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NEW MACINTOSH USER ORGANIZATION TARGETS SCIENTISTS AND
MacSciTech Unveils Goals at AppleTech '91
Minneapolis, MN (April 3, 1991) ... In conjunction with this week's
AppleTech '91 show and conference, the Consortium for Laboratory &
Industrial Applications of the Macintosh, Inc. (Worcester, MA) and
Apple Computer, Inc. (Cupertino, CA) announced the formation of
MacSciTech, the Macintosh Scientific and Technical Users
Association. MacSciTech, founded by a group of interested
scientists and engineers, is the first independent, international
users association to focus solely on the use of Macintosh computers
in science and engineering. MacSciTech's charter is to enhance the
effective utilization of the Macintosh within the scientific and
engineering communities. It's membership will be drawn from a
wide range of technical disciplines, including engineering,
chemistry, medicine, physics, astronomy, molecular biology,
measurement and testing, environmental sciences, astronautics,
behavioral sciences, computer-aided design, and manufacturing.
Unlike most users groups, MacSciTech's goals and objectives include
a wide variety of far-reaching programs intended to further the
professional objectives of its member scientists and engineers. The
objectives of the group are:
>> To provide members with a variety of forums for the timely
exchange of practical information on the use of Macintosh computers
in science and engineering.
>> To provide members at all levels of expertise with education and
training services concerning the use of Macintosh computers in
scientific and engineering environments.
>> To provide a vehicle for information exchange between scientific
and engineering users of Macintosh computers and providers of
Macintosh scientific and engineering hardware and software,
including both Apple and third party vendors.
>> To advance standards of excellence and professional development
throughout the membership.
According to Doug Nomura, MacSciTech Chairman and a molecular
biologist at DNAX Research Institute (San Jose, CA), "MacSciTech is
a bit unusual as it operates as if it were a cross between a users
group and a professional association. As a users group, MacSciTech
will foster open, interactive communications among its members
through online, interactive services such as America Online, public
domain software archives on the Internet, and quarterly
newsletters. As a professional society, the group will host an
annual technical conference. The first conference is scheduled for
January 1992 in San Francisco, just after MacWorld Expo.
Additionally, the members of MacSciTech will work closely, through
meetings and ongoing communications, with Apple and third-party
developers on product and business issues that affect the scientific
and engineering markets."
Gary Wagner, Consortium Chairman and Director of Sales and
Marketing at Automatix, Inc. (Billerica, MA) states, "The Consortium
is quite excited to have been involved in the formation of
MacSciTech. The education and support role of this group is a
perfect complement to the market development efforts of the
Consortium. In fact, the MacSciTech board, which includes members
of the Consortium, focuses on facilitating communications among
end-users. While MacSciTech will operate independently of the
Consortium, the two groups will help draw the Macintosh community
together and guarantee that the ultimate needs of all levels of
engineering and scientific professionals are served. Crossover
membership between the Consortium and MacSciTech is anticipated
"Apple is interested in working more closely with scientists and
engineers because they tend to challenge technology within a multi-
platform environment," stated Cary Tengler, Higher Education
Marketing Manager at Apple. "MacSciTech will bring together
Macintosh users from different sectors -- government labs,
educational institutions, and commercial enterprises -- and help us
focus on their needs as we work on developing programs and
Led by the efforts of an active volunteer organization, MacSciTech's
Board of Directors includes a number of highly regarded
professionals from industry, academia, and government research
facilities. The Board includes Doug Nomura, DNAX Research,
MacSciTech Chairman; Dr. Michael Duncan, Naval Research
Laboratory, MacSciTech Treasurer; Dr. Frank Brittain, Bechtel Corp.;
Dr. Scott Jenkins, Sandoz Corp.; Dr. Barbara Jezl, E.I. duPont de
Nemours; Dr. Mary Jo Spencer, University of New Hampshire; Dr.
Craig Stone, San Jose State University; Dr. Cliff Stoll, Harvard
University; Mr. Cary Tengler, Apple Computer; Mr. Ray Thompson,
University of Colorado; and Ms Shari Worthington, Consortium for
Laboratory & Industrial Applications of the Macintosh, Inc.
Special charter prices for membership in the society will be in
effect through 1991: Charter member dues are $25/year, with a
student rate of $15/year. MacSciTech's corporate offices will
reside at 49 Midgley Lane, Worcester, MA 01604. For further
information about MacSciTech, contact Shari Worthington at Tel:
508-755-5242, Fax: 508-795-1636, AppleLink: cons.lab.mfg,
America Online: SciTechMac, or Internet: scitech at ra.nrl.navy.mil.
Established in 1989, the Consortium is an independent association of
leading developers, VARs, and end-users, of laboratory and factory
automation equipment who have aligned their efforts to further
develop Macintosh computers as a platform for scientific,
engineering, and manufacturing applications.
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Don Gilbert gilbert at bio.indiana.edu
biocomputing office, biology dept., indiana univ., bloomington, in 47405