2ND AND FINAL CALL FOR VOTES: PROTISTA/bionet.protista

David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Mon Nov 29 18:12:39 EST 1993


This is the second and final call for votes on
PROTISTA/bionet.protista.

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Proposal to establish PROTISTA/bionet.protista

e-mail addresses: 	protista at net.bio.net
			protista at daresbury.ac.uk

Discussion leaders:

	Marsha Altschuler
	Dept. of Biology
	Williams College
	Williamstown, MA 01267
	marsha.i.altschuler at williams.edu

	Mark Farmer
	Dept. of Zoology
	Biological Sciences Building
	University of Georgia
	Athens, GA 30602
	farmer at emlab.zoo.uga.edu

PROTISTA/bionet.protista charter:

We would like to propose the formation of a new unmoderated BIOSCI
newsgroup to facilitate communication among researchers and educators
working with, or interested in, ciliates and other protists.

The kingdom Protista includes a wide variety of eukaryotic organisms
including traditional groups such as the protozoa, algae, and
zoosporic fungi.  The protist research community is truly an
international one with leading research labs represented throughout
the world.  It includes individuals working not only in university
settings but also in small four-year colleges and medical and
industrial laboratories.  Their areas of research interest range from
ecology and evolution, to behavior and development, to molecular and
cell biology.

Every two years ciliate researchers gather at the International
Ciliate Molecular Biology meeting to discuss their research; in
addition the Society of Protozoologists and Phycological Society of
America each meet annually and International Congresses for both
Protozoology and Phycology are held every four years.  The need for
more regular, efficient, and readily accessible means of communication
within the ciliate community was expressed at the International
Molecular Biology of Ciliated Protozoa meeting in Henniker, NH during
July 1993.  In subsequent e-mail and newsletter discussions with other
protozoologists, the need for a computer network discussion group that
could serve the entire protist community was recognized.  The proposed
news group will provide for ongoing information exchange, discussions,
and dialogues among protist researchers whatever their area of
scientific inquiry. The newsgroup will also allow non-protist bionet
users access to these exchanges--an important consideration, since the
study of protists has provided insights into many fundamental aspects
of biology that have proven to be of interest to the general research
community.
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Voting is open on PROTISTA/bionet.protista and will run through 24:00
hrs Pacific Time on 15 December 1993.  Please send your vote to either
of the following addresses:

Address                               Location        Network
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biovote at daresbury.ac.uk               U.K.            JANET
biovote at net.bio.net                   U.S.A.          Internet/BITNET

PLEASE BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE FORMAT BELOW - WE OFTEN RUN MORE THAN ONE
VOTE AT A TIME SO A SIMPLE "YES" OR "NO" MESSAGE WITHOUT THE NEWSGROUP
NAME MAY BE AMBIGUOUS.  Your vote should contain a single line:

YES on PROTISTA

if you favor creation of the newsgroup or

NO on PROTISTA

if you think that the creation of this newsgroup will adversely affect
the BIOSCI system.  If you are simply not interested in participating
in this newsgroup, please don't cast a NO vote, but instead just don't
vote at all.

The newsgroup proposal must receive at least 80 YES votes to pass and
the number of YES votes must be greater than the number of NO votes by
at least 40.  Discussion of the newsgroup proposal is now closed and
we strongly discourage posting any messages in other forums about the
fact that a CALL FOR VOTES has been issued.

				Sincerely,

				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				kristoff at net.bio.net



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