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  • IREX/USSR (3)

    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

    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