • Organized several MAS and MSA symposia

Phil has been active in analytical electron microscopy for 20 years. He has organized several symposia for MSA.

From 2008 to the present he has served as Chair of the External Proposal Review Committee for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM)

Prior to that he served as a research board member for the IBM/Alberta CAS (Center for Advanced Studies), where he was the IBM Almaden representative for Nanotechnology. 

Philip M. Rice holds 7 US Patents and has authored over 100 Publications.

Candidate for Director: Keana Scott

Keana Scott

MAS Involvement

    • Lehigh Microscopy School, Lecturer
    • Organize the DC are FIB users group for the past 5 years

2011 NIH Site-Visit and Special Emphasis panel member for the Biophysics Collaborative Access Team Research Resource 

2011 NSF Chemical Measurement and Imaging Program panel member. 

2010 NIH/NCI Advanced Technologies Program Review Panel member for the electron microscopy laboratory. 

2008 Biovision Team – participated in the 2010 Bioinitiative for biovision writeup.

2008 NIH/NCI/CCR-NIST Partnership – participated in the initial discussion meetings and proposal writing. Collaboration with Subramaniam Lab resulted in the tech transfer of SIM from NIST to NIH as well as other FIB and SIMS related projects. 

2006 CSTL Biomarkers and Systems Biology Planning Committee – develop CSTL action plans for bioscience programs. 

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