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Joint Institute changes name, broadens objectives

The university’s oldest Joint Institute has changed its name and adjusted its mission statement to reflect a broadening of research interests and methods.

 The Joint Institute for Nuclear Physics and Applications is the new name for the Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research, which was founded in 1983 as a collaboration between UT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Vanderbilt University.

JINPA will build on the long history of JIHIR as a world leader in the theoretical physics of heavy ions, exotic nuclei, and the structure of the nucleus. The change is intended to revitalize and repurpose the institute to reflect changes in instrumentation and research interests among the international users of the former JIHIR.

JINPA Announcement