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Aprahamian to act as ambassador to STARMUS VI

Author: Shelly Goethals

Freimann Professor of Physics Ani Aprahamian has been chosen as an ambassador to STARMUS VI. STARMUS is a global art, music, and science festival taking place for the first time in Yerevan, Armenia on September 5-10, 2022.

The theme is 50 Years on MARS. The aim of STARMUS is to inspire and to educate the next generation of explorers and to regenerate the spirit of discovery. The sixth Starmus is dedicated to Mars, from the very first Soviet MARS 3 to the ambitious manned landing plans and spectacular NASA missions. It has been 50 years since MARS 3 performed the first soft landing on the Red Planet and sent back to the Earth the first image of its surface. This milestone was followed by dozens of successful missions by NASA providing us with more accurate images and information from our neighbor in the Solar System. Following the established tradition, the Festival will address pressing issues and screen films about the exploration of Mars.…

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deBoer invited to join Consultancy Meeting at IAEA

Author: Janet Weikel

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Dr. James deBoer, Associate Research Professor from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, presented new experimental results and evaluation work at a consultancy meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the Vienna International Center. One of the group’s main objectives is to obtain an improved understanding of the reactions that are used by physics and engineers all over the world to design next generation nuclear energy facilities.

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Wiescher gives an invited talk on his latest book in Vienna

Author: Janet Weikel

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Michael Wiescher, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics, presented the German edition of the biography he published on Arthur E. Haas at a symposium organized by the Erwin Schrödinger Institute (ESI) of the University of Vienna. Haas was an Austrian theoretical physicist of Jewish descent who came to University of Notre Dame in 1936 with the recommendation of Albert Einstein.

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The Exotic Beam Summer School at the University of Notre Dame

Author: Janet Weikel

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From June 6 to 10, 2022 the Exotic Beam Summer School (EBSS) attracted 40 graduate students and a post doc from around the country as well as internationally to the University of Notre Dame. This 19th edition of the school, one of the most valued in the low-energy nuclear physics community, was the first after a three years’ hiatus due to the pandemic. Needless to say the students were excited to participate in the series of hands-on activities offered in the afternoon (a unique feature of the EBSS), the morning lectures, as well as the evening social activities.

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Aprahamian comments in Nature on the inauguration of FRIB

Author: Shelly Goethals

The inauguration of the long-awaited Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB),  a user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, is Monday, May 2nd. This facility was in discussion and planning for three decades. FRIB will allow researchers to explore the limits of the nuclear force and the origins of the heavy elements in particular.…

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Garg receives 2022 Dick and Peggy Notebaert Award

Author: Shelly Goethals

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Prof. Umesh Garg is the 2022 recipient of the Dick and Peggy Notebaert Award. This award from the University of Notre Dame Gradaute School recognizes significant contributions to graduate training, including, but not limited to: building a graduate program; securing training grants to fund graduate students; serving with excellence as a director of graduate studies or as a graduate administrative assistant; developing programming or support systems for graduate students, etc.

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Bardayan and colleagues lead experiential student learning trip to Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories

Author: Janet Weikel

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As part of the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC), Profs. Mike Desch, Dan Lindley, and Dan Bardayan lead annual Spring Break student trips to visit sites of National Security Interest.  NDISC seeks to educate exceptional undergraduate students in the area of international security, broadly defined.  This purpose of the trip is twofold: 1) To expose students to the history of the nuclear age through direct immersion in one of the central foci of the development of U.S. nuclear weapons  2) To expose students to the state-of-the-art facilities and capabilities that exist at national defense related sites.

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Orlando Olivas-Gomez and August Gula receive 2022 Browne Award

Author: Janet Weikel

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The 2022 Cornelius P. Browne Memorial Award in Nuclear Physics is shared between two graduate students. Orlando Olivas-Gomez was recognized for his work on searching for branching points in the p-process nucleosynthesis path, and August Gula for the measurements of nuclear reaction processes of interest for first stellar burning.…

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Adam Clark receives 2022 Lamm Award

Author: Janet Weikel

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Adam Clark received the 2022 Larry O. Lamm Memorial Award in Nuclear Physics. The award is given annually to the student that was deemed to have provided the most outstanding service and dedication to the Nuclear Science Laboratory. The award recognizes Adam’s work and dedication to the maintenance and operations of the SNICS source and the FN accelerator.…

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