I'm happy to report that today I was able to submit an NSF MRI proposal for a high resolution multi-collector ICP-MS with new 193nm laser ablation unit -- just minutes under the 5PM deadline. This instrument will allow us to generate isotopic data on a wide range of mass ranges - perfect for luminescence dating (esp. in situ dosimetry) as well as sourcing and a host of other applications. This proposal was done with co-PIs Hector Neff, Zed Mason, Greg Holk and Rick Behl. It is kind of a long shot, I think, given that the total cost of the setup is ca. $1.2MM. But when has over-ambition stopped me?