ASD Inc. Announces Call for Entries for '09 Instrument Support Program

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Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program Fosters Creativity in Field Research

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As a leading provider of high-performance analytical instrumentation solutions used in the field and labs around the world, the Instrument Support Program allows us to support graduate students to do research with up-to-date equipment as part of their degree programs

ASD Inc. (formerly Analytical Spectral Devices) is accepting entries for the annual Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program, for the 2009 calendar year, from field researchers in the areas of remote sensing and field spectroscopy. The annual program encourages novel, unconventional and/or fundamental research. The program is co-sponsored by the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), a member organization of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Now in its third year, the Instrument Support Program offers temporary use of ASD field instruments (FieldSpec® 3 and FieldSpec® HandHeld) to a maximum of ten recipients. 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 and print charges for presentation of an accepted abstract at a relevant scientific conference will be provided for each recipient.

The annual award program was established in honor of ASD's co-founder, Dr. Alexander F. H. Goetz. After more than twenty years at the University of Colorado as a professor, and founder/director of the Center for the Study of Earth from Space (CSES), Dr. Goetz retired in 2006. He is a life-long contributor and world-renowned expert in the field of spectroscopy and remote sensing. He is now with ASD full-time as Chief Scientist, and remains Chairman of the company.

"As a leading provider of high-performance analytical instrumentation solutions used in the field and labs around the world, the Instrument Support Program allows us to support graduate students to do research with up-to-date equipment as part of their degree programs," said Dr. Goetz. "The wide range of research topics from the first two year's winners is yet another testament to the broad application of our devices."

Entries will be accepted beginning July 1, 2008; proposals for the 2009 program are due no later than October 15, 2008. 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 the first week of December 2008. Additional program criteria and submittal guidelines are located on the ASD website.

About ASD
ASD Inc. is unsurpassed in solving some of the world's most challenging materials measurement problems. We collaborate with industrial professionals, analytical researchers, and remote sensing scientists to provide the most reliable, high-performance analytical instrumentation solutions for real-world applications. Established in 1990 and based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, ASD Inc. has customers world-wide.

For more information, please contact Amanda Griffin, ASD Marketing Communications Manager, 2555 55th St., Suite 100, Boulder, CO, 80301 USA; 303/444-6522, 303/444-6825 (fax); amanda.griffin@asdi.com; http://www.asdi.com.

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