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May 2005 (Volume 14, Number 5)

Congress Gets the Message

Steve Pierson of the APS Washington office helps Taner Ozel of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to write to his Representative, as part of the Contact Congress campaign at the APS March meeting in Los Angeles.
Photo Credit: Alan Chodos

Steve Pierson of the APS Washington office helps Taner Ozel of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to write to his Representative, as part of the Contact Congress campaign at the APS March meeting in Los Angeles. In 2002, when the Contact Congress campaign was launched, only 580 March Meeting attendees wrote. This year, Ozel was one of 1,400 participants.

"It’s essential for us to show members of Congress that their constituents care about science," said APS Senior Policy Fellow Dave Cooper, who spearheaded this year’s effort for the Washington office, "and the participants in the March Meeting campaign have helped us toward that goal in big way. We keep track of how many messages go to each member of Congress and use the numbers to get the attention of congressional staff."

Last year’s email-writing campaigns helped galvanize support of 55 senators who urged increasing the budget of the DOE Office of Science, which was slated for a cut. Ultimately, Congress boosted DOE science programs by 4.3%.

Anyone interested in the letter-writing campaign can still participate by following the "Write Congress" link at www.aps.org/policy/.





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May 2005 (Volume 14, Number 5)

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Articles in this Issue
Weighing Device Achieves Zeptogram-Level Sensitivity
Congress Gets the Message
APS Seeks Assistance for Tsunami Victims
APS Joins STEM Community in Call for Support of Science Education Programs
Committee Picks First Five Historic Sites
Building a Better Fuel Cell Using Microfluidics
Fluid Flow Studies Help Understanding of Aneurysms
New Digitizer Captures Ultra-Quick Waveforms
Members of Congress Speak Out in Support of Science
Forum on Education Leads Endowment Drive for New APS Excellence in Education Award
Statistical Physics Can Help Build a Better Flu Vaccine
Researchers Present Wide Variety of New Quantum Tools
Strained Silicon Could Extend Limits of CMOS Technology
Featured PhysTEC School: University of Arizona
PhysicsQuest Excites Middle School Classes
San Diego Hosts Fellows' Reception
Letters
Viewpoint
Inside the Beltway: Washington News and Analysis
The Back Page
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science