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 Theory Alliance Summer Schools: Call for proposals for 2023

FRIB-TA Theory Alliance is looking for exciting topics for a short school during the summer of 2023. The school should establish bridges between FRIB theory and other fields of relevance to FRIB science by bringing together students, postdocs, and faculty of diverse backgrounds.

The summer school proposal can be very brief, containing simply a title and a short paragraph explaining the relevance of the topic. The FRIB-TA Board will consider the various suggestions and look for compelling ideas. Subsequently, the FRIB-TA Board will consult with the proposer(s) and put together a team to work on the organization of the summer school.

Proposals must be submitted by January 24th, 2023, by email to Jon Engel ( and Gillian Olson ( The selection will be made by the FRIB-TA Board in early February. Please see for previous summer schools.

If you have questions, please contact Jon Engel (

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-TA Annual Meeting August 8-10, 2022 at LECM

This year’s annual Low Energy Community Meeting will take place in person at Argonne National Laboratory from 8-10 August. Visit the website at Low Energy Community Meeting 2022. On that website you will also find information about hotels, travel to Chicago, etc.

The FRIB-TA holds its annual meeting at the LECM. There we showcase the great science being done by our young colleagues—a talented group of Bridge Faculty and Theory Fellows. That will happen on the afternoon Tuesday, August 9. The program is as follows:

Filomena Nunes, FRIB-TA Managing Director (MSU/FRIB) FRIB Theory Alliance and NP long range plan

This FRIB-TA annual meeting will be followed by a late-afternoon plenary session, with further plenary sessions on Wednesday, August 10. Particular highlights will be the presentation of the FRIB Early Achievement Award to Amy Lovell (LANL), and Director Elect Saori Pastore’s plenary talk on FRIB-TA activities & science. See for full information on the plenary talks and the other Working Groups.

The LECM will also provide an opportunity for FRIB-TA members to have our first in-person discussion about the Long-Range Plan charge that was delivered to NSAC on Wednesday,

Announcement of FRIB theory fellows for 2022

The FRIB Theory Alliance conducted a search for two new FRIB theory fellows in the Fall of 2021. The search committee received excellent applications and selected a shortlist of five. The interviews took place in-person in December 2021. Following the recommendation of the search committee Anna McCoy and Chien-Yeah Seng were selected as the two new FRIB theory fellows. Anna research plan is to explore symmetries in nuclei to characterize their properties at a more fundamental level. Chien-Yeah research plan is to use nuclear processes for searches of physics beyond the standard model. Anna will be hosted by Washington University in St. Louis and Chien-Yeah will be hosted by University of Washington. Please join the FRIB-TA in congratulating Anna and Chien-Yeah and wishing them a successful stay at WashU and UW.

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.

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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