NSF Director on NSCL: "We feel our investment is well placed here"

National Science Foundation Director Arden Bement visited the NSCL Thursday to help celebrate a $100 million, five-year NSF grant to the laboratory. Other attendees included Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Lansing, and Vernon Ehlers, R-Grand Rapids; and several senior university officials, including MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. "We're very excited about the work at the NSCL," Bement said in an interview with MSU Today.
The authorized funding level represents a solid increase of some 10 percent over existing funding levels. This funding will allow efficient running of the laboratory to serve the nation's nuclear science community and explore some of the most compelling questions in nuclear science.
Additionally, the support will enable the laboratory to stay at the cutting edge of rare isotope research, continue to develop and refine experimental techniques, and provide the hands-on training of the next generation of nuclear scientists, which is the hallmark of MSU's highly ranked nuclear science graduate program – No. 2 behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to the 2007 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools from U.S. News & World Report.
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