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U.S. Burning Plasma Organization eNews

Oct 18, 2017 (Issue 123)


USBPO Mission Statement: Advance the scientific understanding of burning plasmas and ensure the greatest benefit from a burning plasma experiment by coordinating relevant U.S. fusion research with broad community participation.

CONTENTS

Announcements  
Director’s Corner
C.M. Greenfield
Schedule of Burning Plasma Events  
Contact and Contribution Information  

 

Announcements

Events at the 59th APS-DPP Conference in Milwaukee


The Town Meeting on ITER, originally scheduled for Thursday evening, is cancelled. Dr. Bigot has an unavoidable last-minute conflict and will not be able to visit the US during the APS conference. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. We are attempting to set up an alternate forum for the ITER Director General to address the U.S. Burning Plasma community.

The Research in Support of ITER session will still be held on Wednesday afternoon, October 25 in room 201AB.


USBPO beginning an outreach effort

The second community workshop will be held at the University of Texas in Austin, December 11-15. Working groups are being formed now. For more information you can go to  https://sites.google.com/site/usmfrstrategicdirections/workshop02_austin


Director's Corner

By C.M. Greenfield

New eNews editor

From August 2015 through April 2017, Saskia Mordijck (William and Mary) acted as editor of the USBPO eNews. Since she stepped down in April, I have been “acting editor.” I am pleased to announce that starting with the regular October 31 issue, Walter Guttenfelder of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has agreed to take over as editor. Walter will pull double-duty as this will be in addition to his continuing role as deputy leader of the USBPO Confinement and Transport Topical Group. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Saskia and Walter.

US Burning Plasma Organization leadership change

From August 2015 through April 2017, Saskia Mordijck (William and Mary) acted as editor of the USBPO eNews. Since she stepped down in April, I have been “acting editor.” I am pleased to announce that starting with the regular October 31 issue, Walter Guttenfelder of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has agreed to take over as editor. Walter will pull double-duty as this will be in addition to his continuing role as deputy leader of the USBPO Confinement and Transport Topical Group. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Saskia and Walter.

The two new elected members are George McKee (Wisconsin) and Vlad Soukhanovskii (LLNL). The two new appointed members are Don Rej (LANL) and Uri Shumlak (Washington).

USBPO Council 2017-2018 (new members in red)

Ted Biewer

ORNL

2019

Cary Forest

Wisconsin

Vice Chair

2019

Stan Kaye

PPPL

2018

Chuck Kessel

PPPL

Chair

2018

Earl Marmar

MIT

2018

George McKee

Wisconsin

2020

David Newman

U Alaska

2019

David Pace

GA

2018

Don Rej

LANL

2020

Susana Reyes

LBL

2018

Vlad Soukhanovskii

LLNL

2020

Uri Shumlak

Washington

2020

Gary Staebler

GA

2019

I would like to thank the nominating committee (Susana Reyes, Gary Staebler, Jim Irby, and Walter Guttenfelder) and the candidates (George, Paul, Vlad, and Boris Breizman of the University of Texas) for their roles in putting forth and standing as a slate of high quality candidates. And of course, a big thank you to the departing Council members, David Brower, Juergen Rapp, Jim Terry, and François Waelbroeck.

We are currently working on identifying leadership for the Energetic Particles, Fusion Engineering Science, Modeling and Simulation, Operations and Control, and Plasma-Wave Interactions Topical Groups, as the terms of their leaders are expiring. I hope to be able to announce the outcome of that selection in the coming weeks.


Calendar of Burning Plasma Events

USBPO Public Calendar:

2017

October 16-20

ITPA Diagnostics Topical Group meeting

ITER Headquarters

October 23-27

59th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 30-November 1

22nd Workshop on MHD Stability Control

Madison, Wisconsin

November 7-9

ITPA Coordinating Committee

ITER Headquarters, St. Paul-lez-Durance, France

December 6-7

Fusion Power Associates Annual Meeting

Washington, DC, USA

December 11-15

U.S. Magnetic Fusion Research Strategic Directions Community Workshop

Austin, Texas, USA

2018                                               

January 30-February 2

ITPA DSOL Topical Group meeting

Chengdu, China

April 16-19

High Temperature Plasma Diagnostics Conference

San Diego, California, USA

June 24-28

2018 IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS)

Denver, Colorado, USA

October 22-27

IAEA Fusion Energy Conference

Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

November 5-9

60th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics

Portland, Oregon, USA

2019

JET DT-campaign and JT60-SA First Plasma

October 21-25

61st Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

2025

ITER First Plasma

Contact and Contribution Information

This newsletter provides a monthly update on U.S. Burning Plasma Organization activities. The USBPO operates under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy, Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) division. All comments, including suggestions for content, may be sent to the Editor. Correspondence may also be submitted through the USBPO Website Feedback Form.

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Editor: Charles Greenfield (greenfield@fusion.gat.com)

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