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FRIB Theory Alliance hosted a Neutron star merger summer school from May 15 - 18, 2018
A coalition of scientists from universities and national laboratories attended the event. The summer school had more than 80 attendees from around the world as well as over 20 zoom connections. Attendance was more than twice the originally expected number. MSU Today. The observation of this merger provides additional information for nuclear astrophysics, and it signals a new era in multi-messenger astronomy. The summer school was designed to allow a broader audience to better appreciate the developments resulting from the observation of the merger. Lecturers at the summer school were from Columbia University, Indiana University, Princeton University, the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics – Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE) and Michigan State University.
Participants signed up for the program through a website on Indico Neutron star merger summer school.
First FRIB-TA Bridge faculty appointments at Washington University
The Department of Physics at Washington University in St. Louis has announced the hires of Dr. Saori Pastore and Dr. Maria Piarulli as Assistant Professors in Nuclear Theory. These are the first appointments in the FRIB-TA Bridge Program.
FRIB Theory Alliance EUSTIPEN Program
The Europe-U.S. Theory Institute for Physics with Exotic Nuclei (EUSTIPEN) has been established in order to facilitate collaborations between U.S.-based and Europe-based scientists whose main research thrust is in the area of the physics of nuclei. U.S. participation in EUSTIPEN is in the form of travel grants and subsistence grants to ECT* in Trento to those individuals who are interested in collaborating with European scientists. EUSTIPEN’s purview is in the area of physics of or with exotic nuclei, including nuclear structure and reaction theory, nuclear astrophysics, and tests of the standard model using exotic nuclei. Funding for EUSTIPEN is being provided through the FRIB Theory Alliance by the Office of Nuclear Physics of the U. S. Department of Energy. If you have an interest in forging new or continuing collaborations with European colleagues, this travel grant is for you. Students and postdocs are encouraged to apply. For additional information regarding EUSTIPEN click here.
FRIB-TA Topical Programs: Connecting bound state calculations with the scattering and reaction theory
“From bound states to the continuum: Connecting bound state calculations with scattering and reaction theory” will be organized by Calvin Johnson (SDSU), Kristina Launey (LSU), Pierre Descouvmont (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Marek Płoszajczak (Ganil), Sofia Quaglioni (LLNL), and Jimmy Rotureau (MSU). This program will pull together experts in scattering and reaction theory, in bound state structure calculations, and especially those working on the boundary, to summarize the state of the art and to identify and lower the technical barriers to move from bound state calculations to the continuum. The program will run from June 11 – 22, 2018. Additional information will be posted soon.
FRIB-TA Topical Programs: Implication of the neutron star merger GW170817 and its associated Kilonova for r-process nucleosynthesis
R. Surman (Notre Dame), A. Aprahamian (Notre Dame), G.C. McLaughlin (NCSU) and A. Frebel (MIT) will organize a program on implications of the neutron star merger GW170817 and its associated Kilonova for r-process nucleosynthesis. This program builds on a 2016 r-process Topical Program and is especially timely given the extraordinary GW170817 observations. The program will run from July 16 - 27, 2018. Additional information will be posted soon.
FRIB-TA summer school: “Neutron star mergers for non-experts: GW170817 in the multi-messenger astronomy and FRIB eras”
Recently a neutron star merger was observed with gravitational waves and electromagnetically at frequencies from radio to gamma rays. This single event GW170817 dramatically advances nuclear astrophysics and heralds an exciting new era in multi-messenger astronomy. To allow a broader audience to better appreciate these developments, a summer school will be taught May 16-18, 2018 at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) in East Lansing, MI. The school is intended for an inclusive audience of graduate students, post docs, and more senior researchers working in nuclear physics, astrophysics, astronomy and related areas. See the school website for further details and to apply. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2018.
New FRIB Theory Fellow sought
The FRIB Theory Alliance is seeking outstanding candidates for an FRIB Theory Fellowship. The successful candidate will conduct independent or collaborative research on nuclear structure, astrophysics, and/or fundamental symmetries relevant to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). This FRIB Theory Fellow will be an employee of Michigan State University stationed at a Partner Institution by mutual agreement. See the job description and application info. Applications will be reviewed starting October 28, 2017.
FRIB-TA Annual Meeting August 2-4, 2017 at LECM
The FRIB-TA Annual Meeting was held on August 3 and 4 during the Low Energy Community Meeting (LECM) at Argonne National Laboratory (full program).
On the afternoon of Wednesday, August 2 the FRIB Day 1 Science workshop explored the reach and nature of programs possible with early FRIB beams and the theory in support of these programs. Many FRIB-TA members contributed input to the talks by the speakers/conveners.  
The FRIB-TA Annual Meeting on August 3 included the FRIB-TA Town Meeting (slides), talks by FRIB-TA Fellows Diego Lonardoni (slides) and Gregory Potel (slides) and discussions of FRIB Day-1 topics based on material presented at the FRIB Day-1 Science Workshop and FRIB-TA contributions to the FRIB Day-1 science program (slides). Witek Nazarewicz gave a summary of the FRIB-TA Annual Meeting to the entire LECM on August 4.
FRIB-CSC Research Fellow program accepting 2017 applications
The FRIB-CSC Research Fellow program is now accepting applications for 5 postdoctoral research fellow positions in 2017. There are two due dates for application documents, January 20 and July 31, 2017. This program was originally launched in 2016 jointly by Peking University, the Institute of Modern Physics (CAS,) and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University, and is partially supported by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Outstanding recent Ph.Ds. in China are invited to apply for these positions to carry out innovative research in experimental and theoretical rare isotope physics at FRIB or FRIB-related partner laboratories in the U.S. For more details on this program, please see this announcement.
TALENT course lecture videos available
The TALENT course Density Functional Theory and Self-Consistent Methods was held at the University of York in York, UK, from July 17 to August 6, 2016. The principal lecturers were Jacek Dobaczewski, Andrea Idini, Alessandro Pastore, and Nicolas Schunck. Videos of the lectures and written materials are freely available.