This issue marks the beginning of the 15th year of publication for Microscopy and Microanalysis (MAM), and it is my pleasure and honor to start my tenure as Editor-in-Chief of the journal with Volume 15, 2009. The idea for this scientific journal originated during Charles Lyman's term as president of the Microscopy Society of America in 1991, and in 1992 a peer-reviewed demonstration issue was published as vol. 22, no. 1 of the MSA Bulletin. After evaluating several publishing formats, a new peer-reviewed journal was launched in 1995 as the Journal of the Microscopy Society of America. When Springer-Verlag became the publisher in 1997, the title of the journal was changed to Microscopy and Microanalysis. In 2002, publication moved to Cambridge University Press (CUP) and in 2006 the CUP Managing Editor, Ed Barnas, and the MAM Editor-in-Chief, Charles Lyman, moved manuscript submission for the journal to the electronic submission site “Manuscript Central” operated by ScholarOne. At the end of 2008, Charles Lyman retired from the journal having served as MAM Editor for 12 years and Editor-in-Chief for 9 years.