Here are some of the great benefits you get as an SAS member.  We encourage you to join or renew your membership 

  • Applied Spectroscopy Online FREE to Members (issues dating back to 1948)
  • Membership in an SAS Technical, Regional or Student Section of your Choice
  • Networking with Friendly and Approachable Scientists
  • Professional Online Career Center
  • Discounts on Other Relevant Journals, Publications, and Educational Opportunities
  • Discounts on Affiliated Society Memberships, such as 50% off Optical Society of America membership
  • Discount to Our National Meeting at Scix
  • Searchable Online Membership Directory
  • SAS Spectrum, Online Newsletter
  • Annual Awards



Member annoucenments and upcoming events:


What have you been up to?  Use the official SAS hashtags:  #SASpec  #SASwomen  #SASstudents





SAS 2020: Our vision for the future


We're starting off the SAS 2020 initiative with a meeting at Pittcon on Sunday March 8th from 9am to 4pm in Room 341! We will be discussing our vision for the future of the society. All SAS members are welcome so please spread the word! If you are unable to attend the meeting, we welcome input via email as well!

Send your emails to SASfor2020@gmail.com

We hope to see you at the meeting!
Here are a few questions to stimulate discussion:
1) How big should SAS become?
2) What should the scientific scope of SAS include? (There have been a few new developments since SAS was formed in 1954!)    
3) Where should SAS be?  (We have a UK Section, and quite a few very active, non‐US members today). 
4) SAS is the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.  What should we seek to accomplish?  Are the original objectives right for 2020, too?




SAS Sponsored Sessions at Pittcon 2015

Women in Spectroscopy: Session 720
Mon March 9th @ 1:30pm, room 268

International Year of Light (SAS): Session 1030
Tues March 10th @8:30am, room 245

Vibrational Spectroscopy: A 60-Year Celebration of the Coblentz Society: Session 1590
Weds March 11th @8:30am, room 244

Atomic Spectroscopy: Going Strong in the 21st Century: Session 2350
Thurs March 12th @8:30am, room 263

We encourage all our members to attend these sessions as time allows.

SAS Student Event at Pittcon Tues night!

Tues March 10
th , 8-10pm (students only)
The Bourbon Cowboy (corner of Bourbon and Bienville)
241Bourbon St, New Orleans
Contact Stephanie for more info: 301-674-1458




Metrohm USA Announces 2015 Young Chemist Award Winner


                Metrohm USA            Metrohm Canada


Riverview, FL


Metrohm USA and Metrohm Canada are pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Young Chemist Award, Chad Atkins. Chad is completing his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia where he works under the supervision of Robin Turner and Michael Blades.


Chad’s research uses Raman spectroscopy to assess the degradation of stored red blood cells to measure age-related changes in stored cell breakdown. By measuring samples through the storage bag the possibility of contamination is reduced. Confirming the viability of stored red blood cells prior to transfusion leads to a more successful patient outcome.

 “Metrohm has a history of giving back to the scientific community,” said Edward Colihan, President & CEO of Metrohm USA. “This year we saw a record number of applications for this award, demonstrating ingenuity and a passion for solving very practical problems. We are proud to support the next generation of scientists.”

This is the third year Metrohm USA and Metrohm Canada have awarded the $10,000 Young Chemist award, continuing their philanthropic support and commitment to the advancement of science. Chad will present a short overview of his work at Metrohm’s press conference at Pittcon 2015 on March 9 at 4pm in Banquet Room 356, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans.

The Young Chemist Award is open to all graduate, post-graduate and doctorate students residing and studying in the U.S. and Canada, who are performing novel research in the fields of titration, ion chromatography, spectroscopy and electrochemistry. For more details, visit our website: www.metrohmusa.com/youngchemist.


Metrohm offers a complete line of analytical laboratory and process systems for titration, ion chromatography, electrochemistry and spectroscopy. From routine moisture analysis to sophisticated quantification, we are ready to help you develop your method and configure the optimum system. Move your analysis from the lab to the production line with our custom process analyzers. At Metrohm we provide systems that find solutions. www.metrohmusa.com



Publishing Contact:

Katharina Weber

Public Relations & Marketing Specialist

866-METROHM (toll-free)





SAS Membership Survey Request for Participation

Dear SAS Members,


If you read my Presidential reflections in the December issue of Applied Spectroscopy, you will recognize my reference to my "campaign manifesto". I wrote the manifesto when running for election as SAS President in 2012 recognizing there was a need to review all aspects of the Society and its operations.  We, the EC, the Office staff, and the Society's committees, did

 just that in 2014.  Now it is your turn! 


The Society hasn't run a formal survey in several years and much has changed in the world of professional societies since the last survey.  Smart Phones, tablets, webinars, Watson, RSS feeds, on-demand literature downloads are just a few of the things that have impacted our lives scientifically.   During 2014, the Membership committee, under the leadership of Karla McCain, spearheaded the development of this member survey with input from the Executive Committee and other Society committees.  The current survey will be open from now until February 21, 2015 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZTZJ62V and the results will be available for discussion at Pittcon 2015.  This is your opportunity to provide feedback to the Society leadership on many topics and will be available as input to a new multi-year Society strategic plan that will be forming in 2015 under the watch of Diane Parry (2015 SAS President). 


As we look forward to growing the Society in 2015, I am reminded of the old saying, Out with the Old (Lewis) and In with the New (Parry). I appreciated the opportunity to serve you and the Society as President.




Ian R. Lewis

SAS Past President




Applied Spectroscopy 2015 Rate Card

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Membership Rates for 2015


Dear SAS Members,


Thank you for your continued membership in SAS - your professional scientific organization.  We hope that you take advantage of the benefits that SAS offers including our member events at SciX and Pittcon, our e-newsletter, networking opportunities via regional/technical/student sections, and, of course, access to the internationally recognized journal Applied Spectroscopy (a full list of benefits is available on our website at www.s-a-s.org. We plan to enhance our member benefits in the coming years, but, as you know  there is always a cost involved in providing these benefits.  To help cover the costs of your individual member benefits and providing you with career enhancing opportunities, the Governing Board of the Society approved a dues increase proposal starting in 2015.


All paying membership categories will see a minimum of a $10 increase in 2015 which includes $5 earmarked to create a new Regional, Technical, and Student section technical fund, and $5 to offset the inflation-based cost increases the Society has seen since the last dues increase.  Members who elect to receive the Journal in print format will see a further $10 increase in 2015. Why?


Currently the Society subsidizes our members who received print copies of the journal to the tune of about $30,000 annually.  Over the next three years the Governing Board has approved eliminating this subsidy so that members who elect to receive print will cover the cost for that benefit.  At 2014 rates the actual print and US mailing cost is approximately $45 dollars per print member.  Under the approved plan the print subsidy will be eliminated over three years through three approximately equal dues increases.


For those members who elect print and would like to eliminate the portion of the subsidy they receive immediately, you can choose to donate an additional $25 dollars to the Society as a donation when you renew your membership at the 2015 rates.

Dues for 2015

Type of Member



Outside North America

Regular Member ‡




Regular Online




Student ‡




Student Online




Interim Student ‡




Interim Student Online




Retired ‡




^ Includes extra charge for mailing fees (retired members exempted).
* For Air Mail service Outside North America add $20.00 USD.
‡ Includes Print and Online

By eliminating the subsidy on print, the Board has moved to address an inequality in membership types and eliminates a budget short fall associated with the production and distribution costs of the journal.  Speaking for the Board, we understand that dues increases are never pleasant but we believe that Applied Spectroscopy still represents a significant member value even at the higher print member cost.  On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Mike Blades, Peter Griffiths, Kristin MacDonald, and the entire Editorial Board for their work on maintaining the technical quality of and improving the recognition of our Journal in 2014.



Ian R. Lewis

2014 SAS President




SAS Congratulates William E. Moerner for Winning the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The SAS congratulates one of our members, Prof. William E. Moerner, for his contribution to the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with joint awardees Eric Betzig and Stefan W. Hell.  Dr. Moerner was the first investigator to image a single biological molecule using optical methods in 1989.  The resolution of the image was defined by the Abbe diffraction limit, but while working as a postdoc for Roger Tsien he noticed that the emission of green fluorescent protein could be stimulated and reactivated using 488 and 405 nm light. The ability to modulate the emission and the use of trapping techniques, both microfluidic and laser, allows nanoscopic imaging of isolated molecules.  In the Moerner group, the technique has been used to image neurotransmitter proteins in cellular membranes as well as studying the intermediate states of and electron transfer events in proteins.

A number of focal point articles in Applied Spectroscopy have highlighted the importance of super-resolution and nanoscopic imaging.

R.A. Keller, W. P. Ambrose, P. M. Goodwin, J. H. Jett, J. C. Martin, M. Wu, "Single molecule fluorescence analysis in solution.” Appl. Spectrosc. 1996. 50(7): A12-A32

doi: 10.1366/0003702963905600


K. Katrin, H. Kneipp, "Single molecule Raman scattering.” Appl. Spectrosc. 2006 60(12): 322A-334A

doi: 10.1366/000370206779321418


B. O. Leung, K. C. Chou, "Review of Super-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy for Biology.” Appl. Spectrosc. 65(9): 967-980

doi: 10.1366/11-06398


2015 Ellis R. Lippincott Award:

To accommodate additional nominations, the deadline for nominations for the 2015 Ellis R. Lippincott Award has been extended until November 5, 2014.  This award was established in 1975 by OSA, the Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy to honor the unique contributions of Ellis R. Lippincott to the field of vibrational spectroscopy. It is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy as judged by his or her influence on other scientists. Because innovation was a hallmark of Lippincott's work, this quality must also be demonstrated by candidates for the award. The award is presented at the national meeting of one of the sponsoring societies.

Nominations can be made on-line  - http://www.osa.org/en-us/awards_and_grants/awards/award_nomination/ or you may request nomination materials from the OSA Awards Office.


Upcoming Conferences:

We look forward to our members getting together at Pittcon 2015 in New Orleans!




2015 is the International Year of Light!

Stay tuned for news and events related to the International Year of Light! http://www.light2015.org/Home.html

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