Call for Entries Announced for 2012 Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program Sponsored by ASD Inc

Top Quote Up to 10 Graduate Student Researchers Will Be Selected to Receive Remote Sensing Instrument Use for Innovative and Unconventional Ideas. End Quote
  • Boulder, CO (1888PressRelease) April 15, 2011 - ASD Inc. is now accepting entries for the annual Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program for the 2012 calendar year from researchers in all disciplines involving remote sensing and field spectroscopy. The annual program encourages novel, unconventional and/or fundamental research in the field of remote sensing and near infrared spectroscopy.

    Now in its sixth year, the Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program will begin accepting applications April 1. The program will award up to 10 students for their valuable and thought-provoking research projects that apply reflectance spectroscopy to advance understanding in fields of study as diverse as geology and agriculture.

    ASD Inc. will allocate one full-range FieldSpec® 3 (350-2500 nm) spectrometer system, one FieldSpec® HandHeld (325-1075 nm) spectroradiometer system and one FieldSpec® HandHeld 2 (325-1075 nm) spectroradiometer system for temporary use during the selected research project.

    The program provides field instrumentation to graduate students pursuing a Master's or Ph.D. within an accredited college or university program in the United States and all countries where Carnet documentation for shipments is accepted. Additionally, up to a total of $500 in publication charges (if the resulting paper is published in an approved publication) and/or travel assistance for presentation of an accepted abstract at a relevant scientific conference will be provided for each recipient.

    The annual award program was established in recognition of ASD's co-founder, Dr. Alexander F. H. Goetz for his pioneering work in the field of remote sensing. Dr. Goetz was a professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder for 21 years and while there, he founded the Center for the Study of Earth from Space (CSES).

    "This program complements our company's mission to be the leading provider of high performance analytical instrumentation solutions by encouraging a creative research environment that can quickly establish concept viability," said Dr. Goetz, Chief Scientist at ASD. "We are providing them access to field spectroradiometers and accessories that might otherwise be difficult for the student to obtain."

    Proposals for the 2012 program are due no later than October 17, 2011. Proposals should be inventive, might be opportunistic, and need not have an immediate practical application or guarantee of success. Additional consideration will be given to proposals that bridge boundaries between traditional disciplines. All submissions will be reviewed by a prestigious interdisciplinary review committee chaired by Dr. Goetz, and winners will be announced in early December 2011. Additional program information and proposal guidelines are located on the ASD website.

    About ASD
    Established in 1990 in Boulder, ASD Inc. is the global leader in high-performance analytical instrumentation solutions, solving some of the most challenging real-world materials measurement problems. ASD spectrometers - unparalleled in providing laboratory-grade results in the field or on-site - are the instruments of choice for remote sensing, environmental sciences, agricultural, mining, pharmaceutical and pulp and paper industry applications, where results drive paradigm-changing insights, efficiency and profit. ASD's collaborative culture and world-class customer service put the best, fastest and most accurate spectroscopic instruments to work for industry and science in more than 70 countries around the world. For more information, please visit

    CONTACT: Marie Rotter, Metzger Associates, 720-833-5925 mrotter ( @ ) metzger dot com

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