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grb.jpg After more than five years of design, the securing of funding and preliminary construction activities, work has officially begun on the civil construction for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.

At a March 17 ceremony near the worksite on the Michigan State University campus, ground was broken for FRIB, a future national user facility supporting the mission of the Office of Nuclear Physics in the U.S. Department of Energy, designed to serve nuclear scientists from all over the world.

It’s also anticipated that FRIB will contribute nearly $1 billion in economic activity to the region. That includes construction, spinoff and annual DOE operational funding once FRIB begins operations.

Among those taking part in the March 17 celebration were U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow; U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers, David Camp and Tim Walberg and other members of the Michigan Congressional delegation; and Michael Knotek, deputy under secretary for science and energy, U.S. Department of Energy.

MSU Acting Provost June Youatt is the emcee.

Hear what the speakers had to say:

Senator Carl Levin
Hear the Clip 6:21 – 2.9 mb mp3

Senator Debbie Stabenow
Hear the Clip 6:42 – 3 mb mp3

Congressman Mike Rogers
Hear the Clip 3:53 – 1.8 mb mp3

Congressman Dave Camp
Hear the Clip 2:47 – 1.3 mb mp3

Congressman Tim Walberg
Hear the Clip 3:33 – 1.6 mb mp3

Governor Rick Snyder’s Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore and audio of Gov. Snyder‘s video presentation
Hear the Clip 3:27 – 1.6 mb mp3

MSU Board of Trustees Chairman Joel Fegruson, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, Michael Knotek
Hear the Clip 15:37 – 7.2 mb mp3

Produced by Russ White

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