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Robert V.F. Janssens is the new Director of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL), which is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Centers of Excellence. Professor Janssens joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2017. Prior to coming to UNC, he spent his entire career within the Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory, and served as its director from 2008 until 2017. He now is the Edward G. Bilpuch Distinguished Professor at UNC.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and served as the Chair of the Division of Nuclear Physics in 2019-2020.  Since coming to Carolina, he has helped establish a research program in nuclear structure combining experiments at TUNL’s High Intensity Gamma-ray Source (HIGS) with measurements carried out at national and international accelerator facilities. His research interest is in the evolution of nuclear structure with the number of protons and neutrons and the impact this has on global nuclear properties such as the nuclear shape, the binding energy, radioactivity and nuclear astrophysics processes. Professor Janssens becomes the seventh Director of TUNL and is the second director with a primary faculty appointment at UNC.

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