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2ND AND FINAL CALL FOR VOTES: URODELES/bionet.organisms.urodeles

David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Tue Jul 5 19:09:50 EST 1994

This is the second and final call for votes on the following proposal
to create the mailing list & newsgroup
URODELES/bionet.organisms.urodeles.  The proposal below was not
modified as a result of the discussion period on

*** NOTE *** We are currently running several votes for other
newsgroups, so please be certain to follow the voting directions
*carefully*!  If you just send in a message saying "YES" or "NO" it
will not be counted if it is not clear which proposal you are
responding to.

Proposal to establish URODELES/bionet.organisms.urodeles

Proposed USENET name:  bionet.organisms.urodeles

Proposed mailing list name:  URODELES

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

Discussion leaders:  Susan Duhon
                     duhon at ucs.indiana.edu

                     Anthony Mescher
                     mescher at ucs.indiana.edu

Newsgroup character: Bionet.organisms.urodeles is a forum for
scientific discussions and a source of information for the community
of biologists interested in any aspect of urodele amphibian biology.
The name URODELES was chosen to reflect the common interest among
scientists working with axolotls, salamanders, and newts.

Functions of the newsgroup:

The newsgroup will facilitate rapid communication among research scientists
and educators using urodele amphibians in any biological field, including
but not limited to developmental biology, genetics, physiology, immunology,
ecology, taxonomy, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, etc. and will thereby
allow more rapid progress in research involving urodeles.

The newsgroup will provide a forum for discussions of problems, old and new
ideas, journal publications, and recent developments in amphibian research.

The newsgroup will also provide sources of practical advice, methodologies,
answers to frequently asked questions concerning amphibian husbandry and
techniques used in urodele research, and availability of unique reagents for
research with urodeles (e.g., antibodies, cDNAs, primers and gene sequences,
DNA libraries, mutants, etc.).

Finally, the newsgroup will serve as a bulletin board for announcements of
meetings, conferences, job opportunities, and funding sources of interest to
biologists studying urodeles.

Subscribers are welcome from universities or any academic institutions,
government agencies, hospitals and other medical institutions, and
industrial or commercial organizations. Contributions within the functions
outlined above are encouraged. The newsgroup is expected to run in an
unmoderated fashion and we are willing to act as current coordinators.

Susan Duhon
Assistant Director, Indiana University Axolotl Colony

Anthony Mescher
Professor of Anatomy, Indiana University School of Medicine

Voting is open on the proposal for URODELES/bionet.organisms.urodeles
and will run through 24:00 hrs Pacific Time on 19 July 1994.  Please
send your vote to either of the following addresses:

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

NAME MAY BE AMBIGUOUS.  Your vote should contain a single line:


if you favor allowing the creation of this newsgroup or


if you think that this proposal will adversely affect the
BIOSCI/bionet system.  While not intended to be an exhaustive list of
possible concerns (more specific concerns may have been raised during
the discussion period on BIOFORUM/bionet.general and interested
readers are referred to these), some general reasons for voting NO
might be if you are concerned about newsgroup proliferation and/or
believe that the proposed group will not be utilized, or if you think
that the proposed newsgroup would substantially duplicate or overlap
with the function of existing newsgroups.  If you are simply not
interested in participating in the newsgroup above, 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.  This message will also be
posted to the existing URODELES prototype newsgroup.


				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net

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