Nuclear Physics Laboratory is Probing the Fundamental Structure of Matter

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Representatives of the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University will join federal government leaders, scientists from around the world, and key officials of universities and colleges in dedicating a nuclear physics laboratory that is probing the fundamental structure of matter.

On Friday, May 24, 1996, at 12:30 p.m., the Department of Energy's Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF), a $600 million research facility in Newport News, Virginia, will be dedicated. Managed by the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), a consortium of 41 universities, for the U.S. Department of Energy, CEBAF is a world-class physics laboratory that is using a continuous beam of electrons to probe quarks and gluons, the fundamental building blocks of matter. As members of SURA, the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University have played an active role in the success of CEBAF.

Scheduled speakers include Nobel Laureate Martin Perl, D. Alan Bromley, former science advisor to President Bush and Sterling Professor of Sciences and Dean of Engineering at Yale University, and Secretary of Energy, Hazel O' Leary.

The dedication day will begin with a reception at 11:00 a.m. where press members will have the opportunity to interview attendees. Please call Linda Ware at (804) 249-7689 if you are planning to attend so that on-site parking may be arranged for you. This is an excellent opportunity to be a witness to a significant milestone for the nuclear physics community.