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2014 News Items

NUCLEI research highlighted in New Scientist
An online article in New Scientist entitled "Inside exotic dead stars are piles of waffles" (October, 2014) describes recent work by NUCLEI scientist Chuck Horowitz and collaborators. The waffles are a new type of complex structure in the crust of neutron stars found from large-scale molecular dynamics simulations of up to 400,000 nucleons. A publication and a highlight are available.
NUCLEI research highlighted on DOE Office of Science website
The development of an optimized nuclear force for calculations of nuclear properties is featured as a May 2014 "Brief Science Highlight" in an article entitled Streamlining the Nuclear Force.
NUCLEI research highlighted in SIAM News
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) features an article on "SciDAC: Accelerating scientific discovery, transforming computational science"
NUCLEI research highlighted in Tennessee Today
The news and information bulletin for the University of Tennessee has highlighted NUCLEI research and the partnership of physicists, computer scientists, and applied mathematicians in particular (link). The news item also links to a feature article in QUEST about UT's participation in NUCLEI.
DOE has awarded a new 3-year grant for nuclear structure/reactions computational resources beginning with 204 million processor hours in 2014.
For the seventh straight year, the DOE INCITE program awarded an increasing number of hours for NUCLEI computational nuclear physics projects on DOE's Leadership Class computers. The 2014 award for "Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Reactions" is the fourth largest out of 59 awards. More details are available on the INCITE award highlight.
NUCLEI researchers highlighted in Newswise
The Newswise website at Iowa State University features an article about the INCITE award of 204 million supercomputer hours to NUCLEI researchers.
DOE showcases NUCLEI member, Hai Ah Nam, in the new Women @ Energy feature
The Department of Energy launched a new feature,Women @ Energy,which showcases DOE employees who work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Women @ Energy profiles women across the country sharing what inspired them to work in STEM, what excites them about their work at the Energy Department, and what can be done to engage the next-generation in STEM. Read Hai Ah Nam's profile on Women @ Energy.

2013 News Items

NUCLEI member receives Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Research
James Vary has received an Iowa State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Research. The award recognizes faculty members who have a national or international reputation for contributions in research and/or artistic creativity, and who have influenced the research activities of students. The award was presented on September 11 in the Fall Convocation Ceremony at Iowa State (more information here). Congratulations James!
NUCLEI member named UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow
Witold Nazarewicz of Oak Ridge National Laboratory was selected as a 2013 UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow. The rank of corporate fellow -- among the lab's highest honors -- recognizes the researcher's significant accomplishments and continuing leadership in their scientific, engineering and technological fields. Only 33 researchers at ORNL have earned this distinction. Read more here.
NUCLEI member awarded Young Scientist Prize from IUPAP
Stefano Gandolfi of Los Alamos National Laboratory was recently awarded the prestigious IUPAP early career prize in nuclear physics at the International Nuclear Physics Conference in Florence, Italy.  The citation reads: "For developing a new method of calculating many body observables from ab-initio two body and three body realistic interactions which allows to predict observables in nuclei beyond 12C and for extending this work to neutron and cold atoms systems." Congratulations Stefano!
NUCLEI member wins PhD thesis award
Alessandro Lovato of Argonne National Laboratory was recently awarded the "Adelchi Fabrocini Award" for the best PhD thesis in Italy in the field of Nuclear and Many-Body Physics. The title of Alessandro's thesis is: "Ab initio calculations on nuclear matter properties including the effects of three-nucleon interactions". The award was presented in Lecce, Italy on June 1st. Congratulations Alessandro!
NUCLEI member receives Early Career grant from DOE
Gaute Hagen of Oak Ridge National Laboratory was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Energy's Office of Science Early Career Research Program. This year's 61 awardees were selected from a pool of 770 university- and national laboratory-based applicants. Gaute was chosen for his project "State of the Art Microscopic Computations of Weak Processes in Nuclei." The list of 2013 Early Career recipients may be found here and the ORNL press release may be found here. Congratulations Gaute!
NUCLEI team awarded computing time on Beacon, currently #1 on the Green500 list
A team of NUCLEI scientists led by Gaute Hagen (PI) were recently award 7500 node-hours to study "Three-body forces in medium mass nuclei" using the coupled-cluster approach on Beacon at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS). Beacon's Intel Xeon Phi co-processors and unique node architecture with 960GB of SSD storage per node made it attractive for use in data intensive three-body calculations. Read more about Beacon and the call to participate in the Beacon Project.
DOE showcases NUCLEI member, Hai Ah Nam, in the new Women @ Energy feature
The Department of Energy launched a new feature,Women @ Energy,which showcases DOE employees who work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Women @ Energy profiles women across the country sharing what inspired them to work in STEM, what excites them about their work at the Energy Department, and what can be done to engage the next-generation in STEM. Read Hai Ah Nam's profile on Women @ Energy.
NUCLEI research highlighted in QUEST
The QUEST website at the University of Tennessee features an article about UT's participation in NUCLEI.
DOE awards 155 million processor hours for computational nuclear structure/reactions
For the sixth straight year, the DOE INCITE program awarded a large number of hours for NUCLEI computational nuclear physics projects on DOE's Leadership Class computers. The 2013 award for "Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Reactions" is the sixth largest out of 61 awards. More details are available on the INCITE award highlight.

2012 News Items

DOE awards 55 million processor hours for computational nuclear structure/reactions
For the fifth straight year, the DOE INCITE program awarded a large number of hours for NUCLEI computational nuclear physics projects, the sixth largest out of 60 awards for 2012. More details are available on the INCITE award.
NUCLEI research on the boundaries of the nuclear table featured in Nature
An article by current and former NUCLEI researchers at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory describing our best theoretical knowledge of "The limits of the nuclear landscape" appears in the June 28 issue of Nature. The team of faculty, postdocs, and students led by NUCLEI scientist Witek Nazarewicz used the Jaguar supercomputer at ORNL to solve state-of-the-art energy density functionals to establish, with error estimates, what combinations of protons and neutrons can form into atomic nuclei.
NUCLEI fission research featured in NNSA highlights
An article in the Stockpile Stewartship Quarterly for May, 2012 entitled "Quality Input for Microscopic Fission Theory", by NUCLEI researchers Witek Nazarewicz, Nicolas Schunck, and Stefan Wild, describes a milestone energy functional that accurately predicts actinide fission barriers as well as global nuclear properties. This research by nuclear physicists at the University of Tennessee, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in collaboration with computational mathematicians at Argonne National Laboratory, is enabled through the SciDAC-3 NUCLEI project and a Stewardship Science Academic Alliances grant.