To advance the application of synchrotron radiation in the geosciences, Earth scientists have formed GeoSync International. GSI, an expansion of GeoSync America, which was established at a meeting hosted by Argonne National Laboratory in January 1988, is the culmination of several informal meetings including one associated with a symposium held at the European Union of Geosciences meeting in Strasbourg, France, in March.
When they met August 6 at Stanford University, Gordon E. Brown, Jr., of Stanford, Georges Calas of Laboratoire de Mineralogie Cristallographie in Paris, and J.V. Smith and Ian M. Steele of the University of Chicago decided that GSI should have three geographically convenient divisions: GeoSync Asia (GSAS), GeoSync Europe/Africa (GSEA) and GeoSync America (GSAM). Such an organization will help GSI in its goals to coordinate development of experimental stations on the synchrotrons around the world to attain rapid development at minimal cost, disseminate information by organizing symposia, study institutes and review articles, publish news about GeoSync activities, and coordinate with other disciplines in the materials sciences (sensu lato).