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					     There are two highly controversial      issues presented in this issue
of THE PHYSIOLOGIST.         One is the matter of the increasing number
of lo-minute    papers and the size of the Federation meetings.        Other
societies of the Federation are concerned about this growing problem
and several have tightened up their rules for accepting abstracts.         With
every society having rules of varying severity, those with the most se-
vere rules are not prone to accept transfer papers from societies with
more lenient rules since they feel it would not be fair to their own mem-
bers to program papers from other societies while not programming
papers from their own members.         If transfer of papers from one soci-
ety program to another, where it may fit much better into a session, is
restricted   it will mean that there will be more than the usual number
of combined session topics (4 or 5 papers on one subject plus 4 or 5 on
another).    In order to make up well integrated sessions as well as a
better orientated program,     transfer of papers from one society to an-
other society session is essential.      Could thought be given to encourag-
ing all societies to have relatively similar restrictive       rules, and in-
crease the number of truly intersociety        sessions?   This would prevent
many overlaps and much hopping around.

      The other controversial       matter is that of membership      requirement
in the APS. Liberalization         of residency requirement     will come before
the Society for vote at the Fall meeting.         The present Bylaws just state
that a person must be a resident of North America,            they do not specif-
ically state the length of residency but this has always been interpreted
to mean intent of permanent residency.           We have had many applications
from South American,          European and Japanese nationals working in
 North America for varying periods of time who would like to become
 members while they are residents of North America and then carry
their membership,        with the prestige associated with it, back to their
 native country.      Would this be a good policy?       How would it affect the
 status of our honorary memberships ? Should a separate caregory of
 membership       be established for these foreign nationals?        Cur constitu-
 tion states only one purpose of the Society - “to promote the increase
 of physiological    knowledge and its utilization.    ”