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2ND AND FINAL CALL FOR VOTES: BIOFILMS/bionet.microbiology.biofilms

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at net.bio.net
Sun Dec 15 09:00:06 EST 1996

This is the second and final call for votes on the following proposal
to create the mailing list & newsgroup


The charter was modified slightly as a result of the discussion.

*** NOTE *** We are often 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 for BIOFILMS/bionet.microbiology.biofilms

USENET newsgroup name:	bionet.microbiology.biofilms

Status:			Unmoderated

One line Description:	Research on microbial biofilms

Mailing list name: 	BIOFILMS

e-mail addresses:	biofilms at net.bio.net
			biofilms at darsbury.ac.uk

Discussion leader:	Claus Sternberg
			Department of Microbiology
			Technical University of Denmark
			Building 301, DK-2800 Lyngby
			cs at im.dtu.dk

Newsgroup character:

Definition of microbial biofilms: Microbial biofilms are layers
(sometimes only one) of microorganisms associated with a surface of
some kind. The organisms in a biofilm may be a single species or
multible species. The organisms may for example be bacteria, yeasts or
protozoans, or combinations. The surfaces may be solid surfaces such
as metals, glass, plastics, or dentin, or may be less well defined,
such as soil particles, or plant tissue surfaces. The association to
the surfaces may be tight, by direct binding, or loose, such as cells
residing in gelatinous matrices.

bionet.microbiology.biofilms is a forum for scientific
discussions/questions regarding all aspects of the science related to
microbial biofilms, including but not limited to biofilm initial
events, formation, maintenance and breakdown, genetic and
physiological aspects of microorganisms in biofilms or organisms
isolated from biofilms, role of biofilms in pathogenesis, in
industrial applications, and as a tool in teaching.

The Biofilms newsgroup will provide:

A forum to discuss concepts, problems and recent developments in the field
of microbial biofilms.

A forum to discuss development of laboratory systems for growing,
inspecting and in-depth analysis of microbial biofilms.

A forum to discuss the role of biofilm science in education.

A bulletin board for announcements of meetings, funding sources and job

A communication source for sharing mutants, strains, molecular probes, etc.

Opportunities for collaborative efforts between labs at different locations
and/or between industrial and academic research labs. The forum will also
provide opportunities to exchange new ideas concerning the teaching of
microbiology, and curricular design, as well as the education of the public
about the benefits and/or hazards of microbial biofilms.

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) concerning microbial biofilms
should be created with the joint efforts of the newsgroup members, and kept
in an electronic form accessible for anyone. 

A list of pointers to other interesting related resources in the form of a
world-wide-web page.

Further remarks:

The newsgroup encourages the participation of both academic and industrial
affiliated individuals or organizations, and anyone else with an interest
in microbial biofilms. 

Discussions should as a general rule be conducted in the newsgroup, rather 
than being continued by private e-mail. Only when discussions take a 
personal turn which obviously is of interest only to the persons involved, 
it should proceed privately by e-mail.

Commercial, unsolicited mailings are not allowed, please refer to the
general guidelines for bionet newsgroups on this matter (for an on-line
version, please see http://www.bio.net/BIOSCI/biosci.FAQ.html#q4)

General questions about confocal microscopy: Confocal microscopy is an
important tool for many people working in the biofilm field, but technical
questions concerning this technique of microscopy should be directed to the
newsgroup on this topic (bit.listserv.confocal; Send an e-mail to
listserv at listserv.buffalo.edu with the message (ignore subject): 
subscribe confocal "Your Name").

The Biofilms list will run unmoderated.

Voting on the proposal for BIOFILMS/bionet.microbiology.biofilms will
run through 24:00 hrs Pacific Time on 27 December 1996.  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.


				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net

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