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Artemis Spyrou works at MSU's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.
Artemis Spyrou works at MSU's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.

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Artemis Spyrou: The International Search for Cosmic Knowledge

Posted By: Danielle Fowler    Published: Friday, 17 Feb 2017

Artemis Spyrou studies the cosmos. Comparing atoms and planets, stars and galaxies can tell us a lot about the universe we live in.

An associate professor and the associate director for Education in Nuclear Physics, Artemis was Born in Limassol, Cyprus. She first fell in love with nuclear physics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Since 2007 she has been heavily involved at MSU's own National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL).

MSU is the home of world-class research centers that attract an international community of scientists. With an international background herself, Spyrou understands the importance of global collaboration when studying the universe.

"Nuclear Astrophysics is an exciting field that brings together scientists with different backgrounds from all over the world," she said. Astronomers, astrophysicists, nuclear theorists and nuclear experimentalists come together to unravel celestial mysteries. "As an experimentalist I recreate stellar conditions in the laboratory and study how nuclei interact with each other to fuel the most energetic explosions in the universe."

Spyrou mainly studies the nuclear reactions inside of stars and the structure of light nuclei.  As a leading nuclear astrophysicist, she knows the value that Spartan experiences—and Spartan experiments—provide.

"Many of the experiments we do at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory are world unique," she said. "This feeling that you are studying something that no one else has studied before, and by doing so you are expanding our understanding of the universe, is just amazing."

A core strength of MSU is its focus on bringing together diverse groups of people. Two, three, four heads are better than one, especially in an inclusive environment. "You are working with a group of people who come from different backgrounds, different countries and different cultures, but who share the same passion and curiosity. Everyone brings a unique point of view to the discussions and that's when new discoveries happen. Sometimes the discoveries are small, not newsworthy, but still unique. Sometimes, however, you discover something major, that makes all the years of hard work worthwhile, and these moments are priceless. My driving force is the search for answers to all the questions the universe is laying in front of us."

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