MSU's F-RIB To Have Major Local Impact

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Still 8 years away from completion...

"This will be one of the most powerful facilities in the world," says FRIB Consultant David Waymire.

Scientists from around the globe are already planning how they'll use MSU's new Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. More than 200 researchers met at the Marriott Hotel in East Lansing to discuss future experiments.

"It's important for supernova explosions and why gold has been made in the universe," says German GSI Lab Research Director Karlheinz Langanke.

"We're interested at looking at new isotopes for cancer therapy and imaging," says Washington University Assistant Professor Suzanne Lapi.

Sounds confusing to the average person. Let's just say physicists believe FRIB will altar research and science.

"It'll make the United States very competitive in many fields in basic research but also in stewardship, national security, and other aspects," says Langanke.

Turning the U.S., namely East Lansing, into a center for global research is just one goal for FRIB Chief Scientist Bradley Sherrill.

"We anticipate every year at least 1000 users into the facility," Sherrill says.

Sherrill says Frib's half a billion dollar pricetag will pay for itself.

"It will bring nearly $1 billion to Mid-Michigan in the process. It will have a big economic impact in the area, but it will also have a big impact on science," says Sherrill.

One business already seeing the fruits of FRIB...

"We were 100% occupied last night, and we expect to be tonight as well," says East Lansing Marriott Hotel General Manager Eric Sodul.

Consultants say FRIB will create thousands of jobs. But the real draw...

"Once the world learns about us, we can benefit from their science, their research, their brains. And we're attracting the kinds of people we really need here in Mid-Michigan," says Waymire.

"A dream come true when FRIB is operational," Langanke says.

For these scientists, that day can't come soon enough.

Saturday's workshop was a kickoff event for the entire weekend. The scientists will be in town until Monday.

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