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REGIONAL VIEW eastern virginia


Jefferson Lab project aids exploration of nucleus of an atom by Joan Tupponce


Energy’s Jefferson Lab in Newport News will help nuclear physicists look deeper into the nucleus of the atom. The 12 GeV (gigaelec-


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tronvolts) upgrade of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) was completed Sept. 27. Construction on the $338 million project started in 2008. “We originally had a


capability of deliver- ing 6 GeV, and this doubled the maxi- mum energy of the electron beam,” says Allison Lung, chief planning officer and direc- tor of the 12 GeV upgrade project.


The lab also added a


fourth experimental hall on the original campus and upgraded equipment in the three existing halls. “Our electron accelerator is shaped like a racetrack about seven-


FOR THE RECORD


The Port of Virginia has joined a number of other Southern ports, stretching from New Orleans to Charleston, S.C., that can import a limited number of in-transit, cold-treated cargo containers bearing goods such as blueberries, citrus and grapes from Peru, blueberries and grapes from Uruguay, and apples, blueberries and pears from Argentina. Among the benefits of the change: Consumers will see lower prices at the store; shippers will see lower transportation costs and a longer shelf life for their goods; and the environment will gain from reduced emissions, said John Reinhart, CEO and execu- tive director of the Virginia Port Authority, in a statement. Before


Photo courtesy Jefferson Lab


This photo shows the construction of a fourth experimental hall during the 12 GeV Upgrade project.


eights of a mile around,” says Lung. “We had three experi- mental halls at one end of the original campus, and we added the fourth hall at the opposite end of the racetrack to enable a new area of phys- ics research.” The one-of-a-kind


CEBAF is the world’s most


the program began in 2013, such perishables had to enter Northeastern U.S. ports for cold treatment and clearance. (The Virginian-Pilot)


Power-tool manufacturer Stihl Inc. plans to invest more than $25 million to expand its headquarters in Virginia Beach. The company is building an 80,000-square-foot administra- tion facility, which will combine the finance and controlling; sales and marketing; legal and customer and technical service teams under one roof, as well as add a new museum and brand experience center. (VirginiaBusiness.com)


The Virginia Beach City Council voted in early November to end its contract with Mid-Atlantic Arena, a


powerful microscope for studying the nucleus of the atom. “The upgrade will help us see inside the atom further and with better resolution. The new science enabled by the fourth experimental hall is designed to look at why quarks, the most fundamental building block of matter, are


developer trying to build a sports and entertainment venue near the city’s Oceanfront. The company argued that it had met its deadline to file its loan paperwork. Mayor Will Sessoms said the council would consider voting again on the same deal if Mid-Atlantic returns with the financing at a later date. “Obviously, we spent a lot of money, and if they are trying to say we can’t close because of a technicality, that is disin- genuous,” said Andrea Kilmer, president of Mid-Atlantic. (The Virginian-Pilot)


In the face of a cont inuing decline in print revenue, the publisher of The Virginian-Pilot said the company would offer voluntary buyouts to its most veteran employees and cut in-house advertising design


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recently completed project at the Department of


never found alone,” Lung says. “No facility in the world is able to study that question.” When the original


CEBAF was built in the 1980s, it was geared toward two-dimensional imaging of neutrons and protons. The upgrade allows for three- dimensional work. “We are additionally searching for signatures of new physics that go beyond what is taught in schools in order to open up new questions and take us into new areas of explora- tion,” Lung says. The new capabilities will allow the CEBAF to realize “the next horizon for understanding the glue that is holding quarks together,” Lung says.


About 1,500 scientists


from the U.S. and around the world come to the Jefferson Lab to perform experiments. “Research at Jefferson Lab is the basis for one-third of the [doctoral degrees] in nuclear physics in the U.S.,” Lung says.


and production. If not enough people volunteer, Publisher Pat Richardson said layoffs would follow. Richardson said the cuts are expected to result in a reduction of less than 10 percent of Pilot Media’s workforce of 543 people. (The Virginian-Pilot)


PEOPLE


Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) Mid-Atlantic has named Russell “Rusty” L. Bailey Jr. senior vice president and division manager of the Hampton Roads region. He has more than 16 years of commercial insurance experience, most recently serving as executive vice president with Towne Insurance. (News release)


Dan Chenoweth, partner at PBMares LLP, has been named chairman of the board of directors of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. He was chair- elect. He was treasurer of the chamber’s executive committee from 2013 to 2017 and graduated from the LEAD Peninsula program in 2016. (News release)


The Peninsula Airport Commission named Michael A. Giardino executive director of Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. A retired Navy commander, he was director of aviation at the Monroe County (N.Y.) Airport Authority, which operates the Greater Rochester International Airport. (Daily Press)


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