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In memoriam: Steve Pieper of Argonne National Lab

Our NUCLEI colleague Steve Pieper passed away on October 8, 2018 after several months battling cancer. He will be sorely missed. Bob Wiringa has written a remembrance of Steve.

The 2019 NUCLEI Collaboration meeting is May 22 to 24 in Santa Fe, NM.

Go here for information on the meeting venue. The agenda is also available and talks will be posted here for collaboration members as they become available.

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

NUCLEI Researcher selected for prestigious NSF CAREER award
H. Metin Aktulga, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award. The title is "CAREER: Scalable Sparse Linear Algebra for Extreme-Scale Data Analytics and Scientific Computing". The project addresses algorithmic challenges and develops a computational infrastructure to enable extreme-scale data analytics and scientific computing. Congratulations, Metin!
NUCLEI researcher leads NESAP award team
Pieter Maris (ISU) leads a team that has received a new NERSC Exascale Science Application Program (NESAP) award. The team will focus on developing and implementing improvements to Many Fermion Dynamics – nuclear (MFDn) for NERSC’s next supercomputer, Perlmutter. Team members include Chao Yang (LBNL), ISU graduate student Matthew Lockner and U. Notre Dame graduate student Patrick Fasano, with collaborators Mark Caprio (U. Notre Dame), Esmond Ng (LBNL) and James Vary (ISU). Congratulations to Pieter and his team!
NUCLEI researcher elected as SIAG/CSE program director
Stefan Wild of Argonne National Laboratory has been elected to a two-year term as program director of the SIAM Activity Group in Computational Science and Engineering (SIAG/CSE). SIAG/CSE is the largest activity group of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Congratulations, Stefan!
NUCLEI researchers publish book
Nicolas Schunck (LLNL) is the editor and author of a recently published book on "Energy Density Functional Theory for Atomic Nuclei", IOP Publishing (2019). The book gives an updated presentation of non-relativistic and covariant energy functionals, single- and multi-reference methods, and techniques to describe small- and large-amplitude collective motion or nuclei at high excitation energy. The book includes the contributions of several experts within the field, including NUCLEI researcher Jon Engel (UNC), and provides a comprehensive and informative exploration of EDF methods. Detailed derivations, practical approaches, examples and figures are used throughout the book to give a coherent narrative of topics that have hitherto rarely been covered together.
NUCLEI researcher announced as the FRIB theory fellow for 2019
The FRIB theory alliance conducted a search for a new FRIB theory fellow in the Fall of 2018. The search committee received many excellent applications and selected a shortlist of five. The interviews took place in the beginning of December 2018. Following the recommendation of the search committee, NUCLEI scientist Kevin Fossez was selected as the new FRIB theory fellow, and will be hosted by Argonne National Laboratory. Congratulations, Kevin!
NUCLEI Research on nuclear pasta widely highlighted
The largest ever simulation of nuclear pasta, containing over three million protons and neutrons, finds it to be the strongest material in the universe. This work by present and former NUCLEI researchers Matthew Caplan, Andre da Silva Schneider, and Chuck Horowitz, published as a Physical Review Letter, has been featured in ScienceNews, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Smithsonian.com, Space.com, and Phys.org. Congratulations to these scientists!
NUCLEI young researcher recently named to faculty position
Dr. Sarah Wesolowski, who did her PhD work at Ohio State University as part of NUCLEI, has accepted a tenure track faculty position at Salisbury University. She continues to collaborate on NUCLEI research applying Bayesian statistics to effective field theory. Congratulations!
NUCLEI Research highlighted as Editor's Suggestion
The Physical Review C paper "Critical examination of constraints on the equation of state of dense matter obtained from GW170817" by NUCLEI researcher Ingo Tews of Los Alamos National Laboratory and collaborators is highlighted as an Editor's Suggestion. Congratulations!
NUCLEI Researchers Scott Bogner and Gaute Hagen named APS Fellows
The American Physical Society recognized Dr. Bogner of Michigan State University as a Fellow with the citation: "For the development and application of renormalization group methods to low-energy nuclear physics, including the similarity renormalization group and the in-medium similarity renormalization group as a new ab initio method." The APS recognized Dr. Hagen of Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Fellow with the citation: "For contributions to the development of coupled-cluster methods in nuclear physics and his theoretical predictions for the structure of rare isotopes." Both were nominated by the Division of Nuclear Physics. Congratulations to these scientists!
NUCLEI Research highlighted as Editor's Suggestion
The Physical Review C paper "Bayesian approach to model-based extrapolation of nuclear observables" by NUCLEI researchers Yuchen Cao and Witek Nazarewicz of Michigan State University, in collaboration with MSU statisticians Léo Neufcourt and Frederi Viens, is highlighted as an Editor's Suggestion. Congratulations!
NUCLEI Researcher selected for prestigious DOE Early Career grant
Stefano Gandolfi of Los Alamos National Laboratory was selected by the Office of Nuclear Physics as a recipient of an award in the 2018 Early Career Research Program from the Department of Energy Office of Science. The title of his proposal is "Weak interactions in nuclei and nuclear matter". Congratulations to Dr. Gandolfi!
Nature Physics Perspective by NUCLEI researcher widely highlighted
The Nature Physics Perspective on The limits of nuclear mass and charge by NUCLEI researcher Witek Nazarewicz  was highlighted by  MSUToday and many international news outlets. Congratulations!
Paper involving NUCLEI researchers is Physics Focus and Editor's Suggestion
The Physical Review Letters paper "Probing Sizes and Shapes of Nobelium Isotopes by Laser Spectroscopy" involving NUCLEI researchers Bastian Schuetrumpf and Witek Nazarewicz is highlighted in an APS Physics Focus article. Congratulations!
Quantum computing paper by NUCLEI researchers highlighted in APS Physics Viewpoint
The Physical Review Letters paper "Cloud Quantum Computing of an Atomic Nucleus" by NUCLEI researchers Gaute Hagen, Gustav Jansen, Titus Morris, and Thomas Papenbrock and collaborators at ORNL is highlighted in an APS Physics Viewpoint article by Stefano Gandolfi, also a NUCLEI researcher. Congratulations to these scientists!
Deep learning paper by NUCLEI researchers receives a "Best Paper" award
The paper "Deep Learning: A Tool for Computational Nuclear Physics" by computer scientist Gianina Negoita (formerly a SciDAC-2/UNEDF grad student) and NUCLEI researchers James Vary, Pieter Maris, Andrey Shirokov, Esmond Ng, and Chao Yang (plus several other collaborators) has received a "Best Paper" award at the conference "Computation Tools 2018" in Barcelona, Spain. Congratulations to these scientists!
Paper on neutron-deficient tin isotopes by NUCLEI researchers selected as Editors Suggestion
The Physical Review Letters paper Structure of the lightest tin isotopes" by NUCLEI researchers T. D. Morris, G. Hagen, G. R. Jansen, and T. Papenbrock, and collaborators was chosen as an Editors’ Suggestion. Congratulations to these scientists!
NUCLEI young researchers recently named to faculty positions
Congratulations to these scientists on their new positions!
  • Dr. Saori Pastore of Los Alamos National Laboratory has joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis as an Assistant Professor.
  • Dr. Maria Piarulli of Argonne National Laboratory has joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis as an Assistant Professor.
  • Dr. Rodrigo Navarro Perez, formerly a NUCLEI postdoc at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and now at Ohio University, has joined the faculty at San Diego State University as an Assistant Professor.
Articles in PRL by NUCLEI researchers selected for Physics and as Editors' Suggestions
NUCLEI researchers Farrukh Fattoyev and Chuck Horowitz and their collaborators had two recent Physical Review Letters articles highlighted. "Neutron Skins and Neutron Stars in the Multimessenger Era" was chosen as an Editor's Suggestion and featured as a Physics Synopsis. "Rapid Neutrino Cooling in the Neutron Star MXB 1659-29" was also chosen as an Editor's Suggestion and featured as a Physics Viewpoint. Congratulations to these scientists!
NUCLEI researcher Pieter Maris elected to NUGEX
The NERSC Users Group Executive Committee is the voice of the user community to NERSC and DOE. NUGEX is consulted on many NERSC policy issues and members participate in their office's NERSC Requirements Reviews of High Performance Computing and Storage. Congratulations to Pieter Maris of Iowa State University on his election to a three-year term as an At Large representative.
Paper by NUCLEI researchers on heavy element oganesson is getting wide attention
The article "Electron and Nucleon Localization Functions of Oganesson: Approaching the Thomas-Fermi Limit" by NUCLEI scientists Bastian Schuetrumpf and Witek Nazarewicz of Michigan State University and collaborators Paul Jerabek and Peter Schwerdtfeger of Massey University was highlighted as the cover story in a recent edition of Physical Review Letters, and was selected for an Editors’ Suggestion and a Viewpoint in Physics. Widespread media attention has included Nature, Physics Today, Chemistry World and Phys.org. Congratulations to these scientists!
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)

Upcoming workshops, conferences, and other meetings
Please see the Meetings page.
2018-19 Faculty and Permanent Research Positions in NUCLEI-related science
See Job Postings for details. An FRIB Theory Alliance bridge position at North Carolina State University, a Nuclear Theory Assistant Professor position as part of a cluster hire at Iowa State University, and a faculty position in theoretical physics at Yale University have been announced.
Postdoc and Fellow Positions in NUCLEI-related science
Postdoc openings for 2019 has been announced for Washington University in St. Louis, 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.
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.