Advocacy & Policy

INTERSECTIONS Newsletter Archives

Issue 27—January 2019 »

The partial government shutdown that Capitol Hill must deal with is having a major impact on appropriations bills that directly affect federal support for our science and technology community. The MRS Government Affairs Committee (GAC) aims to understand the associated changes in legislative policy environment and its impact on materials research. GAC Chair David Norton reviews some of the goals as well as challenges for materials research in the year ahead.

Issue 26—September 2018 »

Major appropriations bills have moved forward on Capitol Hill that directly affect federal support for our science and technology community. Damon Dozier explains spending bills, while Diogenes Placencia describes the success of this year’s joint meeting with the Mexican Society of Materials and plans to expand international collaborations between U.S. and Mexican scientific agencies.

Issue 25—June 2018 »

Brent Carey, our Outgoing Grassroots Subcommittee Chair, looks back at the outstanding outreach support that MRS Members have provided over his tenure and hands the reins over to incoming Chair, Boris Dyatkin. In turn, Boris highlights the messages that you, our members, have sent to Congress this year and the importance of sharing your stories that reflect the importance of materials science. In the Fellowship Corner, Ashley White describes this year’s Fellowship Selection process and introduces our new Congressional Fellows. Bill Hammetter, our Congressional Visits Day Chair, recounts how MRS Members spoke directly to Congressman/women and their staffs about the importance of support for science and how you can participate.

Issue 24—January 2018 »

GAC Chair Kevin Whittlesey emphasizes the importance of science advocacy in facing these challenges, challenges that directly affect us. Our MRS Washington consultant Damon Dozier describes the impact of legislation just passed, the continuing resolutions that Congress is likely to pass, and the effects of both on scientific research funding agencies. Brent Carey, our Grassroots Subcommittee Chair, reports on the effectiveness of our Materials Voice letters to Congress, especially in helping protect our university graduate students.

Issue 23—September 2017 »

Since our last newsletter, events nationally and in Congress have been tumultuous, directly affecting legislation and funding to support our science and technology community. The MRS Government Affairs Committee (GAC) aims to understand the dynamically changing legislative policy environment and its impact on materials research.

Issue 22—June 2017 »

Over the past few weeks, Congress has passed significant legislation supporting science and technology that directly affects our community. The MRS Government Affairs Committee (GAC) aims to understand the dynamically changing legislative policy environment and its impact on materials research. 

Issue 21—Fall 2016 »

Gavi Begtrup updates us on the MRS Congressional Fellows tasks with the transition of power in Washington. Incoming Congressional Visits Day Subcommittee Chair Bill Hammetter describes Senate, House and agency visits by our MRS Officers, Board Members and Subcommittee Members to emphasize the critical importance and impact of federally funded research as well as the reauthorization of America COMPETES.

Issue 20—Summer 2016 »

With Congress wrapping up their legislative activities and heading home to campaign, the GAC has reports on activities that impact support for materials science and technology. Damon Dozier describes the effects of Senate and House Appropriations committee bills for key federal science and technology agencies. Kevin Whittlesey discusses how the Committee seeks to prioritize our advocacy activities and how best to serve our international members. Brent Carey discusses key science policy issues.

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.