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Debra at Debra at
Wed Jan 31 16:53:40 CST 1996

Dear Taxacomers:

        There is a proposal at our university to merge Plant Biology with
various other departments under a massive umbrella department called
Biology.  I (and others) think this bodes ill for Plant Biology, but need
some data to back up my intutitive arguments (or to convince me that my
fears are unfounded). If any of you have information about the results of
such a merger at another institution, and can help me by providing all
relevant details, I would be most appreciative.  Also, any references to
an eloquent, published argument that not only extolls the virtues of
maintaining a botany department with classical disciplines (anatomy,
taxonomy, etc.), but does so in terms administrators can understand
($$$$$$$ benefits), would be helpful.
        Thank you very much for your help.
Debra Waters

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