Congressional Visits Day, Broader Impact

Materials Research Society

June 18, 2015

By Linda J. Olafsen

Ulrike Wegst and Jeanne Shaheen
Prof. Ulrike Wegst with NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen

A team of 19 Materials Research Society (MRS) members [including Dartmouth engineering professor Ulrike Wegst] and staff traveled to Washington, DC for Congressional Visits Day (CVD) on March 10, 2015. Participants visited representatives and senators from the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. ...

... Many of the CVD participants live in districts with members who serve on key science or appropriations committee. Another priority, particularly given the new Congress, was to visit new members and introduce them both to MRS and the need to sustain and grow federally-funded research. While most meetings were between MRS members and congressional staff, a few teams had the privilege of speaking with their senators, including Senator Joni Ernst (Iowa) and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire).

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