Gerald Birth Award: Call for 2016 Nominations

The Awards Committee of the Council for Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (CNIRS) is requesting nominations for three award categories:

(1) The Gerald S. Birth Award for outstanding innovation in diffuse reflection or diffuse transmission spectroscopy is conferred by the Council for Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (CNIRS) in memory of Gerald Birth. The late Dr Birth was the founder of the International Diffuse Reflectance Conference (IDRC), now sponsored by the CNIRS. He also made many contributions to the instrument technology related to diffuse reflectance. The award aims to honour him and to recognise his numerous innovations and contributions to the area of diffuse reflection, transmission and interaction instrumentation.

This award recognises a specific accomplishment in advancing the Art and Science of Near Infrared Spectroscopy by a senior research scientist. All scientists performing research in Diffuse Reflection Spectroscopy or in Diffuse Transmission Spectroscopy in the NIR, visible or IR regions are eligible for the award. The award-winning work must have been published between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2015. The awardee (practicing or retired) may be (or have been) affiliated with industry, academia, government or have another suitable affiliation. Undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers are not eligible. The awardee must be able to present the award-winning work at the IDRC Conference in Chambersburg, PA, 1–5 August-2016. The award entails an honorarium of $2000 and expenses for his/her travel to the IDRC meeting and for an accompanying guest, up to $1500.

(2) IDRC Travel Fellowships: Support for students and scientists, who might otherwise be unable to attend the IDRC Conference without additional financial aid, is available from the CNIRS. Fellowships will cover meeting registration and travel up to $500 for travel within the USA/Canada or up to $1500 for overseas travel. Applicants should submit a resume and brief statement of how they would benefit from attending the Conference. In addition, individuals selected for support are expected to submit a poster of their work in the Poster Session of the IDRC.

(3) Honorary Membership in the CNIRS: Honorary Members are persons who have made exceptional contributions to near infrared spectroscopy and have been voted into their membership by the Governing Board of CNIRS. No more than two Honorary Members can be named in any fiscal year. Nominations and supporting documentation are to be submitted to the Awards Committee.

Nominations and supporting material, from within the international spectroscopy community at large, for any of the above three awards should be sent to David Hopkins, Chair of the CNIRS Awards Committee, [email protected]. The deadline for all nomination materials to reach the Awards Committee is 19–February 2016 for the Birth Award and 11 March 2016 for the Travel Fellowships and Honorary Membership Award. Awardees for the Birth Award and Travel Fellowships will be announced on 4 April 2016. The Honorary Membership Award is traditionally announced and bestowed at the Banquet at the IDRC Meeting.


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