2013 Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program Award Winners Showcase Diversity of Reflectance Spectroscopy Applications

2013 Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program Award Winners Showcase Diversity of Reflectance Spectroscopy Applications
December 05, 2012

A record 16 graduate students awarded use of high-performance NIR spectrometers to analyze research projects varying from plant material analysis to forensic entomology

BOULDER, Colo. - Dec. 5, 2013 - ASD Inc., a global leader in high-performance analytical instrumentation and materials analysis solutions, announced today the Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program award recipients for 2013. This year's 16 winning research projects contain some of the most diverse applications in the program's seven-year history. Accepted application submissions ranged from measuring spectral reflectance to verify water quality in sub-arctic ponds to using non-destructive near-infrared spectroscopy to more accurately determine time of death. The global breadth of award distribution is also notable. Winners were selected from a variety of countries including the United States, Italy and Latvia.

The award is named for ASD Inc. co-founder and Chief Scientist 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.

"One of the ways we continue to drive our own innovation is by supporting student researchers," said Dr. Goetz. "As our instruments become more ruggedized and we continually improve accuracy, we are seeing more research applications for instruments traditionally considered only appropriate for remote sensing field research."

"The overwhelming number of submissions we received this year is indicative of that shifting trend and we look forward to the publication of these exciting research studies," Goetz said.

Research topics and winners of the 2013 Goetz Instrument Support Program include:

Sean DuBois, M.Sc. Candidate
  • Institution: Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
  • Proposal Title: "Portable Spectral Measurement of Ecosystem Metabolism Across Climatic and Vegetation Gradients in California: Validation for the 2013 NASA AVIRIS Campaign"
Pia Edqvist, M.Sc. Candidate
  • Institution: Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, Norway, on placement at the Department of Antiquities, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Proposal Title: "African Hair Combs: Using Fibre Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy to Investigate Evidence of Manufacture and Use"
Kristina Gehlken, M.Sc. Candidate
  • Institution: Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University, United States
  • Proposal Title: "Developing Tools to Remotely Sense the Palatability of Sagebrush for Vertebrate Herbivores"
Monica Giuliano, M.Sc. Candidate
  • Institution: Urbino University, Italy
  • Proposal Title: "Spectral Response of Architectural Surface as Support to Analyses of Material and Degradation"
Radoslaw Guzinski, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Institution: Department of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Proposal Title: "Investigating Scaling Issues with the Use of Meteorological Balloon Based Observations"
Ulyana Horodyskyj, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Institution: Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, United States
  • Proposal Title: "Quantifying Spectral Diversity within a MODIS footprint - Ngozumpa and Rongbuk Glaciers, Himalaya"
Rhae Sung Kim, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Institution: Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University, United States
  • Proposal Title: "Fluvial Geomorphology Study With Handheld Hyperspectral Imaging System"
Buddhika D. Madurapperuma, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Institution:Environmental and Conservation Science Program, North Dakota State University, United States
  • Proposal Title: "Understanding Factors that Correlate or Contribute to Exotic Russian Olive Invasion at a Wildland-Urban Interface Ecosystem"
Mbongowo Joseph Mbuh, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Institution: Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University, United States
  • Proposal Title: "Hydrology of Hyperspectral Remote Sensing and Field Spectrometer to Estimate Water Quality and Stream Flow Forecasting"
Outi Meinander, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Institution: University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Proposal Title: "Arctic Snow Reflectance and Albedo Affected by Black Carbon"
Ryan M. Parish, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Institution: Department of Earth Sciences, University of Memphis, United States
  • Proposal Title: "The Application of Reflectance Spectroscopy to Chert Provenance of Mississippian Symbolic Weaponry"
Oskars Purmalis, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Institution: Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Latvia, Latvia
  • Proposal Title: "Hyperspectral Classification of Bog's Vegetation and Peat Types in Latvia"
Patrick Shuman, M.Sc. Candidate
  • Institution: Department of Geography, York University, Canada
  • Proposal Title: "Ascertaining The Correlation Between Water Quality and Spectral Reflectance in Sub-Arctic Ponds"
Carinne Tzadik, M.A. Candidate
  • Institution: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California Los Angeles, United States
  • Proposal Title: "Non-Invasive Analysis of Mayan Clay Figurines from Jaina, Mexico"
Jodie-Ann Warren, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Institution: School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Proposal Title: "Hyperspectral Remote Sensing and its Ability to Improve Estimates of Post-Mortem Intervals in Forensic Entomology"
Daniya Zamalieva, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Institution: Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University, United States
  • Proposal Title: "Using Hyperspectral Imaging for The Cutaneous Tissue Research"

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, LabSpec® 4 laboratory instrument, and the HandHeld 2 portable spectroradiometer. Additionally, recipients are eligible to receive up to $500 (USD) toward publication charges for recipients whose completed paper is published by an approved journal, and/or reimbursement of travel costs to recipients with an accepted abstract for an oral or poster presentation at a relevant scientific conference.

The Goetz Program is co-sponsored by ASD Inc. and the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), a member organization of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). This is the seventh year of the program.

 

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