Monthly Archives: March 2012

Wisconsin students organize and send a Young Scientists letter

Students at the very active fusion group in Madison drafted a letter about expressing the deep concerns the young scientists involved in fusion research have about the proposed FY13 budget and beyond.  The letter was circulated to all the institutions … Continue reading

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Public Radio International – “Fusion Confusion”

Living on Earth, Public Radio International’s Environmental news magazine ran a podcast about the recent political turmoil around the domestic fusion budget. The producers interviewed Dr. Stephen Dean, president of Fusion Power Associates, a non-profit entity for the advancement of … Continue reading

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MA Congressional delegation issues a statement of support

Eight New England representatives signed a letter to the House Appropriations subcommittee on Energy and Water stating strong support for fusion research and Alcator C-Mod in particular. From the opening of the letter: We are writing to express our profound … Continue reading

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Science Insider – “Proposed US Fusion Cuts Ignite Debate”

Science Insider published an article by David Malakoff on March 21st following the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommitee hearing with Dr. William Brinkman the Director of the Office of Science under which US fusion research primarily falls. The article … Continue reading

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AIP – “Skeptical Appropriators question FY13 DOE OFS budget request”

The American Institute of Physics wrote an article about the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water hearing with Dr. Brinkman Director of the Office of Science for the DOE. The article by Richard M. Jones noted that the committee … Continue reading

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Senator John Kerry visits Alcator C-Mod

On Monday March 19th Senator John Kerry visited Alcator C-Mod at the PSFC at MIT staying for about an hour.  Senator Kerry toured the C-Mod control room and saw Alcator C-Mod itself inside the experimental cell. Senator Kerry was accompanied … Continue reading

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House “Dear Colleague” letter nets 47 signatures

On March 16th Representatives Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Brian Bilbray (R-CA) sent a “Dear Colleague” letter (see Background below) with 45 other signers to the House Appropriations Subcommitee on Energy and Water leaders.  In the letter the signers urge continued … Continue reading

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Chu testifies before Senate Energy and Water subcommittee

On March 14th Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu who presides over the budget for the US fusion program testified to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Energy and Water about the DOE FY13 budget proposal. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for … Continue reading

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Governor Patrick and Representatives Inslee (D-WA) and Capuano (D-MA) visit Alcator C-mod

On Friday, March 9, the Alcator C-mod lab received visits from Governor Patrick and Representatives Inslee and Capuano. The governor and representatives were concerned about the Proposed budget shutting down Alcator C-Mod.  The guests toured the Alcator control room and … Continue reading

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The Tech – “Saving Alcator C-Mod”

On Friday March 2, Alcator C-Mod was featured in an article in The Tech, MIT’s campus newspaper.  The article was written by Derek Sutherland, a senior undergraduate in MIT’s department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.  In the article, Sutherland briefly … Continue reading

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