Chair: Boris A. Dyatkin
, Naval Research Laboratory
HQ Liaison: Donna Gillespie
, Government Affairs Coordinator
The Grassroots Subcommittee strives to design two-way communications between MRS members and national legislators in such a way that members are aware of legislation affecting scientific research and provides letters for them to contact their own Representatives/Senators via Materials Voice
. It also issues Public Affairs Alerts
to notify members of urgent issues; hosts the Materials Voice kiosk at the MRS Spring and Fall Meetings; and produces a quarterly e-newsletter, INTERSECTIONS
, which discusses issues related to science and legislation.
In this MRS TV interview from the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting, Ron Kelley (formerly of the MRS Office of Public Affairs), and Tabbetha Dobbins, then-chair of the MRS Grassroots Subcommittee, talk about how members can be more vocal in science public policy on Capitol Hill.