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Fri, 2014-03-28 13:35 -- joshua.shiode

Talk with your Members of Congress about Planetary Science: Sign-Up Form (Deadline is April 5)

The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) Federal Relations Subcommittee (FRS) is gathering scientists in our community to raise the visibility of and support for planetary science in the Congress. This year, visits will take place 24-25 April and 12-13 May; you can participate in either the April or May dates. In both cases, we require two full-day commitments, about 8 am to 6 pm both days. Business attire is required. Sign-ups are open now through 5:00 pm EST on Saturday, 5 April 2014.

Volunteers will travel to Washington, DC to participate in meetings with Capitol Hill and/or executive branch staff. Volunteers will also participate in pre-briefings covering planetary science-policy issues, the messages the DPS wants to convey, and discussion of how to successfully conduct meetings with Congressional staff.

We aim to select volunteers who balance the program by location (though you must be a U.S. citizen), career stage, and experience. Some travel support may be available for volunteers selected to participate. We especially encourage early career scientists to volutnteer. Selected members will be notified by 9 April 2014.

Please contact the DPS FRS chair at dps.frschair@aas.org with any questions.

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