Announcing the winners of the 2024 FRIB Achievement Award for Early Career Researchers

The FRIB Users Organization Executive Committee and FRIB Theory Alliance Executive Board are pleased to announce the winners of the 2024 FRIB Achievement Award for Early Career Researchers.

The 2024 recipient for the Experimental Award is Dr. Tim Gray, University of Tennessee, for their path-breaking work on Decay Spectroscopy at FRIB.

The 2024 Theory Award recipient is Dr. Chloë Hebborn, Michigan State University, for their innovative work describing nuclear reactions on exotic nuclei.

The FRIB Achievement Award for Early Career Researchers was established to recognize outstanding original contributions to the field of nuclear physics through work at or relating to FRIB, performed by scientists early in their careers. The recipients will present their work during the plenary session at the Low Energy Community Meeting and receive a stipend to support their participation.

Please join us in congratulating this year's winners.
Andrew Ratkiewicz and Jon Engel
on behalf of the FRIBUOEC and FRIBTAEB

Announcing the FRIB-TA 2024 Summer School: Put the reaction into action: A Nuclear physics boot camp on reaction methods

We are pleased to announce the FRIB Theory Alliance summer school “Put the reaction into action: A Nuclear physics boot camp on reaction methods” to be hosted at Michigan State University from August 12 to 14, 2024. The summer school target audiences are graduate students and postdocs within a few years of their Ph.D. The registration is now open, and more information is available at The registration deadline is June 1.

In this summer school, we will discuss a variety of theoretical approaches for computing nuclear reaction observables. We plan to introduce some of the most utilized reaction methods, namely the eikonal approximation, DWBA, ADWA, CDCC and Faddeev methods. This 3-day course will be useful for both theorists and experimentalists interested in learning the fundamentals of reaction methods. This will also be a wonderful opportunity for the participants to start collaborations with each other or the instructors on projects beyond the duration of summer school. Please join us in East Lansing this summer to explore a wide range of theoretical approaches to describe nuclear reactions.

For selected participants we hope to provide partial support which may include lodging and meals. After registration closes, you will be contacted about the support we can provide.

The school is made possible thanks to the support by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Physics, under the FRIB Theory Alliance award DE-SC0013617.

Organizers and main teachers:

Erin Good (PNNL), Chloë Hebborn (MSU), Linda Hlophe (MSU/LANL), Gregory Potel (LLNL) and Grigor Sargsyan (MSU)

Announcement of FRIB theory fellow for 2024

The FRIB Theory Alliance conducted a search for a new FRIB theory fellow in the Fall of 2023. The search committee received excellent applications and selected a shortlist of five. The interviews took place in-person at FRIB in December 2023. Following the recommendation of the search committee Francesca Bonaiti was selected as the new FRIB theory fellow. Francesca’s research is focused on the calculation of electromagnetic reaction observables such as electric dipole polarizabilities and isoscalar monopole resonances, which strongly correlate with parameters of the nuclear equation of state. As FRIB theory fellow, Francesca aims to extend ab initio calculations of these quantities to neutron-rich nuclei, where constraints on the nuclear equation of state can be obtained in synergy with future experiments at FRIB. Her research in nuclear many-body physics also has potential implications for research at the interface of nuclear structure and astrophysics, for instance in studies of beta-decay rates, which are a key input for nucleosynthesis simulations. Francesca will be hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory starting in Fall 2024. Please join the FRIB-TA in congratulating Francesca and wishing her much success!

For more details on Fellows see Supported Scientists

FRIB Theory Alliance Bridge Faculty Member Earns NSF Career Award

Sebastian König, an assistant professor of physics at North Carolina State University (NC State) and FRIB Theory Alliance (FRIB-TA) bridge faculty member, has received a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, also known as the NSF CAREER award, is one of the highest awards the foundation bestows upon young faculty in the sciences.

Paul Gueye, The (Hidden) Shades of Physics - Perspectives of being a Black Physicist

Paul Gueye, Associate Professor of Physics at Michigan State University National Superconduction Cyclotron Laboratory shares The (Hidden) Shades of Physics - Perspectives of being a Black Physicist

FRIB Theory Alliance EUSTIPEN Program
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.

FRIB theory alliance bridge position at OU

Dr Christian Drischler, an FRIB theory fellow since 2020 at MSU, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Physics Department of Ohio University, under the FRIB-TA bridge program.

Christian’s research includes applications of chiral effective theory and many-body perturbation theory to nuclear matter equation of state and neutron stars, as well as Bayesian methods and emulators for nuclear scattering and reactions. Congratulations Christian!

FRIB-TA Bridge Faculty member Maria Piarulli is a winner of a 2021 DOE-SC Early Career Award

Five scientists who will perform research at FRIB have received 2021 U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) Early Career Research Program.

FRIB theory alliance bridge position at FSU
Dr. Kevin Fossez, an FRIB theory fellow since 2019 at ANL, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Physics department of Florida State University. His research is on the boundaries of nuclear structure and nuclear reactions, and his interests overlap strongly with the FSU experimental program. Congratulations Kevin!
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