Deanna Csomo McCool | October 18, 2017
Michael Wiescher, the Freimann Professor of Nuclear Physics and the director of the Nuclear Science Laboratory, has been elected into the Academia Europaea, the Academy of Europe, for a lifetime of outstanding achievements.
The Academia Europaea was founded in 1988 as an international association of scientists and scholars who are recognized by their peers as experts in their subjects. The Academy has about 3,500 members, more than 70 of whom are Nobel Laureates. After being nominated by their peers, new members undergo a review process before being elected.
“I am honored to have been asked to join the Academy,” Wiescher said.
Wiescher’s research interests include the measurement and simulation of nuclear reaction rates, stellar evolution, low-energy experimental physics, reaction physics with stable and radioactive beams, and analysis of cultural heritage artifacts. He joined the Department of Physics in 1986, after earning his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of Munster, Germany, and completing post-doctoral research at The Ohio State University, the University of Mainz, Germany, and the California Institute of Technology.
In addition to serving as director of the Nuclear Science Laboratory, Wiescher was the director of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) from 2003 to 2015, which is a National Science Foundation Physics Frontier Center collaboration among Notre Dame, Michigan State University, and the University of Chicago. He is also an adjunct professor at Michigan State and a concurrent professor with University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.