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Announcements (see also Initiatives with calls and Announcement Archive)

Call for Partners for the FRIB TA Theory Fellows [deadline August 5, 2020, see below]

We are now soliciting partners for FRIB TA Theory Fellows:
An important component of the FRIB-TA has been the FRIB Theory Fellow Program. FRIB Theory Fellows are highly qualified individuals with exceptional potential. They are expected to have the independence of action of faculty/staff and to develop a high-caliber research effort relevant to rare-isotope science. The initial appointment is for two years and may be extended up to a total of five years. There are currently four Fellows: one at FRIB/MSU and the others at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The FRIB Theory Fellow Search Committee is soliciting Partner Institutions to host a FRIB Theory Fellow. If you are interested in partnering with the FRIB-TA on the fellow program, please review: National FRIB Theory Fellow program.

Please communicate your interest to Kristina Launey (klauney@lsu.edu), chair of the Search Committee, as soon as possible. The proposed time-line for the search is:
August 5: Deadline to identify Partner Institutions
August 14: Advertise FRIB Theory Fellow Position
October 5: Application Deadline
December 7 - 11: Interview FRIB Theory Fellow candidates
December 17: Select FRIB Theory Fellow
The Partner Institutions need to identify a senior researcher who will act as the local host for the Fellow. The Partner Institutions and the local hosts will be identified in the fellow position advertisement. Each Partner Institution will have a representative on the Search Committee during the interview process. These extra members of the search committee will participate in the selection of the shortlist and in all interviews. After the interviews, the representatives of the Partner Institutions on the search committee can give their assessment of each candidate but will not participate in the final selection of the Fellow. If any of the permanent members of the Search Committee represent a Partner Institution, they will be replaced by other members of the FRIB-TA in order to provide five voting members of the Search Committee.
The FRIB Theory Fellow will be an MSU employee and the Partner Institution will execute a sub-recipient agreement with MSU. The funding required from the Partner Institution to MSU is approximately $60k/year pending final negotiations. Further questions may be directed to me or to Filomena Nunes (nunes@frib.msu.edu).
FRIB Theory Alliance Colloquium: FRIB TA - Dialogues on Nuclear Physics
Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT
Speaker: Saori Pastore, Washington University in St. Louis
Hosts: Baha Balantekin and Vincenzo Cirigliano
Online via Zoom https://msu.zoom.us/j/98852884002 Password FRIBTA2020
FRIB Theory Alliance Summer School: Dense matter in Astrophysics, June 30 – July 2, 2020
The FRIB-TA Summer School: Dense matter in Astrophysics will take place in an on-line format due to travel restrictions surrounding Covid-19. The school will focus on dense matter in astrophysics, such as the matter in the interior of neutron stars and the one created in supernova explosions and neutron star mergers, along with comparisons with the matter created in laboratories. There will be lectures from the following experts, together with interactive activities:
• Veronica Dexheimer (Kent State University): introduction to modeling the core of neutron stars
• Luke Roberts (Michigan State University): the physics of supernova explosions and neutron star mergers
• Pawel Danielewicz (Michigan State University): laboratory constraints for the equation of state of neutron stars
• Rodrigo Negreiros (Federal Fluminense University, Brazil): general relativity (including the formalism to describe stellar rotation and magnetic fields) and stellar cooling
• Thomas Klähn (California State University Long Beach): deconfined quarks and phase transitions in the core of neutron stars
For additional information visit the website https://indico.frib.msu.edu/event/22/
Results of elections for the FRIB-TA board
The elections results are in and Jonathan Engel (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Amy Lovell (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Daniel Phillips Ohio University) and Kate Jones (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) have been selected to serve this time. Please join us in extending our gratitude for their willingness to serve.
FRIB-TA Bridge faculty appointment at North Carolina State University
Dr. Sebastian Koenig initiated his Assistant Professor appointment in Jan 2020 at North Carolina State University, Department of Physics. This is the third bridge faculty appointment under the FRIB-TA Bridge Program.
Announcing the FRIB theory fellows of 2020
The FRIB Theory Alliance conducted a search for two new FRIB theory fellows in the Fall of 2019. The search committee received many excellent applications and selected a shortlist of five. The interviews took place in the beginning of December 2019. Following the recommendation of the search committee Chloë Hebborn and Christian Drischler were selected as the two new FRIB theory fellows. Chloë will be hosted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Christian will be hosted by Michigan State University. Please join the FRIB-TA in congratulating Chloë and Christian and wishing them a successful stay at LLNL and MSU.
Third FRIB Theory Bridge Faculty Position Host Institution Selected
Florida State University has been selected as the host of the third FRIB Theory Bridge Faculty position. All of the proposals were strong and we thank the applicants for their diligent efforts in preparing the submissions. Please join me in congratulating our FL-State colleagues. Details about the FRIB Theory Bridge program and procedures are given: here.
FRIB Theory Alliance EUSTIPEN Program - The EUSTIPEN program has been suspended due to travel restrictions with COVID-19. Please check back when global travel resumes.
EUSTIPEN Mission: 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.


Good News!

FRIB theory fellow has accepted staff position at LLNL
Dr. Gregory Potel, an FRIB theory fellow from 2016 to 2019, has accepted a staff position in the Nuclear Data and Theory Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research is on low-energy reaction theory and he intends to continue being involved with FRIB theory alliance activities. Congratulations Gregory!