New PLANT-EDUCATION prototype newsgroup

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at
Thu Sep 8 17:05:09 EST 1994

I enclose the charter and subscription info for the new
PLANT-EDUCATION prototype newsgroup (mailing list).  This group is
available from only by e-mail for a six month trial period
prior to voting.


				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at

Information for PLANT-EDUCATION

Prototype Newsgroup Name:  PLANT-EDUCATION

Mailing address:           plant-ed at

Discussion leaders:

Jonathan D. Monroe,  e-mail: fac_jmonroe at
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, James Madison University,
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Susan R. Singer,  e-mail: ssinger at
Associate Professor, Biology Department, Carleton College, 
Northfield, MN 55057


The purpose of the PLANT-EDUCATION newsgroup is to function as a means
for communication among instructors, lab preparators, and graduate
assistants who teach courses in any aspect of plant biology including
introductory botany, plant physiology, plant tissue culture, plant
molecular biology, etc. at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

This newsgroup would provide:

	A resource for the exchange of laboratory methodologies and classroom

	A source of quick help for last-minute troubleshooting, conditions for
	plant growth, sources of materials, and practical advice.

	A forum for discussing open-ended investigative laboratory projects.

	A forum for discussing textbooks.

	An archive of searchable information for future use by instructors of
	plant courses.

Subscribers are welcome.  Contributions within the functions outlined
above are encouraged.

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that you can use anonymous FTP to our machine
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for posting archives.  Each file is assigned a date such as 9312 for
December 1993.  Please note that ours is a UNIX system and all file
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your gopher server.  The files are in the PLANT-EDUCATION directory.
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URL is gopher://

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Best wishes for a successful newsgroup!

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