Lab Earns Environmental Stewardship Award
Jefferson Lab was recognized recently by the Hampton Roads Sanitation District with a 2011 Platinum Award for perfect permit compliance for five consecutive years (2006-2011).
Jefferson Lab was recognized recently by the Hampton Roads Sanitation District for its environmental stewardship. The lab was among the nine businesses, industries and agencies earning a 2011 HRSD Platinum Award for perfect permit compliance for five consecutive years (2006-2011).
The Hampton Roads Sanitation District held its annual awards luncheon on May 5 in Portsmouth. During the event, HRSD recognized the award recipients for their exemplary wastewater pretreatment excellence and for their outstanding pollution prevention measures.
An open letter from HRSD reads, in part: "Congratulations … for exemplary permit compliance and outstanding pollution prevention measures. These businesses pretreat their industrial wastewater before discharging it to HRSD's system. Their efforts help protect our waterways and other natural resources."
This recognition is a reflection of the Jefferson Lab community's execution of our Environmental Management System, according to Bill Rainey, JLab's Environmental, Safety and Health Department manager. "Permit compliance is a constant focus and this level of performance is only possible because the line organizations understand their critical role and take it seriously," he said.
Scott Conley, who works on the environmental team, attended the recognition event to accept the award for the lab.
Contact Rainey, ext. 7898, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for information about the lab's sustainability program and efforts. He would also like to be informed about pollution prevention improvements underway in 2012 that could qualify for an HRSD or other award or recognition.
HRSD serves a population of 1.6 million in 17 cities and counties in southeastern Virginia. Its 13 treatment plants can handle up to 249 million gallons of wastewater every day.
Program Helps Young Scientists Prep for Academic Job Market
The academic job market is very competitive and applying for a faculty position requires a range of skills that many young scientists haven't explicitly been trained in. Now, a program supported by the JSA Initiatives Fund is helping these young researchers work on the skills crucial for a successful job search.
The JSA Promising Young Scientist program helps postdoctoral researchers develop and fine tune a range of skills necessary for succeeding in the tight academic job market, according to Wouter Deconinck, assistant professor of Physics at the College of William & Mary and principal investigator of the program.
"The program helps our junior nuclear physicists work on their public speaking, communication and job interview skills, as well as with preparing application materials such as their resume, CV (or Curriculum Vitae), a teaching statement and a research statement, and crafting and delivering a colloquium," Deconinck notes.
"Crafting and presenting an accessible colloquium-level talk," he points out, "is likely the most important aspect of the academic job interview process. This program provides the participants with guidance and feedback so they can successfully develop, organize and deliver an outstanding colloquium."
The postdoctoral fellows selected for the Promising Young Scientist program get feedback and guidance from the program's committee on their application packages and their colloquium presentations. Each individual goes through a "mock" interview at one of the participating institutions, which includes giving his or her colloquium.
"Our primary goal is to improve the young scientists' odds of getting permanent faculty and staff positions," Deconinck emphasizes, "and in the process, we hope to re-invigorate the tradition of the colloquium geared to a general audience, which will help improve the understanding of and appreciation for nuclear physics research."
He maintains, "This public accessibility is crucial to ensure that nuclear physics retains funding and support from the larger community.
"We just finished this year's selection, and we have selected five promising young scientists who will each be invited to a university," Deconinck said on behalf of the selection committee. Those selected will give a colloquium in the coming fall or early spring of 2013.
• John Leckey, a postdoc at Indiana University, working on the Gluonic Excitations Experiment, or GlueX, in Hall D, has been invited to present a colloquium at Christopher Newport University.
• Seamus Riordan, a postdoc at the University of Massachusetts, working on parity violation and nuclear structure experiments in Hall A, has been invited to present a colloquium at Mississippi State University.
• Pedro Jimenez-Delgado, a postdoc at Jefferson Lab, working on parton distribution functions in the Theory and Computational Physics group, has been invited to present a colloquium at Idaho State University.
• Narbe Kalantarians, a postdoc at Hampton University, working on the Super High Momentum Spectrometer drift chambers for Hall C and the DarkLight experiment in the Free-Electron Laser facility, has been invited to present a colloquium at the University of New Hampshire.
• Vince Sulkosky, a postdoc at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working on short-range correlation experiments in Hall A, has been invited to present a colloquium at the College of William & Mary.
"I think we provide a great service to our postdocs, and they are grateful for the opportunity to practice skills that you otherwise only use when you are in a real job-search situation," Deconinck said. "Previous participants have said that this experience helped them tremendously in their first job interviews!"
Jean-Francois Rajotte, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, participated during the 2011-12 academic year. Afterward, he said, "I feel lucky to have been selected for the JSA Promising Young Scientist program. I don't see how else I could have learned about the faculty application process in such a concrete way. I am thankful to the physics department of Mississippi State University, especially professors Dipangkar Dutta and Gautam Rupak who welcomed and guided me for three days on their campus. Several professors spent time with me discussing their research and their life as faculty members. In addition to the colloquium, I also gave a lecture at the undergraduate level, another useful experience that does not come often to a postdoc."
"This program not only offers valuable entries for my CV, it is also informative about the life of a professor and reveals a 'behind the scenes' look at a faculty position interview," Rajotte added. "I recommend everyone who is considering an academic career to apply for the program."
Another participant from last cycle, Juliette Mammei, also had very positive comments about the program.
"I have only been a postdoc for two years, but people told me to apply early and often so I decided to apply for several tenure-track faculty positions at universities that I felt would be a good match for me," she said. "I also applied for the JSA Promising Young Scientist program, and was very happy to be accepted.
"Before I even gave my colloquium," she continued, "I had already received valuable feedback on my research plan and teaching statement, which were part of the application for the program. I was invited to give a colloquium at William and Mary. Afterward, some of the audience members gave me constructive criticism; they were very encouraging and helpful. In addition to getting feedback about the colloquium, the department also conducted a mock interview, with visits to various faculty members as well as an interview portion with faculty who had volunteered to serve as a search committee. The whole experience gave me confidence by letting me know what to expect during my subsequent interviews."
"I went for my first real interview a week after I gave the colloquium at William and Mary," Mammei said. "A month after the JSA Promising Young Scientist mock interview and practice colloquium, I went for an interview at the University of Manitoba, and am proud to say that I will be starting there as an assistant professor this fall."
The JSA Initiatives Fund Program is funded by Jefferson Science Associates, to support efforts that further the scientific outreach and promote the science, education and technology missions of Jefferson Lab and the lab's user community. JSA, a joint venture between the Southeastern Universities Research Association and the Computer Sciences Corporation-Applied Technologies Group, manages and operates Jefferson Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy. Information about the JSA Initiatives Fund program is online at: www.jsallc.org/IF/IFIndex.html.
Engineers Share Their Jobs, Professional Insights With Students
Michelle Shinn (foreground, far left) discusses research at the Free-Electron Laser Facility with the students and mentors who participated in Jefferson Lab's "Introduce a Girl to Engineering" Day. Pictured are (foreground, left to right) Mylika Wade, Khaliyah Brown, Lauren Floyd and Brittany Suarez, and their JLab mentors in the background. Shinn is showing the students and their JLab mentors a set of prototypes of a new type of mirror material used for the FEL optical cavity.
Early this year Jefferson Lab hosted a visit for four local high school students interested in careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).
Dubbed "Introduce a Girl to Engineering" Day, the mentor/shadowing experience was conducted by Jefferson Lab's Human Resources Department and Engineering Division during National Engineers Week in February.
Jefferson Lab first participated in the program in 2011 as part of the lab's on-going effort to promote diversity in the field of engineering, according to Bruce Ullman, Training and Performance manager. "The program is designed to encourage girls to pursue STEM in college and in their future careers by showing them examples of successful female engineers up close and personal," Ullman explained. "The expectation is that the students will learn firsthand about a career in science and engineering from a practitioner in the field. A shadowing event like this can provide a way for them to see how math and science is used at work."
The Newport News students each shadowed a Jefferson Lab female engineer: Dianne Napier, a 12 GeV Upgrade project engineer and a veteran of last year's inaugural event; HyeKyoung Park and Shirley Yang, mechanical engineers in the Engineering Division; and Celia Whitlatch, a mechanical engineer from Facilities Management and Logistics.
Participating in this year's event were three girls from Heritage High School, an engineering and technology magnet school, and one student from Menchville High School. The students were Lauren Floyd from Menchville, and Brittany Suarez, Mylika Wade, and Khaliyah Brown from Heritage.
The students received a lab overview from Ullman before the lab's head engineer, Will Oren, spoke with them about the ways engineers support the projects and experiments carried out at the lab. Each of the participating engineers briefly shared with the group how she got interested in the field of engineering, her day-to-day responsibilities, and the challenges and rewards of her job. The girls then got to see portions of a typical day of the engineer they shadowed. They toured the lab with their mentors and had lunch with them in the cafeteria.
When asked why it is important to encourage young people, especially under-represented groups, to consider careers in engineering, Shirley Yang, a staff engineer who has worked on Hall A experimental equipment designs, analyzing niobium cavities and designing a helium header (cryogenics component), responded passionately, "It is fun being an engineer. I like tackling challenging, interesting engineering projects, working with different groups of people, and having a sense of tangible achievements. There is no such thing as 'routine' in the engineering field, and there are always new things to learn."
Yang feels diversity in the field makes it better. "A diverse engineering community can provide different perspectives and alternative solutions to real-life problems. I feel that the females are under-represented in the engineering community. We need to encourage more girls to pursue an engineering career."
Whitlatch, who has managed several projects at the lab and specializes in low-conductivity water system designs, air conditioning, cooling towers and heat exchanger applications, echoed Yang's comments and added, "It is important to participate in events like this because most high school students are not aware of what engineering is. I know I didn't know [about the field of engineering] when I was in school. If a student is interested in math and science then I would encourage engineering.
"I hope the students will see that they can do anything they want to. Engineering is an exciting and interesting field," she added.
The girls were excited and energized by their experience, and were eager to share highlights with their parents as they left at the end of the day. They said that the experience made them aware of career opportunities they hadn't previously been aware of. They commented on how eager everyone was to talk with them and how friendly everyone was; and they noticed how work really seemed to center on team efforts.
"We tried to place girls who requested a visit and have an interest in math and science," said Ann Ifekwunigwe, Newport News Career Pathways supervisor, of the work mentor/shadow experience. "It was fairly competitive in that not everyone got to attend."
She feels the program is beneficial and raises the students' awareness. "One of the girls, Bria Pridgen, called me after the trip last year to thank me for the opportunity," she recalled. "The student said she learned things about engineering she didn’t know existed! She was drifting in school at the time, and I believe this experience gave her extra drive and motivation to graduate on time. She is now a straight 'A' student at Thomas Nelson Community College. She is excited about engineering and wants to transfer to the University of Virginia to study engineering! I am confident her experience at Jefferson Lab had a lot to do with that decision!"
Lab Mourns Death of Longtime Advocate Hugh Loweth
Hugh F. Loweth, 90, longtime SURA staff member and staunch advocate of CEBAF/Jefferson Lab, died peacefully at his home in Annandale, Va., on June 27.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Loweth; sons Douglas Loweth and Todd Loweth and brother, The Rev. Gerald P. Loweth. He is also survived by his step children: Barbara Worthington, Brad Kauffman and Janet Andraka.
He was predeceased by his daughter Christine L Finnerty and Marion P. Loweth, mother to Douglas, Todd and Christine.
He had a 42-year career in the Office of Management and Budget for the U.S. government. He served for many years as the OMB deputy associate director for energy and science. According to an announcement in the July 21, 1986 issue of Chemical & Engineering News archives, Loweth was a key policy official who had more direct influence on science budgets and priorities than any other federal figure. The statement read, in part: "Whatever the field - space, energy, general science, or industrial innovation - Loweth was the one person who most affected the budgets, priorities and ways of thinking in those areas."
In December 1986, he joined SURA as the Special Assistant to President Harry Holmgren with the primary responsibility to advise the SURA Board on its oversight responsibilities for the CEBAF project. Over the ensuing two decades, Loweth supported and advised former SURA presidents William Wallenmeyer and Dennis Barnes as well as current President Jerry Draayer. As he had worked with SURA's four presidents, it was noted at his memorial service that he had served four U.S. presidents as well. Upon his retirement from OMB, former Presidents Nixon, Carter, and Ford, and then President Reagan sent notes of appreciation for Loweth's dedicated federal service.
In an excerpt from a letter to Loweth's wife, Elizabeth, Lab Director Hugh Montgomery wrote:
"It is with great sadness that the Jefferson Lab community received the news of the passing of Hugh Loweth. His pivotal role in guiding science during his time at OMB is documented in many historical documents and retrospectives. … His impact on science in this country is undeniable and a great legacy.
"I have spoken with many of my colleagues who remember him with a combination of respect and fondness. Respect because they knew Hugh as a dedicated, no-nonsense OMB examiner who brought his skills to SURA to help build and commission the lab then known as CEBAF. Everyone knew that if you went to Hugh you would get a straight answer. He was never afraid to say what needed to be said just because people weren't ready to hear it, a real gift when you work in Washington DC. His dedication to SURA and to Jefferson Lab was a real key to constructing the lab and gaining the support needed to make it happen.
"The fondness is due to the personal connection that Hugh made with the Jefferson Lab management and staff. He always remembered names and made it a point after the myriad of reviews and assessments that came during the birth of the Lab to thank the staff at every level for their part in making it a success.
Hugh Loweth will be forever a part of the Jefferson Lab family, and he will be sorely missed."
Elizabeth Lawson, SURA's chief governance officer and Loweth's colleague since 1986, remembers him fondly, "Hugh brought to SURA not only the wisdom of his years at OMB, but also the respect of those who collaborated with him. He founded the graduate fellowship program which has enabled hundreds of graduate students to conduct research at Jefferson Lab as part of their academic pursuits. And for many years he ran the SURA/ORNL summer co-op program in material science. The training and nurturing of a new generation of scientists was very important to Hugh and this is a part of the legacy he leaves us."
He was known for his cutting wit and was an accomplished organist.
A Requiem Eucharist Service for Loweth was held at Grace Episcopal Church, Alexandria, on July 6. His brother, Rev. Loweth delivered the homily.
Gifts in memory of Hugh may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 3601 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22305. Please designate "Hugh Loweth/Food Fund" in the memo line.
Editor's note: This obituary notice is an edited version of the notice published in The Washington Post. The Washington Post obituary notice and Guest Book are posted online at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=hugh-f-loweth&pid=158367884
Lab Mourns Passing of Patent Attorney A. Jackson
Auzville Jackson Jr., 85, passed away on July 27, 2012, after a brief battle with cancer. He served as Jefferson Lab's outside patent counsel for more than 20 years. He assisted in putting Jefferson Lab's patent and technology transfer programs in place and prosecuted the labs first patents.
He is survived by Estelle, his wife for almost 59 years; son, Robert Auzville Jackson; daughter, Sarah Jackson Sakach; son- in-law, Ronald Gene Sakach; two grandsons, a niece, and a grandnephew.
For a time Jackson was the youngest Eagle Scout in the United States, receiving the badge in two years' time. While living in Alexandria, he attended George Washington High School. He enlisted in the Army at the age 16 and after a competitive exam, attended Carnegie Tech to study engineering. On active duty at the beginning of the Cold War, Jackson became a lieutenant at the age of 19. Back home in Richmond, he studied for two years at Richmond Professional Institute, and after two more years, graduated from Virginia Tech in 1950 with a degree in metallurgical engineering.
While working as a patent examiner for the United States Patent Office in Washington, D.C., he enrolled in law school at George Washington University, and after graduation, worked for the Office of Naval Research. Five years later, he received a call from Louisville, Ky., offering him a job with the Reynolds Metals Company. He moved to Richmond with the company, and later joined Robertshaw Controls Company, as vice-president and chief patent counsel. In succeeding years he served as the first president of the Tennessee Technology Foundation, and later became a partner at Staas & Halsey. Later, he decided to set up the Jackson Patent Group, which practiced patent, trademark, copyright and other intellectual property law since 1991.
Jackson served as an adjunct associate professor of intellectual property law at the University of Richmond and a lecturer on intellectual property law at the College of William and Mary. He had a number of hobbies, especially an interest in developing a commercial use for the chinquapin nut. He belonged to the Second Presbyterian Church, the Cosmos Club, the Industrial Research Institute, the Northern Nut Growers, Fishing Bay Yacht Club, and was the president and founder of the Small Business Technology Institute. One of his favorite sayings, "It's not a matter of falling down; it's a matter of getting back up."
A memorial service for Jackson took place on July 30 at Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va. Condolences may be left at: http://www.woodyfuneralhomeparham.com/dm20/en_US/locations/47/4710/inde…
Editor's note: This obituary notice is an edited version of the notice published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The full obituary is online at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesdispatch/obituary.aspx?n=auzville-jackson&pid=158799072&fhid=11640#fbLoggedOut
Lab Offers Science Enrichment Program for Teachers
Jefferson Lab's Science Activities for Teachers, or JSAT program is designed to increase teachers' knowledge of the physical sciences and to strengthen their teaching skills. It will run from September 2012 through May 2013 and includes a special night (April 17, 2013) where participants share their best classroom activities with other teachers.
Jefferson Lab is accepting applications for its science enrichment program for fifth-, sixth- and eighth-grade teachers of science.
The after-school program is designed to increase teachers' knowledge of the physical sciences and to strengthen their teaching skills. It will run from September 2012 through May 2013 and is called Jefferson Lab's Science Activities for Teachers, or JSAT.
"At the elementary- and middle-school levels, teachers, with little or no formal background in science education often find themselves tasked with teaching the science curriculum," says Lisa Surles-Law, program administrator. "This program is a primer for them and a refresher for those with a formal education in science. JSAT provides attendees with a wealth of information, materials and activities to take back to their classrooms, and the opportunity to network with other teachers."
The 2012-13 program will include interactive activities to enhance physical science instruction at the upper-elementary and middle-school levels, and lectures by Jefferson Lab staff on the applications of science. Topics will include matter, atomic structure, energy transfer, force and motion, magnetism and electricity, waves and sound, simple machines, optics and the watershed cycle. Program participants will receive supplies and materials so they may conduct all the planned activities in their own classrooms. Participating teachers can earn up to 48 recertification points for 2012-13.
The JSAT program, funded by a grant from the Jefferson Science Associates Initiatives Fund, addresses components of National Science Education Standards and the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Fifth-grade teachers will meet on alternating Tuesday nights, and sixth- and eighth-grade teachers will meet on alternating Wednesdays. The sessions will take place between 5-7 p.m. at Jefferson Lab, located at 12000 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News.
Additional information, program dates and the application form are available at: http://education.jlab.org/jsat/ or by contacting Surles-Law at: email@example.com or 757-269-5002. The application deadline for the 2012-13 program is Friday, Sept. 14.
The Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition, an alliance of education, corporate, and public policy leaders working together to revitalize mathematics and science education in prekindergarten through graduate school, recognized JSAT in 2011 with a Programs That Work Award. According to the VMSC web site, the awards "recognize exemplary mathematics and science programs for which there is evidence of a positive impact on student or teacher learning."
The JSA Initiatives Fund Program is funded by Jefferson Science Associates, to support efforts that further the scientific outreach and promote the science, education and technology missions of Jefferson Lab and the lab's user community. JSA, a joint venture between the Southeastern Universities Research Association and the Computer Sciences Corporation/Applied Technologies Group, manages and operates Jefferson Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy. Information about the JSA Initiatives Fund program is online at: www.jsallc.org/IF/IFIndex.html.
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2012 Lab T-Shirts Back by Popular Demand; Order by Aug. 9
The Jefferson Activities Group is ordering one more round of apparel items featuring this year's winning T-shirt design, which was unveiled at the Run-A-Round.
The design will be available on short sleeve T-shirts, long sleeve T-Shirts and hooded, pullover sweatshirts. Sweatshirts are only available by preorder. To ensure you get your favorite style in the right size, place your order at the CEBAF Center front desk or by calling Dave Abbott at ext. 7190 or Bridget Paul at ext. 7306, by close of business Thursday, Aug. 9.
- Short Sleeve T-Shirts – $7
- Long Sleeve T-Shirts – $10
- Sweatshirts (available by preorder only) – $20
Quantities are limited, so be sure to place your order by Aug. 9.
DOE Sponsors Food Drive at JLab, Aug. 6-16
The Department of Energy, including the Thomas Jefferson Site Office staff, is again participating in the Feds Feed Families food drive campaign. Site Office staff will place food-donation collection barrels near the entrance of CEBAF Center Aug. 6-16.
Lab staff contributions to this food drive are welcome, with the understanding that participation is strictly voluntary. Anyone wishing to participate may place non-perishable donations (non-glass items) in the marked barrels. For more information on the program, contact Steve Neilson at ext. 7215. This Virginia Peninsula Foodbank poster includes a list of the most-needed items: http://www.hrfoodbank.org/images/stories/finalfooddriveboxes.pdf
Red Cross Blood Drive at Lab Set for Aug. 21
The next American Red Cross Blood Drive at Jefferson Lab is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in CEBAF Center Room F113. New and repeat donors are encouraged to attend. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, contact Johnie Banks, ext. 7539.
Red Cross donation requirements are online at: http://www.redcrossblood.org/
Milestones for June 2012
Cameron Kowaki, Electrical Engineering Student Intern, Free-Electron Laser Division
Scott Madaras, FEL Accelerator Operator, FEL Division
Jacob Morgan, RF Systems Co-Op, Engineering Division
Sebouh Paul, Hall B Student Intern, Physics Division
Christopher Perry, Cryogenics Mechanical Engineer, Engineering Division
Ryan Smith, Cryogenics Student Intern, Engineering Division
Leslie Trainor, Facilities Draftsperson, Facilities Management and Logistics
Albert Johnson, Engineering Division
Nathan Kofron, FEL Division
Dia Williams, Accelerator Division
These Milestone entries, listed alphabetically, are full-time, term, casual and student actions posted by Human Resources for June 2012.
Jefferson Lab is currently seeking qualified individuals for a small number of technical and scientific positions. All current employment opportunities are posted at: [Link Removed]
Information about career opportunities at Jefferson Lab is available at: [Link Removed]