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BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at net.bio.net
Tue May 16 17:58:54 EST 1995

We have received a proposal below for a new newsgroup,


This marks the end of the prototype period for the plant-ed list at
net.bio.net.  It will now either pass this vote for full newsgroup
status or be shut down.

Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 25 May
on BIOFORUM/bionet.general (*not* on BIONEWS/bionet.announce).  For
those who are not on the BIOFORUM/bionet.general newsgroup currently,
either read bionet.general on USENET or contact one of the following
biosci addresses to sign up by e-mail:

Subscription Address                 Location
--------------------                 --------
biosci at daresbury.ac.uk               Europe, Africa, and Central Asia
biosci at net.bio.net                   Americas and the Pacific Rim

One warning, however: BIOFORUM/bionet.general is a "chatty" newsgroup
and many other items will be discussed there besides this newsgroup
proposal.  USENET news access is definitely better than e-mail if you
want to monitor only this discussion.

Discussion Guidelines
Please do not post one-line messages saying things like "I am in favor
of such a newsgroup".  We will collect votes later.  The discussion
period is an opportunity for anyone to bring up reservations about the
proposed charter below and to propose modifications prior to the vote.
If the charter is perfect as is, then there is no need for anyone to
say anything!!!

The newsgroup discussion leader may submit a revised proposal in light
of the discussion, and the new charter would be included in the call
for votes which will go out on 26 May (Newsgroup Discussion leaders -
please note this deadline - if no revisions are received before the
deadline, the original charter will be voted on.).

Please be aware that only one vote is counted per e-mail address, so
it is necessary to have your own account in order to vote.  Multiple
votes from the same address are not accepted.  If you are interested
in the following newsgroup, but do not have an e-mail address of your
own, please obtain one from your computer center before the call for
votes is issued.

Proposal to establish PLANT-EDUCATION/bionet.plants.education

Proposed USENET name:           bionet.plants.education  (unmoderated)

Proposed mailing list name:     PLANT-EDUCATION

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

Discussion leaders:

Jonathan D. Monroe,  e-mail: fac_jmonroe at vax1.acs.jmu.edu
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, James Madison University,
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Susan R. Singer,  e-mail: ssinger at carleton.edu
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 all educators, including faculty, instructors, lab
preparators, and graduate assistants, involved in courses on any aspect of
plant biology.

This newsgroup provides:

        A forum for the exchange of innovative laboratory and classroom

        A forum for discussing the role of plant education in introductory
        biology courses and ways for improving student perceptions of plants.

        A forum for the exchange of information about educational
        opportunities for students and faculty (REU programs, teaching
        workshops, etc.)

        A forum for the exchange of information about textbooks, internet
        resources, visual materials, and interactive computer programs.

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

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

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

The newsgroup is unmoderated.

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