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Herman J. Woltring
04-04-1991, 04:11 AM
Dear Biomch-L readers,

Following last month's Biomch-L postings on email communication with
the USSR, I sent a letter to IREX. Today, I received a reply from Mr
Wesley A. Fisher, Director of Soviet Programs with IREX (International
Research and Exchanges Board in Princeton, NJ/USA), with the following
contents:

The International Research & Exchanges Board is sponsored by the
American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research
Council and is the principal national scholarly organization in the
United States responsible for contacts in the humanities and social
sciences with the USSR and Eastern Europe (the natural sciences are
administered predominantly through the National Academy of Sciences
in Washington DC). We have been concerned with the development of
computer communication for some time and moved with the assistance
of the Carnegie Corporation of New York to put the Soviet Union onto
BITNET and EARN. Our involvement is partly to expedite the process
for the sake of research in all fields, but more specifically is to
protect the interest of the humanities and social sciences and to
insure that they are included in the network.

The Moscow nodes should be up and running and connected by the begin-
ning of May (... an email address and a responsible person were also
provided -- HJW).


Herman J. Woltring, Eindhoven/NL