2010 FRIB In the News

Official tours MSU facilities

, The State News

As preliminary design continues on the forthcoming Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, a top government official toured many of MSU’s expansive research initiatives Thursday.

Dept. of Energy moves FRIB Project forward

, The State News

Recent approvals given by U.S. Department of Energy, or DOE, officials for MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, nudges the multimillion dollar project closer to completion toward the end of the decade.

MSU facility seeks approval from DOE

, The State News

The MSU Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, project was issued a Finding of No Significant Impact, or FONSI, status by the U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday. With approval, university officials can continue to construct the facility toward its 2017 completion at a total cost of about $615 million, FRIB’s project communications manager Alex Parsons said.

Feds OK design concept for MSU nuclear physics facility

, Lansing State Journal

Not quite two years into the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams project, the U.S. Department of Energy has approved the conceptual design for the $600 million nuclear physics research facility that will be built at Michigan State University. The new facility will allow MSU scientists, as well as users from around the globe, to probe deeper into questions about the structure of matter, the origin of the elements in the cosmos, how stars evolve and how they die. It also should guarantee the university a place at the cutting edge of rare isotope research for decades to come. But there are other, more immediate benefits, namely money and jobs. The official completion date is early 2020, but that date has some wiggle room built in. Glasmacher said the goal is to have FRIB up and running by fall 2018.

Opinion: Ideas for the next governor

, Crain's Detroit Business

Michigan is at one of its biggest crossroads in more than 100 years. We are competing in an ever-changing global economy, we are experiencing statewide leadership turnover at all levels with redistricting changes just around the corner, and we are struggling to provide vital services that our people need due to declining revenues in these tough economic times. While I am not a fortune-teller, I have had the opportunity to observe and assist in developing some important economic growth strategies for Michigan as the chair of the House New Economy and Quality of Life Committee. From that experience, I would like to offer a few top 10 lists in key areas that might help our next governor hit the ground running. Top 10 pipeline issues. These are projects, partnerships, early-phase opportunities that are already in one stage or another that are improving our state's diversification: MSU facility for rare isotope beams; UM Pfizer Campus, EPA lab; Wayne State University, TechTown, next Energy; intrepreneurship/career training; access to all forms of capital; new materials/composites research; new manufacturing processes; life sciences, medical schools, medical R&D; University Research Corridor; tech transfer, intellectual property; clean tech/green tech centers of energy excellence.

White House official tours MSU facilities

, The State News

A top science and technology official in President Barack Obama’s administration was on campus Wednesday to scope out a number of MSU research projects, including a stop at the future site of the $550 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB.

Next phase of FRIB reaches approval

, The State News

Recent developments with the forthcoming multimillion dollar Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, bring the project’s researchers closer to answering science’s many unknown and unanswered questions. The U.S. Department of Energy, or DOE, Office of Science, gave the project critical decision 1 approval Wednesday, which establishes the design of the building to house the facility and the next phase’s cost.

FRIB's environmental impact to be minimal

, The State News

The $550-million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, poses no serious environmental threats to MSU, according to a preliminary assessment of the facility’s potential impact on its surroundings.