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MSU Physicist Nazarewicz Gets International Flerov Prize


Witold (Witek) Nazarewicz, the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor and chief scientist at Michigan State University’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, has been awarded the 2017 Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) Flerov Prize for his research titled “Theoretical studies of the atomic and nuclear properties of the heaviest elements.”

The Flerov Prize is awarded to individuals who make significant contributions to nuclear physics. The award was announced recently in Dubna, Russia, home of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). This prize is given every two to three years in memory of physicist Georgy Nikolaevich Flerov, after whom the 114th chemical element flerovium was named.

Nazarewicz’s research focuses on rare isotopes, including superheavy nuclei and the heaviest elements that lie at the current borders of the periodic table. His calculations help clarify their unusual properties.

  • via the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams website

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