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Go behind the scenes of science with Jefferson Lab

The open house will give visitors a look at the work that goes on at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, commonly known as Jefferson Lab. (Courtesy Jefferson Lab)
The virtual lecture series will give visitors a look at the work that goes on at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, commonly known as Jefferson Lab. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Jefferson Lab)

HAMPTON ROADS — Ever wonder what happens at Jefferson Lab? Now you can find out for free.

The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, known to locals simply as Jefferson Lab, is hosting a virtual lecture series in order to give people a chance to see what happens behind the scenes of the science facility.

Part of Jefferson Lab’s Bite-Size Science lecture series, each session will be geared towards “non-scientists” and last for approximately a half hour.

“Our next Open House is almost a year away, so we wanted to offer members of our community opportunities to learn more about the exciting work being conducted at the lab while engaging with our scientists and engineers in the meantime,” said Lauren Hansen, spokesperson for Jefferson Lab.

Attendees are encouraged to ask questions during the lecture by using a “chat feature.” The speaker will answer the top questions at the end of each session, time permitting.

While the first presentation gives viewers an introduction to the facility, the remaining in the series will talk about other topics including the lab’s technology and experiments, such as complex nuclear physics, artificial intelligence (or “A.I.”), and quantum computer and accelerator science.

You can see the schedule of the Bite-Size Science lecture series below.

  • May 13: Behind the Science – an Introduction to Jefferson Lab with Lab Director Stuart Henderson.
  • June 3: Nuclear Physics: Exploring the Exotic with Justin Stevens, William & Mary.
  • June 17: Accelerators: Smashing Atoms for Science with Camille Ginsburg, Jefferson Lab.

The first Bite-Science lecture “Behind the Science –  an Introduction to Jefferson Lab” will be available via the facility’s YouTube channel on Thursday, May 13 at 12:30 p.m.

The lectures are free and open to the public. You can see the full schedule of the series here.

For more information about the series or the facility, visit Jefferson Lab’s website.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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