to deepen the influence of its prestigious membership

In the very near future, if things go according to plan, the traditionally low-profile Washington, D.C.-based Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) will be exerting influence in the science community far greater than it has ever exerted before in its 20-year history.

According to its new executive director, Martin Apple, the organization--whose membership comprises past, present, and future leaders of some 60 scientific societies--will serve as the hub of an electronic mail-based communications network linking the members not only with one another, but also with a variety of other important science community participants and observers.

Establishment of the E-mail network, says Apple, symbolizes the steps the council intends to take in fulfilling the assertive role in guiding the course of scientific enterprise in the United States that organization members believe it can, and must, now perform. "We're concerned about the future of...

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