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Announcements (see also Initiatives with calls and Announcement Archive)

Call for Partners for the FRIB TA Theory Fellows [deadline August 6, 2021, see below]

We are now soliciting partners for FRIB TA Theory Fellows:
The FRIB Theory Fellow Program is an important component of the FRIB TA. FRIB Theory Fellows are highly qualified individuals with exceptional potential. They are expected to develop a high-caliber research effort relevant to rare-isotope science that demonstrates independence of action beyond that of a typical post-doc. The initial appointment is for two years; it can be extended up to a total of five years. In Academic Year 2021-22 there will be three Fellows: two at FRIB/MSU and one at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
This year's FRIB Theory Fellow Search Committee will seek fellow candidates to start Summer 2022. Any fellow hired in this search will not be sited at FRIB/MSU. The committee is soliciting Partner Institutions interested in hosting 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 and communicate your interest to Daniel Phillips (phillid1@ohio.edu), chair of the Search Committee, as soon as possible.

The proposed time-line for the search is:

August 6: Deadline to identify Partner Institutions
August 18: Advertise FRIB Theory Fellow Position
October 11: Application Deadline
December 6 - 10: Interview FRIB Theory Fellow candidates
Select FRIB Theory Fellow(s) by December 17

Potential 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 a partner university to MSU is approximately $70,000/year, pending final negotiations. Further questions about these arrangements may be directed to me or to Filomena Nunes (nunes@frib.msu.edu).

FRIB-TA Annual Meeting August 9-11, 2021 at LECM
Registration is now open for this year’s Low Energy Community Meeting (LECM). Due to COVID-19, the 2021 meeting is being held online, from 9-11 August 2021. There is no cost to register for the LECM.

During the LECM, the FRIB-TA holds its annual meeting where we showcase the great science being done by our young colleagues - a talented group that now consists of four Bridge Faculty and three Theory Fellows. It is also an opportunity for all of you to actively participate in shaping the FRIB science program.

The FRIB-TA has two Working Groups Scheduled;
Working Group Session 3 - Monday August 9 - 12:30 PDT, 14:30 CDT, 15:30 EDT and
Working Group Session 4 - Tuesday August 10 - 8:30 PDT, 10:30 CDT, 11:30 EDT
Visit the website for more details about the program. https://indico.frib.msu.edu/event/41/page/456-working-groups-and-workshop-schedule.

On Wednesday August 11, the FRIB-TA will participate in the plenary session https://indico.frib.msu.edu/event/41/page/457-program.
During this session the winners of the FRIB Early Achievement Award (theory and experiment) will present their research, and the FRIB theory alliance will give a summary presentation.

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. https://frib.msu.edu/news/2021/early-career-awards-2021.html
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!
Results of elections for the FRIB-TA board
The elections results are in and Sonia Bacca (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), Calvin Johnson (San Diego State University) and Saori Pastore (Washington University in St. Louis) have been selected to serve this time. Please join us in extending our gratitude for their willingness to serve.
Announcing the FRIB Theory Alliance Fellow of 2021
The FRIB Theory Alliance conducted a search for a new FRIB theory fellows in the Fall of 2020. The search committee received many excellent applications and selected a shortlist of seven. The interviews took place in the beginning of December 2020. Following the recommendation of the search committee Xilin Zhang will become our new FRIB theory fellow. Xilin will be hosted by Michigan State University. Please join the FRIB-TA in congratulating Xilin and wishing him a successful stay at MSU.
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-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.
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!