SSA members went to Washington the week of September 20. They participated in a variety of events aimed at communicating the importance of the geosciences and seismology to policymakers.

SSA co-sponsored and participated in the 2011 GeoScience Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD) on 20–21 September. This year's Geo-CVD attracted more than 50 participants and included a half-day workshop that addressed how the appropriations process works, what to expect from Congressional visits, budget overview presentations for key science agencies, and more.

Participants then walked the halls of Congress and visited more than 100 offices of representatives, senators, and committees. SSA participants were...

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