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9. Japan-U.S. Theory Institute for Physics with Exotic Nuclei (JUSTIPEN)
(D. Dean)

In his speech to NSAC in February 2006, Office of Science Director Raymond Orbach stressed the importance of international collaborations and cooperation in the sciences. Collaborations that cross national borders enhance scientific efforts in both directions. In the area of theoretical physics, such collaborations come about naturally and often lead to exciting discoveries and innovations in science.

One area of programmatic interest to the Office of Nuclear Physics which has broad international appeal is the study of exotic nuclear properties. Scientifically, one may pose the following questions: What binds protons and neutrons into stable nuclei and rare isotopes; what is the origin of simple patterns in complex nuclei; when and how did the elements from iron to uranium originate; what causes stars to explode? These questions form the canvas on which the story of investigations of nuclei is being drawn and they are being answered in an international context of experimental and theoretical efforts.

On July 11, David Dean and Witek Nazarewicz attended a celebration of the opening of the Japan-U.S. Theory Institute for Physics with Exotic Nuclei (JUSTIPEN) which is located at the RIKEN RIBF Facility in Waco Japan and is locally supported by RIKEN and the University of Tokyo. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Physics also provides funding to the Institute in the form of travel awards so that U.S. scientists might participate in Institute activities and use the Institute to forge new Japan-U.S. scientific collaborations. Those interested in this opportunity should contact D.J. Dean (deandj@ornl.gov) or visit the JUSTIPEN web page.

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