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MSU's FRIB project reaching a milestone

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Michigan State University’s yet-to-be completed massive physics research facilityis about to achieve an important milestone.

In the next three to four weeks, M-S-U’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, also known as FRIB,  will accelerate its first particles.    

When the $730 million facility is operational in 2022, it will become a leading center for scientific research.   

Thomas Glasmacher is the FRIB project director.  He says accelerating their first particle will give people working on the project “hope."

“You know, this is a 14-year project,” Glasmacher says, “and these little signs of hope are important because it’s a little bit overwhelming to anticipate 14 years out.”

FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries in fields from medicine to astrophysics.

The project is largely funded by the federal government. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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