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Clark Atlanta University to Share $23 Million National Science Foundation Five-Year Research Grant

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2016


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ATLANTA (Sept. 26, 2016)    Clark Atlanta University (CAU) will share in a $23 million National Science Foundation (NSF) research grant which will create four new Science and Technology Centers (STC’s) at universities and laboratories across North America.  CAU will partner with principal research institution Cornell University for this project, which will fund the creation of the Center for Bright Beams (CBB). 

The goal of the CBB research, according to the NSF, is to increase the intensity of the brightness of beams of charged particles by two orders of magnitude while decreasing the cost of key accelerator technologies.  Inventions developed from this critical research effort will be used by the CBB’s industrial partners to manufacture integrated circuits, produce medical radioisotopes and develop new pharmaceuticals.    

“This generous grant will afford our students the opportunity to strengthen their stackable credentials portfolio prior to graduation,” said Xiao-Qian Wang, Ph.D., co-principal investigator at CAU on this project and a full professor in the Department of Physics.  Joining Dr. Wang on the CBB project will be George Japaridze, Ph.D., adjunct professor of physics at CAU, and two graduate students at the Ph.D. level.  For its part, CAU will receive $750,000 over the next five years for the CBB study. 

Other higher learning institutions and laboratories partnering on the CBB project include Morehouse College; the University of Chicago; Chicago State University; the University of California at Los Angeles; the University of Florida; the University of Maryland; Brigham Young University; the University of Toronto; the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and TRIUMF (Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science).

Category: Research
Keywords: NSF