One year ago yesterday the Department of Energy announced their selection of Michigan State University as the site for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB, pronounced F-Rib). At the time, I was an astrophysics student at Michigan State University. Obviously, the announcement was welcome news to the Physics Department and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, the facility which FRIB will replace (using as much of the existing facility as possible), however thanks to student led events like FRIB Frenzy Day, students around campus, some of who never sat in a college physics course, received the news with excitement. I like to think that my interview on the FRIB Frenzy Day Facebook video contributed to the selection…but ultimately it was a combination of impressive support from the university and the State of Michigan, the presence of a leading nuclear physics facility, a good plan for building the facility, and the educational advantages of having FRIB on a university campus that lead to the decision.
One year later, what is going on with FRIB?
A story from MSU summarizes it.
And of course, you can always check the FRIB site for more news.