View TEDxCERN in Jefferson Lab Auditorium on Sept. 24

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Jefferson Lab will stream TEDxCERN 2014 on the big screen in the CEBAF Center auditorium on Sept. 24, from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT. University and college faculty and students affiliated with Jefferson Lab are invited to attend all or any part of the event viewing.

TED talks are brief conversations – each lasting 18 minutes or less – that bring together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design. The theme for TEDxCERN 2014 is “Forward: Charting the future with science” and speakers will be sharing their views on the latest big ideas in science.

Featured speakers will include host, Brian Cox, known as the “Rock-star physicist” and professor at the University of Manchester; and Sonia Trigueros, co-director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Nanotechnology, whose research focuses on the design of novel nanostructures to target DNA in dividing cells, specifically cancer cells, and developing nanomedicines to tackle bacterial antibiotic resistance. Also speaking is Julien Lesgourgues, a cosmologist at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and a researcher at CERN, EPFL and CNRS. He specializes in modelling the evolution of cosmological perturbations, starting from a stage in the early universe called inflation. He is a member of the Planck satellite team which published the map of the cosmic microwave background in 2013. Other speakers include Jamie Edwards, who at the age of 13 became the youngest person ever to achieve nuclear fusion by colliding two hydrogen atoms via inertial electrostatic confinement, and Danielle Fong, the co-founder and chief scientist of LightSail Energy.

A full list of speakers and topics may be found on the TEDxCERN website. Note that the program reflects Geneva local time:

The viewing event at Jefferson Lab is free. The CEBAF Center auditorium is located at 12000 Jefferson Ave, Newport News. Seating in the auditorium is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attendees must sign in at the CEBAF Center reception desk, and are 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:

Groups of 10 or more are asked to contact Mike Robbins, Public Affairs, at or 757-269-7617 in advance of the viewing and for more information.


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