Announcement of FRIB theory fellows for 2023

The FRIB Theory Alliance conducted a search for two new FRIB theory fellows in the Fall of 2022. The search committee received excellent applications and selected a shortlist of five. The interviews took place in-person in December 2022. Following the recommendation of the search committee Linda Hlophe and Grigor Sargsyan were selected as the two new FRIB theory fellows. Linda’s research is focused on reaction theory and development of Faddeev based methods to study three-body problems with an exact treatment of Coulomb interactions to advance reactions relevant for FRIB. Griogor’s research plan includes studies of electroweak processes within the symmetry-adapted No-Core Shell Model, developments of ab-initio optical potentials, and studies of charge exchange reactions relevant to the FRIB program. Linda will be hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Grigor Sargsyan will be hosted by FRIB/Michigan State University. Please join the FRIB-TA in congratulating Linda and Grigor and wishing them much success!

FRIB-TA contribution to the Long Range Plan

As you have likely heard, the US Nuclear Physics community has begun to formulate a Long-Range Plan that will guide research in our field for the next 5-10 years. This Fall three different Town Meetings will take place as part of that process. The dates and locations are:

Hot & Cold QCD: 23-25 September, MIT,
Nuclear Structure, Reactions, and Astrophysics: 14-16 November, ANL
Fundamental Symmetries, Neutrons, and Neutrinos: 13-15 December, UNC

I encourage you to show up to (at least!) one of these meetings and to make your voice heard there. The Theory Alliance construes FRIB Science very broadly, so you should feel free to attend whichever of these meetings you think overlaps most strongly with your scientific interests. I anticipate that FRIB-TA members will be present at all three meetings.

The FRIB-TA has accomplished a lot during it’s life so far. In order to ensure continued flourishing of theory in general, and the FRIB-TA in particular, it is imperative that we articulate our contributions to nuclear-physics research clearly. I look forward to working with you as we participate in the Long-Range Planning process together.

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.

U.S. Department of Energy designates FRIB as DOE Office of Science user facility

The U.S. Department of Energy has designated the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University as an Office of Science user facility. U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced the designation at a special ceremony held outdoors at MSU, under a tent adjacent to FRIB.
The university is establishing FRIB under a cooperative agreement with the DOE Office of Science, supporting the mission of the Office of Nuclear Physics. FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes (short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth), nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security and industry. More than 1,400 scientific users are poised to conduct research at FRIB when user operation commences in early 2022.
For more information visit MSU Today

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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