From the Editor
Michelle Effros

In this issue, Society President Jerry Gibson discusses the future of information theory, Jacob Ziv revisits the universal data compression problem discussed in his 1995 ISIT plenary lecture, Tony Ephremides presents another dazzling piece of society history, Ubli Mitra discusses membership trends, and Sol Golomb challenges the reader with another puzzle.

Please help me to make the Newsletter as interesting and informative as possible by contributing suggestions, news, and articles. The deadlines for receiving material for the next few issues are as follows.

Issue Deadline

December 1996 October 15, 1996
March 1997 January 15, 1997
June 1997 April 15, 1997
September 1997 July 15, 1997