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Nominations for NAASC

Fred Ausubel ausubel at FRODO.MGH.HARVARD.EDU
Mon Nov 28 16:30:23 EST 1994

                ******* CALL FOR NAASC NOMINATIONS **********

To North American Arabidopsis Researchers:

        It is time to hold an election to replace two members of the North
American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC), Joe Ecker and Fred
Ausubel, whose terms will expire at the end of the year (1994).  Only North
American researchers who are subscribers to the Arabidopsis Network are
eligible to nominate and vote for TWO candidates.


        e-mail one or two nominations to:  nominations at frodo.mgh.harvard.edu.
Please do not put anything into the text of the message besides the one or
two names of the candidate(s)

        I will post the candidates who have been nominated on December 5
with instructions for voting.  Only North Americans are eligible to be
nominated and to nominate.

        Following, is a description of the NAASC, a partially paraphrased,
partially plagiarized, and partially updated version of a message
originally sent by Elliot Meyerowitz on June 21, 1993.

Fred Ausubel (Chair, NAASC)

                                 ABOUT THE NAASC

        About three years ago, North American Arabidopsis researchers
elected (by e-mail secret ballot) a North American Arabidopsis Steering
Committee (NAASC), to deal with the issues that come up from time to time
and require input from the community of Arabidopsis researchers.

        Two examples of these issues over the past year were: one, deciding
the venue for and then organizing the upcoming Arabidopsis Meeting at the
University of Wisconsin; and, two, organizing an NSF-sponsored workshop on
the Arabidopsis Genome Project.  With respect to the Genome Project, NAASC
prepared a document (which was distributed earlier this year on the
network) which was used to represent the views of the Arabidopsis community
to various U.S. funding agencies.

        Because we envision NAASC as a representative group, it is
important that members be elected, and that some form of rotation of
membership be organized so that the work and responsibilities can be
broadly shared.  NAASC currently consists of six members: Fred Ausubel
(Chair), Joe Ecker, Joanne Chory, David Meinke, Gloria Coruzzi, and Mark
Estelle.  Last year, the NAASC decided that two members will rotate off of
the committee each year (at the end of December), and that their positions
will be filled by two members who are elected for three-year terms. The
nominations and elections will be by e-mail.  The two members who will
leave the committee at the end of 1994 are Fred Ausubel and Joe Ecker.
Joanne Chory and David Meinke will leave at the end of 1995, Gloria Coruzzi
and Mark Estelle will leave at the end of 1996.  The  chair for 1995 be
elected by the committee before the end of 1994.

        The Multinational Arabidopsis thaliana Genome Research Project
Steering Committee is an international committee similar to NAASC, but with
an international scope and representation.  It has as its responsibility to
"annually review scientific progress and identify needs and new
opportunities for the Arabidopsis research community," and to "act in an
advisory capacity to various national funding agencies."  It is the
Multinational Committee that writes the annual progress reports of the
Arabidopsis Genome Project (the yellow-covered reports published each year
by the US National Science Foundation).  These reports have so far served
as a basis for new funding programs for Arabidopsis research in the US, UK,
France, Germany and the European Community.  The rules of the Multinational
Committee are that each represented region (Europe not including the UK,
United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, North America) has a fixed number of
representatives (2, 2, 1, 1, 3, respectively), and each region arranges its
own rules of succession.  One job of NAASC is to select members for the
North American positions on the Multinational Genome Project Steering
Committee.  The NAASC has therefore established rotation rules for the
three North American representatives to that committee.  The present North
American representatives are Howard Goodman, Elliot Meyerowitz, and David
Meinke.  NAASC decided to have one North American member step down each
year, and NAASC will elect a replacement who will serve a three-year term.
Elliot steps down at the end of 1994.

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