Monthly Archives: July 2012

FESAC Committee on MFE Priorities holds first meeting

Jen Sierchio The FESAC special committee on MFE priorities held its first meeting on July 18, 2012. Six presentations were made by:  Earl Marmar (MIT PSFC), Stewart Prager (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory), Miklos Porkolab (MIT PSFC), Tony Taylor (General Atomics), … Continue reading

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Nature reports on U.S. fusion budget squeeze

Mike Garrett In a July 24, 2012, article in the journal Nature, Eric Hand reports on the domestic fusion budget squeeze imposed by U.S. commitments to ITER.  The article can be found here. While the U.S. contribution to ITER has … Continue reading

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Panel on magnetic fusion energy priorities convened

Alex N. Tronchin-James On April 13, 2012, U.S. Department of Energy Director, Bill Brinkman, issued a charge to the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) to identify research priorities within the magnetic fusion energy program. In the charge, he gives … Continue reading

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Physics Today reports on the budget challenges of the domestic fusion program

Evan M. Davis Toni Feder of Physics Today has written an article (gated access) discussing the budgetary challenges facing the U.S. domestic fusion program. In the effort to pay for the international ITER reactor on a fixed budget, the President’s … Continue reading

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Graduate students travel to DC, speak to Congress about domestic fusion program

Brandon N. Sorbom On June 14, 2012, a group of graduate students from MIT and a student from UT Austin traveled to Washington, DC to speak with 26 Congressional offices about restoring funding to the domestic fusion program. MIT news … Continue reading

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APS President Sends Letter of Support for Domestic Fusion

American Physical Society president Robert Byer sent a letter to US Office of Science and Technology Policy director John Holdren on behalf of the APS, expressing support for the domestic fusion program.  In the letter, Byer urged Holdren to support … Continue reading

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The Washington Post reports on the domestic fusion budget

R. Michael Churchill                                    Within the larger storyline of how to move from the “relatively small plasma experiments of today to the operational power plants of tomorrow”, a Washington Post article by Brian Vastag discusses the current, proposed budget cuts to … Continue reading

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