Jefferson Lab plans Open House on Saturday, April 26

JLab will be open to the public on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine.

The Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab, located in Newport News, Va., has set Saturday, April 26, 2003, for its next "Science is Cool" Open House.

"The Lab's last Open House was about two years ago," comments Linda Ware, Jefferson Lab Public Affairs manager. "We look forward to this event because it gives everyone here the opportunity to share their work and the Lab's accomplishments with the public." The event will be free of charge, open to the public, and will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine.

Parts of every major area of the facility will be open. In addition to a section of the accelerator, visitors will also be able to enter two of the Lab's experimental halls, the Free-Electron Laser Facility, the Computer Center and the Accelerator Assembly area where components for Jefferson Lab's accelerator and the Department of Energy's new Spallation Neutron Source are assembled and tested. The Lab's tech transfer endeavors into medical imaging will also be on display.

In addition to highlighting the latest physics research and technology developments underway at Jefferson Lab, the event will include a variety of hands-on, science-education oriented activities for the young and young-at-heart, provided by Jefferson Lab and regional museums and local government agencies. Lab staff will be on hand to answer questions and give the ever-popular Liquid Nitrogen Demonstration throughout the day.

Free, public parking for the Open House will be at the Canon Virginia parking lot located at 12000 Canon Boulevard, in the Oyster Point area of Newport News, Va. Free special-event buses will shuttle visitors from the Canon parking lot to Jefferson Lab (about a 3-minute bus ride) on a regular schedule from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The last bus will depart the Canon parking lot for Jefferson Lab promptly at 3 p.m. Handicap and group parking will be available at Jefferson Lab. Handicap visitors and bus groups should contact Sarah Ingels, 269-7444, or Linda Ware, 269-7698, to make arrangements for parking.

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