The Coblentz Society, an affiliate of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy, was approached with a challenge from an anonymous donor during the SciX13 conference. If donations toward the Lippincott endowment fund total $5,000, the anonymous donor will match the $5,000.
The endowment is underfunded and not able to sustain the award going forward. Subsequent to the conference, the anonymous donor agreed to extend the challenge through 2013. To donate, visit the donation link on the Coblentz: http://members.coblentz.org/donations.
The Ellis R. Lippincott Award is presented annually to an outstanding vibrational spectroscopist. It is co-sponsored by the Coblentz Society, the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and the Optical Society of America. The award is presented in memory of Professor Ellis R. Lippincott to scientists who have made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy as judged by their influence on other scientists.