Mingyu Fan led a team to realize the first excited state lifetime measurement in the radium ion. The measured lifetime is in good agreement with theoretical calculations and will enable calculation of the differential scalar polarizability of the narrow linewidth optical clock transition. Craig and Asad helped to build and operate the experiment, and undergraduates Chaoshen and Sam made made key contributions to stabilizing laser powers. The Article describing this work was published today in Physical Review A, and is also available on the arXiv.