FRIB Updates

Much has happened since the Dec. 11, 2008 announcement that the U.S. Department of Energy has selected MSU to design and establish the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). (Continue reading the story; go directly to the FRIB Web site.).

In early June, MSU announced the signing of a cooperative agreement with DOE concerning FRIB. The agreement provides the instrument for DOE Office of Science to provide financial assistance to MSU to design and establish the new facility. Other FRIB-related highlights since mid-June include:

  • A June 12 ceremony celebrating the past, present and future of rare isotope research at MSU. The event included a keynote on rare isotope research by James Symons, Director of the Nuclear Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (see Symon's speech on the LBNL YouTube channel) and remarks by DOE Undersecretary for Science Steve Koonin on evolving U.S. energy policy
  • The June 16 announcement of a regional marketing plan to help mid-Michigan capitalize on economic development associated with FRIB
  • The August 3 announcement of a new Web site to help recruit highly specialized technical staff from the U.S. and abroad to work on the FRIB project
  • A daylong series of FRIB collaboration meetings on August 10 in advance of the 2009 NSCL User Workshop
  • An ongoing effort to provide project updates to stakeholders on campus and beyond; FRIB Project Manager Thomas Glasmacher August 13 updated at the MSU Construction Junction meeting is available on YouTube: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

More information on FRIB is available at And see the fact sheet issued by the DOE concurrent with the December 2008 press release here.)