ASD Inc. Announces Call for Entries for 2011 Goetz Instrument Support Program

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Entering Its Fifth Year, the Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program Continues to Foster Creativity in Field Research Around the World.

The program provides a platform for us to support graduate students to do research using advanced scientific equipment they might not otherwise have access to.

Boulder, Colo., March 23, 2010 -- Beginning April 1, 2010, ASD Inc. will accept proposals for the 2011 calendar year as part of the Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program. The annual program encourages novel, unconventional and/or fundamental research. Master's and Ph.D. candidate field researchers from all disciplines involving remote sensing and field spectroscopy are encouraged to apply. 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).

Entering its fifth year, the Goetz Instrument Support Program offers temporary use of ASD field instruments (FieldSpec® 3 and FieldSpec® HandHeld) to a maximum of ten recipients per year. The program provides the 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, recipients are eligible to receive a stipend of up to a total of $500 to cover publication charges (if the resulting paper is published in an approved journal) and/or travel assistance and print charges for presentation of an accepted abstract at a relevant scientific conference.

The annual award program was established in honor of ASD's co-founder, Dr. Alexander F. H. Goetz, a life-long contributor and world-renowned expert in the field of spectroscopy and remote sensing. "As a leading provider of high-performance analytical instrumentation solutions used in the field and labs around the world, the program provides a platform for us to support graduate students to do research using advanced scientific equipment they might not otherwise have access to," said Dr. Goetz. "The varied research topics we see in the proposals each year are a testament to the growing application possibilities of our instruments."

Proposals for the 2011 program are due by October 18, 2010. 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 2010. Additional program information and proposal 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, Marketing Communications Manager, ASD Inc., 2555 55th Street, Suite 100, Boulder, CO, 80301; 303/444-6522, 303/444-6825 (fax); http://www.asdi.com.

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