Division of Nuclear Physics
October 23-26, 2013
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
Newport News, VA
Venue and Transportation
First referred to as ‘Newportes Newes’ as early as 1621, this tidal area near the mouth of the James River is purported to be the longest continuously named place in the US. Today, Newport News is Virginia’s fifth largest city and home to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). The modern city was founded by Collis Huntington, a builder of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. He also launched the Newport News Shipyard and Dry Dock Company, today the nation's sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two companies capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines.
Called by some “the new downtown,” City Center at Oyster Point exemplifies New Urbanism at its best, with an eclectic, high-density mix of office, residential and retail areas. Unique shops and distinctive restaurants are within easy open-air walking distance - and all just a mile from Jefferson Lab.
In addition, Newport News is 20 minutes by car from the historic triangle of Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg.
Transportation & Weather
Newport News is served by the Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport (about 10 minutes from the hotel), the larger Norfolk International Airport (30 minutes away) and the Richmond International Airport (60 minutes away). Information concerning ground transportation will be located on the conference web site. October is Virginia’s driest month, so you can expect clear blue skies and bright fall colors.