ASD Inc. Announces Recipients for 2009 Goetz Instrument Support Program

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Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program Fosters Creativity in Graduate Level Researchers from Around the World

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As with the first two years, the variety of disciplines of this year's winners is a testament to the broad application of our devices.

ASD Inc. has awarded seven recipients with the Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program grant for the 2009 calendar year. The annual program encourages novel, unconventional and/or fundamental research by graduate level researchers affiliated with accredited educational institutions around the world. 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).

Seven proposals, covering a variety of disciplines, were chosen from those submitted. The recipients are Vedran Petrov, Ph.D Candidate (Environmental Management Program, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia); Sina Muster, Ph.D Candidate (Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany); Karen Owen, Ph.D Candidate (Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia); Michael Shouse, M.S. Candidate (Department of Forestry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky); James Monty, Ph.D Candidate (Laboratory for Application of Remote Sensing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana); Lucy Kammer, M.A. Candidate (Geography Department, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York); Andrew Hauck, Ph.D Candidate (Crop Sciences Department, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois).

Now in its third year, the Goetz Instrument Support Program offers temporary use of ASD field instruments (FieldSpec® 3 and FieldSpec® HandHeld) to a maximum of ten recipients annually. The program provides field instrumentation for students in graduate-level research programs affiliated with an accredited educational institution. Additionally, ASD provides up to $500 for each recipient to apply towards publication charges if recipient's findings are accepted for publication in a recognized journal or reimbursement of presentation/travel costs if findings are accepted for presentation at an approved scientific/technical conference.

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"As the leading provider of high-performance spectroscopy instrumentation solutions used in the field and labs around the world, the Goetz Program is the ideal vehicle to support graduate level research. The recipients are able to use up-to-date equipment for their research, which they would not otherwise have access to," said Dr. Alexander Goetz, co-founder and Chief Scientist of ASD. "As with the first two years, the variety of disciplines of this year's winners is a testament to the broad application of our devices."

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 currently with ASD full-time as Chief Scientist, and remains Chairman of the company. Additional program information can be found on the ASD website at

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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 Street, Suite 100, Boulder, CO, 80301 USA; 303/444-6522, 303/444-6825 (fax); mktg @;


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