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April 30, 2009 - Image 52

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-04-30

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a beam line at roughly half

Michigan over two decades. And as an investment in U.S. competitiveness,

the speed of light—fast

the decision co site the facility on a university campus is a clear win for nuclear

enough to travel around

science education, a foundational STEM (science, technology, engineering, and

Earth four times each

mathematics) discipline.

second. But FRIB's accelerator will hurl dramatically more nuclei per second.

This technical capability is important because many of the most sought-after

rare isotopes pursued by scientists are unimaginably elusive.

One of the strengths of NSCL is the access it provides students at all

postsecondary levels to cutting-edge tools of nuclear science not often

readily available to students. FRIB is expected to enhance such opportunities

FRIB will assist scientists in deciphering galactic chemical evolution to better

understand Earth's origins and make possible countless experiments that have

the potential to transform nuclear theory and to lead to new applications.

for student research while energizing would-be researchers.

The kind of excitement that big, experimental science generates is evidenced

in the response to the "Large Hadron Rap" on YouTube. Created by MSU

Although the full impact of the discovery potential won't be known for another

physics graduate Katie McAlpine, the video—which explains the technology

10 to 20 years, experimental nuclear research already has made possible

and science of the world's most powerful accelerator, the Large Hadron

technologies that are making the world a safer place, including a high-precision

Collider in Geneva, Switzerland—was viewed more than four million times,

handheld device that detects a host of destructive elements. Advances in

and McAlpine now is working on a rap about rare isotope research.

accelerator technology used in nuclear and high-energy particle physics also

are leading to innovations in proton therapy, which is showing promise in

treating certain types of cancer.

The journey to make FRIB a reality has only just begun, but until the

next-generation facility is completed, a substantial upgrade to NSCL is

ensuring that today's finest scientific minds—and the next generation of

FRIB is expected to provide economic benefits as well. This science infrastructure

nuclear scientists—have uninterrupted opportunities for research that can

investment will bring an estimated billion dollars in economic activity to

capture the imagination and transform the world. 0

PA SU tiilei continued

director at MSU Hillel. "Michigan State helps us

including Fall Welcome events, concerts, and

Balancing cultural and religious programs with

do what we do and creates a comfortable

religious and cultural celebrations.

social events enables Hillel to reach more students

environment for Jewish students. Hillel is their

home away from home."

Hillel and JSU also partner with student groups

for community volunteer efforts. This year,

in a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere.

Throughout the year, students organize a number

of social activities, including Challahween, Israel

Nearly all of the programs Hillel offers are student

students joined members of the Muslim Students'

driven, which is one reason the organization is so

Association to pack lunches for a homeless shelter

successful at attracting students, according to

in Lansing. Hillel also organized outreach trips to

On April 2, a diverse group of students participated

Cindy Hughey, executive director of MSU Hillel.

Ronald McDonald House and Haven House, a

in Hillel's second annual Sparty's Bar Mitzvah party,

Recently, a 2,500-square-foot addition to the

local shelter.

an evening of fun that featured Sparty, MSU's

center was completed to accommodate the large

number of students and events.

"The Jewish Student Union is a great way for

students to build leadership skills," says David

Fest, Purim Party, and the Hillel bowling league.

beloved mascot, joining students in the festivities.

"I think events like Sparty's Bar Mitzvah party make

Throughout the year, many of the programs

Mindell, the organization's president. "We have

Hillel cool," says Aaron Schaer, a member of the

organized by Jewish students involve collaborating

representatives in student government and in

Jewish Student Union board. "It shows there's

with other cultural and religious groups on

residence halls who work to connect Jewish

something for everyone here." 0

campus to initiate dialogues—many that might

students to MSU."

not otherwise take place—in open and positive


To kick off fall semester, Hillel sponsored a block

party with United Methodist and Catholic student

groups, as well as the MSU Community Relations

Coalition, to welcome students to campus. And

earlier this year, Hillel invited the Black Student

Alliance to be part of a discussion about challeng-

es facing black and Jewish students. The dialogue

was followed by a traditional Shabbat dinner.

The Jewish Student Union (JSU), one of the largest

student government–funded organizations at

MSU, works closely with Hillel to provide regular,

free programs for the entire student community,

Learn more at msuhillel.org .

The second annual Sparty Bar Mitzvah party is one of many events and programs sponsored by MSU Hillel.

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