MSU breaks ground on historic FRIB project

Mar 17, 2014

Site preparation for the FRIB project.
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This is a big day at Michigan State University for one of the biggest projects in mid-Michigan. A host of dignitaries are formally breaking ground at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, commonly known as FRIB.

FRIB represents cutting-edge research in nuclear science. It’s a particle accelerator that will smash elements together at light speed to uncover isotopes which will tell scientists more about what our universe is made of. FRIB is expected to generate roughly $1-billion worth of economic activity and draw talent from all over the world.

Project director Dr. Thomas Glasmacher said that the groundbreaking means more than shovels and dirt. He says FRIB will put MSU and the country in the lead in rare isotope science.