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I'd like to welcome Dr. Kenneth C. Turner (, NSF Program Director for Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology, and also a member of the Investigators Working Group for the NASA SETI Microwave Observing Project. Ken's Ph.D in Physics (Princeton, 1962) led to a postdoc in radio astronomy, then to work at the Dept. of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. He spent three years at the Argentine Institute for Radio Astronomy, then joined the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. He will soon return to Puerto Rico to an R&D/consulting business he started a few years ago. Ken's computing interests are in extraction of weak signals from noise, modeling of complex systems, and languages.

Gianfranco Passariello (emsca!conicit! is also joining us. From Naples, Italy, he migrated to the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Caracas, Venezuela) for an EE degree, RPI (Troy, NY) for an M.E. in Biomedical Engineering, and the Universite Franois Rabelais (Tours, France) for a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. He joined the Dept. of Electronics, Universidad Simon Bolivar, in 1981. Gianfranco been teaching biomedical instrumentation, signal processing, and bioelectronics, with research in electrocardiology instrumentation and intelligent biomedical systems. He has more than 40 research articles, seminars, conferences, and technical reports, and has consulted for the Venezuelan electronics industry. (His netmail channel is being provided by Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas (CONICIT), the Venezuelan equivalent of NSF.)