FRIB public open house planned for 20 August

The public is invited to get behind the scenes at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams during an open house scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 20 August. At the "Rare Access” event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about FRIB and view FRIB construction progress. The open house is free and open to all ages, and no appointment is necessary to participate.

What you can do at the open house:

  • Explore the fields of FRIB research with several hands-on activities and demonstrations. A list of the scheduled activities and demonstrations can be found here.

  • Meet nuclear scientists as they talk about their work on the frontiers of rare-isotope research.

  • Tour the FRIB linear accelerator tunnel and surface building. (Additional tour information can be found here.)

  • Tour the currently operational experimental areas in the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory that will be used in FRIB experiments. (Additional tour information can be found here.)

  • Enjoy some educational videos in the "FRIB Theater." 

Three different presentations are scheduled throughout the day, as well as a panel discussion for youth on careers:

  • 1:30 p.m.: NSCL/FRIB Laboratory with NSCL Director Brad Sherrill. (Duration: 15 minutes plus questions.)

  • 2:15 p.m.: NSCL/FRIB science with Associate Director for Education and Outreach Artemis Spyrou. (Duration: 15 minutes plus questions.)

  • 3 p.m.: Panel discussion for youth about careers with Beam Staff Physicist Tom Ginter, Business Applications IT Manager Clinton Jones, Construction Team Leader Jessica Kolp, Graduate Assistant Rebecca Lewis, and Research Associate David Perez-Loureiro. (Duration: 45 minutes.)

  • 4 p.m.: NSCL/FRIB Laboratory with FRIB Laboratory Director and Project Director Thomas Glasmacher. (Duration: 15 minutes plus questions.)

Download the open house poster (PDF) here.

Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Karen King at 517-908-7262. Requests received will be honored whenever possible. (Additional tour information can be found here.)

The last tours will start at 4 p.m., meaning attendees will have until 5 p.m. to tour and participate in the events. Free parking will be available in both the Shaw Lane and Wharton Center parking ramps, and handicap parking will be available near the event entrance. Questions? Email