The CNIRS is pleased to announce that FossNA will be sponsoring the Gerald S. Birth Award. Foss has more than 60 years of experience as a leading provider of dedicated analytical solutions to maximize value of production of agricultural food products.
The Gerald S. Birth Award, conferred every two years for an outstanding publication describing innovation in diffuse reflection or diffuse transmission spectroscopy, is administered by the CNIRS in memory of Gerald Birth. It is fitting that Gerry Birth had major interest in developing instrumentation for the measurement of agricultural products.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE GERALD S. BIRTH AWARD WINNER
The Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy (CNIRS) is proud to announce that this year’s winner of the Gerald S. Birth Award for best work in diffuse spectroscopy published in 2014 to 2015 is Dr. Eric B. Brauns. He is receiving recognition for his paper, “Mid-Infrared Diffuse Reflection on Ultrafast Time Scales”, published in Applied Spectroscopy, Vol 68 Number 1, pp 1-4 (2014). Dr. Brauns describes an elegant instrument which allows the estimation of travel paths of infrared photons through samples of various mixtures of KBr and carbon black. Sophisticated data analysis suggests that the photons entering the sample at 30 degrees and detected at 30 degrees fall into two distinct categories. The majority (more than 90%) of the diffusely reflected photons travel relatively short paths (0.05 to 0.2 mm), while the other fraction traverses longer paths (1.3 to 2.3 mm). In both cases the shortest distances are travelled at the highest concentrations of the absorber. The conclusion is, “This bimodal character could only have been identified using a time-resolved approach.” The award and a lecture by Dr. Brauns will be presented as part of a special symposium at the 18th International Conference on Diffuse Reflectance (IDRC) at Chambersburg, PA July 30 to August 5, 2016.
Dr. Brauns received a B.Sc. degree from Virginia Tech. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina for studies on the ultrafast dynamics of DNA folding using time-resolved fluorescence measurements. He was a Post-doctoral Fellow and later on the Technical Staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Currently he is an Associate Professor at the University of Idaho Department of Chemistry, Moscow, Idaho.
The Gerald S. Birth Award, conferred every two years for an outstanding publication describing innovation in diffuse reflection or diffuse transmission spectroscopy, is administered by the CNIRS in memory of Gerald Birth. The late Dr. Birth was the founder of the IDRC, now sponsored by the CNIRS. Dr. Birth made many contributions to instrument technology related to diffuse reflection. It is fitting that the Birth Award this year is conferred upon Dr. Brauns, who also has a deep interest in understanding the interaction of scattering and absorption in diffusely scattering samples.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS OF STUDENT TRAVEL AWARDS FOR ATTENDING THE IDRC-2016