Chair: Boris A. Dyatkin
, Naval Research Laboratory
HQ Liaison: Donna Gillespie
, Government Affairs Coordinator
The Grassroots Subcommittee serves the materials science community by providing two-way communication between MRS members and national legislators. Through the Subcommittee’s efforts, members stay aware of legislation that affects scientific research. In return, the Subcommittee provides an opportunity for members to contact the President and members of the United States Congress through signed letters that the members send through Materials Voice
. The Grassroots Subcommittee 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.