Professor Guillermo Solórzano-Naranjo, one of the leaders in the creation of B-MRS and the first president of the society, was appointed fellow of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) at the end of February of this year. Thus, Solórzano-Naranjo became the first academic in Latin America with a MSA fellowship status.
This title is intended for senior members of that scientific society who have contributed significantly to the advancement of microscopy and microanalysis. In the case of Professor Solórzano-Naranjo, he was chosen for his excellence in the application of microscopy to solve materials problems, as well as for the service rendered as ambassador for international cooperation through microscopy.
Guillermo Solórzano-Naranjo is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Materials Engineering at PUC-Rio. He is a member of the board of the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM), where he is also the only representative of Latin America. In addition to being founding president of B-MRS, he has served or was a member of executive committees of several scientific entities in the field of microscopy, such as the Brazilian Society of Microscopy and Microanalysis (SBMM), the Brazilian Society of Electronic Microscopy (SBME); Inter American Committee of Societies for Electron Microscopy (IACSEM); International Union of Microbeam Analysis Society (IUMAS). He was also chairman of the seventeenth edition of the International Conference of Microscopy, held in 2010 for the first time in South America.
Solorzano-Naranjo will be honored by MSA at the awards ceremony that will take place at the opening of the M&M2018 event on August 6 in Baltimore (United States).