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2016 Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program winners announced

Seven students awarded use of high-performance ASD spectrometers to analyze research projects

ASD Inc., a PANalytical company, a global leader in high-performance analytical instrumentation and materials analysis solutions today announced the Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program award recipients for 2016.

Seven students were selected from a group of applicants that reflect the scientific diversity and innovation the Goetz Program has fostered since its inception.

These student researchers will have access to the most advanced spectroscopy tools available. The Goetz Program will provide them with temporary use of instrumentation including the industry-standard FieldSpec® 4 spectroradiometer and the HandHeld 2 portable spectroradiometer.

Recipients of the 2016 Goetz Instrument Support Program award and their research topics include:

Darian Dixon, M.Sc. Candidate, Western Washington University
Proposal title: Constraining Hydrated Mineral Detection Thresholds for the Mastcam-Z Instrument in Development for the NASA Mars-2020 Rover

Leslie Forero, Ph. D. Candidate, Utah State University
Proposal title: Using NDVI to strengthen plant growth models

Gabriel Lewis, Ph. D. Canditate, Dartmouth College
Proposal title: Geophysical Investigation of Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Mass Balance by Light Absorbing Impurity and Albedo Measurements

Joaquín Muñoz-Cobo Belart, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Iceland
Proposal title: Environmental Mapping and Monitoring of Iceland by Remote Sensing

Milad Niroumand Jadidi, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Trento
Proposal title: Rivers Hydro-Morphological Characterization from High Resolution Remotely Sensed Data

Nicolas Raab, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Oxford
Proposal title: Assessing nonstructural carbohydrates (NSCs) concentration evolution in leaves throughout the season with spectroscopy

Audit Shrestha, Ph.D. Candidate, Washington State University
Proposal title: Automation of Red Raspberry Pruning and Bundling

This is the tenth year of the program, which encourages novel, unconventional and fundamental research. The program is named for ASD Inc. co-founder Dr. Alexander Goetz, who is recognized as a pioneer in the fields of remote sensing and imaging spectrometry and developed some of the first field portable instruments.

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