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Apr 2017

  • Mon, 04/03/2017 - 03:51pm

    Jefferson Lab to Test its Tornado Warning Siren

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility will conduct the monthly test of its tornado warning siren at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 7. Depending on weather conditions at the time of the test, the siren could be heard by anyone within a 1.5-mile radius of the lab.

  • Mon, 04/03/2017 - 03:44pm

    Jefferson Lab’s Summer Science Camp for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Youth Announced

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Science Education staff at Jefferson Lab will conduct a Science Camp for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Youth Aug. 7-11, 2017. The program is designed to meet the needs of rising fourth- through eighth-grade students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

    “This is the program’s fourth year and the response to it has been very positive,” says Brita Hampton, education administrator and camp coordinator.  “Our Deaf Science Camp gives kids the opportunity to meet other deaf and hard-of-hearing kids from around the state, and they have fun doing science together.  Learning in a barrier-free environment is very rewarding for the students!

Mar 2017

  • Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:43pm

    Physicists Move Closer to Listening In on Sub-Atomic Conversation

    Much like two friendly neighbors getting together to chat over a cup of coffee, the minuscule particles in our sub-atomic world also come together to engage in a kind of conversation. Now, nuclear scientists are developing tools to allow them to listen in on the particles’ gab fests and learn more about how they stick together to build our visible universe.

    Jozef Dudek is a staff scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Jefferson Lab and an assistant professor of physics at the College of William & Mary. He and his colleagues recently carried out the first complex calculations of a particle called the sigma and published the result in Physical Review Letters in January.

  • Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:40pm

    Jefferson Lab Accomplishes Critical Milestones Toward Completion of 12 GeV Upgrade

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility has achieved two major commissioning milestones and is now entering the final stretch of work to conclude its first major upgrade.

    Recently, the CEBAF accelerator delivered electron beams into two of its experimental halls, Halls B and C, at energies not possible before the upgrade for commissioning of the experimental equipment currently in each hall. Data were recorded in each hall, which were then confirmed to be of sufficient quality to allow for particle identification, a primary indicator of good detector operation.

  • Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:43am

    JSA LLC Receives 2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA -- It’s not easy being green, but Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) managed to do just that by selecting electronics that meet both Information Technology (IT) and sustainability goals. JSA’s efforts in 2016 were rewarded on March 13, 2017 at a ceremony in Arlington, in which JSA was presented with a 2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award. 

    The EPEAT system began in 2003 with a stakeholder process convened by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has become the definitive global environmental rating system for electronics including PCs and displays, imaging equipment and televisions. Managed by the Green Electronics Council, EPEAT currently tracks more than 4,400 products from more than 60 manufacturers across 43 countries.

  • Thu, 03/09/2017 - 04:32pm

    One hundred and three months

    When, in January 2016, I told Secretary Moniz that I would be standing down, he pointed out that he had done 100 months as director of Bates Laboratory at MIT and that I should at least match that. Coincidentally that would have also taken me to the end of Moniz’s term as Secretary of Energy. In fact, when I step down at the end of March it will have been 103 months at the helm, a very exciting period of my life.

    I started my term as Director of Jefferson Lab on September 2, 2008.

  • Wed, 03/08/2017 - 02:55pm

    Nysmith Wins 2017 Virginia Middle School Science Bowl

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Twenty teams of excited students – accompanied by their coaches and family members – arrived at Jefferson Lab bright and early on March 4, ready to compete in the Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl. At the close of a long, intense day of competition, Nysmith School for the Gifted, Herndon, earned top honors.

    Jefferson Lab’s Deputy Director of Science, Robert McKeown, welcomed the students, attending family members and team coaches. A capacity crowd sat in rapt attention as McKeown briefly explained the purpose of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility – Jefferson Lab’s particle accelerator. Then, to help the young competitors grasp how much technology has changed in the last 50 years, McKeown presented images of devices he regularly used as a young scientist – a slide rule, manual typewriter, rotary-dial telephone, black-and-white vacuum-tube TV set, gas-powered car, and vinyl records – devices that many youngsters in the audience had likely never before seen or used. He discussed how technological advancements had replaced them with new devices: calculators, computers, smart phones, video games, LED TVs, and electricity- or hydrogen-powered vehicles.

  • Wed, 03/01/2017 - 02:56pm

    Jefferson Lab Director Honored with Energy Secretary Award

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Hugh Montgomery, director of the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab), was awarded The Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award by the Secretary of Energy earlier this year.

    This honor highlights Montgomery’s contributions to the research programs at the DOE national labs, both as a world-leading researcher and as a more than 30-year DOE national laboratory employee.

  • Wed, 03/01/2017 - 11:56am

    Jefferson Lab to Test its Tornado Warning Siren

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility will conduct the monthly test of its tornado warning siren at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 3. Depending on weather conditions at the time of the test, the siren could be heard by anyone within a 1.5-mile radius of the lab.

    The test will be carried out over a period that could last up to three minutes. The test will be of the wavering tone (also called high-low-high or 10-4-10).

Feb 2017

  • Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:46am

    Virginia Middle Schools Prepare for March 4 Science Bowl

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Some of Virginia’s brightest young minds will meet next weekend at the U.S. Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab to see if they have what it takes to be Science Bowl Champion. The National Science Bowl® – sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science – is an annual academic competition among teams of four or five students.

     

    Registered teams from across the Commonwealth will compete at the Virginia Regional Middle School Science Bowl on Saturday, March 4 at Jefferson Lab. The winning team will then represent Virginia at the National Science Bowl® finals later this year. Teams from 20 schools are registered for this year's competition.

  • Wed, 02/15/2017 - 01:51pm

    Jefferson Lab Recognizes 136 Staff Members at 2017 Service Awards Events

    Cumulative Time Worked Represents Nearly 2,100 Years of Service to Lab

    One hundred thirty-six staff members were recognized for their years at Jefferson Lab during a series of four 2017 Service Awards events held in early February. Jefferson Lab staff members who had achieved 5-, 10-, 15-, 20-, 25- and 30-year employment anniversaries were recognized at the events, according to Krystina Patrick, administrative assistant for Human Resources.

  • Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:33am

    Thomas Jefferson High School Takes 2017 Virginia Science Bowl

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA -- Sixteen teams arrived at Jefferson Lab bright and early and ready to compete in the Virginia Regional High School Science Bowl on Feb. 4. After an intense day of competition, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, took home top team honors.

    Welcoming the students, attending family members and team coaches, Deputy Director of Science, Robert McKeown, briefly explained the research conducted at Jefferson Lab, including the 12 GeV Upgrade to the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility and what this upgrade project means to the 1,500-plus community of U.S. and international researchers who use CEBAF to carry out cutting-edge nuclear physics experiments.

  • Wed, 02/08/2017 - 09:27am

    Jefferson Lab Encourages Digital Literacy With Hour of Code Event

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA – To help raise awareness of the need for digital literacy, volunteers from Jefferson Lab’s Information Technology Division and Science Education staff joined forces in December to provide more than 60 local students with the opportunity to experience basic computer programming.

    Two classes of fifth-grade students from Carver Elementary School – participating in Jefferson Lab’s BEAMS program – were invited to participate in the lab’s Hour of Code campaign during the 2016 Computer Science Education Week. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage students, and their parents and teachers to participate in and to learn more about computer programming and the many career opportunities in the field of computer science.

  • Thu, 02/02/2017 - 07:55am

    Jefferson Lab to Test its Tornado Warning Siren

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility will conduct the monthly test of its tornado warning siren at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3. Depending on weather conditions at the time of the test, the siren could be heard by anyone within a 1.5-mile radius of the lab.

    The test will be carried out over a period that could last up to three minutes. The test will be of the wavering tone (also called high-low-high or 10-4-10).

Jan 2017

  • Mon, 01/30/2017 - 02:57pm

    JSA Initiatives Fund Awards $390K for FY17 to Support Projects at Jefferson Lab

    In December, Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, posted a release announcing that it had awarded $390,000 through its Initiatives Fund Program to support projects related to education, outreach and career development to staff and users at Jefferson Lab.

  • Fri, 01/27/2017 - 08:12am

    Virginia High Schools Face Off in Science Bowl

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Some of Virginia’s brightest young minds will meet next weekend at the U.S. Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab to see if they have what it takes to be Science Bowl Champion. The National Science Bowl® – sponsored annually by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science – is an annual academic competition among teams of four or five students.

    Local students will first compete at the Virginia Regional High School Science Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Jefferson Lab. The winning team will represent Virginia at the National Science Bowl® finals later this year. Teams from 16 schools are registered for this year's competition.

  • Fri, 01/06/2017 - 02:15pm

    New Director Named to Lead U.S. Department of Energy’s Jefferson Lab

    Washington, DC, January 6, 2017

    Jefferson Science Associates, LLC today announced that Stuart Henderson will become the new Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia. Currently serving as the Director of the Advanced Photon Source Upgrade Project at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, Henderson will assume his responsibilities at Jefferson Lab on April 3 .

  • Tue, 01/03/2017 - 03:30pm

    Jefferson Lab to Test its Tornado Warning Siren at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 6

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility will conduct the monthly test of its tornado warning siren at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 6. Depending on weather conditions at the time of the test, the siren could be heard by anyone within a 1.5-mile radius of the lab.

    The test will be carried out over a period that could last up to three minutes. The test will be of the wavering tone (also called high-low-high or 10-4-10).

Dec 2016

  • Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:03pm

    Jefferson Lab Science a Focus of Exascale Computing Initiative

    While next-generation supercomputers are expected to arrive in the next decade, scientists will need to spend considerable time in preparations to make the most of the future machines’ capabilities. Now, Jefferson Lab scientists have been awarded $2.1 million as part of a multi-institutional project sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project to prepare for this next major leap in computing capability.

    The “Exascale Lattice Gauge Theory Opportunities and Requirements for Nuclear and High Energy Physics” project also includes researchers from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Boston University, Brookhaven National Lab, the University of Illinois, Columbia University, the University of Utah, Stony Brook and the University of Edinburgh.

  • Thu, 12/08/2016 - 03:09pm

    JLab Researcher Receives Award for Excellence in Service to Physics

    Cynthia Keppel, a senior scientist and the group leader for experimental halls A and C at Jefferson Lab, recently received a major award from the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society (SESAPS) for her “excellence in service to Physics.”

    Keppel was presented with the 2016 Francis G. Slack Award during the Nov. 10-12 annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society, held in Charlottesville, Va.

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