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INTERSECTIONS Newsletter Archives

Issue 19—Spring 2016 »

With Congress actively working on spending bills, Government Affairs Committee (GAC) has much to report on activities that impact support for materials science and technology. GAC aims to understand the dynamically changing legislative policy environment and its impact on materials research. Our MRS Director of Government Affairs, Damon Dozier, describes the significance of these events in terms of research appropriations for key Federal science and technology agencies and the Department of Defense (DoD) and other successful MRS advocacy initiatives for materials research support in 2016.

Issue 18—Fall 2015 »

In this issue, Damon Dozier describes improved flexibility in guidelines for federal employees to attend scientific and technical meetings, Kevin Whittlesey emphasizes the need for advocacy on behalf of materials science with the new House of Representatives leadership, and Ashley White provides a comprehensive overview of important issues and possible directions for the Open Data initiative including a forum on data management by federal agency program managers at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting and their recommendations relevant to materials research.

Issue 17—Summer 2015 »

In this issue, Kevin Whittlesey announces a policy study, Damon Dozier recaps legislative action, Gavi Begtrup introduces the 2015-16 Congressional Fellows, and Orlando Auciello discusses advanced diamond technology in a value-added materials research story.

Issue 16—Spring 2015 »

In this issue, Boris Dyatkin describes the unintended economic, scientific, and human costs of the federal employee travel restrictions. Outgoing GAC Chair, Nabil Bassim, reflects on the accomplishments of GAC during his tenure and welcomes his successor, Kevin Whittlesey. This issue also includes updates from Damon Dozier on What's Happening in Washington, Brent Carey on Grassroots Subcommittee activities, Linda Olafsen on Congressional Visits Days, David Norton on the Government Agency sessions held at the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting, and Max Lagally is featured in a success story.

Issue 15—Winter 2015 »

In this issue, new MRS Director of Government Affairs Damon Dozier describes the impact of funding on materials science, new Grassroots Subcommittee Chair Brent Carey reviews the success of Materials Voice at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting, Linda Olafsen describes the Government Affairs Committee visits during Congressional Visits Day, and much more!

Issue 14—Summer 2014 »

In this issue, Tabbetha Dobbins describes how students have new roles to play in the Grassroots subcommittee. Kevin Whittlesey welcomes our newest Congressional Fellows and describes how their 2014-2015 year on Capitol Hill as Special Legislative Assistants is starting off. Linda Olafsen conveys the value of our Congressional Visits Days (CVD) and the continuing benefits to both legislator and CVD member, plus much more.

Issue 13—Spring 2014 »

In this issue, Ron Kelley reviews the president's budget request for FY2015, Tabbetha Dobbins recaps Materials Voice efforts from the 2014 MRS Spring Meeting, Kevin Whittlesey announces the 2014-2015 Congressional Fellows and Duane Dimos, new chair of the Policy Subcommittee, offers a personal introduction.

Issue 12—Winter 2014 »

This issue includes an announcement from Nabil Bassim about the development of a new policy subcommittee, highlights from Tabbetha Dobbins about the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting Materials Voice letter-writing campaign and a review of this past fall's Congressional Visits Day from Linda Olafsen.

Issue 11—Summer 2013 »

This issue includes updates from Nabil Bassim, government affairs committee chair, and Ronald L. Kelley, MRS Washington consultant; a call to action from Tabbetha Dobbins, grassroots subcommittee chair; updates from the MRS Congressional Science & Engineering Fellowship Corner and the Spring 2013 Congressional Visit Day; a preview of the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting's Government Agency Forum; results of the MRS/TMS Big Data Survey and more.

Issue 10—Spring 2013 »

The Spring 2013 issue of "Intersections," a newsletter from the MRS Government Affairs Committee, includes "What's Happening in Washington" from MRS Washington consultant Ronald L. Kelley, a report on the on-going letter writing campaign through MRS by Tabbetha Dobbins, chair of the Grassroots Subcommittee, an update on MRS congressional fellowships from Kevin Whittlesey, chair of the Fellowship Subcommittee, recap of the recent Congressional Visit Day from Linda Olafsen, chair of the Congressional Visits Day Subcommittee, and more.

Issue 9—Winter 2013 »

The Winter 2013 issue of "Intersections," a newsletter from the MRS Government Affairs Committee, includes "What's Happening in Washington" from MRS Washington consultant Ronald L. Kelley, a report on the tremendous on-going letter writing campaign through MRS by Tabbetha Dobbins, chair of the Grassroots Subcommittee, an update on MRS congressional fellowships from Kevin Whittlesey, chair of the Fellowship Subcommittee, news on the upcoming Congressional Visit Day from Linda Olafsen, chair of the Congressional Visits Day Subcommittee, and more.

Issue 8—Fall 2012 »

The Fall 2012 issue of "Intersections," a newsletter from the MRS Government Affairs Committee, includes "What's Happening in Washington" from MRS Washington Consultant Ronald L. Kelley, an update on MRS congressional fellowships from Kevin Whittlesey, chair of the Fellowship Subcommittee, news on the most recent Congressional Visit Day from Linda Olafsen, chair of the Congressional Visits Subcommittee, a recap of the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting government agency talks by Joshua D. Caldwell, chair of the Government Agency Subcommittee, and more.

Issue 7—Summer 2012 »

The Summer 2012 issue of "Intersections," a newsletter from the MRS Government Affairs Committee.  This issue includes "What's Happening in Washington" from MRS Washington Consultant Ronald L. Kelley, a message from the new MRS Government Affairs Grassroots Subcommittee Chair, a note on MRS congressional fellowships from Kevin Whittlesey, Chair of the Fellowship Subcommittee, news on the Materials Genome Initiative from Ashley White of the NSF, and more.

Issue 6—Spring 2012 »

The Spring 2012 issue of "Intersections," a newsletter from the MRS Government Affairs Committee.  This issue includes "What's Happening in Washington" from MRS Washington Consultant Ronald L. Kelley, information on the MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowships, a review of Congressional Visits Day, a review of the Government Agency sessions at the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting, and more.

Issue 5—Winter 2012 »

Winter 2012 issue of "Intersections," a newsletter from the MRS Government Affairs Committee.  Items in this issue include a change in the MRS Government Affairs Committee Leadership, a message from our new Government Affairs Committee Chair,   "What's Happening in Washington" from MRS Washington Consultant Ronald J. Kelley, an update on the MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship, and more.

Issue 4—Fall 2011 »

Fall 2011 issue of "Intersections," a newsletter from the MRS Government Affairs Committee.  Items in this issue include  "What's Happening in Washington" from MRS Washington Consultant Ronald J. Kelley, the announcement of two new MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows, an interview with Ashely White, the 2010-2011 MRS/OSA Congressional Fellow, a report on the July 2011 Government Agency Leadership Summit, and Government Affairs activities at the 2011 MRS Fall Meeting.

Issue 3—Spring 2011 »

Spring 2011 issue of "Intersections," a newsletter from the MRS Government Affairs Committee.  Items in this issue include an update on "What's Happening in Washington" from MRS Washington Consultant Ronald J. Kelley, details from Congressional Visits Day on April 7, an interview with 2006/2007 MRS/OSA Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow Kevin Whittlesey regarding his time in Washington, and more.

Issue 2—Winter 2011 »

Winter 2011 issue of "Intersections," a newsletter from the MRS Government Affairs Committee. Content in this issue includes news regarding a change in the MRS Government Affairs Committee leadership, a message from new Committee Chair Alan J. Hurd, "What's Happening in Washington," plans for Congressional Visits Day in Washington on April 6 and 7, 2011, and more.

Issue 1—Fall 2010 »

Fall 2010 issue of "Intersections," a newsletter from the MRS Government Affairs Committee. Content in this issue includes a letter from Committee Chair Duane B. Dimos, "What's Happening in Washington," the publication of the "Advanced Materials for Our Energy Future" booklet, and more.