Science Ed. Team Receives DOE Achievement Award

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Jefferson Lab's Science Education group was recognized recently with a 2012 Department of Energy Secretary's Honor Award. The group received the award from Secretary Steven Chu at DOE Headquarters. Pictured with the award and Secretary Chu are Science Education team members (left to right) Telesha Brown, Steve Gagnon, Lisa Surles-Law, Education Manager Jan Tyler, and Christine Wheeler. Unavailable for the photo: Brita Hampton.

Jefferson Lab's Science Education group was recognized among the best in the U.S. Department of Energy during a ceremony at DOE Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 4.

The group earned a 2012 Department of Energy Secretary's Honor Award, which recognizes individual and team excellence and achievement. It is the highest non-monetary award presented by the secretary of Energy.

The individuals and teams receiving the awards are selected and presented their awards by Secretary Steven Chu.

Jan Tyler, Science Education manager, and staff members Telesha Brown, Brita Hampton, Steve Gagnon, Lisa Surles-Law and Christine Wheeler were one of the 11 groups to earn the Secretary Achievement Award....... more

Deputy AD for Physics Kindles Passion for Life, Physics

PRossi.jpgTalking with Patrizia Rossi, Jefferson Lab's new deputy associate director for nuclear physics, is as much a discussion about life philosophy as it is about physics.......more

 

Procurement Manager Brings Decades of Experience to Lab

LMcKnight.jpg Lynn McKnight, Jefferson Lab's new Procurement Department manager, is settling into his new office in the Support Service Center and learning about Jefferson Lab.......more

 

Lab Community Participates in United Way Programs

UW.jpg The annual United Way appeal is underway at Jefferson Lab and will run through Wednesday, Oct. 24........more


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Science Ed. Team Receives DOE Achievement Award

Jefferson Lab's Science Education group was recognized among the best in the U.S. Department of Energy during a ceremony at DOE Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 4.

The group earned a 2012 Department of Energy Secretary's Honor Award, which recognizes individual and team excellence and achievement. It is the highest non-monetary award presented by the secretary of Energy.

The individuals and teams receiving the awards are selected and presented their awards by Secretary Steven Chu.

Jan Tyler, Science Education manager, and staff members Telesha Brown, Brita Hampton, Steve Gagnon, Lisa Surles-Law and Christine Wheeler were one of the 11 groups to earn the Secretary Achievement Award.

According to the DOE, the Achievement Award is bestowed upon a group or team of DOE employees and/or contractors who together accomplished significant achievements on behalf of the department, and demonstrated cooperation and teamwork in attaining their goals.

The Science Education team was commended for "developing and implementing model programs that improve the quality of science education," according to the award citation.

The recognition centered on two of the Science Education group's programs: Becoming Enthusiastic About Math and Science (BEAMS) and JLab Science Activities for Teachers (JSAT).

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BEAMS is an innovative, long-running program that reaches out to middle-school students from under-performing schools and helps students make measurable improvements in math and science test scores. BEAMS has been recognized by the National Academy of Science RISE (Resources for Involving Scientists in Education) project as one of only 13 K-12 science education programs across the country where scientists, engineers and other community members have especially effective roles. BEAMS was created at Jefferson Lab 21 years ago.

BEAMS supports Newport News inner-city public school students as they progress from fifth through eighth grade. With guidance and assistance from lab volunteers and Science Ed. staff, BEAMS students conduct a variety of hands-on experiments and activities.

"This program is designed to engage children in the areas of math, science, engineering and technology as part of their education and how knowledge and advancements in these fields impacts the world and society. They also gain awareness of future career opportunities that use STEM knowledge and skills," Tyler explained. "It is always exciting to have students come to the lab and experience some new aspect of science. The program engages the students, and lets them see and experience – first hand – how math and science is used in the real world."

"And the reason this program has been such an ongoing success is because of the great support we get from the lab community," Tyler continued. "We couldn't do this program without the steady, upbeat, engaged volunteers who regularly lead or help with classroom activities and role model visits. It is this direct interaction with scientists, engineers, technologists and administrators that really impresses and excites the students."

The education group has also worked to extend Jefferson Lab's impact in the community by developing the JLab Science Activities for Teachers program, which is designed to annually empower 60 elementary- and middle-school teachers of science by increasing their knowledge of the physical sciences and by strengthening their teaching skills. JSAT, partly funded by the JSA Initiatives Fund, provides attendees with a wealth of information, materials and activities to take back to their classrooms. It also offers participants the opportunity to network with other teachers and share valuable teaching experiences.

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."

"It's one thing to inspire individual students, but this program is gratifying on a much larger level," Tyler noted after receiving the DOE award. "When we can help teachers become more knowledgeable and be more engaging in the classroom, and also give them tools to make class time more productive, JLab is ultimately having an enormous impact on a larger number of students over many years."

"We are very grateful to our many volunteers; we couldn't run these programs without their time, effort and insight," Tyler said. "We thank JSA and the lab leadership and staff for supporting these valuable science education programs, and we are very appreciative to DOE for recognizing their importance and the teamwork required to make them successful."

Related inks:
-- BEAMS: http://www.jlab.org/news/OnTarget/2012/2012-09/BelowTheFold.html#item2
-- JSAT: http://www.jlab.org/news/OnTarget/2012/2012-08/BelowTheFold.html#item6
-- The Secretary's Honor Awards on PowerPedia at: https://powerpedia.energy.gov/wiki/Secretary%E2%80%99s_Honor_Awards

 

Deputy AD for Physics Kindles Passion for Life, Physics

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Patrizia Rossi
Deputy Associate Director for Nuclear Physics

Talking with Patrizia Rossi, Jefferson Lab's new deputy associate director for nuclear physics, is as much a discussion about life philosophy as it is about physics.

Although she had been a Hall B user/CLAS collaborator at the lab since 1993, her new position has afforded her the opportunity to become a much more involved member of the lab community, something that she is embracing with her characteristic passion.

"I believe that it is important to start from each instant in your life, to accept every challenge that life presents to you," Rossi notes.

Although she started her education believing she would pursue a career in humanities and literature – studying French, Italian and English literature – one of her high school teachers inspired a passion in her for math and physics. Logic and culture suddenly did not seem to be mutually exclusive.

She excelled at the University of Rome, studying under the late Nicola Cabibbo, who is known for his work on the weak interaction in quarks. Rossi aced the course and knew she was on the correct trajectory for her life's work. She received a degree in physics from the University of Rome in 1986, before accepting a fellowship with the Insituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) in 1988 to conduct research and then joined the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati of INFN as a staff researcher in 1990. Her research has focused on studying the structure of the nucleon and the strong force, areas of major emphasis at Jefferson Lab. In addition to Jefferson Lab and laboratories in Italy, Rossi also has conducted experiments at DESY Laboratory in Hamburg, Germany and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France.

From 1996 to 1998, she lived in Newport News with her daughter, Paola, and her husband, while she worked in Hall B. At the end of that time, she decided it was the opportune moment to indulge her other passion – travel.

The family took to their 39-foot sailboat and spent a year going down the East Coast of the United States and then on to Central and South America, going through the Panama Canal and down into Ecuador. At the end of their year, which Rossi describes as "fantastic," she returned to physics. Her husband, formerly a physicist at CERN, decided to continue traveling and lives aboard their boat in the Caribbean.

Although neither of her parents were scientists – her mother stayed at home and her father had a small business – she credits them with instilling in her a particular philosophy of life that she carries to this day.

"These values are my life motif," she says with great passion. "There is honesty to one's self. When you make a commitment, you go all the way to the end of it. And you must always be a trustable person. These are roots of my personality."

"My interests are big," she continues. "I must read every night. Right now I am reading Hermann Hesse. I've found a racing group to sail with here, and I love the outdoors, especially hiking. I don't eat out in restaurants that much, because I love to have friends over and cook for them."

She's even found a place in Port Warwick to continue the tango lessons that she started when she lived in Rome, where she and Paola, who's now a university student studying anthropology, zoomed through the streets on their scooters.

As part of her contractual agreement, Rossi maintains her position as a senior staff scientist at Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati of Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (LNF-INFN), and has kept her 70-year-old home in the hills outside Rome, which she's quick to note is in the same neighborhood as the Pope's summer home. Although she contends that she's not "a shopping person," she admits with a laugh that she owns 110 purses. She doesn't have a favorite designer, and says, "I just buy whatever looks beautiful!"

Although she has been at Jefferson Lab before, this time is different.

"Now I am meeting people from all the halls and major areas, and I am interacting with technicians and engineers as well," she explains. "People have all been very nice. They're very willing to help, from the administrative assistants to the technicians…everyone. They have all said 'Welcome,' not just with words, but with actions. All of these new experiences are dynamic processes and they are fascinating.

"There is learning to be done for me here," she adds. "I am very excited about the opportunity. This is an exciting time to join Jefferson Lab as it grows and becomes an ever more interesting place to do research. The 12 GeV Upgrade is a reality and provides a challenge to develop new ideas and proposals to the science program. I am looking forward to being part of this dynamic effort. Being static horrifies me. The biggest challenge in life is to find balance."

By Judi Tull
Feature writer

 

Procurement Manager Brings Decades of Experience to Lab

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Lynn McKnight
Procurement Department Manager

Lynn McKnight, Jefferson Lab's new Procurement Department manager, is settling into his new office in the Support Service Center and learning about Jefferson Lab. McKnight has more than 25 years experience in the procurement and contracts arena working for the Department of Defense (DOD) while in the military and as a contractor. He has lived and worked in Japan, Italy, Spain and the Middle East, and logged more than three years working in "hot zones."

The Chester, Pa., native moved to Raleigh, N.C., as a teen, then, and after serving in the U.S. armed forces, located to Hampton Roads. He graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Business Management and is certified in LEAN Six Sigma.

After serving in the military, McKnight took his considerable knowledge and abilities in procurement and contracts first to the Newport News Shipyard, then, six years later, to Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR), a global engineering, construction and services company supporting government services and the energy, petrochemicals, and civil infrastructure sectors. During his six years with KBR, he spent three-and-a-half years in the Middle East, developing operational policy and regional supply lines for areas of conflict. His support staff consisted of 30 people, who were spread out across two continents. After leaving KBR, he worked at SAIC and Ideal Innovations, Inc., in compliance and supply chain management.

McKnight's familiarity with Jefferson Lab was through a former neighbor employed here who spoke about the "fantastic" work environment. When an opportunity to come onboard came along he thought it was the right time to apply.

He came to the lab's Open House with his grandson, Kynneth, who's five years old."That sealed the deal from my point of view," he commented. "Everyone was excited to explain what they do and how their work affects the lab. I knew that given the opportunity this was the right move for me."

He started work in early August and pretty quickly appreciated some of the differences between Jefferson Lab and DOD. For the first two weeks, he wore the traditional suit and tie that he was accustomed to. "Then I noticed there were people wearing flip-flops and shorts," he recalled with a laugh. "About that time, someone came up to me and said, 'Lynn, ditch the suit.'" (He did, but admitted that he still can't let go of at least wearing a jacket or blazer.)

The Procurement Department is in the Chief Financial Officer and Business Operations organization, and as such, McKinight is a direct report to Joe Scarcello and is responsible for Procurement Department management, policy and procedures, quality assurance and assessment, reporting and procurement records. His staff of 16 is aligned into three main areas – construction and services subcontracts, major supply subcontracts, and purchasing and p-cards.

"I've been very impressed with the staff," he noted. "There is a refreshing mix of experience and knowledge – coupled with a high degree of professionalism within the department."

McKnight believes in setting a good example for his team. "Eighty percent of what we know is based on what we see," he emphasized. "I can't expect my staff to do what I'm not willing to do. As leaders we endeavor to add value to those around us and be a positive and productive influence. There has to be great trust that goes in both directions."

He and his wife, Latrece, met at a school function when they were 15 and have been together ever since. Latrece serves as an associate minister at their church in Chesapeake. She is currently attending Princeton Theological Seminary, and is a certified speaker, leadership trainer and life coach with the John Maxwell team. They have two adult children, Lyniece and Lynn, Jr., and two grandchildren, Kynneth and Janell.

They reside in the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake in a golf community, which makes it easy for McKnight to hit the links. "I'll do some putting or play a couple of holes in the evening but I think I still need to keep the day job," he said with a smile.

By Judi Tull
Feature writer

 

Lab Community Participates in United Way Programs

Jefferson Lab kicked off its annual United Way fund-raising campaign with a picnic on Oct. 8. Eurest's Quark Cafe staff donated the food for the picnic and handled the food preparation and presentation while lab management served up the food. All proceeds from the picnic and raffle will go to the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula to support community services like after-school programs. The fund-raising campaign ends Oct. 24.

The annual United Way appeal is underway at Jefferson Lab and will run through Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Each autumn the lab participates in three United Way efforts that support the organization's basic tenets: Give, Advocate and Volunteer.

The School Tools donation drive comes first to coincide with the start of a new school year. Donation boxes are placed in high-traffic areas around the lab. New items including: pens, pencils, student scissors, crayons, spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, binder paper, pocket folders, rulers, and protractor/compass sets may be placed in the boxes. The United Way collects and disburses the materials to public schools across Hampton Roads for use by disadvantaged students.

Around that time, lab staff members are also invited to participate in the United Way's annual Day of Caring, which is usually scheduled for a Friday in mid-September. This year nearly 20 lab staff participated. On Sept. 14, lab volunteers visited with local veterans hospital patients and helped out at the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia.

Over the years, Jefferson Lab's Day of Caring volunteers have helped a variety of United Way organizations by doing landscaping, gardening, plumbing, painting, repair work, organizing and inventorying items, performing office tasks, reading to children, and serving meals to the elderly.

The Day of Caring makes us more aware of the many groups supported through the United Way, and encourages the giving of volunteer time and effort to support these worthwhile causes, according to Joshua Cameron, Jefferson Lab's United Way coordinator. "The groups appreciate everyone's help on that day," he points out. "And making people aware of these organizations' needs and efforts encourages volunteerism."

These events are followed by the fundraising campaign, which is kicked off with a picnic and raffle in early October. This year and for the last several, Eurest's Quark Cafe staff has donated the food for the event, and handles all the food preparation and presentation. Members of lab management turn out in force to serve the food.

Nearly 20 Jefferson Lab staff participated in the United Way's 2012 Day of Caring. On Sept. 14, lab volunteers visited with local veterans hospital patients and helped out at the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia.

All proceeds from the picnic and the raffle go to the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula to support community services like after school programs. This year's picnic brought in $1,317.

This year the fundraising appeal and the raffle will end on Oct. 24, in conjunction with the JAG Oktoberfest. The raffle – for two 16 GB Apple ™ iPad 2 devices – will take place at the Oktoberfest.

"Giving to the United Way is a great way to give back to our community, to help make our community a better place and to say 'thank you' for the support Newport News and Hampton Roads have given to the lab over the years," says Mike Dallas, Jefferson Lab's chief operating officer.

The United Way of the Virginia Peninsula partners with local businesses, municipalities, individuals and other non-profits in a community-wide fundraising campaign that provides necessary resources to programs that address a broad range of community needs. Donations and pledges help fund programs that target everything from basic needs like food and shelter, to crisis and emergency response, after-school programs, affordable daycare, transportation for the elderly, job training for the disabled and much more.

Hard copy pledge/donation forms are available at the CEBAF Center, ARC, SSC and MCC reception desks. The form is available online in pdf format at: https://www.jlab.org/memo/2012%20pledge%20form.pdf.

Please send or deliver completed forms to Joshua Cameron in CEBAF Center, Room B214, Mail Stop 12-B, by Oct. 24. Pledge forms may also be picked up at the United Way Raffle ticket sales table in the CEBAF Center lobby daily during lunch (12-1 p.m.) through Oct. 24. Donations may be made through payroll deduction or lump sums via credit card or checks.

"The United Way is an important community support system. Please give generously; there are many people in the area who have had a difficult year, and are greatly helped by agencies supported through the United Way," Dallas concluded. "Thank you for your support."

Jefferson Lab has participated in the United Way campaigns since 1985.
 

Jefferson Lab Sustainability Efforts in Action:
TEDF Complex Designed to Meet Federal Goals

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The $73.2 million Technology and Engineering Development Facility project, or TEDF, is designed to provide state-of-the-art facilities for research in the areas of nuclear physics, accelerator science, applied nuclear science and technology, and advanced superconducting radiofrequency instrumentation. When complete, the TEDF will comprise the 70,000-square-foot Technology and Engineering Development building, the 30,000-square-foot Test Lab Addition, and the modernized 96,000-square-foot Test Lab (underway).

Jefferson Lab is developing and implementing a wide-ranging sustainability program that includes all aspects of building design – from using sustainable and recycled-content building materials to installing energy-efficient features, such as geothermal heating/cooling, high-efficiency insulation and windows, lighting timers and cool-roof coatings.

The goal is to create a more sustainable campus, according to Keith Royston, project manager.

New construction and major renovation projects at Jefferson Lab, and at federal facilities across the nation, are now designed to high-efficiency and sustainability standards. The designs include compliance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and achievement of LEED Gold certification. LEED is a voluntary, internationally recognized green building program, managed in the U.S. by the U.S. Green Building Council.

At Jefferson Lab this is most evident at the Technology and Engineering Development (TED) building, which along with the Test Lab Addition (TLA) and the (once it is renovated) Test Lab will comprise the Technology and Engineering Development Facility (TEDF).

The TED's design incorporates a variety of features and systems to address LEED standards, including:
? Cool roof (high reflectivity and insulation value) installed to reduce heat absorption and save energy.
? Sanitation water savings achieved through the use of a grey-water system (capture, clean and filter discharge water prior to entering the sanitation system, and reuse as building sanitation water source).
? Water consumption savings of more than 44 percent, compared to conventional buildings, through the use of low-flow fixtures.
? Water permeable exterior hardscape surfaces to minimize storm water run-off and erosion.
? Building design incorporates a geothermal heating and cooling system. Approximately 80 percent of the building's heating and cooling energy is provided from 178 geothermal wells.
? The building envelope is designed with high thermal efficiency.
? Indoor air quality improved by using low-emitting materials.
? More than 10 percent of the construction materials used for the TED contain recycled content.
? Solar thermal collection system for domestic hot water consumption.
? Green housekeeping program that prescribes non-toxic cleaning materials, cleaning practices and frequency to maintain improved indoor air quality.
? Silk screen ceramic frit on the TED windows improves the solar control performance and provides glare reduction.
? Automated indoor lighting timers reduce office and work area lighting during non-work hours.

Many of these sustainability features and systems are also part of the Test Lab Addition, and where feasible will be included in the renovated Test Lab, according to Royston.

LEED certification for the TED has been submitted to the USGBC. Separate LEED certification documentation will be submitted for the Test Lab Addition after work on that building is completed.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council webpage, LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market­-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED standards address the entire lifecycle of a building. LEED standards address site selection, site environmental protection, efficient water and energy consumption technologies and practices, as well as building materials re-use and indoor environmental quality.

What is the Technology and Engineering Development Facility?

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The main entrance to the 70,000-square-foot Technology and Engineering Development (TED) building. It is designed to provide office and work space for 200 people.

The Technology and Engineering Development Facility is a $73.2 million project that is providing state-of-the-art facilities for engineering and research in the areas of nuclear physics, accelerator science, applied nuclear science and technology, and advanced superconducting radiofrequency instrumentation.

The TEDF is comprised of the 70,000-square-foot Technology and Engineering Development building, the 30,000-square-foot Test Lab Addition, and (when complete) a modernized 96,000-square-foot Test Lab. The TED and TLA are currently becoming operational. Mortenson Construction, based in Minneapolis, Minn., is the construction manager/general contractor for the project.

The project includes constructing between 90,000-120,000 gross square feet of new industrial assembly, laboratory and office space that will include labs, high-bay space, technical workspace, clean rooms, chemistry facilities, offices, meeting rooms, and associated support space. The new facilities will eliminate existing overcrowding, and improve workflow and productivity by co-locating many of the engineering and technical functions currently spread across Jefferson Lab and allow the lab to retire several dilapidated trailers.

The project is also provided the lab with the opportunity to re-think the layout of the roads onsite to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion points, and to improve pedestrian sidewalks and walk ways.

"There have been a lot of great developments that have occurred in the Test Lab, but now we are positioning ourselves for the next 10-15 years. We have looked at the process flows, upgraded a lot of systems, integrated lessons learned, and positioned the Superconducting Radiofrequency Institute to be able to produce cryomodules and equipment for not only our lab, but also for other DOE facilities," said Rusty Sprouse, the lab's Facilities Management and Logistics director.

"It's going to bring a lot of people together and I think really is going to create an improved atmosphere, and create the conditions that lead to an improved work product."

More information about the project is available at these links:
http://www.jlab.org/fm/construction/TEDF/tedf.html
http://www.jlab.org/news/OnTarget/2010/2010-03/Story1.html
http://www.jlab.org/news/OnTarget/2012/2012-03/Story1.html


Lab Saves Money Putting Lead Scrap to Use

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Earlier this year, Jefferson Lab Materials Management staff prepared 80,025 pounds of lead scrap for shipment to a lead smelting and processing company. The lab has received back 55,751 pounds of lead in the form of 2,069 lead bricks that will be used for shielding purposes for physics experiments.

The old phrase "Get the lead out!" took on a more literal meaning at Jefferson Lab earlier this year when 80,025 pounds of lead scrap and its associated packing materials were picked up from storage at the lab and hauled to a refinery where it was processed into lead bricks for eventual use as shielding in Hall C.

Understanding its use for shielding purposes, and figuring that sooner or later the lab would need it, Doug Tilles, Hall B work coordinator, had begun buying up the lead years ago at almost no cost to the lab and gathering it together. Some of the lead had been used here when the Test Lab building was originally home to NASA's Space Related Effects Lab and some of it had been shipped to the lab in more recent years with systems like Helios.

Early this year, Bill Brisiel, Materials Management manager, was reviewing new purchase requests when a request for $78,400 worth of lead shielding bricks crossed his desk. The request for 2,000 lead bricks was from Hall C.

Brisiel, who had been responsible for handling the storage of the lead scrap, knew there was more than enough raw material (lead) in the Lead Storage Shed to meet the needs of the purchase request. But to put the scrap in a useful form, he had to get the lead smelted, remove any dross (waste), cast and cut it into bricks, then seal and paint the bricks. After some research he found Mayco Industries out of Birmingham, Ala., and through Procurement, coordinated a business agreement with Mayco for all of the required processing of the lead scrap.

"It was great," Brisiel said. "Mayco did it all: smelting pulling off the dross, casting and cutting the bricks, painting and sealing the bricks and loading them onto pallets and wrapping the pallets. The only thing we had to take care of was arranging for shipment."

The lab received back from Mayco, 55,751 pounds of lead in the form of 2,069 lead bricks. Mayco kept 21,274 pounds of lead as payment for the processing and fabrication. About 3,000 pounds of dross was pulled from the lead.

"This was a great opportunity to convert a scrap material into something useful and to save lab funds in the process," Brisiel said.

Lab Waste Fuels NASA Steam Plant

Instead of adding to local landfills, much of Jefferson Lab's municipal waste is being burned to generate steam at the nearby NASA/Hampton Refuse-Fired Steam Generating Facility.

More than 156,000 pounds of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated at the lab during fiscal year 2012 wound up fueling the NASA steam facility, according to Mike Lewellen, JLab Facilities Management and Logistics Services.

One of the lab's sustainability goals is to divert waste from landfills. This effort helps the lab achieve this goal, and provides an additional benefit by generating energy.

Operating 24-hours a day, seven-days a week, year round, the steam plant generates a 2,200-2,300 degree flame to fire a pair of boilers that provides as much as 70 percent of the steam used for heating, cooling and operations at Langley. The incineration is so complete that the resulting ash only takes up about one-tenth of the landfill space as the original waste; and it is chemically inert and generates no landfill gases.

The plant accepts up to 240 tons a day and burns what is classified as MSW, which includes biodegradable food and kitchen waste, green (plant) waste, paper, glass, cans, recyclable plastics, fabrics and clothes, and most metals and batteries. It doesn't include electronics, composite materials, construction materials, medical waste or items or materials that are classified as hazardous or toxic wastes.

Completed in 1980 under a unique a partnership between the City of Hampton and the federal government, the facility is undergoing a $9 million upgrade to extend the life of the plant and to meet the new Clean Air Act federal regulations. Over the years its operation has resulted in conserving millions of gallons of fuel, dozens of acres of landfill space and landfill disposal expenses, and provided NASA-Langley Research Center with low-cost energy.

In a July 13, 2012, NASA Langley Research Center news release, "NASA implemented an initiative to increase use of the steam produced at the plant.… As a result, Langley realized a 40 percent reduction in center-wide natural gas consumption in FY 2011, saving more than $500,000 compared to the previous fiscal year, and water consumption for steam production fell by 2 million gallons…which helps Langley meet federally mandated reduction goals." The program also reduced Langley's greenhouse gas emissions.

These improvements recently earned the NASA/Hampton Biomass Steam Optimization Program a 2012 Federal Energy and Water Management Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, in conjunction with the Federal Interagency Energy Policy Committee.

According to the Federal Energy Management Program website, these awards recognize individuals, groups, and agencies for their outstanding contributions in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, and the use of advanced and renewable energy technologies at federal facilities.

This article incorporates information from recent NASA-Langley Research Center and City of Hampton news releases and the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards webpage. For more information, see the following links:
-- Federal Energy and Water Management Awards webpage: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/awards_fewm.html
-- NASA News Release: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/rn_FEMP.html
-- City of Hampton News Release: http://hampton.gov/media/pdf/072712_steam_plant_award.pdf
-- Hampton public works fact sheet: http://www.hampton.gov/publicworks/pdf/steam_plant_information.pdf


UVa Professor to Trace Origin of the Elements at Nov. 13 Talk

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Edward Murphy, from the University of Virginia's astronomy department, will present "The Origin of the Elements" on Tuesday, Nov. 13, starting at 7 p.m. in the CEBAF Center auditorium.

Jefferson Lab will host its final Fall Science Series lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 13, starting at 7 p.m. in the CEBAF Center auditorium.

Guest speaker Edward Murphy, from the University of Virginia's astronomy department, will present "The Origin of the Elements." In his lecture, Murphy will trace the origin of a gold atom – from the Big Bang to the present day – and beyond. Attendees will learn how the elements were forged in the nuclear furnaces inside stars, and how, when stars die – they spread elemental material into space. Murphy will conclude by speculating on the future of the atoms around us today.

The lecture is free and open to students and adults with an interest in science. It will begin at 7 p.m., in the CEBAF Center auditorium located at 12000 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, and will last about an hour. Seating in the auditorium and overflow area is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to about 300 people. People arriving once capacity has been reached will be turned away.

All those under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Everyone over 16 is asked to carry a valid photo ID. Security guards may perform ID, parcel and vehicle checks.

For directions and additional information about Jefferson Lab public lectures, visit: http://education.jlab.org/scienceseries/index.php or contact Christine Wheeler, email at wheelerc@jlab.org or call 757-269-7560.

A live video stream is available for those not able to attend the event. Lectures are added to the video archive for on-demand viewing upon approval from the presenter.

JLab News Tracker

This section provides a venue for Public Affairs to share articles and news postings about members of the Jefferson Lab community.

Physicists Help Jefferson Lab Prepare for New Era of Research
http://www.odu.edu/news/2012/10/professors_at_jeffer
Old Dominion University
Posted: October 2012

Cutting-Edge Research With Chris Colvin and Tony Losada
http://www.cnu.edu/about/spirit/colvin_losada/index.asp
Christopher Newport University
Posted: October 2012


Milestones for September 2012

Hello
Carl Bolitho, Network Engineer, Information Technology Division
Jason Bruhn; Radiation Control Technician; Environment, Health, Safety and Quality Division
Eric Hacecky, Junior Cybersecurity Analyst, IT Division
David Pullman, Cybersecurity Analyst, IT Division

Goodbye
Bob Lukens, UNIX Systems Analyst, IT Division
Thomas Hassler, Casual Emergency Management Specialist, ESH&Q Division
Richard Jacobsen, Division Safety Officer, Facilities and Logistics Management

These Milestone entries, listed alphabetically, are full-time, term, casual and student actions posted by Human Resources for September 2012.

Jefferson Lab is currently seeking qualified individuals for more than a dozen scientific, engineering and technical positions. All current employment opportunities are posted at: http://www.jlab-jobs.com/search?q=

Information about career opportunities at Jefferson Lab is available at: http://www.jlab-jobs.com/
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