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David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Thu Jun 16 17:39:36 EST 1994

We have received a proposal below for a new newsgroup,


This announcement marks the end of the six month "prototype newsgroup"
period for the EMF-BIO group at net.bio.net.  Either the group now
moves on through the voting process to full newsgroup status, i.e., a
USENET newsgroup in addition to a mailing list, or else it will be
shut down.  This message will also be posted to the emf-bio list.

Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 26 June
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 27 June (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 EMF-BIO/bionet.emf-bio

Proposed USENET name: bionet.emf-bio

Proposed Mailing list name: EMF-BIO

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

Discussion Leader:         Allan H. Frey
			   Potomac, MD
			   afrey at uunet.uu.net

The purpose of the Newsgroup is to provide a means of easy 
communication among people doing research in or interested 
in electromagnetic field interactions with biological systems.
It also provides the general biological community with a
window into a field which has broad implications for biology.

The Newsgroup is primarily for discussions among bioscientists.
Lay people interested in hazards should contact the appropriate
groups for such information such as the National EMR 
Alliance (212-554-4073).  Those interested in arguing about
hazards, which is a policy issue, have other forums where 
discussions of policy issues are appropriate.
The Newsgroup can be used for discussion of books, articles
and methods.  Users can pose questions on techniques to be 
used in experiments and seek solutions for problems they have 
encountered in experiments.  A preprint of a paper can be 
posted for comment before sending it in for publication or
starting the next experiment.  Theories can be debated and 
the validity of experiments can be discussed.  Important new 
findings can be announced. Journal editors can post abstracts 
of papers accepted for publication and society newsletters can 
be distributed.  Announcements of funding for new programs 
and jobs can be posted.

The newsgroup is expected to run unmoderated and will continue to as
long as the postings concern bioscience research.  I am willing to act
as the coordinator.

Allan H. Frey (afrey at uunet.uu.net)

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