Monthly Archives: April 2012

Fusion Funding Restored in Proposal from House Appropriations Subcommittee

The House Energy and Water Subcommittee released their FY2013 Appropriations bill. This appropriations recommendation includes specific language restoring funding to the Alcator C-Mod project: The [President's budget] request proposes to shut down the Alcator C-Mod facility and provides only enough … Continue reading

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ScienceInsider – “House Panel Would Protect Domestic Fusion Program”

A recently published April 19th ScienceInsider article discusses the House Energy and Water appropriations bill markup (complete details of the bill were then unavailable). It quotes the House Energy and Water subcommittee chair, Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), saying in the … Continue reading

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Nature Blogs – “MIT fights to keep its fusion program”

Tinker Ready wrote an article for the Boston Nature blog discussing the effort being put into trying to save Alcator C-Mod by the graduate students who work on the experiment. She interviews one of the graduate students involved in the … Continue reading

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ANS Sends Letter to Senate Supporting Fusion Research

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) Fusion Energy Division sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations committee urging support for the domestic fusion program and ITER. The letter states in part: The FY-2013 budget request by the Administration endangers the United … Continue reading

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Students Send Statement to House Appropriations

The Students For Fusion Energy at MIT sent a statement to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.  The purpose of the statement was to illustrate the breadth of official support the domestic fusion community has received. The … Continue reading

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University Presidents Issue Statement of Support for Domestic Fusion

The Presidents or Chancellors at eight of major research universities involved in fusion research issued a joint letter to Presidential Science Advisor Dr. John Holdren and Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu stating the importance of the domestic fusion program … Continue reading

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Senator Brown sends a letter of support for domestic fusion research

Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) wrote a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water urging support for the domestic fusion program in the FY13 budget. The letter mentions the important work being done at MIT’s PSFC and Alcator … Continue reading

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Fusion researchers answer reader questions on Slashdot

Professors, scientists and students from the MIT fusion effort answer reader submitted questions on Slashdot. The format is in a Slashdot interview.  The researches submitted an open call for questions to Slashdot about two weeks ago and users of the … Continue reading

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Physics Today – Domestic fusion cuts explained

Physics today summarized the proposed Science R&D budget in the recently released April 2012 issue in an article titled “Special Report: Modest but uneven R&D increases proposed for FY 2013” by David Kramer. The article details the budget woes affecting … Continue reading

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NY Daily News – “Don’t Let the Sun Set on Fusion”

An editorial published by the NY Daily News writer Bill Hammond this week details the disconnect between the stated goals of the administration and its proposed budget: President Obama has touted federal investment in energy technology as a smart and … Continue reading

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