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Current and archived Intersections newsletters are available below.

This publication is a reflection of the desire of the MRS Government Affairs Committee to better communicate with interested members. In the past, we have received a fair response when asking for help in letter writing campaigns, Congressional Visits Day participation and the drafting of op-ed pieces for submittal to newspapers across the U.S. (to name just a few of the activities of the domestic MRS members).

 As a committee, we have found that with increased and consistent communication of the issues being debated in Washington, D.C., your response to our calls to actions is even stronger. This, in turn, causes the messages sent by MRS to be greatly magnified, with the goal of benefiting the membership as a whole.

To strengthen the link between the committee and the membership, we are publishing a short electronic newsletter to be distributed quarterly to interested members. The committee, and by association this newsletter, aims to be a non-partisan collection of materials science and engineering related items. INTERSECTIONS – Materials Research & Science Policy is envisioned primarily as an informational publication, with an occasional call to action that you are accustomed to seeing in the MRS Public Affairs Alert.

As a general rule of thumb, the committee attempts to maintain focus on basic science research, though the line between basic and applied materials science is often blurred. Members may be surprised to find the number of issues the MRS Government Affairs Committee focuses on that directly affect and benefit them. We hope you will find this newsletter an effective way to stay informed on the subjects that affect you and your colleagues occurring in and around Washington, D.C.

Many of the articles are expected to be recurring items in each quarterly issue, such as “What’s Happening in Washington?” New ideas, themes and items will be added or removed based upon your input. We also hope that you can use this newsletter to find out how to be active personally, find out who is using their voice to help you, or merely to stay informed.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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