In November 2005 an international JINA collaboration
has successfully carried out several NSCL experiments to measure
properties of nuclei in the rapid neutron capture process.
A special JINA lecture series "An Introduction
to Ion-Optics" was given by Professor Georg Berg from
Sept. 30 - Dec. 9, 2005 at the NSL, Notre Dame.
The extension of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
(SDSS-II) announced in an International Astronomical Union
Circular the discovery of five supernovae on September 19.
This is the start of a multi-year program that will discover
several hundred supernovae and use them to estimate properties
of dark matter and dark energy. JINA is partner in the SDSS-II
The National Research Council
(NRC) was asked to review the importance to the nation of
the science agenda for the Rare Isotope Accelerator. We as
nuclear astrophysicists want to be part of the preparations,
which includes creating a document to summarize the importance
of RIA for nuclear astrophysics. A meeting to discuss further
steps within the community was held from September 10 - 11
at the Detroit DTW Airport.
In celebration of the World Year of Physics 2005, JINA and the
Department of Physics sponsored a "physics & film series" at the
Browning Cinema, NDPAC from June 21 - Nov. 10, 2005. The film series is part of a larger outreach
project of JINA, "Cinema & Science" which involves science critique
of popular movies.
A new result from a powerful
atom smasher may help astronomers explain how supernovae create
"heavy" chemical elements — those that follow iron on the
periodic table. Physicists using the NSCL at Michigan State
University have produced eleven nuclei of the extremely elusive
isotope nickel-78, enabling them for the first time to measure
how fast it decays. The result was announced at a press conference
at the Tampa APS meeting Srping 2005. Details
The 12th International Conference on Capture
Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy was held at Notre Dame, IN, USA,
September 4 - 9, 2005.
JINA co-I Beers and colleagues
has identified an ancient star, one of a pair of objects with
the lowest observed abundances of heavy metals ever discovered.
The research is detailed in the April 14 issue of the journal
An international conference on "Astronomy
with Radioactivities V: From Gamma Rays to Stardust" was held at Clemson University, SC, from September 5 - 9,
The Frontiers 2005 JINA conference was held from August 20 - 22, 2005 at MSU. This was
the first of a series of meetings held every other
year that aim to bring together all of JINA, JINA collaborators
and other interested researchers to discuss current research
activities. Read Details
JINA organized a 2-day Workshop focused
on Nuclear Incompressibility and the Nucleaer Equation of
State. It was held at Notre Dame during July 14-15, 2005.
A second special school on
"Tools and Toys in Nuclear Astrophysics" was held at Notre Dame on June 20 - July 1, 2005. It
focused on "Nuclear Reaction Network Techniques".
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JINA co-organized a meeting on "DREB 2005" at the campus of Michigan State University, USA on
June 22-25, 2005.
JINA organized a workshop on "The Physics
of the s-Process" on May 29 - June 12, 2005 at the Center
for Physics, Aspen, Colorado, USA.
JINA’s European Outreach Partner CISCI
an important EU-wide educational initiative. Click on the
links for more details.
An informal two day workshop on Classical
Novae and Type Ia Supernovae was held on May 20 - 21,
2005, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.
Cosmology is one area of fundamental physics
where the complementary perspectives of the physicist and
the philosopher of physics have proven to be especially valuable.
The conference which celebrated this heritage was held at
Notre Dame on April 20 by bringing together seven scholars
whose work has contributed to the ongoing dialogue between
the two disciplines. Pictures
NSCL Open House Saturday, April 23, 2005 (1 - 4 pm): Visit a world-class
accelerator and explore the equipment used to measure reactions of rare
isotopes. Find out what we are made of, and how stars explode! Special
unveiling of new art from 3rd and 4th grade students from Bennett Woods
Elementary School (Okemos, MI) who participated in JINA's ART to SCIENCE
outreach project. Details
JINA's ART to SCIENCE project went
to the Science Day at the Healthworks!
Kids Museum in downtown South Bend. Saturday, April 16, 2005, from
noon to 4:00 pm. Kids explored stars and space in books
and created art for us.
Second Argonne / MSU / JINA / INT RIA Workshop
was held at the MSU, East Lansing, MI, USA, March 9-12,
JINA held a two-day discussions on the
"r-Process" at the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA, January
28 - 29, 2005.