(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Representative Jamie Raskin and U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) have announced $2.7 million in federal funding for the University of Maryland (UMD) / National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) Joint Program for the Advancement of Neutron Scattering. This program brings together researchers and scientists from UMD and NCNR in order to operate and develop neutron scattering instrumentation and techniques, as well as to provide outreach and education for the field of neutron scattering. This technology is crucial to understanding the positions and motions of atoms in condensed matter, information which can be used in a variety of fields.
“I’m delighted to join my Maryland colleagues in announcing these federal funds, which will strengthen the partnership between NIST and UMD scientists and researchers and advance our understanding of neutron scattering,” said Rep. Raskin. “I remain committed to promoting America’s scientific leadership and technological prowess and am proud that Maryland’s spectacular institutions and people are leading the way.”
NIST, one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories, was founded in 1901 and is now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST’s mission is to drive scientific and technological innovation by providing measurement capabilities to the US research community. The lawmakers have been a strong supporter of NIST and advocated for its full funding for Fiscal Year 2019. NIST is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland.