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.
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. Read More »
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Archives of the INTERSECTIONS newsletter containing news and information regarding MRS advocacy efforts. Read More »