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The 2018 NUCLEI Collaboration meeting will May 29-June 1, 2018 at UT

The meeting will be held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. More details will follow soon.

Good News (see also NUCLEI in the News and the Good News Archive)

Article by NUCLEI researchers selected as a Focus article by Physics
The paper "Cluster formation in precompound nuclei in the time-dependent framework" by Bastian Schuetrumpf and Witek Nazarewicz of Michigan State University was chosen as an APS Physics Focus article entitled "Focus: Video—Nuclear Fusion in Hi-Def". Congratulations to these scientists!
NUCLEI Researcher receives 2018 APS Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics
Dr. Matthew Caplan of Indiana University (now a Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University) was selected for the 2018 Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics from the American Physical Society. He was supervised by NUCLEI researcher Prof. Chuck Horowitz and was partially supported in his work by NUCLEI. The citation reads “For a pioneering study of dense nuclear matter in compact stars that makes surprising connections across disciplines including nuclear physics and biophysics.” Congratulations to Dr. Caplan!
NUCLEI Researcher selected for DOE Early Career grant
Prof. Heiko Hergert of Michigan State University was selected by the Office of Nuclear Physics as one of 59 recipients (out of about 700 proposals) of an award in the 2017 Early Career Research Program from the Department of Energy Office of Science. The title of his proposal is "Advanced Ab Initio Methods for Nuclear Structure". Congratulations to Dr. Hergert!
NUCLEI Project Co-Director awarded Flerov Prize
Witek Nazarewicz, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Physics at Michigan State University and FRIB Chief Scientist, has been awarded the G.N. Flerov Prize from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research for outstanding research in nuclear physics. He was cited for his theoretical studies of the atomic and nuclear properties of the heaviest elements. Congratulations to Dr. Nazarewicz!
Articles by NUCLEI researchers and collaborators selected as Editors' Suggestions
The paper "Nuclear Physics Around the Unitarity Limit" by Sebastian König and collaborators was chosen as a Physical Review Letters Editors' Suggestion. Dr. König, who recently became a Herzberg Fellow at TU Darmstadt, led this work as a NUCLEI postdoc at Ohio State University (OSU). Research by NUCLEI scientists Jordan Melendez, Sarah Wesolowski, and Dick Furnstahl at OSU entitled Bayesian truncation errors in chiral effective field theory: Nucleon-nucleon observables" was chosen as a Physical Review C Editors' Suggestion. Congratulations to these scientists!
NUCLEI researcher promoted at ISU
Pieter Maris has been promoted by Iowa State University to Research Full Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, effective July 1, 2017. Congratulations to Dr. Maris!
Article by NUCLEI researcher selected for journal highlights
The article "Challenges in nuclear structure theory" by Witek Nazarewicz was chosen by the Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics for inclusion in their "Highlights of 2016", which showcases the best work published in each section of the journal. Congratulations to Dr. Nazarewicz!
NUCLEI researcher leads DOE topical collaboration in nuclear theory
Nicolas Schunck of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is the principal investigator of the FIRE (Fission In R-process Elements) topical collaboration in nuclear theory. The collaboration involves scientists at the University of Notre Dame, North Carolina State University, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory. The five-year award is jointly funded by the NNSA and DOE Office of Science and will explore the role that fission recycling plays in nucleosynthesis. The collaboration will use state-of-the art density functional theory (DFT), nuclear reaction theory and high-performance computing to compute atomic masses, fission fragment distributions, fission, beta decay and neutron capture rates and assess their impact on abundance patterns for each potential astrophysical site of the r-process. Comparisons of predictions with solar data as well as spectroscopic data from halo stars will determine the nuclei whose fission properties are most critical for the r-process abundance pattern. This project will make an essential contribution to understanding the origin of elements in the cosmos.
NUCLEI Project PI awarded 2017 Feshbach Prize
Joe Carlson of Los Alamos National Laboratory has been awarded the 2017 American Physical Society Herman Feshbach Prize in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. He was cited for his pioneering work on Quantum Monte Carlo techniques to solve key problems in nuclear structure physics, cold atom physics, and dense matter theory of relevance to neutron stars. Congratulations to Dr. Carlson!
NUCLEI researcher awarded Young Scientist Prize from IUPAP
Andreas Ekström, former NUCLEI member as a postdoc at the University of Tennessee and ORNL and now a NUCLEI Foreign Collaborator as Assistant Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, was recently awarded the prestigious IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in nuclear physics at the International Nuclear Physics Conference in Adelaide, Australia. The citation reads: "For his groundbreaking contributions in the optimization of nuclear interactions from chiral effective field theory using advanced physical and mathematical tools in quantifying the theoretical uncertainties. This has allowed accurate ab initio many-body calculations in the areas of nuclear structure and reactions, reproducing for the first time both nuclear binding energies and radii in higher precision and giving realistic saturation properties of nuclear matter." Congratulations to Dr. Ekström!
Recognitions for NUCLEI young scientists
Congratulations to these young researchers!
  • Maria Piarulli has won the Old Dominion University College of Sciences "Lee Entsminger Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award" for 2015-2016.
  • Alumnus Saori Pastore is receiving the Few-Body System Award for Young Scientists at this year's 23rd European Conference on Few-Body Problems in Physics
NUCLEI researcher Bob Wiringa named Argonne Distinguished Fellow
The Argonne Distinguished Fellows "are recognized internationally for their work and show the type of leadership that impacts Argonne’s future and its mission." It is the highest scientific/engineering rank at Argonne National Laboratory, a distinction held by only a few percent of the research staff, and comparable to an endowed chair at a top-ranked university. Congratulations to Dr. Wiringa!
Team led by NUCLEI researcher wins HPC Innovation Excellence Award
The ACCOLADES scalable workflow management tool developed at Argonne National Laboratory by a team led by Shashi Aithal and NUCLEI scientist Stefan Wild is a recipient of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award. See more details on the announcement and the project. Congratulations!
NUCLEI researchers have key role in new DOE topical theory collaboration
The topical collaboration "Nuclear Theory for Double-Beta Decay and Fundamental Symmetries" is one of three recently chosen for five-yea awards from the Department of Energy. Nine of the fifteen senior investigators --- Scott Bogner, Joseph Carlson, Jonathan Engel (PI), Stefano Gandolfi, Gaute Hagen, Mihai Horoi, Witold Nazarewicz, Thomas Papenbrock, and James Vary --- are members of NUCLEI. The collaboration will focus primarily on the accurate computation, with quantified uncertainty, of the nuclear matrix elements that govern the rate of neutrinoless double-beta decay. Several large-scale experiments to measure or set limits on the rate are underway or planned. The collaboration will also work to better understand the nuclear physics underlying atomic electric dipole moments and the interaction of dark matter with ordinary matter. For an announcement of the recent awards, see here.
Papers by NUCLEI researchers selected as "Editor's Suggestions" in PRC
These recent papers describing NUCLEI physics have been highlighted by the Editors of Physical Review C: Congratulations to these scientists!

Announcements (see also News Archive)

TALENT course lecture videos available
The TALENT course Density Functional Theory and Self-Consistent Methods was held at the University of York in York, UK, from July 17 to August 6, 2016. The principal lecturers were Jacek Dobaczewski, Andrea Idini, Alessandro Pastore, and Nicolas Schunck. Videos of the lectures and written materials are freely available.
Upcoming workshops, conferences, and other meetings
Please see the Meetings page.
Faculty and Permanent Research Positions in NUCLEI-related science
Tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Nuclear Theory at Michigan State University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and in Nuclear Physics (experimental, theoretical or computational) at Rutgers University have been announced. Faculty openings have previously been announced for Lund University, LSU, Washington University, Texas A&M University, Michigan State University, Temple University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Lehigh University, Washington State University. Permanent research positions have been announced for RIKEN. See Job Postings for details.
Postdoc and Fellow Positions in NUCLEI-related science
Postdoc openings for 2017 has been announced for the INT, the NSF Hub N3AS, MIT, Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Maryland, University of Washington, ECT*, Los Alamos, JLab, TRIUMF, and Argonne National Lab. See Job Postings for details.