2015 FRIB In the News

Senator Stabenow visits FRIB at Michigan State

, Fox 47

Although it's under construction, Senator Debbie Stabenow got a brief look at the progress of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. When it's complete, the FRIB is expected to create thousands of jobs across Michigan.

Sen. Peters encouraged by 'middle ground' in federal budget law


The omnibus spending bill Congress passed last week includes sizeable dollars for the FRIB project at MSU, and for Great Lakes restoration projects. We talk with Democratic Sen. Gary Peters about what’s in the new federal budget.

Workers ahead of schedule on nuclear science facility

, The Washington Times

Michigan State University officials say they are ahead of schedule on a nuclear science facility, and the project has been buoyed by federal funding to continue construction.

Senator Stabenow tours MSU’s F-RIB facility


U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow visited Michigan State University’s F-RIB facility after helping send hundreds of millions of dollars from Washington to build to facility in East Lansing.

Rare isotope accelerator takes shape on MSU’s campus

, Lansing State Journal

Civil construction on Michigan State University’s $730 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams is 10 weeks ahead of schedule less than two years after the project’s groundbreaking.

Congress set to give Detroit demolitions a huge boost

, The Detroit Free Press

A massive federal spending bill expected to be passed this week includes a provision allowing the U.S. Treasury to transfer billions of dollars into a fund which has already sent or promised $130 million to Detroit to tear down thousands of blighted buildings and is expected to provide at least tens of millions more.

MSU nuclear research facility gets $100M

, MLive

A nuclear research facility at Michigan State University is expected to receive $100 million from the federal government under a large omnibus spending bill being voted on this week.

FRIB project lands $100M in federal funds for 2016


It’s a cutting edge multi-million dollar facility that has scientists and researchers excited. We’re talking about the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, also known as FRIB. Its walls are being built right now on the campus of Michigan State University.

Spending bill aids Great Lakes cleanup, MSU facility

, The Detroit News

The congressional year-end spending bill includes $300 million in federal funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and $100 million to continue building a facility for nuclear science at Michigan State University, officials said Wednesday.

FRIB up for full $100M in federal funding

, Lansing State Journal

A nuclear science research facility at Michigan State University is on track to get the full $100 million requested by the Obama administration to continue construction this fiscal year.

Game on: New MSU video game aims to draw kids to science

, MSUToday

So you have particle, zooming through a particle accelerator at nearly half the speed of light. Your job: To keep it on track so it collides with a target. The collision provides information about such things as how the elements were formed.

LEAP to grow particle acceleration industry

, Lansing State Journal

The Greater Lansing region is taking steps to develop its fledgling particle acceleration industry. The Lansing Economic Area Partnership has created an action plan to attract new businesses to the region that relate to the research conducted at Michigan State University’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and the work being done at Niowave and Ionetix.

MSU celebrates 50 years of cyclotron beams

, Lansing State Journal

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon had a surprise for federal officials visiting as part of the 50 Years of Beam program Thursday morning.

Sen. Gary Peters tours FRIB construction site at MSU


Construction is moving ahead of schedule at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University. Sen. Gary Peters toured the project yesterday to see its development firsthand. Current State’s Kevin Lavery spoke with Senator Peters about his observations.

Inside the FRIB


It's full steam ahead on the FRIB. In scientific terms, "What we're going to do is accelerate particles up to half the speed of light, smash those particles onto a target and then produce rare isotopes that can be used to do basic discovery science," said the FRIB's Deputy Project Manager, Paul Mantica.

FRIB construction ahead of schedule

, Lansing State Journal

Construction on MSU's $730 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams is nine weeks ahead of schedule and crews are preparing to install the first pieces of technical equipment later this year.

Exclusive tour of MSU’s FRIB progress


It’s the cutting edge research facility that’s being built at Michigan State University and its future could unlock breakthroughs in medicine, national security and even our understanding of the universe.

Peters urges U.S. to invest in research

, The Detroit News

Freshman Sen. Gary Peters made his first major speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, urging the federal government to make significant investments in basic research.

Used MRI magnets get second chance at life

, R&D Magazine

Researchers at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Argonne National Laboratory recently acquired two decommissioned magnets from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners from hospitals in Minnesota and California that will find a new home as proving grounds for instruments used in high-energy and nuclear physics experiments.

DOE grant continues development of Isotope Retrieval System

, Holland Sentinel

Graham Peaslee of the Hope College chemistry faculty received a second major grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to create a system for recycling at the atomic level. The new collection system includes a means of retrieving the isotopes, which are otherwise lost, and a methodology for recovering specific types. The system is being created with a particular emphasis on how it can function with the federally funded Facility for Rare Isotope Beams that will be operated by Michigan State University, which is also home of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.

MSU has five graduate programs ranked as No. 1 in the country

, The State News

Five of MSU’s graduate programs — elementary education, secondary education, rehabilitation counseling, organizational psychology and nuclear physics — were recognized as No. 1 programs for U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools.

High-tech MSU center called state's largest project

, Livingston Daily

It's a $730 million investment billed as Michigan's largest construction project, and its economic impact will be discussed at Tuesday's Good Morning Livingston breakfast.

More concrete coming to Michigan State physics facility site

, The Alpena News

Crews are to pour more than 350 truckloads of concrete as part of the foundation for a tunnel section of a new nuclear science facility at Michigan State University.

Weather doesn't deter FRIB concrete pour

, FOX 47

Tuesday morning's bad weather didn't stop workers from pouring concrete at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams on MSU's campus. It was the largest concrete pour of the FRIB project, with more than 3,350 truck loads dumping concrete all day.

FRIB pours enough concrete to cover football field

, Lansing State Journal

There is so much concrete being poured at Michigan State University's Facility for Rare Isotope Beams today it would create a two-foot-thick blanket on top of the football field at nearby Spartan Stadium.

FRIB Project Ahead Of Schedule


FRIB isn’t set to be complete until 2020, but that didn’t stop crews from driving through the elements to complete a big concrete pour.

FRIB continues progress on $730M facility

, The State News

Funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science, MSU, and the State of Michigan, FRIB is a $730 million project that will one day play host to the study of rare isotopes. Rare isotopes are not normally found in nature. Most are forged in spectacular cosmic processes and in rare isotope accelerators — something that would take place within the confines of FRIB.

Simon leads 10 years of growth at MSU

, Lansing State Journal

In as few as five years, the construction workers pouring concrete and raising steel near the corner of Bogue Street and Wilson Road on Michigan State University's campus will be replaced with scientists. It's easy to believe in the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a $730 million nuclear science research facility, now that work is happening, said Lou Anna Simon, the university's president, sitting in her sunlit office on the fourth floor of the Hannah Administration Building.

MSU Board of Trustees Roundup

, MSUToday

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees authorized the university to proceed with the construction of a building that will house staff affiliated with the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. The 74,250-square-foot facility will include offices, conference rooms and a 265-seat lecture hall.

Visionary leader at MSU benefits state

, Lansing State Journal

Greater Lansing owes gratitude to the efforts of Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon. Her influence on the university, the region and the state will be evident for years to come. And one of its most important investments in decades is the new Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, an internationally significant research facility that will keep MSU at the forefront of physics research.

Budget 2016 coverage: A roundup of Obama's science spending request

, Science

The Obama administration on 2 February presented its budget request to Congress for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins in October. ScienceInsider tracked the numbers on rollout day and provided analysis. Nuclear physics receives a 5% increase, to $625 million. That’s consistent with the funding needed for construction of the new Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University.

ESD members enjoy atom smasher tour

, Tech Century

Twenty members of The Engineering Society of Detroit got an up close and personal look at the technology behind the nation’s No. 1 graduate program in nuclear physics Thursday, at an ESD members-only tour of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University.