BIOCAN/ passes: 97 YES to 3 NO

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at NET.BIO.NET
Mon Oct 10 17:29:42 EST 1994

I am pleased to announce that the proposal below to create
BIOCAN/ passed with 97 YES votes and only 3 NO
votes.  We will take steps to create this group in the next few days.
The current BIOCAN prototype newsgroup (mailing list) will now be
expanded with the addition of a USENET newsgroup and 2nd mailing list
at  Note that, unlike other groups in the domain, this group will be unmoderated.

The BIOCAN mailing list will remain functional in the interim.  Please
await further instructions in both BIONEWS/bionet.announce and the
BIOCAN list before requesting or changing e-mail subscriptions.


				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at

Proposal to establish BIOCAN/

Proposed USENET name:

Proposed mailing list name: BIOCAN

Proposed email addresses:   biocan at
                            biocan at

Discussion leader:          Leon Browder
                            browder at

Newsgroup character:

BIOCAN is an unmoderated BIOSCI newsgroup established by the Canadian
Federation of Biological Societies (CFBS) to serve as a
multidisciplinary forum for the exchange of information within the
Canadian biological and biomedical science community.

Functions of the Newsgroup:
The purpose of BIOCAN is to facilitate rapid, interactive
communication among members of the Canadian bioscience
community.  Canadian bioscientists can use this forum to solicit
advice and information from their colleagues in all
biological disciplines.  This forum is based upon the principle
that collegiality and interdisciplinary cooperation
facilitate scientific progress.  Electronic interaction is
tailor-made for the Canadian bioscience community, which is
spread over a vast geography.  It will also enable the CFBS 
office to rapidly disseminate information to Canadian 
bioscientists and for individual bioscientists to comment on any 
aspect of CFBS, granting agency, or government science policy.  

Information exchanged can include: 

1)      scientific dialogue (either intra- or inter-disciplinary); 

2)      announcements of upcoming meetings and conferences of interest; 

3)      news of general interest to the Canadian bioscience community; 

4)      announcements of academic positions and job opportunities; 

5)      discussion of CFBS policy initiatives; 

6)      CFBS science policy reports; 

7)      information on granting agency policies; 

8)      reports on CFBS Annual Meeting and on meetings of constituent

9)      comments on proposed federal and provincial legislation and
        policy initiatives. 

All members of CFBS constituent societies are encouraged to subscribe.
Contributions within the above guidelines are welcome.  The newsgroup
is expected to run in an unmoderated fashion.  I am willing to act as
current coordinator.

Leon Browder
President, CFBS
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
T2N 1N4

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